A Battle Cry: It's Time to Move Mountains was a huge success at ArtPrize 2013. I made it into the Top 50 out of 1,524 entries! That was so exciting. Thank you to everyone that waited in line to see my piece; you guys really touched my heart. The entire experience this year was such a whirlwind I made some great new friends and met so many wonderful folks. It was fun having "tech talk" with some of you. lol Please email if you have any question or comments on my work or tech questions.
The one night there were 3 guys talking with me and my husband if you read this please send me an email at email@example.com If you didn't get a chance to see A Battle Cry at ArtPrize or want to see it again it will be at The Next Picture Show in Dixon IL from Oct 25-Nov 26 2013. I will be at the opening reception Oct 25 6-8pm. This piece was created using dots. I dot each dot by hand. Each dot is 10X smaller than a regular pen tip. Yes this technique is time consuming but you don't get anywhere without hard work and dedication and I really want to get somewhere. David stepped out in faith when no
one else would. He stepped up to the plate and proved that when your
will syncs with Gods will for your life anything is possible. Was he
perfect? No! But do you know anyone who is? We all screw up but that is
why God gives us grace. People are becoming more and more selfish and
caring less and less about others. It is time to step out in faith and
reach out to this hurting world.
Last week my woman's group challenged us to reach out and help others. While thinking about what I could do I remembered hearing about about The Water Project from a band on the radio that was trying to raise money to build wells for villages in Africa. This mission really touched my heart. There are many parents that have to face the choice of
giving their children water that will make them sick or giving them no
water at all. This is not a choice any parent should have to make.
Without clean water crops can't grow and cattle die. Now the awesome part is you can change all
this. How? By making a donation you are helping bring clean water to a
village. Remember ever dollar counts, no donation is too small. You can
also help by spreading the word and sharing my page. The more people
we can reach the more people we can help. This is a wonderful organization that is making a large impact on peoples lives. Check out my Everlasting Water Campaign through The Water Project.
So many wonderful things have been happening lately and life has been busy busy but in a good way. My new website is up and running if you have not checked it out yet click here or the link to the right. I love your feedback so shoot me an email and let me know what you think. In the Recycled show at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, IL my piece, Exhibit A, took first prize! That was very exciting and unexpected. Exhibit A is a cast iron piece. Sculpture is really my first love so it was fun showing another side to my art and having it go over so well.
Detail from Exhibit A
Detail from Exhibit A
ArtPrize 2013 is a go! This came about in such an amazing way. I did not want to enter this year because I didn't want all the stress of trying to finish a piece, and the emotional roller coaster that is ArtPrize. But my husband convinced me that my work was moving along and to just go for the top venues this year, if I did not get in one fo those skip this year. So I contacted the 5 top venues. I had emailed the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI about displaying my art there for ArtPrize. I received a bounce back email stating that she would be out of the country for 2 weeks. I was a bit bummed, I thought this was bad timing how could I wait too weeks to find out if they were interested. I was shocked to find out that after almost 2 weeks I had not received a single no. Not even a no from the Grand Rapids Art Museum. I know amazing artists that had received a no from the GRAM with in 24 hours of contacting them. On the 14th day I received my no from the GRAM, even though it was a no I was thrilled I had lasted that long in the running. On the 15th day I get an email back from the Amway Grand Plaza hotel. She had been out of the country for 2 weeks on here honeymoon and had visited the David! She loved my piece and wanted to display it there. How amazing, God is and awesome God! If you don't know my new piece is a 3ft x 3ft stippling of Michelangelo David's face. It's titled A Battle Cry:It's Time to Move Mountains. Getting a top venue is one large mountain that was just moved. Then I receive a call from Amway they would like to put my piece in a brochure that showcases certain works. So my piece will be at ArtPrize 10 days early and stay 10 days after the competition. I think another mountain just was moved. Then I heard from Ripley's Believe it or Not and they are interested in this piece as well for their museum. So the good news just keeps rolling in. I can't wait to see what is going to happen this year.
Art 4 Arts sake was a fundraiser on March 2 2013 for The Next Picture Show and for the Sauk Valley Community college art department. They rounded up a bunch of artists, myself included, to do "live paintings." Since I mainly draw I did a live drawing of sorts. At the end of the night they auction off all the art pieces. It was quite fun and a bit nerve raking as people bid. My piece is called "Ancient Doors." I got the idea when I was in church one Sunday evening. We were singing a song and the lyrics went, "open up the ancient doors and let the king come in" That was just such a beautiful image so I knew that would be my starting point. On the left side are the 7 stars held in the hand, on the right side are the 7 lampstands. Above the door is the tree of life. In the middle is a fountain that has a waterfall of Glory flowing from it. There are words printed on the waterfall. On the fountain is a lion head representing the king as well as a crown and sword with flames in the middle of the fountain. This was all completed in about 5 hours.
Happy Valentine's Day! Did you know that I came up with the title of my piece, "True Love" around valentines day? I had been thinking of using the title, "Tribute." But then I was sitting in church listening to Pastor James Horvath speaking about the ultimate love and I knew that I had to call the piece, "True Love." For no other love is so pure and true and God's love for us. I could not have finished this piece without him at my side every minute. I finished most of the 1500 hours of work in about 3 months while caring for my family including a toddler. My husband and God are the only ones who really understand what I went through creating this work of art and I am grateful for the two great loves of my life.
Some exciting news for my hometown gallery. "On Wednesday, December 19th, Inside Edition , the popular new magazine program carried locally on CBS affiliates, filmed a program in the gallery at The Next Picture Show with several local residents, including State Senator Tim Bivins, in a question and answer format soliciting their reactions and opinions regarding former Dixon Treasurer Rita Crundwell. The episode will air on February 14, 2013 to coincide with Crundwell's sentencing."