Variations of Variations on the Theme of DECAY

Decay is a natural process and is unavoidable. While it is hard to let go the past, we can learn to appreciate the beauty that had been deepened with time.

I love the look and smell of fresh flowers. It is never easy to put the wilted flowers in trash. To me, wilted flowers are not ‘done’. I am obsessed with drying flowers and keeping them in the house.  Without moisture, dried flowers continue to decay slowly. The colors became more intense, the fragrance turned faint and mellow, and the texture got more delicate. In this series, I intend to bring out the matured beauty of these roses by manipulating and painting on the photographs. I chose the square format for the images can be rotated and combined in different ways. Using the same four base images, I created style variations showing many faces of the beauty of decay.

Cannot Stop Learning

Late January, 2020, I decided to register for the Photoshop class at Los Angeles Mission College so I could finally say I know Photoshop. I didn’t know this was going to begin a new creative journey for me.

There is something about learning in a class I find hard to resist. Besides necessary continuing education related to my occupation as an Interior Designer, I am interested in learning about art and design history. As a working professional, I also can’t avoid learning new computer programs. I figured it couldn’t hurt to learn a little Photoshop and perhaps other programs included in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Now, a year later, I am still taking multimedia design classes and loving them. I finally feel like an artist.

Interior Design is my business, not the boundary of my creativity.

2020 Gift Guide

2020 has been a year unlike any other we have been through. Art, Music, & Design is what has been keeping us going. Here are some suggestions on supporting organizations and people who have been keeping arts alive.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Getty Museum Store: https://shop.getty.edu/ 

LACMA Store: https://www.thelacmastore.org/ 

MOCA Store: https://mocastore.org/ 

MOMA Design Store: https://store.moma.org/ 

Studio Channel Islands: http://studiochannelislands.org/shop/ 

The Huntington Store: https://www.huntington.org/shop 

The Shop at the Broad: https://shop.thebroad.org/  

ARTISTS

Ira Meyer Photography: http://www.irameyer.com/index.html 

  • Photography 

ROBOT by Matt Spangler: https://mattspangler.com/ 

  • Drawings and Illustrations 

HAND-CRAFTED

J&S MakeScents: https://jsmakescents.com/ 

  • Hand Poured Soy Wax Candles

AGRARIA: https://www.agrariahome.com/ 

  • Home Fragrance, Bath & Body

BOOKS

Angel City Press: https://www.angelcitypress.com/ 

  • Nonfiction Books

The Last Bookstore Online Shop: https://www.shopthelastbookstore.com/ 

  • Used and New Books

[Guest Post] How to Get Your Art Noticed

Photo Credit: Eddy Klaus via Unsplash under License

Getting Started

The art business is notoriously tough to break into. Getting your art noticed by art galleries, potential employers and art enthusiasts requires a lot of hard work, the right platforms and persistence. Building up your portfolio, creating a strong social media strategy and online art presence, and making connections are the key steps to gaining recognition for your art.

 

Harness Social Media

These days, social media is one of the most effective ways to get your name out in the world as an artist. The right social media strategy can make all the difference in how many people view and share your artwork. Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all excellent tools for promoting art.

Think carefully about the content you post. You need to give people a reason to follow you in the first place. Post content that you don’t have on your blog or website, like beginning sketches or the first stages of home sculptures and home paintings. Works in progress are a great way to let fans see your artistic process.

But posting good content isn’t the only part of a good social media strategy. Interaction is key. If you want to gain followers, you need to actually get involved in the online art community. Follow accounts similar to yours, leave comments and ‘likes’, and you may find yourself gaining much more followers. It’s also a good idea to join online communities exclusively devoted to posting art online and connecting with other artists. DeviantArt – the largest online social community for art enthusiasts and artists – is a prominent example.

 

Build Your Portfolio

Every artist should have a media kit with a portfolio. If you want your artwork noticed by the curators of art galleries, you need to build up a substantial and impressive body of work. Without it, there is not much chance you will be taken seriously.

As most artists know, the art world is very competitive and you must stand out to be noticed. Your media kit should accurately represent who you are as an artist, and should include a portfolio of your artwork, an artist statement, a brief biography, your press releases, published articles, and an artist business card and brochure.

Photo Credit: NeONBRAND via Unsplash under License

 

Interior Design

Targeting the art gallery market is not the only way to go. There are other ways to sell your art and get exposure. The interior design market is a great example of a massive industry that is always in need of new art. Interior designers are constantly in need for home paintings and home sculptures.

Before approaching designers, do research to make sure their work is in sync with your own, then put together a wide array of pieces for them to choose from. If they find the piece they’re looking for, they won’t mind if you lack experience and training.

Interiorart designers often hang around studio tours, art shows and art galleries – from where you can also gain inspiration. Remember, connection and interaction is essential to getting noticed in the art world. Going out to these places is a great way to meet potential interior designers, employers, art lovers and other artists.

 

Harper is an Auckland-based freelance writer who loves discussing home and lifestyle topics. She has enjoyed the privilege of writing content for local businesses such as Sea Containers. Harper keeps her home simple by choosing minimalistic décor and design. You can find more of her written work on her Tumblr page: Harper Reid.

 

The ‘Flat Stanley’ Project

In spring of 2017, I agreed to help my niece in Northern California with her ‘Flat Stanley’ project. For two weeks, I was to take Stanley to visit various places in Southern California. It was an interesting experience. Below is a list of places we visited. Yes, I took the assignment seriously.
Thursday, 4/6/17
Arrival (Chatsworth)
Saturday, 4/8/17
9301 Tampa Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324
Sunday, 4/9/17
300 E. Martilija Street, Ojai, CA 93023
KNEAD Baking Company
469 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023
Bart’s Bookstore (Ojai)
302 W. Martilija Street, Ojai, CA 93023

Waypoint Cafe at Camarillo Airport (Camarillo) http://www.thewaypointcafe.com/

740 Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo, CA
Gardens of the World (Thousand Oaks) http://www.gardensoftheworld.info/
2001 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Thursday, 4/13/17
Belwood Bakery Cafe (Northridge) http://www.belwoodbakerycafe.com/
8735 Tampa Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324

Saturday, 4/15/17
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
Little Tokyo
Union Station
El Pueblo
Olvera Street
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Jewelry District

Sunday, 4/16/17
California State University, Northridge (Northridge) https://www.csun.edu/

Thursday, 4/20/17