Friday, April 23, 2010

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Actually, it’s closer to three, but I’m still tickled about it.
A little over a year ago, I joined “Art-N-Soul,” a local organization created by artist and entrepreneur Janet Tanguay, whose purpose is to support and promote area artists in all media.  Janet has recently developed a project entitled “Art-N-Soul Inc. TV,” where the experts at Cotton Hill Studios in Colonie, NY, produce a video of an artist in his or her studio and publish it on YouTube.  Janet asked me if I felt adventurous enough to be the first artist to be taped, and I was delighted.
It was a great experience from beginning to end; Janet and I prepared questions for the taping; the extremely professional crew from Cotton Hill “scouted” my studio to determine if the location would be suitable; and the taping took about 4 hours.
I’ve included the first 3 minutes of the video above; the complete version can be seen here, if you’ve got a little more time to view it.  Janet and the people from Cotton Hill did such a wonderful job of making me feel comfortable throughout the entire process – I can’t thank them enough.
“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Art de Cure -- A Great Cause!

If you live in the New York Capital District area, and you like great art, and you love supporting a terrific cause, then you’ll want to come to the Art de Cure Gala on Friday evening, April 16, from 6PM to 10 PM.  This fantastic multi-media event will be held at The Endocrine Group, Suite 300, of the Washington Center Medical Arts Building, located at 1365 Washington Avenue in Albany.  Enjoy an evening of wine tasting, great food, entertainment, and both silent and live art auctions, with proceeds to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The event will also serve to kick off the opening of the Art de Cure Gallery, a permanent space housed at The Endocrine Group, where new art shows will be held three times a year and portions of the proceeds will be donated to the ADA.
Pictured above is “Feather Play II,” shown in one of my earlier posts, which will be part of the silent auction during the gala.  
 If you're interested in purchasing this piece, with a portion of the sale given to the ADA, just contact me at:
 If you’d like to attend the gala, please call (518) 482-1795 for more information.  It promises to be an exciting evening – please join us for the fun!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Needle

I’ve heard it said by People Who Are Experts In These Matters that, if you want to get better at your art, you should learn from the best.  For me, that means turning to my library of copyright-free books and sketching.
Several weeks ago, I was sidelined by a sinus infection (nasty little bugger), and the only thing I felt like doing was drawing – I couldn’t even bring myself to sit at the sewing machine for five minutes.  So I pulled out two of my favorite design sources: “Floral Patterns,” by Pepin van Roojen, and “4000 Flower & Plant Motifs,” by Graham Leslie McCallum. 

I copied motifs and embellished them with my own details and generally tried to make myself feel as though I was producing some art from the snuggly comfort of my bed.
And, by gosh, between blowing my nose and using the neti pot, I had fun.  My plan is to turn some of these drawings into postcards – after all, the real fun is in adding the COLOR.



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