This year 2017 has been exciting for me as I am working part-time as an art instructor for the Friendship Heart Gallery in Lancaster PA. This has not only been a positive for me, achieving a job in the “art-world”, but also, is sparking my own creativity at home in my studio. I enjoy working with the students there and hope I am a blessing in their day as they are mine.
Currently I am working with acrylics in a more liquid form and learning techniques with the amazing process of using acrylic thins and skins and processes for small paintings. My learning curves have been centered around processes with the goal of keeping the integrity of the polymer chemistry and insure preservation for lasting artwork.
Also up for this year is a study for website improvement at PCAD. My goal is to create an improved WordPress website, from blog to beautiful.
Being an artist certainly has it’s ups and downs especially in the market world. I read that an artist today will spend 30 percent of their time creating and 70 percent marketing. That puts greater hardships on artist who are trying to stay focused in the realm of creating but find that they must spend their time in the marketing world to scrape by to purchase supplies needed and maybe groceries too. So today with all the online media of sales, websites, galleries, and marketing tricks; the phrase “Starving Artist” remains true. Artists are always going to be overworked, under-creative due to time crunches because they are working paying jobs, and then if artfully successful, someone else usually ends up making the money off their work. So why be an artist? Because it is simply who you are but perhaps not known by your day job. For me, I had to work a day job in the energy industry until I retired and only now can I afford to be a “Starving Artist”.
I like to work with various media and so many avenues of creating. Perhaps I get bored with only one type of media but for whatever reason, I am having recent art experiences in Collage. I just want to work for the enjoyment of creating art by a cleaner and more environmental friendly manner. Paper collage, with paint, and glue are the recent supplies I am using to create images watercolor paper or canvas or wood. Simple, fun and friendly to me. Here are some of these works mostly on canvas, paper and wood.
Karen works full-time as an artist.
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