As a gallery owner the presentation and finished quality of work is very important to me. Debra Vances techniques for mounting and framing her watercolor paintings are nothing short of professional.
Owner and curator of Art Obscura Gallery
Meet Jason Horejs
While in Scottsdale I had to visit my mentor for all things art business, Jason Horejs - owner of the Xanadu Gallery. He created an art business software that will manage your inventory, print all the documents you need and with a single entry - it will appear on your web site created with the software as well. I strongly recommend it to any artist of any medium. I have also watched the 4 hour training video about art marketing ($40) and read his book "Starving to Successful."
Jason is very generous with his time - he answers every email. When I signed up for the class at SAS I wrote and inquired if he would be in town - that I'd love to meet him. As he directs us in all of his marketing, do not walk in empty handed. I shared 2 paintings I had completed with him. Showed him his instructions of writing on the back of the painting had not fallen on deaf ears. It was all there. LOL (yes, I was a nerd)
Studio Open Houses - Joined Colorful Trails Studio Tours:
Studio Open House will take place most of the Second Saturdays each month. I will undoubtedly miss a couple, but please click on the Calendar of Events for the Studio Open House Events.
Just like the Studio Tours in February, you can locate my Studio with the bright blue flag at my driveway. Our home / my studio sets way back off the street. Please follow the drive way back and check for parking stripes I do with Lawn / Chalk paint. Help organize the traffic in the driveway!
During these Open House events, I will have Snacks and refreshments for you to enjoy. REMEMBER, THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE ALWAYS GET A FREE PRINT!
Register here on the website to receive my newsletter and be entered in a monthly drawing. Never know what I will dream up - so get registered!
NEW! Mother's Day Event - Sunday May 12!
This Event will once again have guest artists! Alison Reynolds will be returning - live music! Mimosas for Mom - Tapas and Wine traditions and a drawing(s) to occur.
Be here from 12- 5 PM at 22oo W. Union Ave! Mark your calendar now!
4 out of 5 - Earning Signature Status
I enter the NM Watercolor Society sanctioned shows. They are juried and you may or may not get in! When an artist has 5 paintings juried into shows within 5 years; you earn "Signature Status." This is something I have been working on and it is important to me personally. Call it a slice of validation, feather in my cap or kudos for a job well done; I hope to have earned this privilege this year. Perhaps soon - as I have just entered 3 paintings into the NMWS Spring Show in Albuquerque! Stay tuned - I will be celebrating when it comes!
The Casita is now home to my art studio and office space. I was able to install a Gallery Hanging System that mounts to the ceiling and has a cable system to hang the paintings on. It is wonderful as it saves my adobe walls from being damaged every time I want to hang up my new paintings.
New endeavors include Charcoal Drawing lessons. Love them and as my drawing skills improve, so too will my paintings.
I have registered for a second workshop at the Scottsdale Artist's School. It is this February with Antonio Masi. He is the President of the American Watercolor Society. When I read the full write up on the class, I signed up directly. Looking forward to this in 2019.
Plein Air Painting
Exciting Plein Air Convention & Expo was held in April. It was a high energy 4 day event that was amazing! Hard to believe that I learned so very much in such a short time. I was introduced to many top Watercolor Artists during 2 hour demos they held daily. That is 3 a day! Followed by Plein Air Painting to try what you just learned.
Ghost Ranch was the amazing finale of the event. The entire group decended on Ghost Ranch. We moved the RV there and I got a second day of painting and photos there. It is no wonder Georgia O'keefe never left!
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