Now that both kids are in school full 5 day weeks, I have been catching up on a lot of things that have been sitting on the back burner for quite a while. I’ve been offering note cards that feature my silhouettes for a few years now. I get such positive feedback from my enthusiastic customers that I’m really anxious to take it to the next level. So that has meant putting in tons of hours to transform a lot of old illustrations into new silhouettes or creating brand new silhouettes. My inspiration is definitely my 2 children. They are more than used to Mommy having them pose in mid action sometimes so I can record the moment knowing that I’m not the only one who would appreciate it. I’m hoping that other mothers will recognize their own children in the silhouettes which is what makes silhouettes so wonderful in my opinion. They are just enough information for your mind to “fill in the blank” and come up with a beautiful image. A silhouette sort of jogs the memory of moments in time and leaves out all the unnecessary information.
Last week I had an incredible opportunity to attend a workshop in Philadelphia at Studio Incammanati. This is THE place to study painting these days in my opinion. It was founded by Nelson Shanks – he painted Princess Diana’s portrait as well as numerous other well-known portraits. He teaches how to see the right way – we learned about seeing the form of a person in planes and masses rather than lines and contours. We were taught how to construct a portrait with the proper foundation so we can build upon the most accurate structure as we paint the portrait. It was really fascinating and I want to go back and learn more. I attended a museum school of art and we were never taught these centuries old methods. I’d never done a color study before and wasn’t even sure what it was. Now that I’ve done one (two – but I failed at the first one), I can think back to the many portraits where I may have filled in a background or pillow or whatever over and over hoping to achieve just the right value, tone and hue. A color study would have been a great aid for that. I have a list of books to read that I’m planning to invest in. I’d read a few already but there were some great ones that I know will be very helpful.
Today I’m very excited about a new possibility. I’ve been speaking with people about getting involved somehow with the art scene in downtown Greenville and it looks like I might get to have a cart and sell work on the sidewalk at River Place! If all goes well and this all comes to fruition, I will focus on silhouettes (people, pets and scenes) and also black and white line art. I’m already working on a few art pieces that feature scenes I’ve observed around the park and downtown area. I’ll post those as soon as I can. For now, here are some very rough sketches of a cart. We’ll see how close the actual cart comes with my ideal version.
Now that both kids are in school full 5 days, I am busy pursuing some of what has been waiting on the back burner for a long time. I’ve been presenting products featuring silhouettes for a few years. I always get such great feedback from customers that I’m very anxious to take the paper products and prints to the next level. Opening the Etsy store has been a great way to get my feet wet and gain even more feedback and requests that spark more focused ideas. When I am in the studio downtown (if all goes well with the lease signing), then I’m hoping it will really take off. So I feel very rushed to get the groundwork in place and buy enough supplies to have a good stock in place so I can fill orders as the holidays approach.