Tuesday, February 21, 2006

prescence: The state or fact of being present

There's a plethora of things swirling around me in my world right now. Looming in the near future is my new exhibit 'Beyond The Pale'. It's a collection of handpainted photography merged with altered art. I am working day and night, March 26th is a blink away.
My hands are filled with paint...as are my clothes...I never understand how I usually have it all over my face as well. And my poor cuticles.
I was thinking today...It should be mandatory that every one should own an IPOD. How it helps me to be present. When my favorite music hits my eardrums... I get swept up and the world melts away. It is totally different than hearing music from somewhere in the room...this music that is inside my head, makes me feel so much more centered and focused on what I'm doing. If you haven't tried it, you might like it. It truly offers me a helpful hand when I create art.
OK...Sting and my break is over now...


Amanda A. Brooks said...

I know what you mean about the IPOD. The world around me goes away. Do you have the Beatles on your IPOD? :) Dixie Chicks on my IPOD is great. :)
-Amanda Brooks

ac said...

The Beatles??? But of course!

Anonymous said...

Another show! Where is it at? I am 20 years old and an artist. How did you start out in art? Did you go to school? How do you go about setting up a show? I hope I'm not bombarding you.
I have a website..If you want to check it out the link is:
I am constantly working on it..I can never finish it..haha

Anonymous said...

wishing you the best of creativity for your upcoming show. xoxo

Anonymous said...

I will have to get myself an IPOD, enjoy the solitude, and amaze my family with my "coolness!"

This question is for Angela and all of you other art lovers. My daughter is 21 now and trying to find her way in life. She's thought of fashion design, interior design, and make-up artistry. She has always dibbled in art. After high school, she looked into art schools, but she got discouraged when she went to see them because she felt she wasn't good enough (after seeing student artwork displayed), plus they are very expensive!

Since you are all artists, do you recommend art schools? Or do most artists "just do it" on their own without attending a school? I'm curious as to what you all have done to get yourselves stationed in the art world.

Good luck getting ready for your show, Angela! Do you have an art studio at home to work from? Do you do any art besides photography?


ac said...

Thanks for all the comments. To answer your questions...I will do my best. My show will be at A STUDIO GALLERY starting March 26th...you can check here for the info www.astudiogallery.com.
I have always made art and loved it. I never went to art school but my Dad was a technical artist, photographer and Art Director and I learned more from him than anyone.
Setting up a show is an enormous amount of work. There is the venue, the titles for the art, the get organized...and then of course there is the art...that is the most important...but it is a time of focus and hard work. It propels me create and expand my artistic abilities so I strive to have a show a year.
Your site is well done Katie. I know...websites are a contant work in progress.

Thanks Nina for your kind wishes... xo

I am sure every artist has a different story about their path into the art world. Ever heard the phrase 'starving artist'?
It's not easy, and I would say you have to LOVE it to pursue it. But if it is your dream...then you find a way. There are techinical basics that are important to know. I do not subscibe to an Art School that makes everyone do things one way...art is subjective...and wherever you study your craft you need to express who you are.
At 21 the world is an open stage. Unfortunately while one 'just does it' they need to eat and have a roof over their head. So here are my two cents...by going to college your daughter will learn about herself, what she is interested in, where she wants to go and who she wants to be. Art includes life experience and knowing what is going on around you. She can perhaps get work as an assistant in a fashion house or to a photographer or artist...she needs to delve into the fields she is interested in to see if they fit. She won't know if she doesn't 'do it'. And tell her to not be so hard on herself. There's a world out there...Finding your voice can take years...and being down on oneself just takes energy that could be chanelled into art.
Buy her a journal and have her paint and write in it. You'd be amazed at what you can learn about yourself.

sf said...

Okay, an ipod is now on my "wish-list"!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Angela - I think your journal idea is great. I don't know why I didn't think of it. I am a teacher and have suggested journals to students/parents to record feelings/ideas/stories. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to use the same idea with my own daughter! I guess I wasn't thinking of using a journal for art, since my mind doesn't seem to work in that mode!
Sometimes it can be tough getting these sons and daughters to find their own directions in life, can't it? I'm looking forward to seeing "Failure to Launch" and "Free Ride." I jokingly say they must be about my son/daughter!

Deb said...


I've been an admirer of yours for some time now. Love this post & the artwork. There is a stark softness to it - I know those 2 words don't quite ring true together, but that's why I love your artwork. It always catches me by surprise and moves me deeply...thus the "stark softness."

I would like to add your link to my blog and website, but I never do so unless I have the artist's permission.

Let me know if a link to you is ok, and keep on making that gorgeous work!

Deb Trotter