Spring has finally arrived here in the northeastern United States and it is most welcome! I've been keeping very busy with commissions and giclees. I'm all caught up on commissions right now and get to make some new art, yay!
It is so much fun to see my sold paintings get printed and come back into my studio, it's like old friends coming over for a visit. I give them some TLC, varnish, wire, nice felt corner bumpers on the back, wrap and pack them up and send them on their way, just like an original painting.
You can see my new velcro wall in this picture, it's almost a year old already! My husband and I (well just him, really) built it over Easter weekend last year. It allows me to move my paintings around very easily while I paint.
On my painting table you can see sheets of rigid foam insulation. They make a very forgiving surface while I'm handling the very delicate giclees before I get that protective varnish on them. That is a giclee of "Touch Me Here" getting varnished on the table, and a new painting called "Big City". The painting on the wall hasn't given me a name yet.
I've been getting a lot of commissions this year. That means someone sees a painting that is sold and asks me to make another original for them, based on the sold painting. It's always a different process for each painting. Some of my fluid paintings can't be reproduced but they can certainly inspire a new, similar painting. I always try to make the composition and colors as close to the original as I can, but with the fluid paintings, the details are always different. With my geometric paintings, I can come very close to the original painting because it's a more straightforward approach. My pours get built in layers that are pretty much out of control, but with the layering process I can make it work.
It's a complex process, and I have come to enjoy it. People LOVE to do this and I REALLY enjoy working with my collectors, showing the pictures as I progress, and communicating with such enthusiastic and appreciative patrons. I have the most wonderful art buyers imaginable, and this is what has made me want to do this, to reproduce my own paintings as new originals.
Sometimes it's a little stressful because since I've already been paid, I feel as if I must produce it as quickly as possible. But my buyers don't feel that way, they are happy to participate in the creation process and to watch it unfold. So I am relaxing more with the approach, it has been very successful, and I am enjoying it more and more.
This set of giclees is from my original painting "Tumult in Teal". These are actually bigger than the original painting which is 20x40 inches. This giclee print set is 24x48, 1.5 inches deep. It looks fantastic. I'm so happy to be able to offer these.
I'm very pleased to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014! It's already a great year.
Today I received a vintage 1970's electric carving knife that I bought from a seller on Etsy. We already have a vintage 1970's electric carving knife in the kitchen, but I recently discovered that they are a good way to cut up corrugated cardboard for shipping! Who would have thought? I'm not sure yet if it's much better than the little Skil saw, but it's another tool in the arsenal when it's time to do battle with cardboard.
Here is a section of the painting I began last night....no name yet....
And just as I'm writing this post a lovely new customer purchased "The Quickening" on Etsy. Thank you so much to a new collector!!! I'll have a chance to use my new cardboard knife :)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas. Dimensions:
36" high, 24" wide, ¾"
The sides are painted black. The sand texture is
continued on the sides. Description:
Beautiful abstracted painting of a tree in a landscape with
a stained glass appearance. Geometric elements in the
composition. Heavily textured with sand and acrylic
Dimensions: 36" high, 24" wide, ¾" deep. Very textured surface with many layers of color that impart a richness and depth. The sides are painted black. http://www.sallytrace.com/2011/alignment.htm Click the link above to visit this painting on my website and purchase if still availble.
This beautiful Luna Moth greeted me in the FedEx parking lot this afternoon. He was flying erratically around a little tree next to my car, and flopping down on the blacktop. I tried to get him settled in a grassy area, but there was no dark place for him except under cars. He landed on my fender, I opened the door and in he flew. So we drove home together. He was pretty beat up and unfortunately didn't last too long. I found this article: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/luna_moth.htm and determined that he is male because of his big beautiful antennae. They don't fly during the day so something was wrong. I think it was just his time. Nice of him to spend it with me.
Update...he is still alive!! I just went out to check on him and he moved his little front feet like he's getting ready to take off. The heat of the day was bad for him, I think and it's getting cool now. So it's party time in Lunaville. Yay!
One of my collectors just commissioned me to create a painting. In an email he asked me:
"You're amazing. This should be fun.
How do you name them? Thank you Jesse :)"
Below is the answer. I thought it might be interesting to post my little essay for other viewers and buyers of my paintings.
Well usually the names come to me as I'm painting them. As you're painting, part of the mind is really focused and other parts of the mind just wander freely around like in meditation. Thoughts and associations float in and out. Then you see something in the painting that is very evocative of a memory, or something you've learned about life or something that is going on in your life and relationships. It runs the whole spectrum of emotions. For instance "the Next Chapter" was about my Mom in the nursing home and the transitions that she is experiencing. That is very personal for me, but for the viewers and buyers of the paintings, a title like that can also mean something very personal for them. And I hope it does. So I don't usually explain the title unless it's something overt like scientific and cosmic phenomena.
Or in the case of "A Thousand Beautiful Things", I just was so immersed in that song as I painted that there just was no other title that would do.
And then others are almost purely visual like "Fugue in Plaid". I just love the humor and the mind-bending aspect in the juxtaposition of those 2 seemingly disparate elements of music and visual pattern.
And then sometimes no name comes so I have to gaze at it for awhile and look for an association. My husband Chet has helped...he named one for me "Rose Meridian" which I think is an excellent name. Often the titles are about juxtaposition like that.
Now that I wrote all of this, I think I will put it in the blog. Thanks for inspiring me to explain the process.