Build a Rainbow – Part Deux

I am back to building rainbows with my friends from Daisy Yellow.  The color for today was Pale pink or salmon.  I chose pink – even though I’m not much of a pink person.  I mixed some pink paint and I loved that it looked and had the texture of frosting.  I decided to go bigger than my tags this week and move up to a postcard size piece of work.  I upcycle old unused exhibit cards into miniature pieces of art.  So I grabbed one and spread the paint/frosting on with a palette knife, icing my postcard.  My first swipe left some of the art from the postcard showing through and I liked that effect.  Once it had dried I was wondering what to do next.  I considered leaving it as is, but then decided to add some words.  Sort of an amateur Haiga.  Writing on the paint with my sharpie was not as easy as I had hoped so my execution wasn’t so great.  Oh well, what are you going to do?!  I also posted some pale pink 5’x5″ valentines I made last year.

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Artists Valentine Sale

Please join us for an Artist Valentine Sale and purchase a beautiful, handmade valentine for someone you love.  All sorts of artist-made valentines are offered for sale at prices ranging from $3 to $300. Light refreshments and live music make this event a delightful winter afternoon.

Attendance at the valentine party and sale is free and open to the public. All proceeds of the sale fund the grant program for artists. 

Artist Valentine Sale Locations and Dates:

Sunday January 30  – 2 to 5pm
246 Main Street
Groton, MA

Saturday February 6  12 to 3pm
Western Avenue Studios, Loading Dock
122 Western Avenue
Lowell, MA

More Valentines!

Okay, so I continue to work on my valentines.  last night I worked on the palest one from my original posting.  I darkened the outside edge and penciled in some words.  Not sure if it is done or whether I will make the words permanent.  The next one is a collage from a collage.  I had done a collage in the past for a valentine show.  I took a picture of that collage and ripped it into pieces to create a new, smaller one. I plan to add words which say, “Songs from my heart”. All of these that I have been creating are on 5×5 clayboard.  See what you think…

Artists Valentine Fun

Well, I had expected to tell you about the Artists Valentine yesterday.  The problem is, I couldn’t get at my computer.  First my husband worked on it all day and then my daughter planted herself in front of it all night.  **sigh**  My husband is at my desk yet again on a conference call.  So I have resorted to using my lap top.  Not that it is a bad thing.  I am sitting in my study (my favorite room) looking out at the birds at the bird feeder in the garden.  This room gets wonderful sunshine in the afternoon which is comforting during these cold New England days.  So, to the matter at hand.

The Artists Valentine is a yearly event.  Artists create valentines that are offered for sale.  The proceeds from the sale are used to grant artists (who have participated) funds to further pursue their art.  This is my first year participating.  Below I have provided more detail from the Artist Valentine web site for those of you in my area (Boston) who might like to participate.


Fundraising for Artists, by Artists

Artists make Valentines and we offer them for sale.

Proceeds from the annual Valentine sales (which have been held every Feb. since 1996) are used to fund a juried grant competition for artists. Artists who have donated work to the Artist’s Valentine are eligible to apply for an unrestricted grant to further their art. The awards are made through the jurying of digital images (of their professional work).

Since 1996 on average $4000 per year has been awarded to visual artists of every discipline: painters, fiber artists, printmakers, installation artists — the gamut. Every penny of these grants has come from the sale of artist-made valentines. All labor is volunteer, and all valentines are donated.

Nationally known museum curators, gallerists, professors, working artists, and critics have served as jurors to the Artist’s Valentine, including Barbara Krakow, Nick Capasso, Pamela Clark Cochrane, Bernard Toale, Joseph Carroll, Ben Aronson, and Christina Lanzi. The 2011 Juror is Ricardo Baretto of the UrbanArts

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