July 7th, 2013
On Monday, July 8, 2013, I am launching Charm Hollow. Charm is a bunny character I have created. She is my alter-ego. She will be the face of my art, my site, my blog. I am going to develop her world using blogs, artwork and ultimately books. But for my purposes, Charm will be the face of my art. She has friends at the Hollow...Sweet Heart, Bluebelle and Buzz. Buzz her cute little bee friend. As I move along with Charm, there will be products produced through other print-on-demand sites who print products, (aka Cafepress and Zazzle).
Charm is my voice, my icon, my stand-in. So I hope you give me feedback, let me know what you think!
Shelley & Charm
March 7th, 2013
Racing out of the gate as 2013 gets kicking into high gear this month. Doing an art festival at the local high school to benefit Give Kids the World, a wonderful charity in Kissimmee, Florida. GKTW gives sick kids a chance to get away to a fun locale, enjoy the grounds and visit Disney Parks. Next week I will be at Orlando's Sam Flax on Friday, doing a live painting demonstration. Then the next day, Saturday, I will be having an open house at my home and studio. It is an art sale so I can paint more paintings. I have run out of places for them, time to move them to a good new home!
So if you are in the area, let me know, and I will give you the directions. Also, keep an eye on my Events page, and you can keep up with me. Thanks for following!
January 31st, 2013
Hello to fellow artists and patrons. I can't tell you how often I've heard "I can't draw a stick figure". Quite honestly, I had been tired of hearing this response to my art, so I decided to change the response. I painted it. I have been a creator and artist "since I was a child". Another much-heard phrase. But I have not moved forward with my art career as a Fine Artist as my sole income. This is, in my humble opinion, after years of soul-searching, due to my taking on others' opinions of artists, the final cliché quote "Starving Artists". This is my personal least favorite concept. I have come to realize THIS IS NOT TRUE. It is a falsehood and misconception. I can point to many successful artists....Jasmine Beckett-Griffith, Thomas Kincade, Wyland, Wyeth, Warhol, the list goes on and on.
What makes them successful? Faith in 1. Self 2. Talent 3. Ability 4. Marketing opportunities. So without further ado, I am on my way to taking myself seriously. After all, if I don't who will? I have contracted with an art rep, and I give myself credit for what I've already accomplished. 1. Great work already finished and ready to sell 2. license deal 3. published in a contemporary painters book last year 4. great friends who love my work. Wish me luck!