Hello,About a year ago, a fellow sculptor and friend visited
my booth in the middle of a 2-day show and then
invited me to dinner. I was thrilled by the prospect
since I do not often go out socially and this
person has always been willing to share information about art and
the business of art with me (and other artists). She
even gave me a sculpture-related job when she
knew I could use some cash.
So you can imagine my dismay when she
announced, "Kelly, if you want to make a living as
an artist, you need to stop doing the figurative
work. You are strongest on the marine animals and
people do not buy nudes."
My friend was not saying this from malice,
but I still felt the words crushing my spirit. That was
a long night for me, but of course, I could not stop
sculpting or painting the figure. (The follow-up to this story is that the next day, two of my figurative nudes sold at the show. It was an encouraging sign . . . )
Instead of doing what I was told, I discovered a new routine in the year 2000: I now spend more time
working on the figure and studying anatomy.
It was that same show in which another
artist I had met the year before approached me in a rush and
exclaimed, "Kelly, you HAVE to read Michelangelo's
biography, "The Agony and the Ecstasy", by Irving Stone.
Michelangelo! How could this be bad advice? So I
smiled and waved a thank you as he disappeared into the
crowd. What a book! Reading this book and revisiting my books with
images of the great sculptor's stone carvings has helped me to focus
and has increased my understanding of the human body.
So many inspirational and
educational passages — I have not been able to make
myself finish the last 20 pages because I do not want
it to be over!
Books can be such a remarkable source of inspiration and education and I often find myself lurking in bookstores. I have been blessed by the friends who have given or loaned me books that seem to appear at just the time I was ready for them.
Buy YOUR copy of Michelangelo's biography via:
Exhibiting art is always fun (since that is a large part of
my social life) and I get the chance to "get out more"
twice in October:
Sculpt*fest is a one day festival featuring works by
over 40 Texas artists, many of whom demonstrate their
techniques, at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
in Austin, Texas (USA). I will only be exhibiting my
marine and figurative sculptures at this show, with the
bronze "Sharon" in the Silent Auction. Note the date change:
Sculpt*fest 2000 = Sunday, October 15th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission = FREE
The following weekend I will be exhibiting my figurative
paintings and sculpture at Artists' Harvest. This show is
an indoor 2-day show also held in Austin.
Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd,
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per person, unless you request some
tickets from me (all of those who are on my print newsletter
list will be receiving 2 passes very soon). If you would like
some tickets (or would like to receive the print newsletter,
please just send me your mailing address with the request.
On Thursday night, October 19, I will be a panelist for
"Marketing Your Art on the Internet," hosted by the Austin
Visual Arts Association (AVAA). For details, please contact
AVAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-457-0075.
Saturday, November 25th: the 9th Annual Harvest Art Fest
Exhibit in Bastrop, Texas will feature my figurative paintings.
For details about all events, please visit:
I try to post images of new work as often as I can and
wanted to alert you to a few new pieces:
To see the newest artworks even before they are finished,
Current projects include
- a marine sculpture in Utah alabaster, "Puffer".
I hope to have this work done by Sculpt*fest 2000.
- a figurative sculpture, "Reginald".
Kelly's sculptures and paintings may be purchased directly
from her, or from Teeks Gallery "on the Square" in
Wimberley, Texas. Teeks may be reached at (512) 847-8868.
See below for Kelly's contact information.
This is the last art e-newsletter of the year 2000. As an emerging
artist, I still have a "day job". Mine happens to be running my
own business selling beeswax candle-making supplies from my
Web site. Typically this time of year is busy for candle makers
and I usually find I have no time to create art.
Please let me take this opportunity to wish you a safe and
happy holiday season. It is important that we spend
time with others – not everyone has family or a warm place to
share during the holidays and this time seems to emphasize the
aloneness so many of us feel.
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