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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

4 February 2003

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2003

[maternal]
Expecting Twins
Work-in-Progress
by Kelly Borsheim
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    CONTENTS:
  1. A Gift for You
  2. A Day in the Life of an Artist
  3. Painting Demo and Exhibition Schedule
  4. How to Photograph Your Sculpture
  5. Subscription Info.

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A Gift for You - Valentine's Special Offer:

We celebrate Valentine's Day every year on February 14 to remind ourselves to show the people we care about just how we feel. You are important to me, so I would like to offer you a gift throughout the entire month of February:

FREE Crating and Shipping on any available Borsheim artwork(s) to an address within the United States or Canada or 50% off on international shipping fees. This offer MAY be used together with the special introductory offer for the limited edition bronze "Expecting Twins", as well as any other available painting or sculpture you see on my Web site. This is the time to save.

How about a "Valentine" for your Valentine?

"Expecting Twins" may be seen online at:
www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2003/expectingtwins.htm
This bronze that celebrates maternity and triangles (I just love that contrast of roundness with angles!) is offered at a 20% pre-casting discount. Why so much? Because right now, you can only view a concept as put together by me in digital format. Your ability to visualize what is in my head is worth a lot!

Hurry! Offers end on February 28, 2003.

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A Day in the Life of an Artist:

It seems lately the questions I have been asked most are "What kind of work routine do you have?" Most artists have a unique schedule that works around their various responsibilities and family life. I suppose I am no different.

Typically I am up by 8 a.m. and I usually work until at least midnight, taking breaks throughout my day as needed. I try to fit household chores and exercise into these breaks. Much of what I do is based on the weather. In the long, hot summers of Texas, I tend to work outside on my stone carving from about 9 am to noon. Then I work inside my studio during the heat of the day (or on rainy days), sculpting in clays and waxes for casting artworks into bronzes or occasionally by painting. About 5 p.m. I will go back outside and work for another hour or two before I go in for dinner.

During the winter, the schedule is the opposite - I stay inside during the colder morning and venture out after the sun has done its best work. This work pattern also varies depending on factors such as my deadlines and other people's schedules (for instance, a bronze foundry will typically need 2-3 months to cast a piece and I have to factor that time in). I work hard to make sure that each time I write to you, I have something new to show you.

In the evenings, I visit with my husband John until he calls it a day. After that, I work on the business side of art, usually updating my Web site, responding to e-mails, researching ideas, or reading about art.

I keep to this schedule pretty regularly 6 days a week. The 7th day is often the day I go into Austin to teach sculpture, visit with "my kid" Rudy (who I have mentored for 11 years as of Feb. 13), shop at the market, and run any other errands I need to. Sometimes I am able to combine this day with a 3-hour life-drawing session. This makes for a pretty long day, but I find it more efficient to pack it all in like this. And naturally, special occasions (family events, art openings, parties, etc.) and art exhibits alter this schedule a bit. So does my volunteer work - among other things, I create the Web site for the Texas Society of Sculptors and the Austin Sculpture Center (www.tsos.org). And tonight I started taking classes on how to speak Italian. That puts me in town 1 extra night a week for a while.

All in all, it is a good life, surrounded by lots of wildlife (raccoons, possums - which John named "Kitty" and "Big Kitty", many small birds, roadrunners, herons, hawks, owls, guinea, and occasionally deer and skunk) and lots of trees. Some images from a typical day are online at:
www.borsheimarts.com/at_work.htm

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Painting Demo and Exhibition Schedule

On Saturday, February 22nd, John will be at the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas, for most of the day as he takes a patina workshop with patineur Ron Young. John is really getting into the chemistry and art of creating patinas on bronze!

So I will ride into town with him and will be giving a painting demonstration at the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild Gallery at 1009 Main Street.

Hours are roughly 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. Please come on by at your convenience.

For more information about this and other upcoming art events, please visit:
www.borsheimarts.com/exhibits.htm

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How to Photograph Your Sculpture:

The Austin Sculpture Center (where I teach anatomy) is having its annual student and faculty exhibit in May. I have volunteered to organize this event. In order to help other artists market their works and prompted by this exhibit, I have decided to create a short workshop in how to photograph sculpture. Austin-based commercial photographer Deborah Peacock, who specializes in photographing artworks for artists, and I will give a joint lecture and slide presentation on Friday March 7th about photography and issues of interest to sculptors. Then on Saturday, March 8th, the class will set up and shoot images of their artworks. For more information on this workshop, contact the Austin Sculpture Center at 512.371.7606 or visit:
www.tsos.org/learntosculpt.htm

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In closing, please let the loving spirit of Valentine's Day into your life as we work towards a more peaceful and healthy Earth.

With kindest regards,
Kelly Borsheim
4 February 2003

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