In 2004, I knew a fun loving, courageous girl named Angie, who bartended in Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale area. Her Bruno was already older, but one of the sweetest dogs I'd met. I have no idea what happened to this Angie, but hey, maybe she'll read this and update me?
I was taking every drawing and painting class I could find that were held after day job hours. Pencils, specifically a 4B, were my favorites as they are inexpensive tools and if you can draw then you can paint.
Angie requested a commission of her Bruno. This was my first ever pet portrait. I stumbled upon the photo on the date of this posting and thought to share.
This drawing is (or was?) 11 by 14 inches, pencil on cotton rag paper, circa 2004.
,Every year, during the first week of December, it's Art Basel Miami Beach.
For 2019, it's Sunday, December 1st through Sunday, December 8th.
Every year, I try to attend either Art Miami or Art Basel. These are two different art exhibitions, but both are the largest during this time.
I try to attend these shows in order to learn what other artists are doing. I love to see what the international galleries are displaying for their collectors. It's an eye-opening, exciting opportunity to see a few hundred world wide galleries and perhaps thousands of different world wide artists. I take notes and sketches, keeping my eyes open for ideas and techniques to use in my paintings.
Last year, my husband and I did a Friends and Fire evening when the conversation turned to Art Basel. Everyone in the South Florida area that know little about art believe that Art Basel Time is for local artists and galleries.
Art Basel Miami Time is for International Tourism.
Art Basel Miami Time averages 80,000ish visitors from all over the world.
The two main art shows are Art Basel and Art Miami.
Art Basel Miami Beach averages 270ish leading galleries from 35ish countries.
Art Miami is averages 250 international galleries.
INTERNATIONAL. This means that NO or FEW South Florida artists and/or galleries are exhibited or shared during this time. The satellite shows are lost in the "noise" of both of these large fairs...and there are 100s of satellite shows that piggy back on these two main fairs. It's difficult to get attention to these smaller shows because of the marketing power of the two main fairs.
I do encourage you to go see art during Art Basel Time...but remember that to see the actual South Florida artists, you can see them all year around. I attend to see International artworks that I would never get to enjoy otherwise.
If you like podcasts, a great episode about why artists should see major exhibits like Art Basel and how to visit Art Basel on a budget, click over to it on this paragraph and listen to The Artist Next Level Podcast with Sergio Gomez: My visit to Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, December 13, 2018.
If you decide to attend either show, let me know! Maybe we can meet there for a little while!
About this artwork: Other Side of Fence Palm Tree Abstract, 24 by 24 inches, mixed media on canvas, 2017, by me, Angeline Marie Martinez
Selfie at Art Miami, 2018
...After having observed the space for many years—as academic, gallerist, and internet entrepreneur—I realized: There are two art worlds. There is the tiny fraction of galleries and artists at the top that make all the money. And there is the other world, much larger in size but with artists and gallerists who can barely afford rent.
It was devastating to unfold this map. Ninety-nine percent of all institutions scored low and there was only one route to success. If an artist was not part of the central hub, he or she was stuck in an island network....No more than 240 artists who began exhibiting in an island were able to enter the central hub. That’s 240 of 500,000.
...Chances to make it as a gallery are equally low...
There is no better place to see this network in action than the floor plan of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. ...The booths for young and emerging galleries are squeezed into corners on the second floor, out of sight..., with no chance to ever make it to the main act. In Art Basel’s Miami edition it’s no different....
...The common belief that the community will sooner or later “discover” an artist is simply wrong. Moneyball for the art world has arrived....
by Magnus Resch
I enjoyed Art Miami 2018 during what is always called "Art Basel Miami Week." I will be attending either Art Miami, Art Basel, or both this year, too. 2019 dates are December 1 - December 8th.
As an art painter, I enjoy seeing other people's artwork. I love seeing what I like, what I don't like, and how other people make things. Art Basel aka Art Miami Week is an opportunity to see work at galleries located all over the globe that set up in Miami, Florida for a single week. This is the best way to see this level of art collection, all in one place!
Art Basel and that level isn't for local artists. It's for the 240 of 500,000 that are in the "central hub." I'm one of the 499,760 artists outside that central hub. There are thousands of exhibits spinning around Art Basel that get lost because Art Basel and Art Miami are the only ones that "truly matter."
How do I feel about being one of 499,760? I'm alright. Maybe I'll get there, maybe I won't. As long as YOU love what I paint, it's all good. YOUR central hub is where I'd like to be! Let me be one of your less than 240 artists, lol!
If you want to read the entire article, click the link:
BY Magnus Resch POSTED 12/03/18 10:58 AM
A data-generated map of art institutions, ranked by “centrality,” showing how their relative influence shapes artists’ careers. Click to enlarge.
COURTESY MAGNUS RESCH
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Halloween Still Life with Bird Skeleton, 23 by 30 inches, acrylics on paper, available
Have kept your wonder for fossils? For dinosaurs and other extinct creatures?
Mi Papa and I raised a baby bird for a few weeks when I was about 9 years old. We played catch with Tweety to teach him how to fly. I have a few photos of us, thanks to mi Mama.
The design of this fossil is soooo cool. It's as if an etching (type of print), but then adding mixed media materials (the flattened bones, the textures).
What colors would you make the feathers? I love, love, love this fossil!
Do you keep wonder about fossils? Which are your favorite fossils?
Original location of this photo and for complete article, click here:
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
Andy opened our home to Airbnb last week. We are used to entertaining friends in our home, from just for an evening party to a few weeks at a time.
Up until last week, we had some simple cardboard signs and blue painters tape for house signs like Bathroom, Trash, Recycle, etc. These are great for a few hours...but for months? Tacky and ugly.
Soooo, I designed some fun cartoony signs, based on our cat Simon. I’ll be showing them here as I finish, lol. Andy’s happily hung them around our home. Our guests, I think, are enjoying them, lol.
If you’d like some signs for your home, I’d be excited to help you. Send your pet or favorite animal photo and I can design the signs you want. My email is angeline@angelinemarie (dot) net and investment starts at $25 per sign.
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
to see our Airbnb listings:
For South Africa Room
For Key West Room
There are two pet holidays this week!
This Thursday, August 8th, is International Cat Day. I wonder what Heathclif and Garfield are doing all day?
This Saturday, August 10th, is Spoil Your Dog Day. It is also happens to be National Be Lazy Day...maybe take lots of naps with your dog?
I'll be adding some paint to big pup Carly while cat Simon sips from his very own studio water dish. If I'm lazy at all, it will on purpose, swinging from our hammock while enjoying time with my guy Andy.
Whatever you do, are you going to give a scratch behind the ears to your best furry friend?
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
May We Help Hang Catnip? 14 by 11 inches, acrylics on canvas, in a private collection
Dudley, Family Protector, 11 by 7 inches, acrylics on wood panel, in a private collection
The last few months, I've been working on a dream project. I've based a lot from our wedding, Andy & mine. We had six months to plan our wedding...and as I looked around the wedding market place, I couldn't find what I really wanted for us. With six months and no painting studio, it was even more difficult to imagine anything unique for us, made by us. We managed a few unique touches, like our invitations and our table names with photos we printed. Other than that, we had a very lovely and traditional wedding, lol.
I'm proposing a little idea of Your Story, Your Wedding, Your Memories. Featured here is an original painting I made for the center of canvas for our guests to sign like a book.
It's definitely Our Story, It's definitely Our Memories.
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Best Leaders Learn from Art https://hbr.org/2018/04/the-best-leaders-see-things-that-others-dont-art-can-help
The gist of the article in the above link is that if you'd like to become more creative, go see art and discuss that art with people from different backgrounds. The best leaders see things that others don’t. Art can help by opening conversations about what you see and what others see.
The last few years, I've made an effort to go see other people's artwork. It helps me gather different ideas, see from new places. I love seeing how materials come together to make artwork. It's just a healthy mental thing for me to do.
Andy knows that my going to galleries and museums makes me spark…like motorcycles make him spark. Sometimes, Andy will go with me, but then we keep it to one gallery or a museum section. He knows what he likes and will give a chance to art he doesn't like and then we do talk about it.
If you're a leader, go see some art. Want to be a leader? Go see some art. If you'd like to invite me, I'd love to go with you! Let's be leaders! Let’s discuss!
Smiles with paint on my hands,
I just did a quick Google search to look up publishers like F+W Media. I gave up - too many for me to research.
Why do you want to know that F+W Media filed bankruptcy?
Because F+W MediaPublishing is
Below is from a blog that I follow called Making A Mark:
Excerpt from article:
I'm not surprised by the fact of the bankruptcy - except by the length of time they have managed to last....
It pains me to say this but I saw this coming a very long time ago when I realised that the owners failed to grasp the reality of the move of commerce to online and what the requirements are of a new type of business model. They seemed to have a vision of ecommerce which was was corporate and conglomerate and failed to realise how nimbler smaller operations would move faster to satisfy demand from its consumers.
To my mind, it was a lumbering giant in an ecommerce world full of micro-entrepreneurs.
My perspective is from someone who loves holding a real published book in my hands. I love to browse hardcopy books. My studio hardcopy library is full of books published by F+W Media. I love going to my shelves and browsing these books.
I also have little patience when I want to learn something. I have a love-hate relationship with the internet. I completely agree with Making a Mark that F+W Media is being mismanaged...but giants are wonderful because they can be easily found and "reduced" to what you want. All those micro-entrepreneurs, I recognize that I am one, too. We get lost in masses, us micro-entrepreneurs. It's just not that easy to get content when you want it from a huge crowd of stuff - and decide if that content is even usable!
I'll be watching what happens with F+W Media, closely.
You can read the entire article by Making a Mark, published (ironically on mi Papa's 102nd birthday 3/14/19 if he were here) here: https://makingamark.blogspot.com/2019/03/owner-of-artist-network-wet-canvas.html
Some of the books in my collection...some from F&W, some exhibit catalogs, some other stuff books.
A laser device selling for about $80,000 US will safely erase pen and spray paint from Italian monuments. It takes one person about 20 minutes to erase an area of 10 square centimeters, about 1.55 square inches.
Seems the pen is used across the world, especially at UNESCO world heritage sites.
I have to wonder, though. The monuments made of stone...would soap and water be easier and still safe to use? If it's made of stone, would a pressure washer occasionally used be ok?
I do believe that it is important to save artworks and monuments from graffiti and vandalism, but is this the best way to save artworks and monuments from graffiti?
What do you think? Read the entire article here: http://artdaily.com/news/111881/World-s-first-graffiti-busting-laser-helps-Florence-s--Angels-#.XIY_HCJKi70
Sprinkles and Carousels with Aqua Girl with Yellow Circles, 22 x 8 inches, collage on paper ©2019 Angeline Marie Martinez