I am raising funds to attend an artist residency in New Mexico for May! To paint and develop work in a stimulating new environment.
Finding inspiration, as I do, in objects and places around me, working from my photos and sketches, I crave time to focus on my artwork away from my small home studio and from constant work at various jobs. In fact, I'm moving out of my apartment in order to give myself the chance to finally pursue such opportunities for a while, that's how sure I am that this will be a worthwhile and significant step in reinvigorating my painting! I have some ideas and reference material to bring, but I mostly plan to allow the extraordinary light and space of the Southwest to inspire a palette and sense of composition quite different from that of my home state of New York.
I am conscious of my preoccupation with the past partly manifesting itself in my paintings, and want to infuse this nostalgia with the energy and atmosphere of a new place and new people. This means extending beyond the boundaries of my own time and the landscape I grew up in. Though I expect I will find plenty of old things to paint in New Mexico!
I am inspired by the influences of traveling on artists I greatly admire, such as NY/Maine/Mass painter Edward Hopper's trips to New Mexico. Known for his urban and small-town scenes, he sought out and painted the local color, in every sense of the word. I am still an emerging artist and hope to similarly broaden my scope.
The residency cost includes accommodations (with hot springs!), studio space, & groceries. It provides a venue to exhibit and sell work, meet other artists and interact with the public. They awarded me a much-appreciated small grant, but I must procure the rest. I plan to fly there and use a bike to get around, but the town of Truth or Consequences is over 2 hours south of Albuquerque, so the funds I raise will be used for plane & taxi fare and the residency fee. Oh, and to transport all the work I will do!
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2 postcards of my painting Cityscape With Water Tower (see site for image).
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Hand-painted bottle cap magnet. These have been known to feature old soda brands, simple colorful images, tiny scenes, other designs by request.
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8"x10" digital archival print of one of my paintings of your choice, or a locally-printed t-shirt of my Beacon Dummy Light painting (see my site for image). And a postcard.
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Either two 8"x10" digital archival prints of two of my paintings of your choice, or one print and one hand-painted bottle cap magnet. Or a 2"x3" drawing of, probably, an object.
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An original ink drawing on paper or small watercolor, 8"x10" or 9"x12", and a 6"x8" or 8"x10" digital archival print of one of my paintings.
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One 2"x3" original painting or mixed media (paint and collage) on canvas. Or two ink-on-paper drawings. Either of these accompanied by an optional batch of homemade cookies (for references, ask anyone in Beacon).
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One 2"x3" original painting on canvas AND a drawing, ink or watercolor, subject either picked by me or to be discussed with you. OR one 6"x6" original painting or mixed media work. And a hand-painted postcard from New Mexico. If you like the cookie idea, that could be worked out as well.
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One 9"x12" or thereabouts original painting on canvas, subject either picked by me or to be discussed with you, and 3-4 dozen homemade cookies or suitable baked treat (for references, ask anyone in Beacon). And a hand-painted postcard from New Mexico.
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Anything above $300 will involve a mutually-agreed-upon combination of items from above levels (I aim to be open-minded and accommodating), or one larger painting based on amount pledged and subject matter, etc, or a spot mural for your home or business, depending on location. As well as my sincere thanks. This would all be discussed.
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