There's something inherently and even mystically distinct from what is rendered by their male counterparts when female artists turn their creative attention to females as muse and subject. The exact differences may be difficult or even impossible to detail, but when taken together and established as the focus for a single exhibition, they yield compelling insights about the undeniable power of women as artists and subjects.
The chance to experience these telling distinctions is being offered at RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor as part of the gallery's fourth annual "Women Painting Women: Our Collective Conscience." The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 8, 2016 with an Artist Reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It continues on view through November 20, 2016.
The exhibition features paintings by 17 artists based nationally and internationally selected from an open call that drew hundreds of submissions from around the world, according to the gallery. Many of the exhibiting artists are expected to the attend the Opening Reception on Saturday, part of a busy Columbus Day Weekend.
"This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for artists and the gallery but also for collectors to discover emerging female talent and support the growth of these artists," said gallerist Richard Demato.
Brianna Lee's art represents a continuous search for the intrinsic beauty of all life surrounding the artist, according to her artist statement. Inspired by Dutch master painters including Vermeer, Rembrandt and Rubens. Lee studied painting at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) and in the atelier of Adrian Gottlieb. She received her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. In her art, classical painting meets contemporary realism through details that may not be obvious at first glance. At RJD Gallery, Lee exhibits the single painting Portrait of Liz.
Richard Demato Fine Art Gallery Presents...Women Painting Women - RJD GALLERY, SAG HARBOR, NY. October 8th 2016
I was browsing Pinterest recently and saw something re-pinned by author of the Underpaintings Magazine Blog, Matthew Innis. It looked incredibly familiar so I opened the link. Lo-and-behold! It was one of my email campaign posts from my studio South Coast Art Center, posted over a year ago!
Funny, I had forgotten all about it. Since then, it has been pinned 4.9 thousand times!
Who knew it was so popular?
It must have struck a cord. So, I thought, why not post it to my blog for everyone?
So here it is, enjoy!
I don't know what it has been like for everyone else, but this summer is whizzing by!
Some of you may already know, but I have been busy building a north light art studio from the ground up. It has been a lot of work. Real work. Get down and dirty, knees in the concrete, lifting 50lbs of drywall 9ft above your head and try not to die- kind of work. We are the ultimate do-it-yourself-ers and this has been one crazy wonderful project. So if you're wondering why I've not posted...
Oh yea, its also 100 degrees outside! Nice and toasty. I made sure to frame a hole for the AC unit for immediate installation once the drywall is finished. I can't wait to begin creating art in here, I am filled to the brim with ideas for paintings. I have so many big plans and projects in store for this space (Another blog update coming soon!)
Amidst the chaos of building the studio, I have a few announcements to make which I am very excited about!
I hope that everyone is having a great, art-filled summer! And remember, if you want to receive notifications of my future blog posts, you can subscribe in the upper right corner of my blog page!
REversion - A Figurative & Portrait Art Exhibition
American Women Artists Annual Spring Online Juried Exhibition Finalist
Custom Oil Paints Now Available!
Artiquette: Social Media Etiquette for Artists
Its a Brave New World...
Love it or hate it, Social Media is now a part of daily life (facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest...and the list keeps growing!). It can be a huge distraction and requires some self-control if you want to have a productive day, but Social Media is also a great tool for artists to reach out to their fans, students and collectors.
With social media, however, there is an intermingling of professional and personal life. I know that this is the case with my own Facebook account. I am connected with artists, collectors and students as well as friends and family. While this is a great tool for keeping everyone in the loop, you also have to be more aware of what you post because it will be floating in cyberspace (almost) indefinitely!
We've all heard about the cases where someone was fired from their jobs for something they posted on their Facebook page – or were turned down for a job because of something in their personal life published on Facebook. Publicly complaining about your boss or posting illegal activity can result in a less than favorable outcome, yet people still do it.
Companies have openly admitted to checking an applicant's Facebook and social media account to see what it reveals about their personal and professional life. It's probably safe to say that Galleries, Art Reps and other professionals in the art field do too.
The B-Word: BRANDING
So how does this relate to you and your Art Business?
All of the business gurus talk about the importance of branding. Many artists hate the word but the fact is, you are a “brand” if you sell goods (art) or services to the public. Every brand has an image that they want people to associate with their product. This includes lifestyle choices too. As an artist, YOU + YOUR ART = YOUR BRAND. But where do we draw the line? How do we know what is good or bad for our brand? I've tried to come up with a few guidelines on what might be appropriate for posting to social media and what might be best to avoid.
Lets start with...
TOPICS TO AVOID:
Of course, there are a few exceptions to the list. For example, if you are a political artist and politics are a part of your brand, then it might be appropriate to post political commentary. However, generally avoid those topics if you don't want to turn off potential clients. And remember, Politics are often heated discussions. If you open yourself up to that, be prepared! Keep it civil and professional.
Now, lets explore...
GREAT TOPICS TO POST:
These are just scratching the surface. There are so many possibilities not listed here!
In Doubt? Here is what you do...
I am so excited, I have a YouTube channel!
I have been meaning to get one up and running. I will be posting several demonstrations and time-lapse videos. I have the footage, its just a matter of editing and posting!
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Happy New Year!
...I know, I am a few weeks late, but I have a very good reason for it. 2016 is already full of changes, as I pack my studio and head to the Pacific NorthWest!
In my 7th year living as a Southern Californian, I realized something. As artists, we spend much of our time in our studio and at our computers, working to create and promote our art. Many of us pull 12 hour days (if not longer!) and forget about weekends and vacations. What's that?!
We are very blessed to make a living with something we love to do - and we know it! However, if you live in a big city, you have to paint faster and often supplement your income with teaching or another job in order to afford the high cost of city dwelling. This can leave you often spent of energy and lacking inspiration for your art. Its great for exposure, connections. But city dwelling is a time sucker - its a catch 22.
Therefore, I have decided to leave the City of Angels so that I can pour my heart and energy into commissions and studio work this year. I will not be offering classes on a regular basis any more, instead, I will offer a limited number of workshops all over the West Coast and parts of the Mid-West! I am excited as this will also give me an opportunity to travel more (which was another goal for 2016)
While I am sad to leave behind my friends and wonderful students, I am excited at what the year will bring! And to my students - do not despair! I will be offering workshops in the Southern California region a few times a year. In fact, I already have three workshops booked here in April!
Visit my Workshops Page for details and I will post the dates below!
I wish you all a creative, healthy and productive year!
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Los Angeles - Kline Academy of Fine Art
2-Day Color Mixing Workshop
Saturday April 24th, 2pm-6pm
& Sunday April 25th,10am-5pm
Orange County - Catalyst Art Supply Warehouse
2-Day Alla-Prima Figure Painting Workshop
Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st
Orange County - Laguna Beach Artist Studios
2-Day Portrait Drawing & Painting Workshop
Monday April 25th & Tuesday April 26th
Ooltewah, TN - LSAFA
Mastering Color: ZORN Color Mixing Workshop
Sunday Sept 4th, 10am-5pm
& Monday Sept 5th,10am-5pm
More dates coming soon!
In Other News...
I was selected for Poets & Artists Magazine's annual 50 Memorable Painters of 2015 and John Seed's Huffington Post article 10 Memorable Paintings from 2015.
You can view the digital publications by clicking the linked titles above. It is an honor to be considered amongst such fine artists! They did a small write up on my work, I am on page 25 of P&E. A big thank you to Didi Mendez and John Seed for including me in this years publications!
Nitram Charcoals are a unique alternative to vine or willow charcoal sticks. They have varying gradations of hard and soft, allowing you to control your tone and weight of line. Personally, I use Nitram Fusain charcoals almost exclusively and recommend them to all of my students, who also have nothing but good things to say. Which is why it was such an honor to be asked for an interview with them on their blog! I am reposting here for your reading pleasure and hope you will take the time to check out their website www.nitramcharcoal.com
Contemporary Charcoals: Brianna Lee Written By: Alexis Culotta
Category Art Materials, Artists, Artwork, Charcoal Inspiration, Charcoal Technique, Featured Art, General, Nitram, The Basics
This week’s blog, the next in our “Contemporary Charcoals” series, features
the work of California native Brianna Lee. Blending a love for the technique
of the Dutch Golden Age masters with her unyielding inspiration gleaned from
the everyday, Brianna infuses her works both in charcoal and oil with an unabashed and refreshing vibrancy. Brianna took some time out of her busy schedule (in addition to accepting commissions, she also manages her own atelier) to tell us a bit more about her artistic ideology. For more of Brianna’s work, check out her website, her Facebook page, and also her atelier website,
South Coast Art Center.
NC: What do you hope your works communicate to the viewer?
BL: My ideas are continuously evolving but I think ultimately I want to move the viewer emotionally. I believe that beauty has the power to give hope to others in their darkest moments and that art can elevate us above the mundane demands of everyday life. It is similar to soaking in a beautiful garden or coastline: it rejuvenates the spirit.
NC: What drew you to working in charcoal? What advantages do you think it has over other media?
BL: I think Salvador Dali said it best: “Drawing is the honesty of art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” I think that mastering charcoal medium is essential for any artist. It is challenging to control and teaches you so much skill before you attempt painting. I often work in charcoal because I find that the medium has a certain quietness about it and it sits easily in a room. A drawing isn’t loud and shouting for attention, yet it pulls you in. There is a certain grace about a well-crafted drawing.
NC: The artist has to choose when a work is “done”. How do you know when a work is complete? How do you know when to stop “editing”?
BL: I think it is important to be objective about your own work, to try and see it through others eyes. I try to look at each of my painting as I would one of my students’ works.
I ask myself, “If this was my students painting, what would I tell them?” I think most artists experience dissatisfaction with their work in the end. This is why it is so difficult to finish a piece and let it go. I read once that William Bouguereau approached every fresh canvas thinking it would be his masterpiece. In the end, he always felt he missed the mark and lost enthusiasm, wishing to abandon the painting and start over. And he finished a lot of fantastic work! Sometimes, I force myself to move on because you can’t solve all the world’s problems in one painting, and I figure if Bouguereau felt this way,
it’s okay if I do too!
NC: What’s the best advice you’ve received about becoming an artist?
BL: My late grandpa always told me I could do anything I set my mind to and that I should always live in the “now” and be present everyday. I can still hear his voice in my head saying those words. Being an artist is a multi-tasking career. Goals are good to have but there is no point in focusing solely on your destination. Part of the joy is the journey. This is why I cherish these words. It is my reminder to not fret about tomorrow and just enjoy today – be mindful and present.
NC: How do you set up your studio? What are three items you need in your
studio to get started?
BL: My studio (above) is part of a live-work loft in downtown Santa Ana, California, that also operates as my teaching atelier (South Coast Art Center). So, often my studio is full of easels and tables from classes and tons of paintings and demos laying around. That being said, there are three items I must have. The first is a simple wood taboret/palette with a monitor stand attached (for photo references). I often work from a monitor when
I don’t have the option of working from life. The second is great lighting, as balanced light is crucial for painting. I also have great big windows in my studio that I will use for natural light in the late afternoons. Third are my essential tools: painting supplies, Rosemary brushes, and of course Nitram Charcoals!
NC: Can you tell us more about one of your favorite creations? Where did you create it? Does it have a story attached?
BL: My favorite piece is Metamorphose because it represents three major related events in my life. Metamorphose (above) was initially inspired by my first ever trip to Europe. I went to Germany and Prague on a study abroad trip that summer. We saw so many inspiring works of art, like Alphonse Mucha’s Slavic Epic and many massive multi-figure paintings by Peter Paul Rubens. I was blown away and couldn’t wait to get back to the easel to begin on the multi-figure composition I was envisioning. As it was the first I had ever attempted, and also as I was working under a tight deadline of 2 months even while studying full time at Laguna College of Art and Design and teaching, it turned out to be a huge learning curve. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, but with lots of late nights and coffee
I managed to finish in time for the Germany and Prague Exhibition in Laguna Beach.
The good news: the painting sold! It was the largest painting I had attempted and it now sits in a collector’s lovely home there. A very happy ending!
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