Saturday, June 10, 2017

Commissioned Sculptures

I had an interesting experience with my Resinable Trio - which was part of the Fiber Fusion travelling exhibition.  I sold it, not just once - but twice!!  Now that's mighty impressive at first glance, but then you think about it and wonder "how could you sell it twice??".

Well it turns out that one venue sold it and then there was a mix-up at another venue and somehow we forgot to put a "sold" sign on it and it sold again. What do you do in this situation?  Both customers had paid for the artwork.

SO my solution was to offer the 2nd customer a new set similar of sculptures for the same price.  Thankfully my customer was not only willing to accept that offer, but she is a fabulous silk painter herself and asked if I would use her artwork in my sculptures - which I happily agreed to!

Here is a sample of the fabric she sent:
















Gorgeous, and it made some fabulous sculptures!
Lyon's Pieces 2017
And then as a thank-you for her flexibility, I created a 4th piece combining some scraps left over from creating her sculptures, with a piece of a painting I made a sculpture out of... and it turned into a beautiful floral sculpture called Lyon's Flower.
Lyon's Flower



She was surprised and pleased and then surprised me with a wonderful thank you card which shows some of her beatiful artwork, and an incredible scarf! 

 LOVE IT!!  


So blessed to have Karen and a client and friend!!   

Her scarves are available for purchase at The Schack Art Center in Everett, WA if you're interested!  




Friday, April 28, 2017

Flowers, Fungus, and Flight - Fini








I am so pleased, but more than a little sad, that my first solo show Flowers, Fungus, and Flight has ended. 








 

Tomorrow I head to the Pacific Rim Galleria at Bellewood to take the show down.  




I had a wonderful time at the receptions and met a bunch of incredibly-lovely people!  


















Now that this show has finished, I'm off to the next group of adventures which include: 

  • packaging-up and mailing the items that sold at the show
  • Finishing the commissioned scarf I received from the show
  • Finishing the commissioned sculpture I received from the Fiber Fusion show while it was at the Schack in Everett, WA
  • Heading out to a retreat with the fabulous Schnitzel Group
  • Taking the family to the Wearable Art Show in Port Townsend (May 13th, 2017)
  • and doing a Silk Painting Demonstration at the 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day Weekend


I haven't had time to look at June yet, but I'm guessing it will be just as busy. It's a good thing summer break is coming up so I'll have more time to work on art!





Thank you to all the delightful people I met at Bellewood!  I had so much fun and really enjoyed all of the wonderful chats I shared with the visitors to the show - I look forward to meeting you again sometime!


Rebecca

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Flowers, Fungi, and Flight Opens Saturday April 8th, 2017!

A new silk & resin floral sculpture "Inspired By Roses"

I am having so much fun getting ready for the opening of my exhibit "Flowers, Fungi, & Flight" on April 8th!

The Pacific Rim Galleria will be providing wine and hors d'oeurvres - plus they have free valet parking (with no tipping allowed!). I will have a fun variety of paintings as well as an assortment of new Silk & Resin sculptures to view!

I will be demonstrating Silk Painting in the Galleria from 1-2pm and then the official exhibit opening is from 2pm-4pm.

The Pacific Rim Galleria (Bellewood) is located at: 3710 Providence Point Drive SE, Issaquah, WA 98029
Their number phone number is 425-391-2880. If you can't make the exhibit opening, you're welcome to call them to arrange a private tour of the Galleria - or of Bellewood itself (which is pretty amazing place!).

My exhibit will be available for viewing from April 8th through April 28th, 2017.

Hope to see you there!! (I'll be the one with paint-stained fingers, and purple and blue hair! LOL).
Rebecca

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Silk Painting Beginner's Workshop At The Schack April 2nd And More!

I'm certainly staying busy this month (and next month)!  


Silk painting in progress
(Serti Method)
1) This weekend I will be teaching a workshop on Silk Painting for Beginners at The Schack Art Center in Everett.  The class is being held on April 2nd from 12:30-4:30pm in classroom 2.  There's still room if you want to join in!  We'll be painting handkerchiefs and discussing usability and mounting options (stretched, mounted with acrylic, glass-mounting, or leaving it as a usable handkerchief).

Needless to say, I'm busy gathering all my supplies and getting ready for the workshop.    


2) I'm getting ready for my first solo show.  It is the following Saturday (April 8th) and the opening reception is from 2:00-4:00pm.  The show is taking place at the Pacific Rim Galleria - Bellewood.  I'll have quite a few new Resin & Silk sculptures, plus a great selection of silk paintings to view.  Additionally, I'll have a hand-dyed shibori-style silk scarves and some fun statement necklaces available for viewing and purchase.  

Bellewood has been very gracious and is supplying hors d'oeuvres and wine for the opening.  Plus I will be in the Galleria from 1:00-2:00pm demonstrating silk painting if you'd like to stop by and chat. 


Resin & Silk Starflower

3) I mailed off my piece "Resin & Silk Starflower" to CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) for their Make America Create Again show.  The opening reception is next Thursday April 6th, from 6:00-8:00pm.  I'm so excited to see all of the pieces in this exhibit - it should be a great show!




4) And of course, I'm staying busy making new artwork, creating an online store,  and deciding what shows and calls to apply to next!  

It's an exciting time and I would be thrilled an honored to see you at one (or all) of the above events!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Flowers, Fungi, and Flight - My First Solo Show


I am excited to announce that I am having my first solo art show!  


My exhibition has been titled "Flowers, Fungi, & Flight" and will include a variety of silk paintings as well as a great selection of  silk & resin sculptures.  

The exhibition is being held at the Pacific Rim Galleria at Bellewood. 

I will be demonstrating silk painting on April 8th, 2017 from 1pm-2pm and then the opening reception for the show follows immediately after the demonstration.  The opening reception will be from 2pm-4pm.   

The Pacific Rim Galleria is open to the public for the opening reception.  If you can't make the opening reception and want to see the exhibit - Bellewood welcomes visitors and asks that you call to schedule a viewing. 

Flowers, Fungi, and Flight 
Pacific Rim Galleria
Bellewood
3710 Providence Point Drive SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
(Bellewood's phone number: 425-391-2880)

Please contact me if you have any questions - and I hope to see you there!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Undergoing An Upgrade!

My apologies to you all - I am going to be upgrading/remodeling my site. 

Things will probably look a bit weird for the next few weeks as I play around with adding shopping carts etc. 

Once I'm done, I'll share what's next on the horizon.

Thanks for your patience and see you in a few weeks (or sooner)!
Rebecca

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Resinable Trio - SOLD!

I am thrilled to announce that my award-winning, sculptural bowls A Resinable Trio were sold while on display with the travelling Fiber Fusion show! 

They are currently in Port Townsend at the Northwinds Arts Center (which is where they were sold!). They will continue travelling with the show to the Schack Art Center in Everett and then will head to their new home.  

Congratulations to the new owner - I'm thrilled you have once of my sculptures created using my Resined Fiber (E)Mergent Method™ !

I will soon be announcing some more exciting art news - AND I am working diligently on updating my website (and will be adding a storefront, which I am VERY excited about!). 

Just a reminder that the Fiber Fusion show closes at Northwinds on the 26th of February, 2017.  It then moves to it's final location - the Schack Art Center.  It will be at the Schack from March 9th through April 15th, 2017.  This will be your last chance to see the super-fabulous Fiber Fusion show!!

Thank you so much for all of your support!
Rebecca

Friday, February 3, 2017

Guess Who's Artwork Is On Northwind Arts Center's Main Webpage?

Can you guess who's artwork Is On Northwind Arts Center's main webpage? Yup it's mine! (Okay, I kind of gave the surprise away). 

It's a big honor to have my artwork displayed along with Nancy Loorem Adams artwork to advertise the opening of the Fiber Fusion show at Northwinds!  Thank you Northwind Arts Center for selecting an image of my artwork to use on your webpage!

The opening reception is on Saturday the 4th, 2017 from 5:30-8:00 pm and coincides with the Port Townsend Art Walk.  

Fiber Fusion is the title of the Washington State Surface Design Association Travelling Exhibit and it's really an amazing display of fiber art.  Plus Northwinds has a wonderful facility with lots of other interesting art to see as well.  I'll be attending and hope to see all of you there!!  

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Silk Painting Workshop At The Schack Art Center


I am thrilled to announce that in conjunction with the Fiber Fusion show, I will be teaching a Silk Painting Workshop for Beginners at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington.  It is a 4 hour workshop on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 from 12:30-4:30pm.  The cost is $55 for members or $60 for non-members.  

Each student will come away from this workshop with the experience of having made their own, hand-painted, 12" square piece of silk art which can be used as a handkerchief or mounted as wall art.  It's a lot of fun and a great opportunity to try something new!


Hibiscus In Serti
Artist:Rebecca Wachtman

<--- This is one of flowers you could pick to paint!

For more information about my workshop or other workshops and classes related to the Fiber Fusion show while it is at The Schack, please go to www.schack.org/announcements/new-fiber-basketry-workshops/







A Resinable Trio,
Artist: Rebecca Wachtman
Fiber Fusion is the travelling Washington Surface Design Association art show! It showcases an amazing variety of Fiber Art.  I highly recommend going if you get the chance!! 

Before it goes to the Schack, it first heads to Port Townsend, Washington where it will be shown at the Northwinds Art Center.  The opening reception for Northwinds is February 4th, 2017 from 5:30pm-8:00pm (yes, they included a picture of my artwork on their webpage about the show!).


After Northwinds, the show heads to it's final location: The Schack Art Center in Everett.  The opening reception at The Schack will be on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. 

I would love to see you at one of the openings, or my workshop!! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter Inspirations


Frost on Thistles
(Rebecca Wachtman Artist)
I don't know about you, but sometimes I get a bit depressed after the holidays.  I tend to go all-out for the holidays and decorate my house and yard as much as I can.  To me, the absolute, most-depressing day of the year (baring someone dying or major illnesses etc), is the day I take down all the holiday decorations!



This year to help redirect my attention to more positive thoughts, I've been making a strong effort to see the beauty of the winter surroundings.   This winter has been a chilly one with lots of ice but not much snow (which is a shame because snow is a lot more fun - and usually cancels school! lol).
Frost on Pine
(Rebecca Wachtman Artist)    



I've been taking some early morning walks before work and found that a new park along a river has some gorgeous examples of frosty/frozen nature at it's finest.  The frost has not only decorated all the plants, but it's highlighted the beautiful patterns sometimes hidden from sight.   I'm not sure I'll use these photos for anything more than just general inspiration, but I love how they turned out!!





Frosted View
(Rebecca Wachtman Artist)     
And I'm going to share them with other artists!  I am going to share them on the Facebook group Photos For Artists (which is FANTASTIC resource of all sorts of photos - where the photographers are fine with you using their photos for free, just give them photo credit and do NOT share the photos anywhere else!  You can even sell your artwork - just not the photos!).

Feel free to use these (only from this post) and the others found on the Photos for Artists Facebook group!   And if you do use them, I'd LOVE to see what you do with them!!!!
Rebecca

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017, The New Year Is A Good Time To Review

Sophie & Kingston
Ready For Xmas
I've taken a month off from posting to my blog and spent a good deal of time during the last month, enjoying time with my family and friends during the winter holidays.  Now that the holidays are over (boohoo), it's time to get back to the business of making art. 

I don't know about you, but it seems like I am always game to review the business-side of my art!  (probably because it allows me to procrastinate instead of actually making art!).  But I do honestly think that reviewing your business once or twice a year is very good idea!  While I am not one for making New Year's Resolutions, I think it's the perfect time to review and making small (or even large) changes.  What do I mean?


Well, I been taking a class from a website called www.ArtistsU.org which has offered some great insight and new ways of looking at myself and my art business.  My little group meets once a month and so far, I've found it incredibly helpful!

For instance... my artist statement and tag line are currently based on being a silk painter.  But I am more than that.  Silk Painting is where I started my life as an artist, but not where I am any more.  Yes, I still paint.  But now I also am making sculptures and I've been moving into other reclaimed fiber media as well.  What was working for Silk Painting doesn't really apply to my sculptures....so it's time to review, edit, and then implement those changes.  

Also, now is a good time to raise your prices for your artwork.  I've spent a good deal of time trying to decide how to price my artwork and last year I finally decided upon a simple price-per-square-inch formula.  Which means I simply need to change that number and the prices will all change accordingly without me having to spend time agonizing about what might be appropriate. 

I just recently changed the artwork on the header of my blog and on my business cards, and I am still pleased with those (except I'm changing my tagline) so those may have to be changed.  And I am reviewing my blog/website and have some pretty big plans for revamping the overall appearance - plans that hopefully will include a storefront (so stay tuned, because that will require a bit more research before I implement that!).

And finally, I am reviewing my business goals.  Those things that I want for my artwork and for myself as an artist.   
My goals for this year sound really simple:

  1. Make Art
  2. Sell Art
  3. Improve My Overall Art Skills 
They sound like such simple goals, but (for me) they will take an amazing amount of time and planning to implement!  However, thanks to the ArtistsU course, I have a much better understanding of how to do those things... and with that, I am looking forward to seeing the changes and growth that this year brings!

I hope all of you have had a wonderful winter holiday and had the opportunity to relax and enjoy.  May the New Year bring renewed hope, prosperity, and fulfillment to you and your families!
From my family to yours, blessings to you all!
Rebecca