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