Monday, August 27, 2012

Yes, dear reader, there is a reason you haven't seen a post lately.  It's been hella busy this month, which is a good thing.  Not only was our niece Marlies out for a visit at the beginning, but my sister came out to help celebrate my birthday.  We took a trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  You can see some photos of it here.  Then I had a sublime artistic experience - taking a workshop called Figure in the Landscape with Elizabeth Opalenik.  Click here to go to her website.  She is a marvel and so inspiring to learn from.  So now I have these wonderful images from the workshop that I can't quite get to yet. 

I'm finally getting to work on the images I took in Savannah at Bonaventure Cemetery that I took in the rain when we drove down to visit my sister.  Why now?  Because next month, the theme for the juried show at Constellation is Freak Show and it's getting into the spooky Halloween time of the  year.  Here is a shot taken with the iPod using the Hipstamatic app and then manipulated a wee bit in Photoshop.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Big Winner

Last night was Portland's First Friday Art Walk.  To celebrate our new Urban Scene show at Constellation Gallery, I decided that some of my older prints needed a good home.  So I made up a little sign and put some slips out so folks could write down their names and email addresses and picked a winner at 7:30.

The winner was Ginny Jarvi, an art collector and installation artist who lives in Portland.  We had a great time chatting about my work and art in general.  Thanks to all the folks who came out to the gallery.  I'll be doing the same thing next month and who knows, there may be some new prints in the print basket that's in my studio space.  Thanks to all the folks who entered and are helping me build a local email list.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Video

Tracy A 1 from Ann Tracy on Vimeo.

Just finished this video and sent it off to a competition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento.  It started out with a vastly different theme that what it is now.  I've made this in much the same way that I create many of my digital collages and paintings.  I keep putting things together until it seems right. 

I would describe this as a meditative collage dealing with women and our hormonal issues.  It began to change when I saw those old (public domain) videos about sex and family matters, then music began to suggest itself as did certain imagery.

And to make today a wonderful day, I just sold this piece at my Fine Art America sales site!  Now, off to a meeting with some neighborhood artists.  I hope that I can talk them into trying to get together a studio tour for this end of town.