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I'm a tad behind the scene here. I totally forgot to send out a newsletter in October. And here we are in November. If I don't get this out soon, I'll be so swamped with things to do for Thanksgiving and Christmas we'll be in January of 2023 before I remember again.
So, having said that...
Here's some information in reference to what's going on with shows, my artwork and everything in between. I currently have 5 pieces in the North Country Arts Council 74 Annual Fall Juried Art Show.
This series titled "I AM The Vine" is just one of the 5. If you are local to me you can head over to the Dulles Office Building before November 26 to catch my work there.
I have slowly been getting myself back to work creating and attending events around since my surgery and ensuing health issues that slowed me down at the beginning half of the year. 2022 has not been a good year for me, but my artwork has kept me "sane".
The BIG NEWS is I have reopened my Etsy shop. Here's how you can find them (Click link below).
**** https://www.etsy.com/shop/BMaxsonArtStudios ****
This posting in Etsy is a trial run to see if anything sells. We'll decide in a few months if it stays up and running. Please feel free to share this information with all your friends so they can visit my shop and purchase direct from there. If you see anything on the website or Facebook or even on Instagram which you want to purchase, feel free to contact me if you have questions. Pieces on Etsy can be directly purchased from there. Instagram and Facebook you need to contact me. You can use PayPal here on my website for purchasing.
That's all for now. I'm hoping to be doing a class in December and I have one last event, an indoor pop-up market in Morristown, NY at Mares Wares on Saturday, December 17.
See you there.
PS...Remember, check out my Etsy shop and spread the news. Link here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BMaxsonArtStudios
Well, I managed to be so very busy through the month of August that it came and went without a blog post/newsletter.
So, let me bring you up to date on "things".
I decided to enter 3 of my larger pieces, 10" x 20" into a juried art show in a gallery in Wisconsin. They were accepted and off they went. I believe I shared this with everyone in the last letter. I'm hoping they all sell. We shall see.
I was also part of an art market this past weekend in Potsdam. I had a good outcome. Sold four pieces as well as many cards and mini creations. In addition, I met some lovely people and had great conversations. The weather was even cooperative, not too hot, and not too cool. Looking forward to next year's event.
I am entering three black and white pieces into a juried art show, at the same gallery in Wisconsin as the larger ones currently there. I'm hoping and praying I get in.
So... why do I apply for entry into gallery or museum juried art shows? Well, there are several reasons. One is exposure. Putting my name and artwork out there in these type events is always a good thing. The more I can be seen, the more my art will grow. I'm not looking to become famous, just 'known". Does that make sense? I want as many people as I can while I am alive to be able to really enjoy my artwork and the gift I believe God has given me. Another reason is simple, I would eventually like to be able to be represented by a gallery. Here, again, the more my name gets out there, the higher my chances of eventually realizing my goal.
There you have it. Life according to Brenda. Until next month,
Hello again from my studios,
Some people think that artists do only one type of art all their career. While that may be true for a few artists, many actually explore a variety of styles and mediums prior to settling on their main focus. I'd love to share with you my "history" with my art exploration.
I have always been a creative person. As a child I'd draw anything and everything. If there was a craft idea at school, I would love it. As I grew and began with family responsibilities, I looked for something I could do for "me time". This included teaching myself to crochet and knit. I also took up exploring working with acrylic paints in the Bob Ross techniques. Acrylic paint was better for having young children around with fingers wanting to touch anything...it dried way faster than oil paints. During my "kids at home" stage of life, I explored building furniture from wood I'd cut down, caning chairs, basket weaving, and wire wrapped jewelry making and a stint with pouring paint just to name a few. All the while these were explored, I'd occasionally get my paints out and work with them.
With retirement came free time which I could return to my true love of working with paints. I was painting in the "traditional" method with my artwork. But there seemed to always be more paint on my canvas than I'd see on other artists' work. I thought this was interesting and did some research on painting with texture. See, I'm a tactile person finding sometimes a need to touch and feel texture. Well, enter the world of palette knife painting and what I have discovered to be called either Sculptured painting or just Heavy Texture painting.
I think I'm in love with this style. The depth that texture creates in a painting is fantastic. And I can obtain this depth through palette knife painting or heavy texture painting. It's a tactile person's dream come true.
So, there is a tidbit of background on me and where I am with my style of artwork.
Now, here's a bit of NEWS for those on my Facebook feed. On August 20 at 1:00 (Eastern time) I'll be hosting a paid online class. I have established an early payment discount so head over. Get set up early so you will have time to get your supplies. See you there.
Take care and God bless,
B. Maxson Art Studios
I thought it was time to get back into the habit of my monthly emails to my followers. Just to bring you up to par, my delay in the newsletters has to do with my recent back surgery. Very long story, short what was supposed to be a short recovery time, as in 6 weeks with 3 to 4 weeks, of no painting turned into 10 weeks of frustrating time. I am back to painting but I am still dealing with some healing for a while.
So, on to artwork.
Let me share this bit of news. I have my "I Am the Vine" set in the Remington Art Museum Juried show. If you have not yet seen it, please feel free to head over there, either via online or to the museum in Ogdensburg, NY. Also, if I may ask if you head to their website: https://fredericremington.org/2022-members-juried-art-exhibit.php
Head to the bottom of the page. Click the link for "Vote Here--Public Choice Award" and vote for my work. Thanks very much for your support. Here are the pieces I have in the show.
I wish to thank you for your admiration of my artwork and for following me on Facebook and Instagram. I will be putting more videos on YouTube from time to time. So, head there, check them out, "Like" them and follow. As always, please feel free to share my Facebook and Instagram
Take care and we'll see you around.
"Go ahead and touch my art"
I hope you are all well. Today I wish to share just a bit of information with you. As a reminder, I have begun a YouTube channel to allow those who follow me the opportunity to see and learn alone with me as I paint and create some of my Heavy Texture Florals. I might even add some landscapes along the way.
This third video shows the creation of "Chosen" which is a set of 5 white Heavy Texture roses set in a gold vase set against a black background. "Chosen" is one of a series called "I Am Loved". I will be updating my website to include it soon.
You can watch the video by clicking HERE. Please make sure you hit that LIKE button and Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you have not already. And of course, feel free to share.
In addition to this video, I wanted to let you know to begin to keep your eyes open for monthly classes taught by me (if you're local to me...Watertown, Potsdam, or Gouverneur). I'll share this information here when I can as well as on my Facebook page and on Instagram.
As of now, I have a 2-day class scheduled through SLCA in Potsdam scheduled on April 15 and 16. It's a 2-day class because I take you through the creation of the heavy texture rose creation one day and then guide you in the creation of the piece on the second day. I provide all the necessary supplies for a class I teach that way you know you have the correct items.
I will also be teaching classes in Watertown through NCAC (North Country Arts Council). The scheduling of dates is being worked on.
If you live in or around Gouverneur, watch for a "Paint and Sip" class scheduled for May 18 at the Copper Roof on Main St in Gouverneur. Sign-up will be through Artistry at NorthCountry Crossroads, which is the little store directly across from the Copper Roof. Sign up for this through Facebook Events.
I realize not everyone lives close enough to attend a class so that is why I began my YouTube channel. Again, Here is the link for the most recent posting.
Thank you all for your love and appreciation of my work.
That's all for now,
Take care and God bless,
B. Maxson Art Studios
I hope all is well for everyone. This month's email will be relatively short. I don't have events planned for a while since I have my back surgery coming up. I have no idea how I will manage without being to paint for the first part of recovery! Yes, for me, painting and creating are a need. I realize that before I had time to actually paint, I was doing all sorts of "creating" in one fashion or another. So, yes, I have the time now, and I must create something. So, how about you? Have you ever stopped to think about this? If you are creative, I bet you feel much the same.
I do have one bit of exciting information to share with you. I have decided to "bite the bullet" and begin a YouTube channel. It's simply "Brenda Maxson". I'll share the link below. My desire with the YouTube channel is to share my artwork, but not just the artwork. I want to share the process of how I create my pieces.
As always, if you have any ideas for a piece, please either email me or message me on Facebook. I'm always open to color suggestions or trying different flowers. One I am hoping to try is a daffodil in the piping style of heavy texture.
Here is the link to my YouTube channel. Please remember to "LIKE" it with a "thumbs up" and please subscribe so you can be made aware when other videos become available. And YES, please share my channel for others to view.
**YouTube link: https://youtu.be/KTxBzxqrg8A
Look for this image...
Thanks for following me and for admiring my art. As always, if something catches your eye and says..."You need me", don't hesitate to contact me. I take checks, credit cards or work through PayPal.
Thant's all for now and God bless, be safe.
B. Maxson Art Studios
Yes, I'd like to welcome all to this brand-new year. Everyone knows that new beginnings are good, so here we go, off to a good start.
If you are local to me, I'd like to remind you that on January 20th I will be holding a class for painting a landscape. It's called "Foggy Morning Flight". If you are local and want to attend, then go to this link: https://slcartscouncil.org/winter-classes/ to sign up. There are a limited number of seats available.
The picture above is what we will be doing. And, as with all my work, there will be texture. In this one, not lots, just enough to lend to the "I want to touch".
After this class session, I will be taking a break from painting and teaching. I'm also not too sure how much posting I'll be doing for a bit. On January 26 I'm scheduled for surgery on my back so that will put me out of commission for several weeks. The only wrinkle here to this plan is if I end up contracting one of the COVID variants.
I hope and pray you are all well, and may God bless you throughout this year.
That's all for now,
B. Maxson Art Studios
("Touch" the artist within you)
I thought I'd share with you in this newsletter a few tidbits of "concluding" happenings. What do you mean by this, you might ask? That's easy, read on. It was a terribly busy November and even into December.
In November I had five pieces in the North Country Arts Council Fall Art Show. This was in Watertown, which concluded last week, and I'm told that despite COVID restrictions, the show was a success. If any of you were able to view all the fantastic works, I'm sure you were blown away as I was. I had several positive comments about my own works as well.
The next event I shared with you last month was the Creative Partners Showcase through St. Lawrence Arts Council located at 6 Raymond St. in Potsdam, NY. If you are local as well as you who are at a distance from Potsdam, here's the link to head to view the works both the Creative Partners Showcase and the Online Shop. I have my works in both. ( https://slcartscouncil.org ). The Creative Partners Showcase concluded this past week, but you will be able to still view my pieces and also purchase from this link. Search under "Events" and "Shop".
I wanted to show you the pieces you can view and shop for by attaching them in the newsletter.
One last bit of information. I'll be teaching a few more classes. These are at SLAC in Potsdam. Keep your eye out for the Events in Facebook.
All that being said, I'll conclude by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. To each of you, I thank you for your for your loyalty and, above all, enjoyment of my art. For this is the primary reason I create...so others can love a bit of what I love...beautiful art.
I update my website ( www.brendamaxsonart.com ) often so pop over to see what is new. Maybe you'll find something to fall in love with. Also, just an FYI, my prices will be changing in January.
Again, thank you all, be safe and God bless,
I hope you are all well and blessed. I wanted to share a couple of events with you. If you do not live local to me and/or are not able to attend these events, I wanted to share the page links so you could "attend" via online links.
The first event is with the North Country Arts Council (NCAC) located in Watertown, NY (Jefferson County). I have the privilege of having 5 of my art pieces accepted into their Fall Juried Art Show which runs this month from Friday, November 19 which is the Opening Reception. The reception is from 5:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Watertown Dulles Office Building. If you would like to view the artwork pieces the link is here ( http://www.nnyart.org ). You can go to the Dulles Office Building to see all the fantastic pieces of artwork until December 11, 2021.
Next, I'd love to share with you that I also have 3 artwork pieces in the St. Lawrence Council on Arts (SLCA). The Juried Art Show here is titled Creative Partners Showcase. Their website link is here: ( https://slcartscouncil.org ). Look for Creative Partners Showcase under events. This event runs from November 27 with the Grand Opening on Friday, November 27.
Also, with the SLCA, I have added 4 of my pieces to their Online Shop. They don't quite have that up on their website yet because it's unveiling will be on the 27th as well. So, check back to see those great collections.
Greetings one and all!
I'm trusting that everyone is staying safe and doing as well as they can for now.
In this particular email, I'd like to toss around the idea of an invitation for each of you. Due to most of my events that were planned for my spring and summer seem to be cancelled, I have been thinking of holding a virtual "show" of my own. I'd post the dates etc. here and on my Facebook page as well as on my Instagram page.
What would this virtual show consist of? Well, first, I'd like to invite you to take a virtual tour of my paintings as well as my studio (humble as it is). Also, if you are local to me, here in Northern, NY and would like an actual tour, or just actually like to come and see my artwork in person, we can do that as well.
I'm thinking of setting up my tent I use in shows/fairs in my yard on particular days so people can actually come out for a look around, purchase if they desire and enjoy a day out.
Please feel free to respond to this so I can know your thoughts. If you think it's a good idea, next email, I'll give you the details. I'm really interested in knowing your opinions.
Watch for announcements on my Facebook page and for another email. I'll watch for emails from you.
Thanks again and God bless,
B. Maxson Art Studios