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Looking back at my blogs/newsletters, I realized I missed the June newsletter. In June, I participated in the NCAC (North Country Arts Council) Pop-up Market on June 10. It was a fantastic event all the way around. The music NCAC had playing/singing was amazing. I had the privilege of meeting Tom Contino, a fellow artist. I was also able to meet many, many fantastic and interesting people coming through my booth. This is one of the cool things about doing this type of events. It sort of sounds funny to my introvert ears. But, when I am able to talk about and share with others things that I love, such as my art, I can forget my nervousness about meeting new people. Isn't that amazing?
Ok, now on to July. We've made it through the first few days of the month without mishap: busy days and an Independence Day (days) visit from our son and his 2 very active sons. Not a lot of painting with these days.
However, for events in the rest of July, I'm planning a local art class for a private setting later this month.
Let me share about holding your own private classes. I am willing to come to your home to teach you how to do this heavy texture technique. If you do the planning and inviting of others interested, too, I'll give you a 15% discount on your class fee. I supply all needed materials. You just show up.
If you would like to hold one, contact me either via email, phone or message. (contact information: email@example.com or phone: 518-701-8917 You can either text me or call. If I don't pick up, please leave me a message. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.)
If you're local to me, check out the Cape Vincent Festival. It's on Saturday, July 29 in the village of Cape Vincent, NY. It is an all day event. I'll be there with my artwork for you to enjoy and of course purchase.
Please feel free to share this information with your friends and invite them out.
See you around,
I'm finally back to my routine after an amazing vacation in Sarasota, Fl. on Siesta Key. Sarasota is my "home" in that I lived there for several years while in Highschool. My heart still yearns for the sound, smells and feel of the beaches there. I personally think they are the absolute best. Alas I'm back home in Northern, NY. It's quite chilly compared to Florida but, that's where I live. I have chosen a few pictures I took while there and will hopefully create some paintings from them. One is already complete. A few more to come.
Ok, what is new this month? I have one painting in the Remington Art Museum Juried Member's Show going on now. The Opening Reception is this Friday, May 20. It will run until September, so I'll add the link to the site to view the pieces, (probably next month) once it's up on their page. The Remington is in Ogdensburg, NY. If you haven't been, it's really a nice place to see Frederic Remington. He painted Old American Western pieces, in addition to his sculptures in Bronz Cast.)
Also, just a reminder, I hold classes of 10-12 people for doing any number of my pieces in heavy texture or with palette knife. If you are local and would love to hold a class, I give a 15% discount to you, the organizer and charge accordingly for the rest of the students. Email me with your request at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll explain how it works.
That's about it for now. I have several events on schedule this summer as well as classes scheduled, in addition to creating works. I have pieces in my head waiting to come out as soon as I take the time.
Follow me on Facebook @BMaxsonStudios to catch new artwork available. I gladly take commissions.
That's all for now,
I'm delinquent in getting this month's email out. It has been an overly busy month. However, having said that, let's get on with filling you in on this month's happenings.
I have the exciting news that I have been accepted into two juried shows this month. The first is going on now at the Masonic Temple in Watertown through the North Country Arts Council. It will be there until May 6. Head over there and view them in addition to the other artists' works.
The other juried show is in Ogdensburg, NY. The Remington Museum's Member's Juried Art Exhibit. One piece was accepted here. It will be showing at the Remington Museum from May 20 to September 10. I'll share this information again in next month's newsletter. I'll also share the link for allowing you to head to the site to vote on "Public's Choice", which, of course, I'd greatly appreciate your vote.
So, I love sharing my artwork and how to create what I do, with anyone who asks. In saying this, I am letting you know that I am glad to hold a small class with you in creating your own Heavy Texture Floral masterpiece. If you're local to me and would love to have one of these classes, just contact me either via email, phone or on Facebook messenger. I'll fill you in on what is involved.
I'm headed to Florida at the end of this week. I plan on enjoying my favorite place...Siesta Key Beach...as much as possible. Who knows, perhaps I'll even come up with a few seascapes from my vacation.
Thanks for following me and my artwork adventures. I humbly appreciate each of you.
I've added a few new pieces to my website. Head over and check it out.
I have been busy lately getting some small pieces and Flower Magnets created. Soon, I will create a page on my website for you to see them. (Oh, just a side note...If you head to my website, see something you love but don't have PayPal, please, please, simply contact me so we can work together to that piece to you).
January and February are typically slow months, no classes or shows or events going on and thus it was this year. I do have a class scheduled for the 25th. If you are local to me, head over to Facebook to North Country Arts Council. They are the ones hosting the class. Also...for my local followers, if you would like to host your own class, pop me an email with some dates available for you and we can see what happens. I give a 15% discount on your class fee for hosting. Let me know.
Now, to what I want to show you today. The link below is my newest creation. It's one link that will take you to all the sites I have. It will take you to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, AND my email.
So...go ahead. Visit it, visit my website, pages and then SHARE. I always love when people share my work.
Until next time,
February is here and, actually, more than halfway over.
I took the opportunity to take a place some of my small works in the Mall shop "The 315 Artisan's Market" in The Salmon Run Mall in Watertown, NY. I'll also participate in holding small classes there from time to time for any locals wishing to learn how to create gorgeous heavy texture pipped florals. These will be in addition to the classes help from time to time via NCAC and in Cape Vincent as well as, perhaps, in Potsdam. I'd love it if you'd feel free to spread the news. Especially if you're local to me.
Speaking of classes, I have one scheduled through North Country Arts Center for March 7 @1:00. So, again, if you're local, check it out.
It's a new year and I'm happy to take commissions or ideas for new classes or ideas for a new floral arrangement to paint or...any idea. Got one? Shoot me an email or message or text and let's talk and share ideas.
Follow me on Facebook ( link here...http://www.facebook.com/BMaxsonStudios/ or on Instagram (link here... https://www.instagram.com/brendamaxsonart ) to see what's new. I'm working on updating my website with new pieces added for your purchase, so head over to any of these sites and check it out. And... I try to add short videos on my YouTube channel. So, head over there, SUBSCRIBE please and like my videos. Oh, and feel free to share these links. I really appreciate that. Here's the YouTube link... (https://www.youtube.com/@brendamaxson4961/featured )
Well, that's enough for now.
Until next month,
Well, we've entered a brand new year. It's new with many great possibilities.
I'm thrilled that this year has begun with the sale of one of my 10" x 20" pieces called "Basket Full of Love". It now currently resides in Pennsylvania. And, to top off that tidbit of great news, I'm exploring the avenue of selling my small pieces at The 315 Artisean Market. This is a stor in the Salmon Run Mall in Watertown, NY. Excited to see where this leads.
One more tidbit of news, which if you're local to me might be of interest. On January 28th (Saturday) I'll be teaching a Textured painting class. It's using a palette knife to paint an 8" x 8" painting of 3 gorgeous sunflowers (one of my favorite flowers). The piece is called "Three For Me".
Finally, here's just a reminder that have gift cards available to you for purchase at any time. Just email me, or message me. I'll need to know how much you want to put on it for your gift. I'll get out to you as soon as I can.
That's all for now. I pray your year ahead is filled with goodness and love.
I do hope everyone is doing well and that you enjoyed family and friends for Thanksgiving. We were able to have our son as well as some young friends come join us. We managed to eat a sufficient amount, not excessive but a yummy amount.
The NCAC Fall Juried Art Show came to an end with the end of November. I'm always sad to see these shows come to an end.
I have 1 remaining event for 2022. I'll be participating in another pop-up market. If you're local to me, it's in Mares Wares in Rte 37 outside of Morristown, NY. You'll find me there on Saturday, December 17th.
Finally, are you struggling to come up with a Christmas gift for that one hard-to-get-for person? I have the PERFECT gift. I now have loadable gift cards. You decide the amount. Contact me and we'll get it done.
I'm wishing everyone a delightful Christmas with family...or friends or both. Also, Happy New Year, too. That's coming next.
So...reminder here...1) gift cards available!!
2) local friends...see you at Mares Wares December 17th.
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