Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Progress Report and Upcoming Events

Now that April is coming to a close, it’s time for the First Third of the year progress report. 2008 has been a very productive year so far!
Here is what was accomplished January-April:

* Completed 34 New Paintings:
6 Tapestry Paintings

16 Garden Room Squares
12 Exalted Beauties
* Entered 2 of N.A.W.A’s Juried Competitions and was accepted to the New York Hall of Science Exhibition.
* Participated in the 2008 AVA Silent Auction (Sold Square 7).
* Sold a number of paintings from both the Garden Room series, and the Animal Series (Also through AVA).
* Completed 3 New Exalted Beauty Medallion Collections:
Origin (40 medallions)

Lifespark (45 medallions)

Mindworks (144 medallions)

+ added 41 new medallions to the Ravishing Round collection

* Three Exalted Beauty Medallion Parties, private studio viewings and an increase in on-line purchases.

This is what is on the schedule for Upcoming Events (May-August):

* Upcoming Exhibitions:
New York Hall of Science Exhibition (Opening May 17th)
Plainfield Art Show (July)
Annual AVA Juried Competition (July)
Cornish Art Show (August)
Annual N.A.W.A. Exhibition
* Medallion Parties (Starting with Ro’s May 9th and Lori’s on May 18th)
* Medallion Collaborations
* The Living Painting (a continuation of the photographic presentation of what’s growing in my wildflower meadow)
* A New Painting Series (Inspired by The Living Painting)
* A New Medallion Collection (Inspired by The Living Painting)

Now that the weather is warmer, I will be doing my best to take advantage of every warm sunny moment! As you can see from the schedule above, I have a lot of exhibition events coming up, but the spring and summer season is also the time for fun family adventures, home and garden projects and Caden’s long list of activities. So, because of our busy schedule, the completion of new paintings and new medallion collections will be less frequent over the next third of the year. There WILL be art, just not AS much! To keep you entertained in the interim (due to your numerous requests and enthusiasm), I will be posting my floral photography spotlighting the inspirational creations found growing in my Wildflower Meadow (otherwise known as The Living Painting). So stay tuned for plenty of fresh and fabulous botanical goodness this spring and summer season! The Living Painting project starts again tomorrow!

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Mindworks Catalog!



The Exalted Beauty Mindworks catalog is HERE!

Screaming Fox

Here is Mama Fox screaming her head off:



Not a pretty sound. Poor thing seemed quite angry and went storming off (Probably after Mr. Fox). Maybe she just needed a break from the kits? :)

A Zen Moment

Here is a rare look at the Wild Monkey Child enjoying a streamside moment of peace and quiet:

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Mindworks Collection!

Here is the Exalted Beauty Mindworks collection (photographed in sunlight):














What do you think?

The Mindworks catalog will be available soon!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

NEW Ravishing Rounds!



I have just added 41 NEW medallions to the Exalted Beauty Ravishing Round Collection! Click HERE to see.


And check out the brand new Origin and Lifespark collection catalogs as well!

Want more? Go to the Exalted Beauty Medallion Index.

Happy Shopping!

Spring Has Finally Sprung!

The Coltsfoot is in full bloom:







The butterflys are out to play:



And this adorable porcupine is here enjoying a late morning snack:



Hurray! Spring has finally sprung!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Lifespark Catalog!




The Exalted Beauty Lifespark Medallion catalog is
HERE!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mindworks Preview

Here is the first look at the Mindworks finish:



What do you think?

Medallion Review

Saturday after Erin’s fun and fabulous Baby Shower, I was invited to do a post shower medallion exhibition with a few of my long term collectors. I brought along a small sampling of medallions to display, but mostly my interest was in the *in person* perspective on the Origin collection. The results were mixed, the comments were very positive but actual sales leaned toward more spring colored pieces (primarily from the Prophecy and Ravishing Round collections). I’m not sure how the heavily textured Origin pieces will fair overall, but then again I had doubts about the Prophecy collection for the same reason, so as usual, it will depend on the day/audience.

I really like the Origin collection and I think it will be perfect for summer tans and fall wardrobes. But with snow still on the ground and dead brown vegetation as far as the eye can see, it’s no wonder that we are clinging to the hope and colors of spring. Unfortunately, the catalog photos do NOT do the individual Origin pieces justice. I was unable to capture Origin’s true essence as I had an extremely difficult time trying to photograph the texture without the refractory light effects. Most annoying, but I decided to let it go because (the Mr. begged me to stop obsessing) most of the sales will be in person anyway. The reality is that the catalog serves primarily as a record keeping device, only a small percentage of the medallion sales are on-line.

Also, I wasn’t able to string/photograph/catalog the Lifespark collection in time, but I did wear a sample piece in an attempt to further my *reaction* survey. I think, after Saturday's male response that these will be more favorably received then I had originally thought. Most of the men surveyed were very polite in their response/reaction and perhaps the word sperm never would have crossed their minds if it hadn’t been alluded to by me and their female counterparts. I still feel that they are simple, elegant designs with a beautiful stone like finish that will appeal to a wide range of women… IF I can keep my mouth shut about the imagery.

Overall, the real excitement/interest seems to be in the new Mindworks medallions so I’ll present a sneak preview of the Mindworks finish for you to contemplate next, while I finish up the beading on Lifespark. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Origin Catalog!



The Exalted Beauty Origin Medallion catalog is HERE!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Beadtopia

Welcome to my little Beadtopia:











Or should I really call it Bead Hell?





I’ve finally cracked open the enormous shipment of beads ordered a few weeks ago, and I’m just now attempting to integrate/organize them into my already absurdly huge collection of accent beads. Why you ask? Well, I have been invited to exhibit the Exalted Beauty Medallions to a few of my fabulous long term collectors this coming weekend. So I’m temporarily switching gears from working on the Mindworks medallions in hopes to try to finish (bead, photograph and catalog) the Origin Medallion collection in time, and maybe the Lifespark collection as well? But oh dear! Who knew how crazy an additional 31 pounds of beads would turn out to be? I’ll tell you, A Lot! Too many! Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Animal Paintings Sold

Yesterday I said goodbye to:



Cheetah’s Gaze



Wolf Pack



Leopard’s Lair



and “Once Upon A Dream...

These four paintings from the Animal Series went to a wonderful fine art collector who is passionate about animal imagery. I am thrilled that these pieces found a great home! My paintings all have enormous sentimental value and it is important for me to feel like they are going somewhere they will truly be loved and cared for. I feel very good about this sale and I am extremely honored by the interest and appreciation in my art! Thank you so much!

And thank you AVA Gallery & Art Center for facilitating this process. Bente Torjusen and the staff at AVA did a phenomenal job!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Mindworks In Progress

Here is a look at the base color for the Exalted Beauty Mindworks collection:





I chose this shade of buttery copper to act as a neutral metallic base for my patina glazes.

THESE are the colors I mixed for the Mindworks *Patina*:



The colors are (left to right, top to bottom): Pearl, Rose, Celery, Traditional Patina, Crocus, Blue Bird, Ripe Bayberry, Olive Green, Milk Chocolate, Plum, Marina Blue and Black Onyx.

Imagine: Copper, in combination with the Patina shades above, add a bit of Rusty Corrosion and you will probably have a very good idea about where I’m going with the Mindworks finish. Stay Tuned!

New Bike

Here’s Caden assembling his new bike:





Do you think he read the “Destructions” first?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Inspiration: Rusty Corrosion













Beauty and inspiration can be found anywhere. Even in an old rusted barrel. If we see differently, and open our minds, we will discover art.

Wild Turkeys





Monday, April 07, 2008

Art Envisions Science!

I have great news! I received a call from The National Association of Women Artists last week informing me that my paintings were juried into the New York Hall of Science’s upcoming exhibition “Art Envisions Science”!

The jury selected:



“Botanical Bioform Set 2”

By Amy E. Fraser
Medium: Acrylic Paint on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.
Size: Matted and Framed 21” x 21”

The “Art Envisions Science” works on paper exhibition will be held at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368-2950.


Opening Reception: May 18th, 3-5pm.
The exhibition is open May 17th-July 13th 2008

Gallery hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am - 2pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 6pm

For More Information:
Contact the New York Hall of Science at (718) 699-005 or
www.nyscience.org
Or The National Association of Women Artists (N.A.W.A.) at www.nawanet.org

I will post a reminder as we get closer to the Opening Reception date.