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In my efforts to loosen up and trust my imagination more, I decided I need to strengthen my creative intuition, trusting my gut and follow where my imagination takes me instead of putting on the brakes too soon and following the "rules". I think it's important for me to have a blend of the judge and the playful art monkey. A blend of rule following and exploration.

random oil paint textures on prepared birch plywood
The random textures I started with. Oil paint on prepared birch plywood.

Inspired by a landscape I saw at the Minneapolis Institute of Art by Max Ernst titled "Landscape with Lake and Chimeras" c1940 (I think it was this one). The description next to the painting pointed out that it was "created by putting paint down, sticking a sheet of glass or paper to it and then removing the sheet to make 'unexpected textures' ". Surrealism and Dadaism were two of my first artistic loves so rediscovering an artist from that era feels lovely. Being at MiniCon this weekend and seeing Jon Arfstrom's work again, I realize that some of his imaginative works also had a hand in inspiring me to do this. Hopefully I'll have more on Jon Artstrom at a later date. If you haven't seen his work you're in for a real treat.

A few weeks back I had leftover paint on my palette and was feeling adventurous so I put some paint on some prepared boards, added a little solvent, and then stuck a sheet of glass on top. I decided to make them color themes (reds, yellow+green, and blue+black+white). I smushed, tipped, and twisted the glass-board-paint stack. What I ended up with were some very interesting textures.

This week I took some time to explore and follow my intuition instead of going through the planning phases. Here's what happened. I'm calling them Foundlings. These three will be with me for sale at Spectrum Live next weekend in Kansas City, MO (hopefully dry). I will be set up at Artist Table #14. Stop by and meet the Foundlings.

oil painting of a blue and black winged lynx-like beastoil painting of a strange caterpillar monster belching flamesoil painting of a smoke puffing red demon dragon monster watching and waiting

 

 

 

 

When at a convention, there's a lot of standing, walking, and carrying of heavy things followed by achy muscles. One bit of gear I wish I had remembered to bring to the last convention was this

a tennis balla tennis ball.

I find it to be a great portable back massage tool (some people like a racquetball instead). I just put it between my back and a wall, lean in, and move around a little to relax some of the muscle knots. This plus a bit of gentle stretching seems to do the trick.

Artists for the Atelier: an Atelier Instructor Art Show and Fundraising Sale

pastel drawing of a pomegranate, dried calla lilies, and wheat by christine mitzuk
Persephone and Demeter

May 20, 21, 22 (In conjunction with The Atelier 2016 Student Show)

Enjoy and purchase prints, drawings, watercolors, oils, sculptures, etchings and prints of figurative, still life, landscape and imaginative artwork from our fundraising exhibit to help support The Atelier. The exhibit will be in several spaces, across and down the hall from The Atelier. 20% of all sales from the Instructor Show will be donated to The Atelier.

The Artists included in the exhibit are Judy Buckvold, Kim Monahan Dady, Ceile Harteib, David Ginsberg, Richard Lack, Brock Larson, Jeff Larson, Brian Lewis, Lynn Maderich, Christine Mitzuk, Dale Redpath, Pat Schu, Jim Shoop, Amber Tritabaugh, Laura Tundel and Cyd Wicker.

I will have many of my imaginative pieces, both prints and originals, for sale as well as several still life, watercolor works, and studies.

digital painting of a unicorn at the top of a hill on a winding path through the woods
Glimpse of the Unicorn

You may email (mail@theatelier.org) or call The Atelier at 612-362-8421 with questions.

Location:
1681 East Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Off-street parking is available

2016 Show Hours:
Friday, May 20, 2:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 22, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

3 framed ink drawings by christine mitzuk
Ink drawings created especially for MarsCon 2016 in Minnesota.

There's less than a week away to MarsCon in Minnesota! I'm very excited to be one of the creative guests of honor and am looking forward to participating in the events.

I created three original pen and ink drawings for the convention's program book. The original art will be on display and for sale in the Art Show (matted, framed, and ready to hang).

I'll also be doing an oil painting demo (solvent free!) on Friday and Saturday in the Art Show.

3 ink drawings by christine mitzuk

My Rough Schedule

Note: you do need to register for a badge for the convention to participate in any of these events.

Friday:
Oil Painting Demo in the Art Show, 3 - 4:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies, 7 pm
Artist Reception, 9 - 10:30 pm

Saturday:
Artistic Process, presentation of my process for picture making for both traditional and digital, including the maquette from Bear Falls. A brief digital painting demo to follow. 10 am
Oil Painting Demo in the Art Show, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Art Auction, 7 pm
Figure Drawing with a fabulous costumed volunteer, It will be a mini workshop where I'll share some of what I teach in my figure drawing classes. 10:30 pm

Sunday:
Artistic Inspiration, panel discussion with a collection of creatives from different fields, 3 pm
Closing Ceremonies, 4 pm

Edit: do NOT park on the street. It's not allowed and cars are being ticketed. There is FREE parking in the Wells Fargo ramp 1 block away.

 

Come check out the 23rd Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.
I will be selling holiday and birthday cards, prints, and originals. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

digital painting of earth elemental man with antlers surrounded by green flame playing the drum by christine mitzuk
Earth Elemental

Over 125 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

watercolor of a flamingo wearing a Santa hat and strutting his stuff while other flamingos look surprised by Christine Mitzuk
Christmas Flamingo

When:
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Where:
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.

candy cane oil painting front of greeting card
Holiday cards featuring my candy cane painting. Cards are approximately 4 3/4" x 7" with 5"x7" envelope. Sold in packs of 5 for $15 or singles for $4.

For more information: www.WomensArtFestival.com

Candy Cane holiday cards available here > shop now
Christmas Flamingo holiday cards available here > shop now

This is the year! Every other year The Atelier puts on a show of work by students who have attended classes part time. Come celebrate the work and if you're unfamiliar with The Atelier, it's a great time to visit the school.

Save the dates:
Friday, December 5, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 6, 12:00 - 6:00 PM

If you are a former or current part time Atelier student, you are welcome to submit artwork. The Atelier requires that the artwork be framed and ready to hang with eye hooks or D-rings in back. You must also label the work on back with name, address, phone number and instructor's name. Artwork must be delivered to The Atelier no later than 10:00 PM Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Artwork must have been produced in class with an Atelier instructor. No late entries. We will attempt to hang all artwork, but if there are too many entries for our walls, the teachers reserve the right to choose which artwork is shown. Work should be picked up immediately following the show.

Assistance setting up, tearing down, and treats for the show are always appreciated. If you have questions, feel free to contact your instructor or The Atelier. Or email me (cmitzuk (at) christinemitzuk.com) and I will try to point you in the right direction.

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I send art out to a few sci-fi/fantasy conventions. Nothing original, just prints because they're lighter and smaller than original art. Lighter and smaller = less shipping cost. Prints also seem to have a more appealing price point than originals.

picture of prints, paperwork, and shipping supplies for convention preparation.

Most convention art shows I send art to have a display area and a print shop. The Display area is usually for originals or limited edition prints. Here the art needs to be framed or matted and bagged (make it look presentable and professional). The print shop can be open edition prints and they can be unmatted but usually need to be bagged, labeled with piece name and price. They also require paperwork: an artist information sheet; a display control sheet (list of pieces and prices); a print shop control sheet; and completed bid tags for each piece in the display area.

Here are a few things I've learned.

Lists are excellent. Since the required elements and process for sending art to each show are very similar, I created a generic checklist. I print one for each convention and mark tasks off as I go. The list become my second brain. All the organizing happens from that list so I don't forget anything.

Tape. Most of the shows want the bid tags attached to the art. From working the Art Show at CONvergence I've learned that the blue painters tape is excellent for this. It's sticky enough for the bid tag to stay put but is easily removed later.

Postage. Using USPS.com to purchase postage is cheaper than postage purchased at a post office. I go by weight and dimensions of the box, or type of USPS box for shipping. I use an electronic kitchen scale, which we already had, to weigh the packed box. The shipping is generally much less than one of those flat rate boxes.

Boxes. USPS has FREE shipping materials (boxes and envelopes). You can order them from USPS.com.

Piles. Piles and Post-it Notes are also help. Mind you, they are organized piles. One for display art and one for print shop art.

File folders. Each convention is assigned a labeled folder. The checklist and all the paperwork goes in there. It stays with me so I can refer back to the previous year or check the return shipment against my copy of the art list.

Packing. I learned to cushion the ends and short sides with bubble wrap or bunched up clean plastic bags. As added protection I put a sheet of foam core or cardboard on either large side, basically creating a sandwich with the art in between.

Tracking art. To track what went where or what sold (hopefully), I print a copy of the control sheets for my records. Ideally I also mark what number of the print run for a piece I sent out. This way if it sells I can mark the piece as sold in my limited edition print list. I'll also know whether or not to send the same piece the following year.

Waiting. Just let it go. When the box leaves my hands, that's it. I take it off my mental list of things to do and don't worry about it.

Unpacking. Ideally I do this within a few days of receiving the box. I check their list of pieces against the copy of what I sent. Usually everything adds up. Once or twice there have been discrepancies but the art show organizer for those instances resolved the issue.

Evaluation. Something sold? Great! Nothing sold but all the art came back in one piece? Great! Getting the art out in front of eyeballs is my goal. Getting me AND the art out together would be ideal but that's not always possible. I might reevaluate this at the end of the year. Maybe next year I'll focus my energies on shows I can do in person. We'll see.

Resources.
USPS FREE shipping supplies https://store.usps.com/store/browse/category.jsp?categoryId=shipping-supplies

ClearBags, as the name implies, has clear bags. They also sell standard size cut mats, backing boards, boxes, etc. Currently I cut my own mats because I want specific colors but I've stocked up on bags from them.  http://www.clearbags.com/

Convention Wiki is a decent starting place if you need a list of shows. You'll need to look each one up because some of them are defunct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_science_fiction_conventions

Happy (early) Halloween! The People's Gallery is having their 2nd Annual Halloween Show: Shadowed Visions. Two of my paintings will be on display and for sale in the exhibit.

Shadowed Visions Art Exhibit: October 13 - November 14

The People's Gallery Shadowed Visions Exhibit

Reception

The Halloween Reception will be Saturday, Oct 25 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm.  Come in costume if the Halloween spirit moves you (optional).

For viewing hours each week, directions, and more visit http://peoplesgallery.org/. You can also find them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/peoplesgallerybyPMI

The Art

My paintings that will be on display are Alchemist's Workbench and Fairy Nest. I wasn't going for a horror vibe when I painted these, more of a mysterious quality. Depending on the context, they can be quite unsettling to some. I think they fit the theme of "Shadowed Visions" quite well.

mysterious oil painting of a deer skull, crow quill pen, parchment, a frog in a jar and mysterious bottles by christine mitzuk
Alchemist's Workbench, oil on canvas.
oil painting of a mysterious nest with a collection of hanging objects by christine mitzuk
Fairy Nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps I'll see you there. Now what shall I wear?