Maggie's Studio News The latest news from Maggie's Studio. en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:42:05 CDT Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:42:05 CDT Stolen <div><strong>Eight weeks ago I had 5 paintings stolen from an outdoor art fair</strong>.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>I don't show at many art fairs any more, although I do think it's a good way for an artist to get started marketing. &nbsp;But every season I choose one, just to get my paintings in front of some people that might not be familiar with my work. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Art fairs aren't easy. &nbsp;Loading and unloading, setting up a display tent and portable walls... It's a lot of schlepping and a lot of driving. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Security</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I have done a lot of art fairs since opening my business in 1999. &nbsp;I have never had anything stolen. &nbsp;It is optional to unload your tent on the Saturday night between show days. &nbsp;I never do. &nbsp;All shows hire security and I always trust it. &nbsp;So Saturday at 5:00 I zipped up my tent and drove back to Southampton.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Sunday&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When I came back Sunday morning, I opened my tent and immediately noticed that the painting I had been working on during the show- yes, they took a WET painting - wasn't on its easel. &nbsp;It wasn't long before I also noticed gaping, empty spaces on my walls and it began to dawn on me what had happened. &nbsp;My reaction wasn't subtle. &nbsp;I let out a moan that brought people running. &nbsp;After about an hour, I calmed down and filed a report with the police. &nbsp;Then, although I hated to give up a whole day of a show, I packed up and went home. &nbsp;Just wasn't in the right frame of mind.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When I woke up Monday morning - well, I didn't really sleep - I started making calls. &nbsp;It was pretty discouraging.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The show sponsors were not liable - I had signed a disclaimer when I applied. &nbsp;My insurance company was pretty firm too - no claim could be made since I don't have a separate policy covering my artwork. &nbsp;(Something I am currently in the process of changing.) &nbsp;And when I went online to get a copy of the police report, I found out it would take 6 - 9 weeks. &nbsp;(Eight weeks later I have never been contacted.) &nbsp;At the risk of sounding like a whiner, I really felt no one cared.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But I had to do <em>something. </em>&nbsp;So I reached out to the media.</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div>Colleen Reynolds, the reporter at my local paper The Southampton Press, wrote the following article:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica; "><a href=""></a></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>December 3</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I've been approached by a lot of people since the article came out. &nbsp;I guess that makes it kind of a bittersweet experience. &nbsp;I haven't recovered any of the paintings, but I have repainted "The Golden Pear" and I have a show coming up <strong>December 1-7</strong>&nbsp;at <strong>4</strong> <strong>North Main Gallery</strong>. &nbsp;Not exactly how I would have hoped for publicity, but it certainly cushions the blow. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 06 Nov 2011 13:15:48 CST Zac and Dan <div>Dan and Zac are great.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I've never met them, but they are the guys that designed my website (for which I get many compliments). &nbsp;But they didn't just design it, collect my money and then walk away. &nbsp;They write me all the time. &nbsp;Okay, they write to all of their clients all of the time, but these guys are different than the average businessmen. &nbsp;They sell me a product (website) and then they keep encouraging me to really use it and make the most of it. &nbsp;Which I don't.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They have been sending tutorials to me for the past year how how to blog and then how to get my blog out there so people will actually read it, see my art and buy something. &nbsp;The problem is me. &nbsp;I started out strong, but then I dropped the ball. &nbsp;I haven't been blogging, much less following their lead on how to get my blogs read.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But today I'm starting in again and I'm going to go back through their tutorials and do what they say. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And if you EVER think you might want a website, artist friend of mine, THESE ARE THE GUYS! &nbsp;<a href=""></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now let's see if I can remember how to link to their site...&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 06:21:36 CDT Two Young Artists <div> Most of my students are adults, but&nbsp; a few have come along that are children who are eager to learn to "make art".</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This first young lady has been studying with me for about 6 months now.&nbsp; She brought her cousin in about 2 months ago.&nbsp; We have created some wonderful things together.&nbsp; And I don't mean your usual "kiddie art camp" stuff.&nbsp; These girls have shown an aptitude for handling sophisticated supplies and subject matter.&nbsp; Let me give you a glimpse:</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Madeleine0511.jpg" width="336" height="448" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here's my first student hard at work on a still life.&nbsp; This particular piece we started by drawing the image in with charcoal together.&nbsp;&nbsp; She took it from there picking the brush she wanted and the acrylic colors that worked for her.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Next we have my second young student working on an image of a horse and rider we took from a photograph taken at the 2010 Hampton Classic.&nbsp; Again, we drew the image in together with charcoal and she did the painting.&nbsp; I talked her out of making the horse blue...</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/2Victoria0511.jpg" width="336" height="448" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We have worked in clay, acrylic, charcoal, graphite on paper, canvas and board.&nbsp; I struggled with whether this particular blog entry should go under the subtitle of "Instruction" or "Artists Who Have Inspired Me."&nbsp; </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They have and they do.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:44:15 CDT How the Commission Process Works2 <div><h4><strong>STEP 4</strong> <br /></h4><div>Paint.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>From here on it is just a matter of painting a first layer, showing the client, then refining and adding layers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><em>The Indianapolis client chose his favorite drawing/perspective, e-mailed notes and sent the drawings back.&nbsp; I have begun the paintings.&nbsp; Again, I am only going to share those of the downtown street scene with the dome.<br /></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>This is the photo my photographer took:</em></div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Gibsondomephoto.jpg" height="448" width="336" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>This is the preliminary drawing:</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Gibsondomedrawing.jpg" height="448" width="336" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>And this is the beginning of the actual painting on canvas:</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/Gibsondomefrstpaint.jpg" height="448" width="336" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div>&nbsp;</div></div> Sun, 17 Apr 2011 16:46:36 CDT How the Commission Process Works <div>I have four basic steps to doing commission work.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h3><u>STEP 1</u> </h3></div> <div>I begin by discussing, via phone or email, what image(s) is in the client's mind and what the general size of the piece needs to be. &nbsp; I usually ask if there is a particular budget we are working within.&nbsp;&nbsp; Clients who approach me for commission work are usually familiar with my style, but it's helpful to have a sense of where the piece will go.&nbsp; If possible I meet with them in their home or ask for them to email photos.&nbsp; This stage usually involved several discussions.&nbsp; I try to pick their brain and really get a sense of their vision.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <p><em>Currently I am working on two paintings for a client in Indianapolis.&nbsp; He has emailed me pictures of the interior of his home and some of the artwork he currently has hanging.&nbsp; He has followed my career for over 10 years, so he is familiar with my painting style and palette.&nbsp; He emailed photos of some of the local images he would like included</em>.&nbsp; <br /></p></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h3>STEP 2</h3> <div>Once we have decided on&nbsp; the complexity of the image as well as the general size I try to come up with a price range that works.&nbsp; If the price is too high, we can talk about maybe reducing the size of the piece or simplifying the image.&nbsp; If it's lower than expected, than usually I am not grasping something that the client has in mind.&nbsp; The medium used - oil painting, charcoal drawing, pastel etc. - can also be adjusted for pricing purposes.</div>&nbsp; <div> <div>Once we agree on general size and price I ask for a deposit of 1/2 of the completed price.&nbsp; I also set a timetable for completion.&nbsp; Often a client will say it doesn't matter when the piece is done, but I believe it's important to set a date of delivery anyway.&nbsp; Of course this delivery date is subject to the client getting preliminary drawings, paintings and responses back to&nbsp;me on a timely basis.&nbsp; Time tables can be adjusted if something comes up for the client, but I try very hard to never make changes due to <u>my</u> schedule.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><em>The Indianapolis client and I agreed upon a price and the client sent his deposit.&nbsp; The paintings are to be oil on canvas, both the same size, and he has sent me pictures of where they are going to hang in his home.&nbsp; One is to be a painting of his home and the other is to include, among other things, the dome of the capital building.&nbsp; Our timetable is 60-90 days.&nbsp; In addition to pictures he sent me, I hired a local Indianapolis photographer to take additional images for me.&nbsp; Needless to say, the internet makes all of this possible and relatively simple.</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <h3>STEP 3</h3> <div>I make three preliminary drawings, usually charcoal with a bit of pastel to show a little color.&nbsp; I try to include various images and various perspectives.&nbsp; I try to get these to the client within a couple of weeks of receiving the deposit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>In the interest of privacy, I am not going to post the drawings of his home, but here are the ones for the dome painting.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/GibsonPD3.jpg" height="448" width="336" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/207/GibsonPD2.jpg" height="336" width="448" />&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The client's job is then to review these drawings, making notes as to what he/she likes and what he/she finds unnecessary.&nbsp; Perspective is decided.&nbsp; Then the drawings come back to me and, after a bit more discussion, I start the painting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em> be continued...</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div></div>&nbsp;</div></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div></div></div> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:48:03 CDT