Finally, I’m done with working on my sister-in-law’s wedding place cards. She really love the Disney Characters. Her fiance loves horror movies & books so we decided on using “The Corpse Bride” as one of the images.
I recently submitted one of my works at the OPEN CALL LA 2009 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The opening reception will be on Sunday, August 16, 2 – 5 pm. The exhibition date is from August 13 – September 27.
Please come & see an eclectic mixture of LA artists & their works. If anything else, the view from Barnsdall Art Park is just breathtaking. You could see the Hollywood Sign from the park & enjoy an afternoon picnic besides one of the outdoor sculptures. I hope to see you there! 🙂
I had a preview exhibit at St. Lorenzo Catholic Church, Walnut CA during the Pentecost festivities last May 30, 2009. It’s a prelude to my plan to have an art exhibition by fall 2010. For the past month, I’d been working on the “Apostles Series” to humanize the saints or apostles and relate it to the everyday man. In my view, the apostles are just normal people like us but had overcome great obstacles in their time. It’s the focus of their belief or faith that made them notable.
In choosing the models for the saints, I was looking for particular people who would seem to look familiar and yet would impress us with distinct characteristics of the saints for what they’re known for before they become saints. My goal for this series is to go beyond the religious aspect of the apostles & see the humanity & commonality that exist with everyday unsung heroes.
It was quite interesting how this project came to me. I never really thought I would be doing any religious series theme considering the past paintings I’d done were mostly nudes or figurative paintings. Sure, a few times I’d commissioned artworks to do portraits of Jesus Christ, churches & even the “Last Supper” but not a whole body of work that would concentrate on the Pentecost theme which will be celebrated on May 29-31.
It’s been a while since I did some major paintings & my aunt who happens to be an active parishioner in St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church asked me to display a series of religious painting during the festivities & I thought, “why not?” Anyways, I already did some graphics work for the parish during the Lenten Season which fortunately, they liked.
One of the things I’d been thinking about is integrating the current situation or crisis in our midst & the message of hope with the Pentecost. Pentecost is the “Feast of the Holy Spirit” & it’s also considered the day the Catholic Church has been established. To do a project like this and translate it into a series of artworks that speaks about Faith in spite of any crisis is an exciting & a challenging one. After a lot of research & brainstorming by myself, I came up with the title – “Faith, Hope & Spirit in Extraordinary Times.” I probably won’t be finished with the whole series until the end of May & just show initial works during the Pentecost Celebration. But I’m hoping to have a formal exhibition by the fall of 2010.
Since last month, I’d been attending the Business of Art workshop facilitated by the Center for Culture & Innovation in Downtown Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Every week, we focus on the different aspect of having a career as an artist. Last night, we tackled “Marketing & Self-Promotion” and Rochelle Fabb from Loudmouth Production was incredibly helpful in terms of tackling the publicity side of holding any artist event.
I used to think that being a “starving artist” is alright. The world had seen so many of them around that it is such a norm. I think it was four or five years ago that I had a mental shift when I started reading the book, “How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist.” The book primarily supplements the idea of the Business of Art workshop that having an art career is like having your own business. Being an artist is being in business for your art.
“..the myth tells us that struggle, complexity, and suffering are necessary components of creativity, and without these key elements an artist will stagnate. The myth tells us that the desire for comfortable lives and financial success will ultimately poison and distort art, that a true artist is concerned only with art and anyone else is a dilletante. The myth tells us that real artists do not discover themselves. Other people do, preferably when the artist is dead!” —“How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist” by Caroll Michels
Can you imagine if historians focused on how artist of the Renaissance period like Michelangelo became successful in his time, who had a business sense and learned to leverage his talent with the Pope and the Medici? People would have a different impression of the word “artist.” Can you imagine if Van Gogh learned the business of art earlier in his life? He wouldn’t have gone crazy and had tasted the fruit of his success! There’s so much romanticism about being a starving artist that it doesn’t do any good to the individual artist themselves. And yet, individual artist has contributed so much to the economy. According to American for the Arts study on Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences:“Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences.” And this is just one piece of the pie. Artists contributed so much economically to the different related industry in Entertainment and Media, Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism, etc.
So, can you imagine the world without an artist even in a business sense? There’ll be no job for construction industry building schools for the arts and cultural buildings or museums, nobody will be employed as teachers who teaches art or no cultural workers in related fields, no singers or actors, no manufacturing industry that makes paints, easel and other art supplies. Everything will be plain, no color and shape. Commercials will not even exist – no funding for your favorite tv shows like “American Idol.” The world indeed will be different. It is something to think about.
I had quite a productive weekend. I was able to help out my friend Karen with her shooting of Miss Mah Poo 2 with costuming and wardrobe; and my husband and I were able to finish painting the walls on the side of the stairs. That was a feat in itself because we also painted the risers and we used a glazing technique called colorwash.
Anyways, I think this website had been around since 2002. Life had taken over and I never got the time to update my site until now since I’m also maintaining www.filamartists.com, a collage of Filipino American artists and www.thea-dstudio.com, my work website. For some reason, my web files had been messed up and I was never been able to save my blog. It was also called, “The Journey: Biyaheng Langit Lang Po.” So, I consulted with tech support and I decided to reboot my website. Everything was gone. It’s like a phoenix rising from the ashes. The reason I’m updating this website is because a year ago, I was among the populace who had been given a pretty pink slip because of the country’s economic crisis and I suppose I turned it into an opportunity to go back and spend time with my art. And so, thea-rtist.com has been reborn today.
I suppose this is my website where I post my art portfolio and whenever I’m working on a new artwork.