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LAST CALL: To See This Solo Art Exhibition

This is the last week to see my newest paintings in “Shapely pleasures”
It comes down the afternoon of Sept. 26!
  So if you want to see it, this week is your last chance.

Solo Exhibition  •  September 2 – 26
United Arts Council of Wake County
410 Glenwood Avenue, Ste. 170
Raleigh, NC  27603

Painting above:  “Coexisting Peacefully” • 24″ X 24″ • Acrylic/MM on Canvas • $1400.  To Purchase a Print on Fine Art Paper or Canvas from Saatchi Online click here.
There is so much turmoil and hate in the world today so this painting tries to present a view of people of the world coexisting peacefully next to each other whether near or far away even though they think or look differently.

What do you think about the world trying to coexist peacefully?  Do you think it is possible?  Comment and let me know how you feel (fearful, hopeful, confused or other).

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Art Lovers, Where Are You? 5 Realities of Our Time…

Are you an art lover? Then let me tell you the realities facing the artist today. Full-time artists devote a lot of time creating their art, as well as, marketing it if they are serious about their profession.  As a full-time, acrylic/mixed media, painter I spend 50-60 hours/week researching materials and techniques, educating myself on social media, painting, marketing in print and online and the 100’s of other chores necessary today for an artist to be successful.

At one time, all you did was create your work and show your work in exhibitions and galleries.  There are fewer galleries today to show our work and some of those galleries are inferior just like in any business.  They just open their doors and hope someone walks in.   The job of an artist today has become so cumbersome with so little results that one has to wonder where it will end for both the admirer and the artist.

Acrylic/MM on Canvas • 24" X 24" • $1400

Hills & Valleys of Life • Acrylic/MM on Canvas • 24″ X 24″ • $1400

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I know many artists question whether it is working or whether it will ever be worth their time because the buyers are an elusive bunch of people we can’t seem to find.  There is a lot of talk lately about finding your “tribe” or people who like your style or type of work.  It threw me for a loop recently, when I talked to several very good artists at different events, and they said they were thinking about just throwing in the towel.  Their canvases were piling up, they spent too much time and money they don’t have on their creations and trying to find customers on social media just wasn’t working out.  With the only people showing up at opening night exhibitions were other artists and their friends (even with all the advertising), artists are beginning to feel deserted and not getting the feedback they need to keep going.  And statistics show that very few people are commenting and liking on social media for most things.

1. The Good Artists Are Starting to Question The Job

In the near future, if more artists feel that it is just not worth it, and they cannot make a living selling their art at a fair price, you may find it more difficult to find high quality art.  Believe me, the less desirable art will still be around but the artists who give it their “ALL” and devote their time to creating a unique piece of art will not be around.  They will find other ways to express themselves.

2. You Are Not Supporting Their Work

Very few of you are showing up at exhibitions to view their work.  Very few of you are sending them confirmation or comments about their work whether by social media, email or in person.  And because the economy hasn’t fully recovered, very few of you are purchasing original art. Even if you can’t afford the work or have nowhere to place it, it would help the artist if you would give validation to an artist’s work that you feel is good.  Ask for the artist’s contact information or business card and let them know how you feel about their work. Give them leads if you know of someone else who might appreciate their work.  If you see their work on social media and like it, leave a comment. Or if you have a suggestion, let them know.

3.  We Don’t Know Where You Are

Because very few are taking the time to comment or like our work and show up to view the work at exhibitions, we don’t know where you are, what you like or how to keep you informed.  Think of it as a 2-way street, we need to have some information if we are to continue to make things that you might like and purchase in the future.  If we don’t have feedback, we are floundering in space and don’t know if we are going in the right direction.  So please come out of hiding and make yourself known.  We promise we won’t harass you, we just want to keep you informed and get feedback.  We can’t afford big, expensive marketing campaigns and expensive webinar series to try to find you (believe me, they are out there in full force trying to get artists to sign up).  Just let yourself be known and let us know what you like and don’t like.  We can take the criticism.

4.  We Waste Many Good Hours Trying To Find You

We waste countless hours on learning social media tips on how to find you.  We are told you have to write a blog and write something everyday to attract you to our work.  We have to be on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and post to our blog interesting articles that will make you flock to our sides.  Do you know how much time it takes out of our day, week, month, year that we could be using to create something spectacular?  And statistics show that only 5% or less purchase art on the internet.  Why are we doing this?  Because we can’t find you!  And marketers say that is what we must do to find you!

5.  It Makes Us Question: Are There Really That Many Buyers Out There Anymore Who Appreciate Original Art?

Of course, there will always be art collectors at the top, investors who look for art and can afford to collect art from Sotheby’s and those well-known artists of the past (before 1990).  But what about us emerging artists?  The signals say to us, that you don’t want to be found or don’t want to buy art or don’t appreciate our best efforts at creating unique art.  You need to let us know so we can stop this time-consuming job of trying to vie for your attention.  I am sure that most people, including yourself, doesn’t like wasting your time on  research and educating yourself on techniques that don’t work, so I am sure you understand the artist’s plight.

I hope that you understand that the point of my article was not to admonish you in any way but to inform you on the artist’s plight since the 2007 downturn and the increase in social media marketing and the toll it takes on our creativity time, etc.  We need the feedback, we need the connection to the outside world, and we need the connection to the people who appreciate our work.  Even if you are not ready to buy or could possibly be a buyer in the future or won’t be a buyer but appreciate our work, we need to have a connection to you.  Help us stay motivated in this fast, changing world of ours, so that we know that there are people out there that are truly interested in what we are doing.  Comment on our posts, like our pages, and email us how you feel about our work.

What about you? Are you giving artists some feedback? And if not, why not? We would be interested in your views on this issue.

Thank your for your continued support and while you are here, if you would add your name to my mailing list so I can keep you informed, I would greatly appreciate it.

Only 13 More Days . . .












Only 13 more days to see my 15 NEW PAINTINGS at the Solo Exhibition at MAHEC Education Building. So if you are planning a trip to Asheville, NC make sure to stop. To see even more new paintings go to www.joycewynes.com/works

Don’t Forget about the FREE BONUS ART PRINT in Celebration of the MAHEC Solo Exhibition:
Anyone purchasing an original painting, (minimum 24″ on longest side) or 2 smaller paintings, will be eligible for a professional print on paper of their choice from any painting on my website (15″ maximum).  Hurry though, because this offer valid til July 14 only.  #art #painting

What Stimulates My Abstract Painting Growth?

Spring is definitely my “Go” signal for my abstract painting renewal.   Spring always brings out the growth hormone in me.  What about you?  The new, green sprouts coming out of the ground, the winter is finally over, and the new spring fashions and gadgets are in the stores.  Maybe my spring garden photos will inspire you as they do me to reach deeper into that space where inspiration and motivation lives.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome”. ~Anne Bradstreet
Welcome to My Garden...Please enter.

Welcome to My Garden…Please Enter


Because I am a gardener, seeing that new growth coming out of the ground gives me that extra excitement, push, and motivation to start new projects, get in the groove of solving problems and cleaning and organizing the old stuff that has been hanging around all winter.

What does it for you?

I remember when I was growing up, my mother would have to do her spring cleaning and every room and closet had to be turned upside down and gone through to clean and organize so that we started off the season in the right way.  I don’t know if that is how many people greet Spring today, but when it comes to my business, and my painting, I do get that “Spring Fever” bug where I have to, not only clean, organize and sort out my office and studio, but try something new or go for some fresh new approach to creating my art.

Left, back corner of the backyard. May 2014

Left, back corner of the backyard. May 2014











I am not sure what it will be this year but I have been experimenting with some smaller paintings that aren’t a big stretch from my current, abstract, acrylic paintings but they are a little more free and playful.  You don’t have to go far afield but I find one thing leads to another.  That is the beauty of creating; the ideas are endless once begun.

Random Scribbles 1, 2 & 3 12" X 12" X 1.5" Each • Acrylic on Canvas

Random Scribbles 1, 2 & 3
12″ X 12″ X 1.5″ Each • Acrylic on Canvas

Random Scribbles 1 Larger - 12" X 12" X 1.5"

Random Scribbles 1 Larger – 12″ X 12″ X 1.5″

So this is what I have playing with among other things.  Naming them Random Scribbles for now.  These abstract, acrylic paintings can be mixed and matched any way  you want or used alone.

What do you think?

Please feel free to comment and leave a message on what makes you get a spurt of growth.

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Photos From the “Mixed Media” Opening Reception

Photos from the opening reception of the “Mixed Media” Exhibition last night at Andre Christine Gallery. The exhibition will be held until Jan. 15, 2014. Go to their website for hours to visit. www.andrechristinegallery.com
A big crowd last night and a lot of good conversation. Many people were eager for me to explain my work and how it was created. To see more of my work, please go to my website.

all 4 images

Social Issues and Artists

IamWoman-AmericanKestrelBirdMy college art history classes taught me that many artists expressed their beliefs about political and social issues through their art, in their paintings, writings, music, photography and poems.  That was why many creative people were the first to be imprisoned during wars and military takeovers so that their voices were quieted from the masses.

Picasso’s “Guernica” painted in 1937, is one of the most important anti-war works of art produced in the 20th century. He painted other social issues as well.  Some other artists in our time are Judy Chicago, Robert Mapplethrope, and Shirin Neshat’s photos and videos of “Women of Allah”.  These artists gave their voice to the issues of their times often reaching more people with their work than in any other way.

I had always been a women’s rights advocate but in college I was stunned to find that women were left out of the art history books and the dialogue when I attended in the 80’s.  I began to feel that it was my responsibility, through my paintings, to give voice to these social issues that stilted women’s growth.  To this day women are still under represented in the art dialogue, art history and elsewhere. Whenever I feel it is necessary to point out social injustices haunting women, I paint an image so the world can see it. And hanging them in exhibitions gets that voice even louder.

In 2010, when many states and the House of Congress started backtracking on women’s rights that they had already won, I started a series of paintings named, “I Am Woman, I Can Fly”.  One of those paintings, “I Am Woman, I Can Fly – American Kestrel Bird” was juried by Michael Aurbach of Vanderbilt University into the Fletcher Exhibition, sponsored by the East Tennessee State University’s Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with Urban Redeveloment Alliance and Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship.

The Fletcher H. Dyer Scholarship is a compelling story in itself.  I copied this from his site and if you have time you should go there and read the rest.
Fletcher Hancock Dyer, age 22, was lost too soon in a
motorcycle accident in Johnson City, TN on November 5,
2009. As an artist and graphic designer, Fletcher created
works that addressed social and political issues thus exposing
injustices through visual means. Fletcher was always curious
and aware of current events; he experimented in innovative
ways to create works that investigate contemporary social
issues. New, unexpected ideas and perspectives had unique
ways of coming to the surface as a result of Fletcher’s
creative means of rattling cages.”

I feel really proud to be included in this exhibition.  You can order prints of this painting here.  Or you can order blank, greeting cards of this image on my website.
Information about the exhibition:
Fletcher Exhibition • November 1-27, 2013
Tipton Gallery 126 Spring Street, Johnson City, TN
Reception: November 1, 6-8pm
For more images of my paintings, please go to my portfolio on my website or blog.

YOUTH…Can We Recapture It?

Isn’t that something most of us would like to recapture?  A time when everything seemed slower and enjoying the excitement of each new adventure.  A time of playing, learning, listening and most of all, free time.

Sure, there were also the other stuff common to most families but those things taught us how to cope with life and make decisions.  For me that is what I recapture in my non-representational abstract paintings.

I was fortunate (and give thanks to my mother every day) because my mother taught me how to sew and quilt at a young age.  It inspired a unconcious love of symbols, lines, patterns, shapes and textures that I recognized when I started painting my non-representational abstracts in 2010. The creativity, freedom and inspiration that I had been given at that tender age working with fabric opened up my world then but is now being captured on my canvases. Below is a sampling.


Emotional Reactions 3         Emotional Reactions 4
These are part of an 8-painting series called “Emotional Reactions”

MovingSpaces1_Sm       MovingSpaces2_Sm
Moving Spaces 1                      Moving Spaces 2
Another series that is still in progress.

Have I recaptured my youth?  Not all of it, but I believe I have recaptured some of the best parts of it.  Please look  on my website to view my newest work in the coming weeks.  Some are uploaded but some are still being photographed.  And some are still on the easel being completed. You will see a lot of new paintings in the abstract section and small abstract section.  You can also go to my site on Xanadu Gallery and Saatchi Online (can order prints on paper and canvas) to view my work. How have you recaptured some of your youth and used it in your world today?