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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.

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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 . . .

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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
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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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Solo Art Exhibition in Asheville, NC

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Curated by Wendy H. Outland, Owner and Art Consultant of Who Knows Art at www.whoknowsart.biz
Showing 15 of the latest Abstract Paintings by Joyce Wynes

April 7 – July 14, 2014
MAHEC Eductaion Building
121 Hendersonville Road • Asheville, NC 28803

OPEN:  8am – 5:30pm Monday thru Friday • 828 257-4400

Wynes describes her process:
“Did you ever wish that you could recapture the carefree, playful, questioning feelings of your childhood?  That is what happens to me every time I put my brush to canvas.  My Acrylic/Mixed Media paintings are a reflection of carefree memories and internalized images, flavored by my still apparent “childhood” influences.”

Bold colors and stylized, primal subjects in both representational and non-representational abstracts have entertained collectors for years.  Try to recapture your playful, questioning side by visiting the exhibition.  You won’t regret it.

You can see more of Wynes’s paintings by visiting her website.  See what her art can do to stimulate your senses.

“Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does MY Garden Grow?”

With fantasy flowers, and mystical powers,
And bold, colorful shapes, all in a row.

My 2nd passion is gardening, my 1st my painting. I might not be a poet but I am a gardener. While I paint other categories of paintings (Hands, Figurative, Non-representative abstracts), when Spring rolls around, flowers seem to be on my mind.

It is Spring now and Winter in North Carolina has outlived it’s welcome and has been hesitant to leave us.  The daffodils are up, the birds are singing and I am happily digging in the dirt again.  It is so lovely seeing all those green shoots popping out of the earth.

Gardening teaches me about growth, the circle of life and the boldness and fragility of life and death. My painted flower images are an expression of that knowledge.  It is so therapeutic to create a live garden painting that grows in front of you without any tools but a shovel, some seeds, fertilizer and water.  That is what is so great about my passions; I can combine them into a real life image that only lasts for the duration of the season or one on canvas that lasts forever.

But instead of copying what Mother Nature gives me for my gardening efforts, I take those shapes and colors and turn them into my fantasy flowers.  Flowers that take shape in my imagination.

Bunches of Flowers:

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Or Cut Flowers in Vases:

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Why can’t Black-eyed Susans be red?  And why can’t flowers be square? No reason really except for those who expect reality.  As a person and artist, I always felt that reality was there for us to learn from and go beyond, using our imagination to create something that inspires thinking.  Look at Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.  The items that they invented were not part of our reality before they invented them.

My flower paintings may never be a reality but they might inspire someone, somewhere to do something different with their imagination or they just might recall memories, pleasant memories, for the collector of my pieces.  They might inspire you to pick up a brush or to garden and find the relaxing and therapeutic quality of the venture.

Every year I recreate my garden so that it never looks the same from year to year. I transplant my plantings around the yard in different arrangements.  It works for me.  One thing I always do though is have something blooming year round.  It gives me something to look forward to each season of the year.

Some photo arrangements of my back yard several years ago:

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This next photo is part of the front yard where these mums grow in all their splendor in every spot in the front in late Fall. It really is spectacular.  Like a last hurrah before Winter comes.
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I hope you enjoyed my garden photos.  I will put more up this summer as my garden explodes.

Do you like to garden and what does it do for you? 

Do you like flowers or the therapy that comes with the process? 

What about my fantasy flowers?  What do they do for you, if anything?

 

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Please take a moment to comment or give me your suggestions and advice.

To see more of my paintings in any of the categories (Hands, Figurative, Non-representational Abstracts), please visit my website.  Please pass this post on to your gardener friends or anyone who appreciates art.  Thanks for your continued support.  Subscribe to my newsletter for more news and events.