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Mark September 5 on Your Calendar For Some Fun. From 6-8pm…

I Would like To See You There, Please.


On Sept. 5  •  6 – 8pm for the Opening Reception

SHAPELY pleasures”  a solo exhibition 
Recent Paintings by Joyce Wynes

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Exhibition Open From Sept. 2 – 26.    M-F 9 am – 5 pm.

Sponsored by VAE at the
United Arts Council of Wake County
410 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 170, Raleigh, NC

[See You There, OK?]

You’ll have some fun, some eats and some drinks.
Am I going to see you there on Sept. 5?


To view or purchase painting shown: “Separate From The Rest”
©Joyce Wynes  •  Acrylic/MM on Canvas • 24″ X 36″ • $2,300
To purchase a print of painting shown on fine art paper or canvas.
The MEANING behind this painting:  There is so much “noise” out there today, coming at us from all directions.  Sometimes you need to protect yourself and try to be in a separate place from most of the distractions.  Do you feel like this in your world or environment at times?


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An Artist’s Perspective: “Up, Down and All Around”

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“Our lives take us in all different directions. Detours are a part of life but it depends on how you view them that tells the difference.  Some detours have enriched my life with information that I would not have had any other way. Some detours were not as productive.  Experience lets me readily identify them and decide how long I am willing to travel on that road.”  That is a description of the painting above, “Up, Down and All Around”, one of my latest acrylic/mm creations on canvas, 24″ X 36″.

Many of my non-representational, abstract paintings show twists and turns, lines going in different directions, vertical then suddenly horizontal, shapes breaking through another section and turning into some other shape.  And it turns into a pleasing landscape of colors,  shapes and patterns that work together to create balance and purpose.

But, is that how life is today?  All these things thrown at us to make our lives more purposeful and balanced.  Think about it.  Everyday I get tons of email from marketing solicitors wanting to make my business more productive or giving me advice on how to make social media work for me.  This is where I took my detour in December 2013.  And I am quickly getting out of that line and back into my more productive pattern.

For example, they send screaming headlines that you need to be on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and have a blog and website, etc., etc. and how to make each of these better for you to get LIKES and more followers. whether to use #’s or not, FB is a Must, Twitter is a Must and How to Use It, Is Everyone Leaving FB and Should You (this after I had just signed up & paid for a FB class on how to use it???), Twitter is Going Down (just after I purchased their stock for my retirement portfolio???), Tips to Boost your Twitter Conversations, Topics to Make a Great Blog and Get Followers, How Often to Post – I could literally go on and on.  And at the end of each of these is an advertisement that wants you to buy a book or sign up for classes or listen to a free informational video and then sign up for their class.  Oh I forgot, I need to make videos now to engage people to my site.  Just signed up for that course!

They are out in full force lately.  And now want you to be one of them-they offer a course on how to do that; a coach selling your advice on whatever you know about.  And I know a lot about various subjects because I was a graphic designer with my own business, a professional illustrator illustrating for many big magazine companies and a fine art painter.  At one time I worked in marketing research for a large company doing statistics (I am good at math), I know how to market, I’m a mother, etc., etc, etc.  But I would not want to inflict myself on the masses in the same way as these marketers are doing today just to get a client.

It is enough to make you go crazy.  Anyone trying to market their small business probably knows what I mean.  I question myself, am I doing it right, did I say the wrong thing, am I supposed to post this here, and the what if’s . . .   There was an article I read just recently talking about decision fatigue and how making many choices saps your willpowerAre any of these things adding anything significant to your business other than more work and a stress-filled schedule?  That is the important question for each of us to answer for ourselves.  Come on be honest.  Are you just a slave to these new things that were supposed to make our lives easier to market ourselves or stay in touch or do you really enjoy them.

I, for one, am going to be much, much, much more selective.  Why?  Because to be a painter and run a business you need to FOCUS. I am going to sign up for less because when I read these advice blogs and take the coaching classes, I realize that in most cases I already knew most of the information or the information does not apply to me and my business.  I am going to take a cold, hard look at what is working and what is not and let go of the baggage, the extra stress and the lack of focus.

Social media is still a good use for marketing but I am not going to get crazy about it and give more importance to it then it deserves.  My website and my blog is most important and those are my priorities. Who is deciding FB is great one day and dead the next?  That little guy in the corner office?  (You know guys, this would make a great little humorous, illustrated book. And I might just create it.  Would you buy it? OMG I am turning into ONE of THEM.) FOCUS

My new pledge is: if I need more information on a subject, I will buy a book.  They don’t leave email and they just sit on my night stand.  If I get stressed seeing them there because I haven’t read them lately, I will move them to another location, preferably under the bed.  See I learned some information that enriched my life from this detour and I am once again focused!

Please comment below how you feel about the detours your life is taking lately and if they are productive or making you go bonkers.  I love to hear from other people and learn from their perspectives.

Usually my paintings let loose a philosophy lesson as I splash on the paint (I loved my philosophy courses in college).  So I am starting this as a series.  Every time I finish a painting, I am going to do “An Artist’s Perspective” article explaining what the story is behind the painting or what feelings or questions on life the painting brought out as I was creating.  Each painting on my website has an artist’s comment but this, “An Artist’s Perspective”, will elaborate on the subject.

I guarantee you won’t be bored.  You don’t have to agree with my ramblings because that is what makes us individuals but you will get a first-hand view of my thinking as I paint.  Please become a “follower” and sign up to get a notice when it arrives.  Thanks for your support of my art and vision.

Stuck on that “MOTHER’S DAY” Gift Idea?

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Mother’s Day is a special day to remember a mother in your life.
Do they like FLOWERS?  Do they like GARDENING?
You can’t go wrong with flowers.  So how about flowers that last forever?
And how about unique, fantasy flowers that are inspired by my garden?

I guarantee that it is a one-of-a-kind flower and
will never be grown in anyone else’s garden!
But the best part is that your gift will be appreciated forever by the recipient.
And it can be matted and framed right on the site before it is sent out!
But you better hurry so that it can get there in time.

And, if you are a collector, you can buy the original painting.
Look to see if it is still for sale.  I would be honored for you to own
and collect my work.

Go to my Saatchi website portfolio and if the non-representational abstracts are the only ones on the page then in the Search for box in the right hand top corner, type in Joyce Wynes Flowers.

Please share this information with a friend who needs some suggestions.  And join my community by following my blog and signing up for my newsletter.
Thank you for your support and suggestions.  It means a lot to me.
Let me know if you have any questions for me below.

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.

Giving Up…Ever Want To?

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There was a post in my email yesterday, Ever Felt Like Giving Up?, by Doug Hoppes written on FASO’s blog.  He was asking artists if they ever felt like giving up their art career.  And it got me thinking…why would an artist want to give it up?

Artists are a lucky lot.  They have found their passion and can work at something that fills them with a feeling of purpose and worthiness.  You would think that, if someone found that in their lives, that the rest would be so easy!  Very few people find their passion in life and can work at it too.

But artists have their trials and tribulations also:

Most artists don’t make enough money to live on so most have to supplement and take away from their art “time” to do another job or two.  And most can’t afford health insurance.  The “Starving Artist” theory, perpetuates the idea in society (i.e. buyers of art) that artists should not be paid enough for their products in order that they can make a living wage or be paid for their creative talent.  Where did that theory come from anyway?

For some reason, working 40-60 hours/week on creating art plus all the marketing & social media time, material and studio costs, paying 30%-60% commissions and research time, that has become so much a part of their job, isn’t worth as much an hour as someone out there working in the “corporate world” or outside of an art studio.

Crazy isn’t it?  The people creating the art are the only people who can’t make a living off their own art and most times comes out at a loss?  The art store employees make a living selling art products to them.  The galleries and alternative spaces make a living selling the artist’s work by making a sales commission on the art.  Colleges and universities make a living teaching art.  Website designers and developers and all the online businesses make a living off the artist.  I could go on and on, but really think about it.  The real creator of the art doesn’t.  They are the ones with the original, creative idea in the first place.  And they can’t price their work high enough to cover all their costs to make a living off of their product because society thinks they should starve for their art!

Selling your art and the steps necessary to being recognized is another process that leaves most artists exhausted and discouraged.  Applying to juried shows, getting into galleries and alternative markets, finding your tribe, educating yourself on the market and social media, updating your website and the research hours are endless.

Why do they do it?  Yes, some quit along the way or stall at a certain level because they don’t have the time, money or equipment to keep marketing themselves or pay someone else to do it for them.  Or some just don’t have enough passion and fall by the wayside.

Would I give up painting?  The thought has come into my head several times, usually at stressful, personal times in my life.  But quit painting?  Never.  I might give up some of the other stuff that goes along with being a marketing guru for selling my art but I hope I perish with a brush in my hand.

It is sad in a very serious way how society treats their creatives.  Most people revere artists, their talent and creative spirit.  It is a commodity in business (or should be) to hire creative-thinking people.  Most people I meet get this starry-eyed look when I tell them I am an artist.  They say, “I wish I had that talent”.  Or, “I can’t draw a straight line”.  Or  something to that effect.  But you can see that they really wish they could do that!  For many it brings back memories of a simpler time when they were children and did art projects for fun and not competition.  And shouldn’t that be one of the purposes of surrounding yourself with art, bringing back memories or giving you a certain feeling, whatever those feelings might be?  Some people are afraid to even approach an artist because they feel inferior in their presence.

Artists are just ordinary people doing what they do best in life.  And they should be able to make a living at it without having to sacrifice their salary so everyone else can make a living off of their creativity.  We pay you or your company for your services so that you can continue to do your job and that is all artists want as well.  To be paid a fair price for their work so that they can make a profit (salary) for their job after paying for everything else.

So the next time you see a piece of art that you would like, remember that artists have the same costs to performing their job as you or your company does.  I am hoping that educating the buying public will erase this title, “Starving Artist”, forever.  As an educated society, it should have been eradicated years ago.  And remember, you could be buying a piece of art that will go for millions or billions at Sotheby’s someday.  You lucky person!

Please take the poll below and give your thoughts on this issue.

Please share this post with others who might want to know a little about life as an artist from an artist’s perspective.  And thank you for your interest in my work.  Coming soon: An article you won’t want to miss on what goes into pricing a painting.
Painting above:  Green Piece 1 • 12″ X 12″ • Acrylic/MM • $425

Artist Reception: Fri • Feb 21 • 5-7pm

Get another CREATIVE JOLT and come see the exhibitions at DAC!
“CIRCLING AROUND” Juried Solo Exhibition • Allenton Gallery
New Paintings by Joyce Wynes
Artist Reception: Fri. Feb. 21 • 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates:  Feb. 5 – Mar 1, 2014

Also, the Sweet Arts Exhibition:  You will be available to view the paintings and other art for the auction to be held on Feb. 28.  Hope to see you there.

Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC
Sponsored by Durham Arts Guild
To View My Portfolio

Please share this post with anyone you would think would like to spend their evening viewing some great art or who would like to look at my work on my website.  Thanks for your continued support and hope you can make it.

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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.

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