Launching My Art Business

Lately, I have simultaneously built on my art business and teaching opportunities.

staceygentry Joes Bike Pallette
(Joe’s Bike Palette)

So far most of my art sales have come through the channel of social media, so I have put some time into studying the online marketing a little bit more and am trying to organize and smooth out my own professional online presence. This is something I regret to say I have struggled and fought with because I tend to be too judgmental of my own work.  I’ve learned some things, and am hereby launching my Facebook page  to gather visibility and engage as my established Instagram morphs into a more professional exhibition of what I’m working towards.  So my website will continue to transform and become more business friendly. I do not want to accidentally inhibit my own success because of the ignorance of helpful tools.

I am also excited about developing my own art curriculum for summer classes! I have this great opportunity to expand upon my work tutoring college students in the arts. Whatever summer art classes I can think of!  My brainstorming is having a fireworks show.

 

Projects

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Gerry Low-Sabado, Monterey Chinese Fishing Village. Watercolor 18″ x 24′
  • My most recent completed portrait was a special one. Gerry is a Bay Area activist working peacefully to engage the public in awareness of prejudice and offer opportunities to connect with other groups. As a fifth generation descendent of the Chinese fishing community that was burned to the ground in Monterey in 1906, she has made many appearances throughout my time in college and in the museum world to courageously share her story of family, heritage, and local history. I grew very fond of her spunk and her friendliness. You can find more on this story here.   Gerry invites all who are interested in participating in her annual Walk of Remembrance  this Saturday, May 6 in Pacific Grove. I was delighted to have worked on this painting of her.
  • I have been working with acrylics more. I find that I am better free-handed with acrylic than watercolor. Watercolor I like to sketch first and then paint. Acrylic I don’t sketch first.
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Self Portrait Without Mirror Acrylic 11″ x 14″ 2017

 

  • In the process of completing one commission and beginning another.

 

  • The video vignette below represents a long term multimedia project which (the title) came to me in a dream a few years ago. Black Stars of Starlight Past is a kind of spirit-biography, dream epic, slivers of writing that can be found on my poetry page. An illustrated chapbook, I intend to have collected originals of the relevant art for exhibition. This video is my amateur cinematic ‘trailer’ 🙂

 

 

 

 

Please use the contact form below if you have any questions about art commissions or collaborations. 

[Sketchbook Analysis]

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Bedroom Study – Conte crayon, colored pencil and ink on toned paper

 

The art that brought me to teaching places me in an unusual giving/receiving mode which I am adjusting to that allows creative idea revelation, and completely surprised me this past year as becoming a solid part of my artistic process. There is something cleansing about service to others, as I am experimenting with what I have learned from the lives of saints attempting to integrate lessons through my art in tiny beginner ways. Art is so egotistically founded that it has made me wonder if art is but a level of maturity at most, a means of awareness of how to use myself and be remembered in this world. Years ago art was my existential questioning and searching: now it is a pleasurable reward to act out gratitude for a renewed spirit with the colorful palette of art supplies. I am going in so many different directions of media and form outside of my standard portrait practice that I find myself wondering how to present myself as interdisciplinary and work to my advantage: letting myself practice & discipline until it all comes together.

 

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Jewel’s Desk – marker & colored pencil 
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Cracked Saint Michael – charcoal and pastels
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Sketchbook Collage – watercolor

 

 

 

Contact for commissions or purchase

staceylimone@gmail.com