Thursday, April 10, 2008

Big Project

Have you wondered what I do with my finished canvases? Someone ask me not so long ago and here they are. Cluttering my table and floor.

I'm on a new mission to clear off the table and floor and do a little changing around in my studio. That is my on-going mission that led me to the "big project".

This big project has been stewing in my head and for a while. And I can tell you exactly when and how this pot was filled. I was reading Kal Barteski's blog and in this post in mid February, she said this, "Normally, I find it hard to let paintings go - they're my babies. I really do. But, I'm literally running out of room and I'm really loving the idea that all things you let go - just take pieces of yourself to different places and that's cool."

Yes, ..."pieces of yourself to different places" struck a cord with me and. That's how this started and I even wrote that down in my inspiration journal. It was like permission. I needed.


A few days later on February 20th Kal wrote this, "...And yes, I hang the artwork - I breathe the artwork. It's wholly and completely mine...AND when it leaves I sort of enjoy the dull pains in my heart because I know is was something that meant something to me..."

Wow! another profound statement.

That is how and when and why I started thinking about.....

BIG GALLERY PROJECT

I have a place for a gallery right here at my office, so that was no obstacle.

I needed to come up with a way to hang "the artwork" so it can become

"wholly and completely mine"

before I

send pieces of myself to different places.

Here is what I came up with:
Purchased a plank of 1 X 2 lumber and collaged some music on it.

Then I chopped is into 3" blocks.


24 of them to be exact.

Next I just picked up any scrap of leftover napkins and papers and collaged them.
Added a stamp here and there and some text on some.

I sealed with Mod Podge and used a little brown ink on them to unify.
I added 3M picture hanging strips to the backs.
You see, my gallery wall is concrete block and I didn't want to use nails.
So what I did was stick these little collaged blocks up to act as a little shelf
for the gallery wrapped canvases to hang on.

Cool yes?


You see, when one is removed (read sold here)
the collaged block can be left in place and waiting for my next painting.




There is my gallery. I should have done this long ago.

Next, I'm am going to list all my paintings on Etsy ASAP.

But not today.

I will let you know when in my next post.

Sort of related to all of this is the fact that my home computer is having Internet issues and so I'm having to work around that.

Enough for now,

Sharon

56 comments:

  1. It's a great idea! I wish I had an empty wall or two to hang my paintings. *^v^*

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  2. That's a truly wonderful idea and the blocks are great little works of art themselves! I love your work!

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  3. Wow, That's such a neat idea! I hope you sell lots soon!

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  4. aren't you clever? These are fantastic Sharon! I thought of something else you might want to consider, photograph, print and collage the original painting onto the little blocks, then you'll always have a sweet reminder of the painting before you send yourself out into the world. By the way, I love the sentiments you were quoting...so very true and just think how much your talent means to another person!

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  5. You are just too clever! I predict that all of your special pieces will sell like hotcakes!! They have sooo much life to them!!

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  6. Very cool and... amazingly level.
    Level is important in a gallery installation like that.

    You have the best ideas and a pretty spacious office too :-)

    Darla

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  7. Love that Sharon, it looks so beautiful both with the paintings up and when you take them down - great great idea and beautiful gallery room!

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  8. Brilliant...I shall borrow/steal this idea...I have cinder block in my studio and lots of walls :)
    I know that you will have empty spaces as soon as you list your paintings.
    Thank you for sharing...I am so glad that I found your blog...you have given me so many great ideas.

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  9. What a totally brilliant idea!!! I love your work and look forward to seeing a few pieces for sale!!!

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  10. this is the coolest idea sharon!!! how clever you are :))

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  11. Great idea, totally cool.

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  12. What a fantastic idea. The blocks are beautiful in themselves. Your gallery wall looks awesome too and will look great even after you sell all those paintings.

    Kate

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  13. oh my GOSH you are the smartest, craftiest, artsy-grooviest thing EVER ... well done .... i am SO impressed!

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  14. YES! Very cool idea! It's so funny how an idea will come out of no where and smack you between the eyes. I had that happen earlier today with a piece of art.
    Very clever you are!
    s

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  15. This is a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing this very clever solution!

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  16. Pardon me for lurking around here on your blog, but your idea is wonderful and so is your work, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us here in Blogland.

    Cheryl Strait
    CherylStrait.wordpress.com

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  17. Supermondofabulous! You are the clever one. What are the gallery hours? Wine, cheese, and crackers?

    I'll be there.

    xo Rella

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  18. Excellent excellent excellent idea!!

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  19. I'm impressed. Clever idea

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  20. A magnificent idea! Thanks for showing the pics as this is something I would love to do in my own studio. Your gallery wall looks fabulous!

    I LOVE your blog!

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  21. Sharon...this is a great idea!! Love your work too.

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  22. Your creative juices just amazes me...WHAT a good idea!!!!!

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  23. What a fabulous idea. I think your blocks of wood would make a great patchwork wall hanging too.

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  24. Wow! Wow! WOW! That is the coolest idea ever and look at all your gorgeous paintings hanging there. I LOVE IT ALL!!!! smiles...

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  25. Oh, What a wonderful idea you had and it looks gorgeous....I love looking at your art....and love the mini pieces of art that you will have to look as they are sold...You are just so clever..
    Brendas

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  26. What a grat idea! My workspace is in the basement, and I couldn't figure out how to hang things- now I do!!

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  27. OMG this is a wonderful post and such an inspiration!!!

    It is such a pleasure following your blog so I have decided you deserve another award. Please look in on my blog :-)

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  28. My dh says that you are a genius! And I agree. That is a brilliant idea! What a beautiful way to display your art. You get to enjoy it and send it with a smile to other homes. I'd love to visit the famous Norah's gallery.

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  29. How cool! Bet you love breathing them in!

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  30. Those blocks are so cute and something I think is artistically achievable for me, lol! I've got my eye out on a certain little lady and will remain MUM till they are posted on Etsy!

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  31. What a fabulous idea!!! Can't wait to see your paintings on etsy.

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  32. What a very clever idea! And it is SO pretty!

    Lisa

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  33. genius idea!!!
    all of your pieces look wonderful together-

    very inspiring!

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  34. Neat idea! I love the idea of a gallery in home. It must be hard to send such wonderful babies into the world. I might have to try a version of this.

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  35. You never cease to inspire me creatively this is gorgeous
    WOW be interesting to see which home they arrive at!
    Marelle (Australia)

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  36. What a great way to display your art!

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  37. wow - thanks so much for sharing your process.
    I love this BLOG stuff so much!
    I love the way you collaged the strip of wood first, then cut it apart to make a set.
    BRILLIANT!
    I will be back often and thanks for the inspiration!

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  38. What a great idea and a wonderful post too, complete with step by step action. I love your artwork and am happy to know you'll soon be parting with some of it. I heard an artist recently use the phrase, "when a piece leaves the studio" to lighten the sting of letting go of it. Think of them as going out into the world and living the life you meant for them, brightening other's world. Maybe that will help.

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  39. This is brilliant! And very pretty and inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

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  40. YOu have the most bestest ideas!! love it!!

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  41. Wow, these paintings are so gorgeous, the faces of your girls are so winsome and beautiful. Please do let us know when you post on etsy!~
    ANd your gallery space looks awesome!

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  42. This looks so cool, and I love how you shared the process. I love working with canvas and have adored how wonderful they look in a gallery without frames. I love all the quotes and the meanings. Karen

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  43. Another inspiration by you! When will it end.....your muse has been working overtime....that is all I can say:D

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  44. What a fantastic idea for hanging your paintings (each one of them is a work of art in itself!!!).
    Your art is divine. My first visit to your blog, via Dot Christians blog and I am in awe. Love your canvases!

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  45. Great galery! What a fabulous idea!
    And I love your "hooks"/placeholders. Very clever and fun.

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  46. I agree that the little blocks are words of art themselves. I'll be watching your etsy. I hope to be able to afford one of your pieces.

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  47. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes. The Photoshop elements book by Scott kelby has helped me alot. Its almost 500 pages of instructions and screen pictures. I love it! I bought this from www.Alibris.com Its an online bookstore that works with alot of stores around the country to find the best price new and used on books.

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  48. I'm so glad to have stumbled here via another friend's blog. Your work and passion is so inspiring! And your love of nature shines through as does your spirit. I'll be watching your etsy. I'd love one of the pieces with a bird. I'm going to my blog and my etsy to add you to my favorites. Your work is beautiful!

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  49. What are you...some kinda genius?
    Love, love, love it/them!

    xo
    Di

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  50. This is the coolest idea I have ever heard. Wow! thanks!

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  51. Just amazingly gorgeous Sharon. You are brilliant!

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  52. Sharon, you are one very creative woman...the things you think of...amaze me!

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  53. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing it. As always everything is so beautiful and dreamy. I'm in awe. I hope you do really well on Etsy...but I know you will. :) Love, Wyanne

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  54. Oh my goodness! That is soooo cool! Thanks for the inpsiration!

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