Saturday, March 20, 2010

"Phosphorescence" (1 of 25)

 Connie Kleinjans, Phosphorescence, 8x8 mixed media on board

8x8", acrylic and mixed media on board

#1 of 25. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was accepted into a show at the 20th Street Art Gallery in Sacramento. That's about a three-hour drive from me, here in Northern California. The concept of the show is to display twenty works at the 20th Street gallery, so it's called their 20/20 show. It opens April 7 and closes May 29. So they asked the artists to create 25 works of art and sold us boards at cost. They've put together blog pages for the artists. Here is mine, with the initial eight paintings they asked us for. Cool.

So I've been working on the rest of 25. (They're actually due next Friday, but I'm trying to avoid rush hour by driving there on a weekend.) And that brings up another piece of the Life of an Artist: As with any pursuit, parts are about dotting the T's and crossing the I's. :) In developing these paintings, I've been tracking which ones were done (or almost done, but I wanted to play with some more). I also tracked the other steps: a couple of layers of varnish, glossy or matte or a mix; initialing them on the front, and on the back putting a title (those can be hard to come up with), my name and signature, the painting number and the year; taking pictures of them and cleaning up the pictures in Photoshop; packaging them for the drive to the gallery; doing the drive; blogging. Later, with luck, some sales, then I drive up to fetch the ones that didn't sell, and maybe post pictures of them on my web site, maybe sell some, so I'd package and ship them. Then taxes. Of course, this is why artists have assistants.

And speaking of tasks, I need to look over my artist's statement, since I need to update that, too.


  1. Hi Connie. Last Wednesday (4/7/10) I visited the 20th St Gallery on my way home from work to get an early preview of the 20/20 Show. I loved your work, and had a difficult time deciding which one I liked the best! I bought Phosphorescense due to the bright colors and the great way it makes me feel when I look at it! Thank you so much for creating such beautiful art! By the way, to anyone reading this, the pictures of these pieces do NOT do them justice! They are more vivid in person, and have very interesting texture.

    Good luck with the show!

  2. Oh my gosh, Laurie, you just made my day. Partly by buying the painting, but also, of course, for this wonderful comment! (And you had to look me up!) No, the photos don't do justice to the texture (it's deucedly hard to get good pictures). Phosphorescence has some spooky-good things going on in the colors that I couldn't replicate elsewhere. Enjoy it in health and happiness!

  3. Thanks, I do plan on enjoying the painting for (hopefully) a very long time! Please keep me informed of future shows in the Sacramento region.

    Thanks again!