A few days ago I posted to Instagram/Facebook the photo above and the following explanation of why I cut hearts. "Often times people ask me how I got started cutting and pinning paper hearts. This is a photo from my very first attempt in January 2015. I was in Colorado and flipping through a local magazine marveling at the pretty colors and wondering what I could do with them. So cutting it into hearts seemed the logical thing to do. Then what?!? Pin them onto a board!"
Today I came across this article on Matisse and I found it rather interesting.... He loved cutting paper too! Here's what the article on MOMA's website had to say: Why, in the last decade of his career, did Henri Matisse turn to creating with scissors and painted paper? Though the medium was a new invention, its development was a logical outgrowth of key ideas that defined Matisse’s lifelong artistic practice.
The Red Studio. Fall 1911COLOR AND LINEThroughout his career, Matisse searched for a way to unite the formal elements of color and line. On the one hand, he was known as a master colorist: from the non-realistic palette that earned him the designation of a fauve or “wild beast” in the first decade of the twentieth century, to the light-infused interiors of his so-called “Nice period” of the 1920s, he followed a course of what he described as “construction by means of color.” On the other hand, he was a master draftsman, celebrated for drawings and prints that describe a figure in fluid arabesque lines; “my line drawing is the purest and most direct translation of my emotion,” he once said. Through the cut-outs, he was finally able to unite these two branches of his practice. He described the process of making them as both “cutting directly into color” and “drawing with scissors.”
Okay his explanation is way cooler than mine. But, I think this may be why I am so drawn to his work. Below is a photo of him in his studio and click here to read the whole article. I'd love to know if you like his cut outs too!
I have already shared how Jeff and I met but I wanted to post some pictures from 1983 and some of our first dates. Actually in about 13 more days it will be 35 years! And this year we will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary!
I can't wait to announce the winner on Wednesday of my Love Story giveaway. Make sure you go and write how you met the love of your life on either my Instagram or Facebook feed.
This has been a fun weekend collaborating with one of my favorite and hilariously talented artist friend, Kara Bigda. We met at Art Marketing Bootcamp last September. She is the mastermind behind The Real Housewives of Fisher Price. (If you haven't already then you need to go catch up on this season's drama!) By the way, I think one of the guys has purchased a heart cube to give to one of the girls...... Who do you think the lucky girl is?
So in my last blog I told you that I have broken up with oil paints. My current love is watercolor painting. In particular, watercolor sketching. I just shipped off a bunch of paintings to my gallery in Edwards, CO the Alpine Arts Center. These watercolor sketches are so much fun to make that I literally can't wait to get into the studio and work every single day! They are all 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" on 300lb Arches cold press watercolor paper with torn edges. I mount them on black archival paper and white core board and then put them into a clear protective sleeve. They cost $75 and I just love making them. They evoke a memory for people and that has been the most fun for me! Please let me know if you would like for me to make a watercolor sketch of your favorite place! Maybe from your honeymoon, first date, family vacation, new home, etc... I can paint from any photo you send to me.
I think it's best to tell you though that I have yet again broken up with oil paint. The deliciously rich and creamy medium, that comes in amazingly yummy colors, has yet again sent me into a state of frustration. Why? Well, if you happened to see the video of when I painted the flag you might have noticed that I tend to get covered in paint when I'm painting. Also, the dry time is exhausting and I am far too impatient for that. Lastly, the clean up is time consuming. However, I do still love using oil bars which are handy for adding detail into my paintings.
I have tremendous respect for artists who paint with oil exclusively. Who knows maybe someday I'll get back together with oil paints. But, for now my heart belongs to acrylic and watercolor. I'm really happy with the paintings I have created in oil. All of the paintings on this blog are painted using only oil paints.
Now you can own your very own Polly Gentry painting starting at just $10. Image Kind is a site where you can take any one of my paintings and turn it into a poster, print, canvas painting, framed art, the options are endless. This week I have been uploading images to my website link Prints. I'll be adding more as time goes on... But, for now go have a look and share the news with all your friends! You can see it all on my website under +THE SHOP - Prints. Or here!
So a couple weeks ago I told you all that I was going to an Art Marketing Boot Camp in Cape Cod. I went, and I'm back and more enthusiastic than ever.
The boot camp started with a general overview of what were going to learn over the next few days and getting to know one another. There were 8 of us in the boot camp including our instructor Leslie Saeta aka "marketing genius". Within about 30 minutes of our first meeting I realized I knew nothing whatsoever about marketing my art. The following three days I was completely immersed in learning all about branding, websites, social media, blogging and newsletters. The house full of extremely talented artists in all different mediums. Not only did we learn a lot from the program but we learned a lot from one another.
One change you all may have already noticed is that I have changed my Instagram name to iPaintHearts. Why? Because I paint hearts, simple huh? Why hadn't I ever thought of that before? I've also made some changes to my website so hopefully it's easier to maneuver around. www.pollygentry.com I'm still working on blogging once a week and hoping to make it all really interesting. I'm over in Pinterest a bit more now too.
Hey I'm always open for suggestions too! So please feel free to comment below. Let me know what you think about the changes and if there's anything I'm missing...
These are the winning students and adults in the 2017 VS- A Live Art Battle
One of my favorite things to do is to volunteer for Mark Arts in Wichita, KS. I'm a student and I am also on the Board of Trustees for Mark Arts. As a board member I chair Special Events. The concept for VS - A Live Art Battle was developed in 2015 and we soon realized that this should be our annual fundraiser. Involving guests in the process of painting was engaging and energizing.
Friday, September 22nd was our third annual VS - A Live Art Battle. The day began with area high school students competing in the morning with a group of their friends, family and teachers cheering them on. The competition is a live art smackdown performed in 3 - 20 minute rounds. Round 1 starts with 6 artists on stage in front of a blank white canvas that is 24" x 36". The crowd counts down the clock and the competition begins with paint flying and artists contemplating their next stroke. The crowd becomes completely engrossed in the process as the paintings begin to emerge. Most of the artists said they were scared at first but once they started painting on their canvas they just got lost in their work. Everyone at the event has a voting chip for each round which they put in the artists voting paint can. Round 2 is 6 new artists on stage vying for a chance to win their round. The winner of round 1 and round 2 are announced and they go head to head in the championship round. The artists with the most voting chips in their buckets win! The students all receive scholarship money, the winner and runner up win even more scholarship money.
In the evening we do the event all over again except with adult artists competing this time. VIP guests arrive early to "meet the artists". They have a chance to see the work these artists create in their studios before they see what they come up with in just 20 minutes time. The event runs the exact same as the students. The prize for the champion of this event receives a solo exhibition at Mark Arts.
I can't wait to see how VS expands in 2018 when Mark Arts is in its new location at 13th & Rock Road! Below is a photo of the new building.
“Texas Hope”After watching hours of terrifying footage about hurricane damage I created this painting in an effort to help the victims in Texas affected by this devastating hurricane. The company my husband works for has many families who's lives have been devastated by Harvey and I'd love to help them❣️ If you want to join in my efforts, here's how:
1. Email your BEST AND FINAL OFFER (no minimum) by Friday September 22nd 2pm CST to purchase this ORIGINAL painting (24” x 24” acrylic and oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas) to : firstname.lastname@example.org (Please do not comment or DM with offers on this post)
2. If you have submitted the highest offer, you will be notified via email by 5pm CST Friday September 22nd.
3. I will donate 100% of proceeds to Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. Purpose: Koch Employee Assistance Fund.
If you'd like to help with a direct donation please go here
Thank you so much!
Last week was a pretty monumental week for my art career. I had entered the Wichita National All-Media Exhibition earlier in the summer. They had hundreds of applicants and I was fortunately one of the 83 selected. Mark Arts always has such a nice opening night for all their exhibits. Kyle Reicher was the juror for this exhibition and he came back to Wichita with his wife to give a talk at the opening. Kyle has a fondness of Mark Arts because he was their Artist in Residence many years ago. I hosted a party for all the artists and juror at my home afterwards and it was really fun getting to know them all. Such amazing, talented people!
Looking ahead at the arts here in Wichita. Autumn & Art is a fun outdoor fair that features artists in booths from all over the country. Last year I was honored to be a juror for Autumn & Art and this year I am looking forward to visiting the event.
Stripes seem to be my calling this week in the studio. I'll be posting some of my work on Instagram over the coming week.
I'm putting the finishing touches on the Texas painting which will be sold via social media this weekend and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help the victims of Harvey and Irma. Please check out my Facebook page or Instagram feed @pollygentrystudio if you are interested.
After spending a week in Vail I have returned with all sorts of new inspiration. Something about the fresh air and energy in the village sparks my creativity. On the drive there I listened to my favorite blog. Artists Helping Artists on Blogtalk radio Leslie and Margaret never fail to inspire me to try new things in my art business. The drive home is more mental planning of what I want to create when I get back into the studio. I'm looking forward to creating new work this September and yellow seems to be a color that I can't get out of my mind! So be on the lookout for some yellow in the future!
My giveaway promotion on Facebook and Instagram is going gangbusters. It has been so fun to connect with my art admiring friends and to read their messages when I announce that they have won! I hope you all join in on the fun for the rest of the month over @pollygentrystudio.
I'm looking forward to the opening exhibition for the Wichita National All Media Exhibition on Friday. I'm so honored to have my work represented in this exhibit! If you're in Wichita please come out to Mark Arts this Friday night for the opening. Hope to see you there!