Changing My Art (Not Really Though ;-)

“From Her Perspective”
24” x 20”

If perspective is reality, what are you doing to change yours?

Dreamt Ava gave me a chance at a job. She was at a screening and was super busy, but she looked up as I entered the room and briefly smiled.

I sat down. There was a small television on with a b&w program about a man inside a laundry-mat. It was suppose to be serious, but the actor’s clumsiness made me smile and I must’ve chuckled a little out loud, because one of Ava’s assistants gave me a side glance.

I tried to keep quiet and to stay serious, but it kept happening, I kept chuckling out loud, this show just wasn’t serious. As the show was ending, Ava called me over. She smiled and folded back the top pages of the yellow legal pad, on which she had been making notes. I noticed that there were a lot of notes.

“You have one opportunity to make it better”, she said to me, then nodded at the small television screen, which was now a blank raster. I hadn’t noticed before, but someone had turned the tv off. “Make it count,” she said as she stood up.

Her assistant handed me a pad of paper and a pen, and they left the room. Immediately, I got busy writing, making the story better, making my life better.

Changing my perspective. Seizing the moment & Staying grateful 🙏❤️

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Art. Paradigm Shift

“Power Couple”

“Power Couple”

Paradigm shift. He’s talking, but she’s planning and thinking beyond the fur coat.

We all have dreams, it’s what motivates us to get up and to keep moving. Otherwise we’d be bumps on a log. Onward.

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My Art Meets Linda

Every once in awhile, I wake up remembering why I’m here. Et tu?

So this happened… I met this wonderful woman, whose story was more complicated than my own. After 16 years of marriage, she lost her husband and her world stopped.

When she was finally able to get up again, she decided to go back to school & became a paramedic, so she could serve others.

Then Covid came…

I don’t know her last name, but Thank you Linda 🙏❤️

#Art #arttherapy #paramedic #firstresponders #healer #Friend #technygalleries #firstresponder

Show Your Art

“Pinball Mechanics”
36” x 40”

“Pinball Mechanics”

Recently, someone said that I make art look easy & I replied, Good! Because I want it to look easy so others might try. So others will show their work @instagram

Like when we flip up the electric switch & the light comes on, art works for all of us!

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Feeling Art

Surface Exhibition Opens 5/28/22

Look! A chance for your eyes to feel what they see 👁👁 And I’m so honored to be invited🙏

“Surface: Highlighting Texture & Patterns” art exhibition opens this weekend at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, VA May 28th – June 25th

I do try to attend the artist receptions held for exhibitions, particularly when I’m invited. It’s a chance to get even closer to the art. This one will be held on June 3rd.

I think it’s exciting to speak with the artists, the curators and gallerists to hear what they’re thinking. Added to what each artist is saying in their piece is fascinating. It enhances the interpretation of art and helps to gain a deeper insight into the work from multiple perspectives. But this exhibition is exceptional, because it literally feeds the eyes with the sense of touch, which adds an intriguing level to our senses and our shared discourse.

I’m humbled to have my work included. There’s a an awe felt, that settles into the archives of having lived. A flash of inspiration that others might see and think that they too can try. This is that reminder… it happens, that is dreams really can come true. Thank you d’Art Center Norfolk for inviting me. Truly appreciated 🙏

This fabulous art exhibition opens in Virginia, tomorrow.

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Art Supports

“Us. When We 1st Met”

Someone told me about a worthy cause where, 100% of profits raised go directly to local grassroots not for profit organization Safe Place for Youth (SPY).

And I immediately started making art to donate. How could I not?

So this is the completed piece 20” x 24”

acrylic on canvas.

I wanted this piece to show us to us. When we first meet. We’re interesting, interested & nurturing. We easily get along. #heART♥️

Thank you 🙏 Rachel Houk Seeger for sharing such an important cause with me. You are appreciated.

To those of you who have wanted to purchase one of my works, this is your chance. It’s also an awesome opportunity to help kids out. Plus, it’s tax deductible, so there’s that 😉

100Pieces.Org Silent Auction- Safe Place For Youth. 18 August 2022 Los Angeles, CA

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Virtual Art Exhibition

“She Named Her Daughter Hope”
(courtesy photo. Lent by Hope)

Woke up this morning to this!

Please Visit!
Perfect Imperfection: Faces & Figures
Virtual Exhibition https://bit.ly/3LLVIaB #WomenUnitedArtMovement curated by Erika B. Hess

Sit with a cup of coffee or a cup of tea and do a virtual visit. Thank you for being part of my art journey🙏

Such an honor. I’m thrilled to see Her in a virtual art gallery, surrounded by such beautiful paintings by truly great artists👏

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Art Anxiety. Art Excitement.

Excitement! Anxiety. Excitement!

Preparing To Shipping My Art

I’m so honored to be invited to show my work. I believe I make art to share with the world by posting photos online, but recently I’ve received invitations by art galleries to show my art up-close and personal.

Even before I began making art, I always appreciated being near it, something transcendental happens when it’s viewed in person.

Go to galleries! See art. Especially contemporary art. Especially after this never-ending pandemic.

Someone told me that she only does first dates at art galleries, because it give her and her date something to immediately connect to and discuss. Sounds brilliant!

It also works with second dates, third dates and anniversaries. The point is, visit your local art gallery.

I’ve discovered that shipping my work is an emotional process. I worry that it won’t be well received, and No one will show up to view it. So while I might appear calm and collected, please believe me, I’m not. On the inside, I’m giddy and nervous.

With that being said, I’ll need a moment for myself to just be proud of my accomplishments thus far. No matter if my art sells or not, I’m making myself vulnerable and putting it out there. So, give me a couple of days to post locations and exhibition dates.

In the meanwhile, I want to say thank you for all the love and support here on IG. It’s truly appreciated 🙏❤️

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My Art Journal: Onward

Back in July of 2019, before my work was showing anywhere… I’d hang it outside in my backyard & sit with it.

“The Bean Eaters” and “The Letter”

Back then, I didn’t have any expectations. I had already been told by a NYC gallerist that I was an Outsider, and that my art would never be in a showing.

I wasn’t offended. For me making art is part of my healing process, that is artists make art as much for themselves, as we do for others. So a stranger doesn’t get the power to dissuade us from our dreams.

I started hanging out with my art and my dreams started to come true🥰

This week, I accepted an invitation to show my art in St. Louis, MO, and another invitation in Cambridge and this Summer my artwork will be included at a fine art gallery in Texas!

Today, my art is showing in the “Art as Salve”exhibition curated by #AshleighCoren @newartcenter Corridor Gallery.

Another painting is on outdoor display @BillboardHope @orangebarrelmedia ‘s digital billboard at Washington and Boylston streets in downtown Boston.

Amazingly, just four days ago, another one of my paintings aired on the television show “Naomi”. Two months earlier, 13 of my paintings had been featured in a solo exhibition in the opening scenes of the Ava DuVernay show.

This past winter, one of my paintings won third place in “A Perfect Moment” juried exhibition in Cape Cod, MA @culturalcenter.

Meanwhile, three other works were selected for the online “Crop of Kismet” @ilikeyourworkpodcast Winter Exhibition curated by @willhutnick.

And my work was showing in-person at the “Self-Taught Genius” exhibition at The Contemporary Gallery in Upper Michigan Peninsula, tribally owned and operated by the Lax Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians! Very exciting.

Hanging with my art “Getting Her Hair Did”
in the backyard

Last September, my work was included in “Forbidden Fruit” @ilikeyourworkpodcast Fall exhibition curated by @HilaryDoyle

And at the same time, my work was being featured in a solo billboard display @BillboardHope in Boston’s historic John Elliot Square.

A year earlier, almost to the day of being seated in my backyard hanging with my art, I was invited to my very first exhibition ROX/SE @PianoCraftGallery where I gratefully met the very kind and patient @erikgrau 🙏

If it sounds like a lot to you, imagine what it’s been like for me and Ben! He’s been my wrap, bubble, ship, carry, drop off and pick up— “Ride to Ride” husband. I’m so grateful & love him 🙏💕

So… guess what? Yup, there’s additional news coming, but I’ll hold onto it for now. It’ll give us something to look forward to, and isn’t that whole point for having tomorrows?

If you’ve read this all the way to the end, thank you! Thank you for coming on my virtual art journey with me. So kind of you.

You are appreciated 🙏❤️

Onward,

~DaNice

Seeing ♥️ Art

Showing at NNHS Creative Minds Event

We’re never too old to discover new ways of seeing the world around us 🌏

Case in point, it wasn’t until I completed an art crit class that I began to see words differently. For instance, I had never noticed the word inside the word — HeART 💜

Now, for sure, I had written and seen that word written down probably a million times or more (not to reveal my age, but yeah, a million times 😉

Perhaps I had become too accustomed to seeing the icon, that is the image “♥️” has become a global substitute for the word and has somewhat diminished it.

But the truth is, up until very recently, I had never consciously acknowledged that the word “art” was indeed inside the word “heart”.

It was about a week after the class, that I saw the word-inside the word and it caught my breath, so I paused to acknowledge & appreciate it.

Shout out to #NYCCritClub and all my awesome mates, for helping to open me up to feelings about art, so that I might see. Thank you for sharing your art with me🙏❤️

Seated on the Artists of Color Panel at
Newton North Art Courtyard

btw this video is from last Saturday at the #CreativeMinds event, this is a daily snippet— 2 of 3 that I’ll be posting.

I’m so honored to have been invited to participate as a panelist #ArtistsofColorPanel

Gratitude 🙏 Daniel Laurent for being so supportive & sharing the video. Truly appreciated 💕

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