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Name: Dino Rowan

Preferred Medium(s): Digital Photography; Cardboard for Sculpture

 Bio: Currently a second year photo student (with an interest in sculpture) at Montserrat College of Art outside of Boston, MA. I pretty much breathe photography.

Artist Statement: Post-Op andThe Hairytails of Princess Jacob both explore themes of gender and gender identity.

For Post Op, I feature four self-portraits that were taken over a three week period immediately following top surgery  to remove my breast tissue over the summer. The purpose of this series was to both document the immediate recovery and provide a medium for myself to cope with taking such a big step in my life and my transition from female to male. Whether I liked my breasts or not, I was still losing a part of my body that I had become accustomed to for nineteen years. Through this series, I’ve found the experience and recovery a lot easier.

The Hairytails of Princess Jacob is the result of a collaboration with fellow artist and Montserrat grad Jacob Corvelo, and a continuation of his Senior Thesis Hairytales: Becoming a Princess, inspired by Disney Princesses. These photos were taken in late November of 2013, a few months after Post Op. While the aspects of gender identity are present in this photo series, I describe them as a by-product, as they were more-so part of my subconscious and weren’t an intentional theme.

Within the past year my identity in my day-to-day life has become more seamless and has started to bleed into my subconscious. It ceases to be ever-present in my mind. By comparing these two bodies of work side to side, I can see the progression and increasing level of content and maturity with expressing my identity.

Blog/Website/Tumblr: dinobearthemighty is my main blog on Tumblr, and a majority of my work can be found under the dedicated art tag. I don’t update my photo blog as much, but I occasionally upload select works to my Flickr. My cardboard sculpture installation series Luxury Living can also be found under my Flickr.

Email: dino.traite@montserrat.edu

Available for commissions? Yes!

Sales: You can purchase prints of Dino’s work by contacting him at the email listed above.

Five Tags: photography, gender identity, transgender, dinobearthemighty

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Name: Heather Rose

Preferred Mediums: Acrylic; graphite

Bio: Heather Rose is a conceptual portrait artist from New England, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art. Specializing in dark and surreal figurative work, she creates bizarre worlds with a touch of sensuality. She works mostly in either acrylic or ink and graphite, but dabbles in everything from silkscreen printing to studio photography.

Heather’s paintings have appeared in galleries and private collections throughout the world. Her work has been published in several magazines, such as Catapult, The Pulse, and Meat for Tea; and was featured on a billboard in Times Square in 2012.

Heather Rose is a founding member of the Bad Apple Artist Collective. When not making art, she can usually be found playing with her rabbits or watching hockey.

Artist Statement:

The artwork that I create is entirely for myself, to be honest. I am in love with the human form, and experience great pleasure by recreating it on paper.  Imperfections intrigue me; interactions between the flesh and liquids are fascinating. If I were to say I am trying to make some sort of elaborate statement with my work, it would be a lie. However, if someone were to look at my creations, and feel an unusual emotion, then I would say my mission has been accomplished. 

You can visit Heather Rose online: http://HeatherRoseStudios.com and http://ziarci.tumblr.com

Email: Contact@HeatherRoseStudios.com

Available for commissions? Yes

 Five Tags: Heather Rose, Pop Surrealism, Art, Illustration

TAKING SUBMISSIONS FOR MAY'S FIRST FRIDAY

What? First Friday a la Web is an online gathering of artists from anywhere. That means YOU can submit your work to be featured in the online gallery. The gallery itself is a TUMBLR blog, and each first Friday of every month, I want to showcase between 5 to 10 artists. Each artist is responsible for giving me enough information about themselves, their work and contact info if a visitor likes what you do and wants to commission you.

Where? The URL is http://firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com/  You can follow it through your own tumblr, if you have one. You can sign up for a blog for free!

When? Every First Friday, all day.

What does it cost? NOTHING! It is free.

What to send: Copy, paste, fill it out and email THE FORM (below) back to me at firstfridayalaweb@gmail.com.

Am I guaranteed a spot? The point of the blog is to showcase working artists who are original, new and risk-taking. If I don’t think it’s ready to be shown, I’ll tell you why and how you can get me to change my mind.
What do you accept? Sculpture, fashion, digital art, illustration, graphic design, textiles, architecture, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, encaustic, etc…

Can I submit sketches? No. You may only submit finished work.

Quick note: In order to be considered, YOU MUST FILL OUT AND SEND THE FORM. I will not post the art of anyone who has not done this. I will email each sender ONLY ONCE to remind them, and after that, I will not hound anyone.


THE FORM

CUT AND PASTE THIS FORM INTO AN EMAIL, FILL OUT AND SEND TO ME. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SPELLING. WHAT YOU WRITE GOES ONLINE. EMAIL IT TO ME AT firstfridayalaweb@gmail.com

Name:

Preferred Mediums:

Bio: This is not your life’s story. This can be two sentences or one page, and is about you, where you make your work, went to school, etc…

Artist Statement: This should be no longer than two pages, no less than a paragraph. Tell us why you make your work. Is it political? Meant to be confuse? Satirical? Why is the work relevant to you and the world?

Blog/Website/Tumblr:

Email:

Available for commissions?

Four Tags: Tags are used on Tumblr.com to find posts easily. That said, tumblr only uses the first five tags per post, so make them good. Each post will have the tag #firstfridayalaweb, so that gives you four more. I suggest your name, tumblr username, and anything that would be most logically searchable (#mixed media; #surreal art, etc…)

Between 10 and 20 examples of your work. These MUST be sent as attachments. I will not accept Dropbox or other forms of filesharing. Attachments only, please.

If you are unsure of what to write for any of these, visit the blog! We have tons of great artists already up, and you can see what they’ve written to help you understand your bio and statement.

THE GUIDELINES!

Who is this? My name is Jessie. I’m a mixed media artist from Boston, now living an hour outside New York. You can visit my blog here: http://agirlcalled672.tumblr.com/

 What is this? First Friday a la Web is an online gathering of artists from anywhere. That means YOU can submit your work to be featured in the online gallery. The gallery itself is a TUMBLR blog, and each first Friday of every month, I want to showcase between 5 to 10 artists. Each artist is responsible for giving me enough information about themselves, their work and contact info if a visitor likes what you do and wants to commission you.

 Why are you doing this? Many artists have the luxury of renting/owning a studio space, often in a large building with other artists. Every First Friday, many open their doors to let in visitors, which is awesome. But not everyone can do this. I personally have no money, therefore, no studio space. And while I have a blog, it’s not always easy to get new waves of people to see it. FFalaW is about showing your work in a First Friday style that exposes your work to anyone who visits the FFalaW blog.

 Where is this? The URL is http://firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com/  You can follow it through your own tumblr, if you have one. You can sign up for a blog for free!

 When is this? Every First Friday, all day. No time restrictions. Throughout the month, if there are enough artists participating, we can spotlight an artist and get an interview with them. It could even be you!

 What does it cost? NOTHING! I can’t afford to pay even five bucks, so why should you have to? There is no money involved. All you need to do is give me information, found on the blog at firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com. Copy, paste, fill it out and email it back to me at firstfridayalaweb@gmail.com. It’s that simple! No commission fees, no showcase fees. It’s not about money. It’s about you and your work.

 Am I guaranteed a spot? Not necessarily. The point of the blog is to showcase working artists who are original, new and risk-taking. If I don’t think it’s ready to be shown, I’ll tell you why and how you can get me to change my mind.

 College/Grad students: Feel free to submit work if you have an cohesive body of work, such as your thesis. No 30 minute figure drawings, please. I’m open to all mediums.

 What do you accept? Sculpture, fashion, digital art, illustration, graphic design, textiles, architecture, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, encaustic, etc…!

 Do I have to live in America? NOPE. I don’t care where you come from. Send me your info and that’s all I need.

 Do I need to be employed in the arts? NOPE. If you make art and you’re proud of it, then show it off. You could work at Home Depot, and it wouldn’t make a difference.

What info do you want, Jessie? Go to the blog: http://firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com The first post there will be ready and waiting for you to fill out. Simply copy, paste, fill out and email to me at firstfridayalaweb@gmail.com. Fill out all the required info. Missing info will result in not being included in First Friday a la Web. If I see it, I will let you know I need you to refill the form out.

 Why didn’t you accept my work? Do you just hate me? You suck, Jessie! The most important thing about First Friday a la Web is that it’s for working, active artists who can’t afford a studio or membership to associations that would allow them to show their work live. As such, this online gallery’s function is to expose their art the same way a venue would.

 That means that if you submit a pile of unfinished sketches of your dog napping, or a few studies of watercolor flowers, I can’t accept them. They are not ready for public consumption because you may not have put enough time or effort into them. Each unaccepted artist will receive an email from me stating why their work didn’t make the cut, and how to get in later. If you think I’m out to get you, then you are free to never visit the blog ever. No one’s going to force you to look, and no one is going to force me to show work that’s not ready.

 So are you ready to show your work? Awesome. Send me the above info, and please double and triple check to make sure everything is filled out. Still confused? Let me know, and I’ll try to explain as best I can. Share this open call for work with everyone. Print it out and post it all over your city, your school, your local art galleries and museums (but no vandalizing!) Let’s get as many artists involved to exhibit their work for free online!

 See you soon!

 <3 Jessie

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Name: Jessie Hughes (aka Mighty Founder of First Friday a la Web)

Preferred Medium: Mixed media (acrylic, chalk pastel, collage elements, India and walnut inks, chalk, tape, charcoal).

Bio: One rainy Wednesday evening in 2009, when classes were out, Jessie and a band of rag-tag friends broke into the art building of her school to paint. The drawing room was a converted basketball court, and had more than enough room for everyone to work. When they arrived, Jessie realized that all her usual supplies had been locked in the storage closet, leaving her with only the Stonehenge paper she’d brought.

Upset, she searched the room for anything she could use, and ended up with compressed and vine charcoals, red and brown pastels, and some yellow paint a friend didn’t need. Jessie spent the next three hours drawing mindlessly on her paper, and ended with three mixed media works, all of which shared the same color palette. The next day, she went to her class and presented the three paintings to her teacher, who told her she needed to continue the series. Today, you can see the continuation and evolution of Jessie Hughes’ The Fury of Exponential Energy on her blog, www.agirlcalled672.tumblr.com

Jessie spent the last ten years living in and around the Boston area. She currently lives in Connecticut and works for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. She holds a BFA in Painting from Montserrat College of Art, and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Salem State University. Jessie collects postcards like nobody’s business, and she is obsessed with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lora Zombie, Janet Lage, and Cy Twombly.

She started First Friday a la Web in 2014 after getting frustrated with her inability to obtain studio space, and thus, exposure. FFalaW works to expose artists who work from home (or who break into buildings to paint, as Jessie does apparently). Hopefully this is a project that will only grow *ahem* exponentially.

Artist statement: Jessie’s work focuses on a self-made personal, visual language. As a child, her ability to learn through visual means made a negative impact on her actual education. Jessie has Auditory Processing Disorder, and as a child, 90% of her schools used talking talking talking as the primary and overused method of teaching. As a result, she had very low grades. It wasn’t until grad school that she finally figured out that she needed to focus on APD (formerly known as CAPD) in her own work, and communicate her experiences. 

What the viewer sees here are bright, fast, often cluttered works on paper, which, if retranslated through an auditory fashion, is what the world is like for Jessie when nearly everything is verbalized at her.

Email:

For inquiries regarding Jessie’s artwork, please contact her at jessicalhughes84@gmail.com

For inquiries regarding FFalaW, please email her at firstfridayalaweb@gmail.com 

Where else to find this weird chick’s work: www.agirlcalled672.tumblr.com

Commissions? My work is for sale. Please email me if interested.

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Name: Aaron Kuykendall. Additionally, Aaron’s outfit is called Abstract Acrylic Concepts.

Preferred Mediums: Acrylic on Canvas

Bio: I’m an engineer in Michigan working in the automotive industry. I’ve always had a thing for hot rods and while I would love to own one someday, I just can’t afford it yet. Therefore, I express my love for horsepower through painting.

Artist Statement: There is no “wrong” in painting.

Links: You can see more of Aaron’s work at the following websites:

www.abstractacrylic1.tumblr.com/

http://instagram.com/abstractacrylic/

https://www.facebook.com/AbstractAcrylicConcepts

Email: kuyk7981@gmail.com

Available for commissions?Absolutely, yes!

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Name: Jak Ruiz

Preferred Mediums: Oil paint, pastels (oil and soft), watercolor, pen, pencil, stone and clay

Bio: A self taught artist, Jesse Xavier Ruiz (Jak) finds inspiration behind his work in art, music, architecture, and everyday life. Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Jesse lived in Southern California before moving New York City in 2006. It was in 2008 that he picked up his first paintbrush and began to create. Certain art periods which have influenced his style are Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Impressionism, Dada, and Action Art.

Artist Statement: The work of Jesse Xavier Ruiz is based on the idea of interconnectedness. By merging the background and foreground into a singular plane, simplifying and abstracting his shapes, Jesse is reminding us that there oneness in all things, and that we are not separate from our surroundings. The inspiration for such expression comes from everyday truths, moments of introspection as well as reality. Jesse’s color palette is based on instinct rather than representational or realistic values, which channel such artists as Henri Matisse, Paul Gaugin, and Georges Braque. Through his work, Jesse Xavier Ruiz pushes the boundaries of subjective perspective, to prompt an emotional experience from his viewer.

Blog/Website/Tumblr: www.jakruiz.com

Email: jakcortezruiz@gmail.com

Available for commissions? Yes!

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Name: Sarah Arnold

Preferred Mediums: Lithography, etching, collage.

Bio: Sarah Arnold was born and raised in a small town in Vermont where she was always surrounded by nature. When she grew older and began studying at Montserrat College of Art, she moved to the small city of Beverly, Massachusetts. The change in her surroundings has inspired many of her works, often showing natural objects as lost or out of place in an urban setting.

Artist Statement: My work shows the differences and similarities of the natural and the man-made. My line work is important in my etchings and reliefs but like to play with a more painterly style in lithography. I like to overlap these styles by printing layers or using collage. 

Blog/Website/Tumblr:  anywhere-but-backwards.tumblr.com

Email: sarah.arnold@montserrat.edu

Available for commissions? Yes

You've read the guidelines, now fill out THE FORM

THE FORM

FILL IT ALL OUT AND DOUBLE CHECK YOUR SPELLING. WHAT YOU WRITE GOES ONLINE.

Real Name:

 Art Name (if applicable):

 Preferred Medium(s):

 Bio:

 Artist Statement:

Blog/Website/Tumblr:

 Email:

 No phone numbers or home addresses, please. Let’s stay safe.

Available for commissions? Yes or No.

 Five Tags: Tags are used on tumblr to find posts easily. That said, tumblr only uses the first five tags per post, so make them good. Each post will have the tag #firstfridayalaweb, so that gives you four more. I suggest your name, tumblr username, and anything that would be most logically searchable. See the bottom of this post for tag examples.

 Between 10 and 20 examples of your work. Why so many? Because I want to show off your work, not your scribbles. If you have a pile of unfinished work and only three completed pieces, then get crackin’. You have some work to finish!

Format for jpgs: YOURNAME_TITLE_MEDIUM_YEAR

Email this back to me at firstfridayalaweb@gmail.com. Please write FFalaW YOUR NAME in the subject line so I can keep track of you.

See ya soon!

<3 Jessie

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Name: Kieran Ryan

Preferred Mediums: Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen, Graphite, Photography

Bio: A maths student with plans to study art. From The Wirral, UK.

Artist Statement: I paint landscapes both to escape the world and to draw out the beauty in the world, and because it’s fun. I am fueled by the romanticists & impressionists, and by the vibrant online art community. 

Blog/Website/Tumblr: artworkofakieran.tumblr.com

Email: lifekr@live.co.uk

Available for commissions? Always.

Four Tags: artworkofakieran, painting, landscapes, artists on tumblr
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Name: Megan Arevalo

Preferred Medium: Acrylic

Bio: I am 27 and live in downtown Portland. I recently became a stay-at-home mom and I am using my new time at home to do what makes me happy: paint. 

Artist Statement: I make my artwork to portray real, human experiences and emotions. Every part of my life is included: the beautiful, the ugly and everything in between. I have a lot to express and I do it through my art.

I love the fact that art is so subjective, personal and how it connect us all. Even if I make a painting about a specific experience that I have had I know that everyone who sees it will attach it to something different in their lives. I love that and it means everything to me. 

Blog/Website/Tumblr: www.facebook.com/ArtworkByMeganArevalo

Email: meglouise7@hotmail.com

Available for commissions? Yes.

Four Tags: #meganarevalo #artworkbymeganarevalo #expressionism #acryliconcanvas

 

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Name: Ann Marie Lander

Preferred Mediums: Acrylic, Oil

Bio: I am Ann Marie (MacDonald) Lander, an artist based out of Reading, Pennsylvania. I have been studying and creating artwork for over a decade. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and shortly after, opened a small gallery/studio in Warwick, New York.


In the last five years, I have taught basic drawing and painting, as well as photography on a high school level, in addition to elementary art, before relocating to Pennsylvania. Currently, I am working in a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylic and pastels. I understand everyone is looking to capture something different, and I work with my clients very closely to make sure each painting, portrait or mural is exactly what they are looking for. When it comes to creating artwork, I want to be as open as possible to using new materials and experimenting with new subject matter. Over the past ten years, I have been in a comfort zone of pastels and acrylics, painting on medium size canvases. It has only been in recent months where I have opened up to practice in oils, and on a much larger scale.


Artist Statement: I am Ann Marie (MacDonald) Lander, an artist based out of Reading, Pennsylvania. I have been studying and creating artwork for over a decade. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and shortly after, opened a small gallery/studio in Warwick, New York. In the last five years, I have taught basic drawing and painting, as well as photography on a high school level, in addition to elementary art, before relocating to Pennsylvania. Currently, I am working in a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylic and pastels. I understand everyone is looking to capture something different, and I work with my clients very closely to make sure each painting, portrait or mural is exactly what they are looking for.

 

When it comes to creating artwork, I want to be as open as possible to using new materials and experimenting with new subject matter. Over the past ten years, I have been in a comfort zone of pastels and acrylics, painting on medium size canvases. It has only been in recent months where I have opened up to practice in oils, and on a much larger scale.

 

My process in creating artwork can vary, depending on the size and materials for each piece. I like to work in layers, using a base layer to show basic forms. As the layers of color change, I play with change of brushstrokes to create different textures. I usually work from photographs, using a grid system to get proportions accurate.

 

As my art business is growing, I am often being asked to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. I believe these challenges are not only a form of problem solving, but they help make me a better artist with every piece I complete.


Blog/Website/Tumblr: amlanderstudios.com, facebook.com/amlanderstudios, amlanderstudios.tumblr.com,

Email: amlanderstudios@gmail.com

Available for commissions?
Yes

Hugues Clément

Name:

Hugues Clément

Preferred Medium(s):

video/image/sound

Dichotomie:

http://huguesclement.tumblr.com/post/78687142852/nagama-just-found-my-work-on-this-amazing

Bio:

 Motion/graphic designer, audiovisual artist and vj. Based in Montreal. Approach based on personal digital experimentation, aiming a strong/sensitive aesthetic. Creations presented in Montréal, Bruxelles, Beijing and Paris. Vjing presented at Igloofest and Mutek, Montreal. Composes for theater and working with contemporary dance. BA in electroacoustic composition, University of Montreal, 2013.

Artist Statement:

Conceptualized under strong themes, the creation of my vj set / audiovisual works is preceded by research, music listening, and experimentation/exploration of digital possibilities in a personal way.  Technology, in that sense, is a tool for imagination, and it’s not defining the work itself. Although my approach interferes in a formalistic thinking, my latest creations present provocative visual by a dichotomous dialogue between reality and digital manipulation. My graphics interventions, connected to sound, aiming a manipulation of data as the core of the work, in order to exceed a purely abstract aesthetic. Active collaborator in the field of contemporary dance in Montreal, I see dance as the physical incarnation of the video: visual dancing, defying conventions, in intimate and free relationship with the sound. Visual rhythm, choreographer of light.

Blog/Website/Tumblr:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/huguesclement

Vimeo:        www.vimeo.com/huguesclement

Tumblr:        http://huguesclement.tumblr.com/

 

Email:  

hugues.clement@hotmail.com

Available for commissions?

Yes.

Four Tags:

#huguesclement #videoart #dichotomie #art

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Name: DM Givens

Preferred Mediums: Acrylic, Pen and Ink, Pencil, Charcoal

Bio: I am a self-taught artist and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I painted a small house at age 3 that I still have but always focused on drawing and coloring growing up. I only recently began painting and have been teaching myself how to paint using acrylics via YouTube. My favorite artist is Kincaid and I would love to learn how to paint evening lamppost glows and light transparency (airbrushing). The subject matter always comes to me in dreams. I never plan an artwork like see a tree and draw/paint it. I take a piece of paper or canvas and just draw/paint and allow it to become on its own. This is only my third painting, “When God Leaves the World” and won First Place in the 2013 Charles County Maryland Annual Fair along with another painting I submitted which won second place in the same fair. My youngest son suffers from severe Social Anxiety Disorder and Manic Depression and we collaborated together on “Asylum”, his drawing on my background painting. This is currently a hobby but it definitely came in handy during the government shut-down in DC and during the economic turn-down.

Artist Statement: An unfinished task leaves a hole no amount of accomplishment can fill - Benjamin Franklin

Blog/Website/Tumblr: None (http://firstfridayalaweb.tumblr.com/)

Email: givensdm@comcast.net

Available for commissions? Yes

Four Tags: givens, angels, art, acrylic, fair, artist, waldorf

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Name: Emmy Dudley

Preferred Medium: Mixed media painting

Bio: Emmy was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 1, 1970, making her a Libra. She grew up the middle child, a bit of a tomboy, a bit of a rebel, moving every five years or so around the south. Emmy always loved creating art & the escape it offered.

As an art minor at UGA, a color theory class in which she painted lit a small fire within her that would begin to burn brightly soon after college. While working many odd jobs after receiving a degree in Journalism, the passion to paint hit her hard and & if a job came from it, all the better. Emmy quickly attracted a job as an artist assistant, which became her full-time art school in the real world.

After three years she developed a unique painting style of her own and began successfully showing in galleries throughout the south, continuing on to have solo shows in L.A. & New York. She’s been happily creating & exhibiting art now for the past twenty years.

Presently settled in Atlanta, Emmy has an art studio in her house and a wood shop in the carport.
She loves being a home-owner & mother to three hilarious, fuzzy girls who all say “MEOW!”

“The challenge of balance is ongoing in my life as it is in my artwork. While I desire to create paintings that will make people smile & feel good, I also hope my images will move & inspire others on a soul level.” –Emmy Dudley

 Artist Statement:
Creating art is my passion. I simply love to paint & all the challenges it brings me. To have an idea in my mind & see it come into focus through paint is quite thrilling.  While the painting may not always turnout how I envisioned, it’s exciting for me to rather let it take on a life of its own. This is part of the fun- to see where it takes me, allowing each new painting to become a journey of sorts. I thoroughly enjoy the feeling of being in flow and know that this is when the creative process (& life in general) is oh so easy & fun. Joy & ease- yes please.

Making art is simply a series of choices, like life itself… there are always better choices to be made & always more to learn. If I over think things, the artwork simply doesn’t flow & I’ll overwork a piece, grow frustrated with it & many times, never even finish it. If I simply let go and exercise decisiveness-having faith in my decisions- the painting easily flows and surprises me with new lessons, a sense of fulfillment and an image that will bring someone pleasure.

My themes right now are “Balance”, & “Living from the Heart”/“Love”- what’s better than that? While finding my balance has always been a challenge for me being a Libra, I also see how it’s a challenge for most everyone in the world- to find harmony & equilibrium- in every way.

I’m constantly inspired and amazed by nature… from the sub-atomic to the cosmic, it’s the ultimate teacher & healer. Nature is perfect art in itself. A flower, a tree, a stone… that’s art to me. My work pales in comparison. But alas, I continue to strive to do the best I can as an artist, & to create from my heart.

I love creating characters that will draw you in and make you smile & feel good. The flower people are such characters that represent unconditional love & choosing happiness. They challenge me to let go, loosen up, and not take it all so seriously.

Blog/Website/Tumblr: www.emmyart.com

 Email: emmy.art@att.net

 Available for commissions? Yes!

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Well hello! Welcome to the first First Friday a la Web! Follow us for more new work by artists of all mediums. And of course, please reblog the artists if you really love what they do. It’s up to all of us to help everyone get some attention for doing what they love.

Name: Charcoal Zen

Preferred Medium(s): Charcoal

Artist Statement:

“I’ve always been interested in artistic things since I can remember. I can recall, as a baby, looking through my crib bars at a tapestry my Mom had hanging on the wall and just being in awe.
I can recall how some paintings brought out strong feelings and influenced how I looked at life and everything around me.

Through my school years I would draw things for family members, friends, and myself. It was always an enriching experience to see how many people I could make happy with my ability.

I saw a comment, somewhere, that every drawing an artist ever does is a self portrait. I like that idea.

I only display my artwork in cafe’s, clubs, online, and my vendor booth at art festivals and horse shows. I’ve never had any real interest in getting involved with the politics of having my work shown in galleries, but maybe someday that might interest me.

I really can’t say much more than that I simply enjoy drawing things that I find beautiful.. and beautiful things are always showing themselves to me.

And as long as beautiful things keep showing themselves to me, I’ll keep on drawing.”

Where to see more of Charcoal Zen’s Work:
www.charcoalzen.com 

http://charcoalzen.tumblr.com/

Email: zenartist@gmail.com

He is also available for commissions, so hit him up!

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Name: Kristen Wenke-Schrader

Preferred Medium(s): Acrylic

Bio:  A native of the Chicagoland area, Kristen Wenke Schrader grew up in a house filled with her mother’s artwork.  One of her proudest moments as an artist was setting up twin easels in her mother’s studio. 

 A graduate from Loyola University with a double major in Theater and Sociology, Kristen works at the Apollo Theater as the Assistant General Manager.  She is also an actress and producer at 27th Letter Productions, where she collaborates with her loving husband, Christopher. 

To see more of Kristen’s artwork, visit www.artbreak.com/kristenann.  To see some of Kristen’s acting work, visit www.kristenwenke.moonfruit.com

Artist Statement:  Kristen loves the Impressionist painters, and strives for her artwork to be less representational, and more expressive.  The contrast between this desire and Kristen’s natural A-type personality is a constant battle.   Kristen is a fan of bright colors, big emotions, and living loud.  She loves to drink good wine, marathon Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and eat all the chocolate in sight.

You can find more of Kristen’s work here: www.kristenwenke.moonfruit.com

Email: KA.Wenke@gmail.com

Kristen is available for commisons!

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Name: Ignacio Molina

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Bio: Ever since I was five years old, I remember having the inclination and the vision of creative interests. At that very young age I was shaping a piece of wood into a spin-top “trompo” and cut my left hand with a “machete”, in the spot where the left index finger joins the upper hand. After the age of seven I remember observing the starry night sky, and since there was no electricity in my town in the Dominican Republic the universe was literally in our hands and in our face, so I felt like I was able to reach the stars or the moonlit panorama that surrounded my house; such beauty cannot be expressed in words.

Artist Statement: In my late teens and twenties I concentrated in writing. Did about twenty poems and also did a story of fiction which I have completed about 170 pages. I also have done some stories, short essays about humanity and its origins, and our destiny from the late twenties up until the present I have dedicated my energy to develop and create artistic impressions.

From 2001 to 2003 I participated in a Church Seminar supervised by Professor Angel Pena of The Cuenca University in Ecuador; So far I have accumulated about 120 paintings, mostly oil on linen, some mixed media, and  based on the Da Vinci teachings it takes about twenty years of practice and observation for the development of an Artistic mind, eye. So considering such dedication, I think one has to be learning every day. My favorite subject is Mother Teresa of Calcutta based on her lifelong dedication to reach out with huge passion and help the very souls nobody care or wanted to even look at them.  Her image is seared into my soul as a God-like figure and I have been fortunate to have met or grew up around people of such caliber. I started doing a portrait of Mother Teresa in 2003 and up this year I have done ten.

My intention is that as long as I live or able to paint, I will do one portrait of her each and every year that I’m alive as my legacy. But more important to Mother Teresa legacy of helping and reaching out to those in dire need. But today as we move forward in this young millennium, we wish to have a few more Mother Teresa in our turbulent planet.  My paintings represent a window of humanity soul, with a hope to be in a museum one day.

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