My Latest Optimism Art

I have been away from my blog for a while. 

Let’s see what are my excuses.

I’ve been working on some things for the gallery; the May Newsletter, and setting ups some guidelines for the galleries plein air painting project. The plan is to have gallery artists painting outside the gallery Saturdays in June, July, and August. You should definitely come by and see our artists at work on their artwork.

My son turned 24 on Friday and came home and spent time with us Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Then there was the long holiday weekend when we went to a BBQ competition at Sandstone and spent some time hanging out around a neighbor’s pool.

With all that going on my blog got neglected but I did spend some time working on artwork and created a brand new (I think my favorite so far) Optimism piece. I hope you like it too.

 

 

"Hope is the thing with feathers...."

"Hope is the thing with feathers...."

I am also including some pictures of my current display at the Northland Exposure Artists’ Gallery. It includes 3 pieces of my Optimism Art and 3 other pieces.

 

I hope you like them. They are all available for sale at the gallery.

 

 

 

 

Display at Northland Exposure Gallery 5-09.

Display at Northland Exposure Gallery 5-09.

 

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Display at Northland Exposure Gallery in Parkville, MO 5-09.

Display at Northland Exposure Gallery in Parkville, MO 5-09.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day!

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Artist Owned Gallery in Parkville, MO

 

 

 

 

 

Northland Exposure Gallery

Northland Exposure Gallery

Address: 110 Main Street, Parkville, MO – Phone: 816-746-6300 – http://www.northlandartists.com

The Northland Exposure Artist’s Gallery is an artist owned and managed gallery in Parkville, MO, of which I am one of the artist owners. We have an amazing group of 44 artists currently in the gallery. Each one brings their own unique style of artwork and world view to the gallery. 

 

Being an artist owned gallery, we have the advantage of being able to keep the price of our artwork affordable by keeping overhead to a minimum and cutting out the middleman. Our art print bins hold items from around $25 and up. We carry many items such as original jewelry and pottery which can be purchased from around $12 and up. In addition we carry original pieces of artwork ranging from $35 up to several hundred dollars.

 

If you happen to be in the Kansas City area, please put the Northland Exposure Gallery on your list of places to visit. There is always at least one of the artists working the gallery which provides a wonderful opportunity to visit with an artist about the artwork in the gallery.

 

My 8”x10” canvas board pieces of Optimism Art is available for purchase for $35. These and other pieces of my artwork can be purchased at the Northland Exposure Artists Gallery in Parkville, MO. 

 

I have not started any additional 8” x 10” Optimism pieces since my last blog post. I do have a 9”x12” piece that I worked on last week. It was fun to do but when it was done I realized it looks an awfully lot like a Christmas package which to me is extremely distracting! 

 

The second piece is an abstract piece which is a study in using color to add depth to a painting.  The idea in this painting was using cool colors to push the background back and warm colors to bring items forward giving the piece a more three dimensional look. I’ll let you be the judge as to how successful it was.

 

"An optimist...."

"An optimist...."

 

Depth with color

Depth with color

 

 

 

 

Optimism Art Still in Progress

If you read my post from Monday, you know I am working on another piece of Optimism Art using the the quote below.

 

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I have completed painting, adding some glass and wire embellishment, and gluing the quote into position.

 

I still need to finish it off with a matte medium and then it will be ready to purchase. 

 

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More of my Optimism Art can be seen in previous posts in the Archives May 2009.
Each of my 8”x10” canvas board pieces of Optimism Art is available for purchase for $35 and can be purchased by contacting me at gloria.heifner@gmail.com. Some of these pieces and other pieces of my artwork are also be available at the Northland Exposure Artists Gallery 110 Main St., Parkville, MO. 

 

The Northland Artist’s Exposure Gallery is an Artist’s Coop in Parkville Mo that is made up of about 45 artists in the Parkville and Kansas City area. The gallery is owned and run by the artist members. Whenever the gallery is opened at least one artist is present. If you are in the area please stop by and check it out. Visit the galleries website by clicking on the link on the right side of the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on May 13, 2009 at 10:34 am  Leave a Comment  

More Optimism Art in Progress

It’s another Monday.
I hope all of the Mother’s reading this had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was nice. I got to see my son and he gave me a Bonnie Raitt CD. Not only is she one of my favorites but he actually had the surreal pleasure of getting to meet her last week when he did stage setup for her show. That means I am one step from Bonnie Raitte! How cool is that?

I did not write any posts over the weekend but I did start on my next piece of Optimism Art. My viewers are such a talkative bunch that I did not get any comments voting on the quotes I asked to be selected from but I did receive a few comments via email.

The quote I will be using is quote #2. I set it up using my word processing program (mine is Pages on my Mac computer) and using the following steps.

  1. Insert a text box
  2. Type in the quote.
  3. Format the text.
    • *I made the first letter of the quote bigger so it would stand out and I left the    name of the person being quoted in a small italic san serif typeface.
  4. Flip the text box horizontally (this will make the text wrong reading).
  5. Print the document on vellum with black ink.

When the printed vellum is flipped over to the back side the quote will be right reading as in the photo below.

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I painted an 8”x10” canvas board with black and purple acrylic giving it a bit of a mottled look. When it dried I drew my basic shapes on using white conte crayon and started adding in some color using an medium red, yellow, and purple acrylic. Below is an image showing where the painting is so far.

Let me know what you think. I’m anxious to receive some comments on my blog.

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By the way another thing I did accomplish this weekend is getting my own website up and running. Just click on Gloria Heifner’s Gallery in the right hand column under blogroll and it will open my website for you.
I still need to work on it some more. I do not have pages set up for my mixed media, charcoal, pencil work or links yet, so if you click on those you will get an error page, but everything else should be working.
The thing about this web site that is really exciting for me is I built it all myself using html, which I learned from a class I took earlier this year. I hope you like it.

Published in: on May 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Optimism Art?

It is interesting, once you start talking about and acting on optimism you start to see it all around you. Personally I consider myself a realistic or cautious optimist. Optimism does not come naturally to me but if my lifetime so far has taught me one thing it is that no one knows what wonderful things today can bring. Doors close sometimes by choice and sometimes not by choice but there is always something new and exciting waiting if you are open to possibilities.

Four months ago I was working at a job that I loved with a wonderful group of people and in a very few minutes that door was closed due to a cost cutting layoff by the company. It was not my choice but now I am working real hard at being open to other possibilities in my life. I can (and I have) sit and feel sorry for myself; I can build up resentment and hurt for what was done to me (no real point to that, it just makes me miserable); or I can move on, be grateful for what I do have, and work to be the best me I can be.

I watched the Micheal J. Fox special last night,”Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.” and  if he can be optimistic dealing with what he deals with day in and day out, who am I not to be optimistic!

I do not have any new “Optimism Art” today but I am planning to work on a new piece. I just need some help in deciding what the next piece will be.

Help me!

Pick the quote below or supply a new optimism quote you would like to see in my next piece of optimism art.

Quote#1:

“Optimist: A man who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.” ~ Walter Winchell

Quote#2:

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote#3:

“No pessimest ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”


Please leave me a comment and let me know which one I should use and you could also let me know what colors you would like to see in the artwork.

I can’t wait for the feedback!

Thank you so much for your help ahead of time.

Optimism Art: 3rd Installment

This is the 3rd installment of my Optimism Art. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy creating it.

I find creating it helps me be more optimistic and I’m hoping the quotes I have chosen and the artistic presentation of these quotes helps you be more optimistic about your place in the world and the world around you also.

The three pieces of optimism art presented here are actually the first three pieces I did.

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Here is another quote to ponder:

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

~ Thomas Edison

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 12:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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More Optimism Art

It’s a beautiful day here today. It would be such a shame to ruin such a beautiful day (or any day for that matter) with fear and pessimism.

To help everyone with their hope and optimism for today and the future here are more pieces of my new optimism art.

Let me know what you think.

Hope

Hope

"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." ~ Nicholas Murray Butler

"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress." ~ Nicholas Murray Butler

"While there's life, there's hope." ~ Cicero

"While there's life, there's hope." ~ Cicero

Here’s another quote to ponder.

“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask.”

~ Thomas Kuhn

Published in: on May 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Optimism Art

I am so excited about my new blog.

I have been working on a new series of mixed media artwork for a few weeks now. With our current economic situation I needed a little hope and optimism and that is just what my new series of artwork is. Each piece is on a small 8″x10″ canvas board and is made up of acrylic paint, glass beads, wire and paper. Each piece also includes a hopeful/optimistic quote. Images of several of these pieces are included below.

Let me know what you think of them and if you have a good quote from public domain that would make a good addition to my series.

*All images are copywrited and reproduction is prohibited.

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." ~Albert Einstein

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." ~Albert Einstein

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." ~ Helen Keller

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." ~ Helen Keller

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." ~ Winston Churchill

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." ~ Winston Churchill

Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm  Comments (2)  
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