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My work is never done…

August 06th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

The Master Plan 4x3Now it’s paperwork time!¬† There is more to having a solo exhibtion than displaying pretty pictures and there is more to being an artist than the artwork.¬† There is still the business side of things which most artist do not care to become involved in.¬† There are the marketing details, mailing list, postcards/invites, inventory list, graphic designing (if you do your own like I do), labels, pricing, titles for the work, updating your bio and artist resume, and shipping if you are out of state.¬†¬†¬† I have learned from experience that a successful exhibition begins with planning out the details.¬† I compile list and I set goals and everything is about timing.¬† Typically, the gallery handles the details for the artist, however, as exhausting as the details maybe¬† I have come to know that my contribution to my own solo¬† exhibtion can have an effect on it’s success rate. Therefore, I involve myself in ‘minding my own business’ for the sake of the exhibition.¬† Along with carving out the details there is always something waiting in the inbox to be completed and it appears that my work is never done.

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Time to celebrate!!!

July 30th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

The paintings have left the building!  Whew! My work is complete!  On to the next project!

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Still painting…

July 29th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

Still working on the last two paintings…

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The artist’s way…

July 27th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

Here it is!¬† I am down to the wire.¬† I have a painting and a half to complete by morning, plus touch-ups to a few more.¬† The plan is to send out my artwork tomorrow by FedEx to arrive in Detroit by Saturday.¬† However, it will take all of my guardian angels who have ever watched over me in order for this to happen.¬† Unfortunately, this is typically the artist’s way, ‘the last minute!’¬† I think it’s some sort of gluten for punishment.¬† No matter how I plan it always seems to come down to the LAST MINUTE! I just returned from Michael’s Arts and Crafts 10 minutes before closing to purchase black paint of all things.¬† Black paint is the basis of all of my artwork, for God’s sake!¬† Nonetheless, that’s where I am right now and it is what it is, ‘the last minute!’¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† “Oh what a tangled web we weave…”

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Go take a hike!

July 25th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

The phrase “go take a hike” has added new meaning to my life these days.¬† Upon my first hiking experience in Sedona, AZ I knew that I was hooked.¬† It is such a euphoric experience reaching your highest destination.¬† On Friday, July 24th I decided to “go take a hike”.¬† The safest thing for me to do hiking alone was to follow a short but high traffic trail, .3 miles (oneway) and the trail head elevation was 7225ft and the highest point was 7400ft.¬† Nonetheless, my greatest desire was to challenge myself and follow a 1 mile trail (oneway) starting at¬† 6785ft and the highest point at 7200ft.¬† So I did it!¬† My fears began to kick in about .25 miles into the trail.¬† The thought of being out here alone began to frighten me but I was determined to keep going.¬† This turned out to be a very good decision.¬† I met young woman, Nicole, an African American female and here two children along the path.¬† We had come to the same resting place with the most magnificent view at the end of the trail.¬† We conversed a bit and she informed me that they were going up a bit further to another high point.¬† She pointed me to toward the direction of their destination and I said, WOW!¬† She said, “It’s an even greater view of the city” and she invited me along.¬† This was an unofficial path and she had come here several times before. ¬† When we arrived the view was frighteningly beautiful and my knees felt weak.¬† It was one of the most amazing sites I had ever seen.¬† We sat there for a short while and the kids consumed their snacks and drinks while their mom photographed them.¬† There was not an ounce of fear in either of them while they moved about.¬† Hiking alone is never recommended and I am well aware of this, however, on July 24th God sent me a guardian angel and two little warriors.¬† I was safe and I believe that I may have also made a friend that day.¬† Thank you, GOD!

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Haste makes waste!

July 23rd, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

“Haste makes waste” says that when we act too quickly (“haste“) we are more likely to make mistakes and end up with poor results (“waste“). It also says that it is better to do things carefully than to do them quickly and carelessly. The results that we end up with when we do things carelessly are often useless and sometimes costly.¬† With all of that being said I tried to take a shortcut with one of my paintings.¬† For the first time ever I decided that I would paint directly onto raw canvas instead of taking the time to prime the canvas, wait for it to dry and then start my painting.¬† Don’t get me wrong I like the look and texture of working on raw canvas and I would do it again, but it did not give me the results that I wanted.¬† So now what?¬† Well I believe I can achieve the desired look by applying a couple of coats. Wish me luck… Nonetheless, I’m right back where I started.

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Progress…

July 22nd, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...
SOLD-Funky Wild Flowers 13x25

SOLD-Funky Wild Flowers 13x25

I feel like I am making progress.¬† I completed the 5th painting last night, officially titled “Funky Wild Flowers” and I mailed it to the National Conference of Artists Michigan Chapter today.¬† They are hosting their 18th Annual Art Party; Summer Sail, at the Habor Hill Marina located at 11000 Freud Street in Detroit on Saturday, July 25, 2009.¬† I also shipped out several of my digital prints from the “Love the Shoes you’re in” collection, to the Art Rages Gallery located in Downtown Detroit.¬† They also carry several of my collectible elephants.¬† I’m starting to feel somewhat relieved that this big push to meet my end of month deadline is slowly coming to an end.¬† I have two more paintings to complete before the end of the July.

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Keep it movin’

July 19th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”
~Erma Bombeck

It is not my favorite thing to do but today I built a 4ft x 5ft frame for a sheet of canvas that I will begin stretching and painting on tomorrow.¬† I have completed 4 out of the 5 paintings that are due at the end of the month, so I decided to¬† add on two more.¬† I would like to add on more but I will have to take it one day at a time.¬† My work is very detailed¬† and sometimes it takes a while to complete a painting.¬† It helps when I work on more than one piece at a time because that prevents me from overworking an individual piece.¬† Right now I’m¬† starting on painting #5.

Gotta’ keep it movin’!!!


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My how time flies…

July 14th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

Today I was reminded that it has been almost a year since I left Michigan and¬† headed for the southwestern part of the United States.¬† Looking back it has been a glorious time of growth and development and I met a lot of people along the way.¬† I’m glad that I made the move and decided to experience life in a totally different environment.

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I love to paint!

July 13th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

I love to paint!¬† But, today painting felt like pressure to perform.¬† Sometimes it’s hard for me let go and allow my creativity to flow through me instead of trying to force something to happen.¬† In times like this I try not to start on new projects.¬† I learned this the hard way.¬† But what I tend to do NOW is¬† go back and complete¬† something that I started on previously.¬† So that’s what I did today.¬†¬† I reworked a painting that I was not completely satisfied with and now it is complete to my total satisfaction.

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Bell Rock Mountain in Sedona, AZ

July 11th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

Marvalisa - Sedona, AZ

I came across this photo of me and this magnificent background and I had to post it.¬† This¬† photo was taken in Sedona, AZ on Bell Rock Mountain. I had the pleasure of climbing this mountain in the Spring of 2009 and it was absolutely a phenomenal experience.¬† Sedona is best known for it’s natural beauty, art, hiking and touring, and it’s very popular positive energy vortexes.¬† Sedona has a 4,500 foot elevation and the air you breathe in Sedona truly feels pure and clean.

For more information about Sedona visit www.lovesedona.com

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Free At Last…

July 09th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

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“Free At Last”

Today I completed another painting.¬† Now I am left with three paintings to complete before the end of the month.¬† I checked out several audio books from the library to listen to while I paint.¬† I love listening to audio books they are quite entertaining during the creative process.¬† So far I have listened to two books over the past few days; “The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller and “The Brethren” by Beverly Lewis.¬† I am now listening to “Buckingham Palace Gardens” by¬† Anne Perry.

The above abstract painting “Free At Last” illustrates four colorful figures dancing and rejoicing in the discovery of their new found FREEDOM.¬† The freedom of choice.¬† Freedom to live as we desire to live and to love whom we will.¬† Freedom to express, be and become and the “BIGGY” freedom from fear and limitations of every kind.¬† Freedom to be ME…

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Head in the Clouds…

July 09th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

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“Cloud 9”

I spent the day inside and I completed 1 out of 5 paintings that are due before the end of the month.¬† I am working to complete a mini-series of paintings that I began in 2006.¬† The series title is called “Cloud 9” I have exhibited pieces from this incomplete series on a number of occasions.¬† The title came from the euphoric feeling I felt; like floating on a cloud, the first time I had an offer to show my work at the Black Fine Art Show in New York.¬† In the first “Cloud 9” painting the image floated in the center of the canvas with a white textured background, like a cloud floating in the sky.¬† This was a complete¬† deviation from my usual style which consisted of the entire image being wrapped around the canvas.¬† This will also be the theme for my September exhibition at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees…

July 08th, 2009 | Category: Even Monkeys Fall Out of Trees...

I lost two of my three jobs within the last month.¬† I received a final check from one of them on Sunday, July 5, 2009.¬† I received a check that read “FINAL CHECK.”¬† I would say that hit harder than hearing “I gotta let you go!”¬† So on this day I decided to make lemonade out of the lemons I had been given.¬† I ventured out to seek new opportunities as the ladybug advised me to do so.¬† It wasn’t so much about another job search, the thought of that seems too exhausting at the moment.¬† I need a little time to think about my direction, which could take a day or two even a couple of months depending on how things go.¬† But, today I set out looking for opportunities as an artist, my first love.

As the days go by I will continue to update my blog recording my progress

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