Category Archives: gallery opening

How the Creative person stays sane!

 

"High Vibrations", 12 x 12" oil on canvas, SOLD!

My latest finished painting, “High Vibrations”, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, SOLD!

Once again I have fallen off my blogging schedule! UGH! So much going on right now. I guess I thrive on the chaos. Life is more exciting with more going on, right?

I finished a new painting today, so figured it would be a great time to post a new blog. I was thrilled to have this painting sold before it was finished. I love it when that happens! I posted a bit of timelapse video to my Instagram today as I was finishing it up.

I was recently invited to show in the Summer show at the New Mexico Cancer Center Gallery. I’m really pleased with this, as I have been trying to get into the gallery for at least 7 years! The NMCCG is the largest gallery in the state of New Mexico. I will have at least 20 pieces in the show with room for more. Needless to say, I have a LOT of painting to do. I am also showing at the local Sierra Club offices in August. The two shows overlap, so I have to have at least 30 paintings available by then.

Side view of latest painting

Side view of my latest painting. Going back to wrapping the painting around the edge. Doesn’t need framing or it can be put into a floating frame to you can still see the sides.

I am currently working on a NEW website which is taking more time than I had hoped, but it’s going to be awesome! Once it’s done, my Etsy shop will close because I will have the ability to sell directly from my site. I have been searching for a solution for my website for literally, YEARS! I finally found it in Art Storefronts. They have everything I ever wanted in a website. Stay tuned for my new and improved site, hopefully launching by the end of March.

Along with the new website, I’ve been busy working on ChromaFEST, an art and music festival fundraiser for my other business, Chroma Studios. We are raising money to help us buy a building for our studios. We currently lease space and need more, so purchasing our own commercial building just makes sense. We have been in business for almost 9 years, it’s time for expansion.

I’ve also been spending as much time as possible with my almost 2 month old grandson. It’s so much fun being a grandma!

Winding down the year

photo of me and Aaron

It’s nearly impossible to get a serious photo taken with my husband!

I promise to be better about posting next year! (lol, sure, Paula, sure!) Seriously though, my show opened at the Fuller Lodge Art Center on Saturday, December 6th. I should have been here last week, posting about the opening and how much fun we had…., but I spent last week with the “after show funk”. For those of you who don’t know this phenomena, this is what happens after an artist has worked for months to put a show together, had fun at the opening and then wakes up on Monday morning with the thought, “now what?”

Silly guy!

Silly guy!

The opening went well and though I didn’t have any sales the night of, I’m confident that sales will occur in the weeks between the opening and closing of the show. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow morning I will be interviewed by the local Los Alamos radio station on their weekly arts show. ๐Ÿ™‚

At least now you can see him! ;)

At least now you can see him! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I brought my husband and our band mate, Ray, to the opening and we had fun performing a few of our songs. We, I mean “I”, sang Christmas carols with the daughter of the Director of the gallery. (The guys DON’T sing Christmas songs!) So much fun helping to inspire a young aspiring singer! ๐Ÿ™‚ She was so awesome, even if she was very nervous about singing in front of people.

Finally! A decent photo, ok, well, maybe not. ;-)

Finally! A decent photo, ok, well, maybe not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We stopped in Santa Fe on the way home to have dinner and ended up waiting longer than it would have taken us to just drive home and make dinner. I guess that’s what we get for eating out in Santa Fe on a Saturday night without reservations. Lesson learned! The food was delicious though and it was nice to not have to cook for a change.

peace and flowers oil painting

Almost finished with this one! 10 x 10″ oil on canvas

I’ve been back in the studio again since Thursday, it took a few days to shake off the funk! So, here’s a couple WIP photos for you. Next show has been scheduled for here in Albuquerque in February. I will have more details coming soon!

hands and flowers original oil painting

WIP, detail, 8 x 12″ oil on canvas

 

All the work is done and the show is hung!

 

Balance original oil painting

“Balance”, 30 x 30″ oil on canvas, this is the piece I was just getting started on in the last post!

Aaron and I took a road trip up to Los Alamos and the Fuller Lodge Art Center yesterday to hang my show. In all, I finished 11 new paintings! The show is up now, but the official opening will be a part of their Holiday open house for the Affordable Arts show on December 6th from 10am-6pm. I will be there for a few hours in the later half of the day, probably 2-6pm. They will also be open all day on Black Friday. If you are in the area, or close by, please stop by and see the show and get a little of your Christmas shopping done! In addition to my art work, originals and prints, there are literally tons of artsy gifts to pick from. Lots of handmade local artist goodness. Whether you go to this show or not, please support local artists this holiday season by buying handmade art and gifts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy the photos of my show!

sign from the show with my name and show title

outsidePaula

Lovetouchestheheart

paula

balance

believe

generouskind

pathlesstaken

records

I can see the light….

..at the end of the proverbial tunnel! I have one blank canvas left to fill. Just in time! My deadline is November 20, so I technically have over two weeks left. There is still work to do once the painting is done, I have to finish and put hangers on. I am finishing them with my usual metal tape, not sure yet if they will be embossed or left plain. Time will tell. Here are a few images of the most recent paintings;

original oil painting

almost done! 12 x12″ oil on canvas

yinyang original oil painting

untitled for now, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, almost done!

yin yang original oil painting

another work in progress, 30 x 30″ oil on canvas, this one is just getting started!

yinyang original oil painting

untitled, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, this one is complete but hasn’t found it’s name yet.

 

Paintings in progress for December

original oil painting love eternal

“Love Eternal”, 30 x 30″ oil on canvas, work in progress

I have been super busy in the studio the last couple of weeks! Ramping up my painting time to get ready for a show in December at the Fuller Art Lodge in Los Alamos, New Mexico. I am aiming for 18 paintings for the show and so far I have 5 done and 5 more in progress.

original oil painting in progress

untitled so far, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, work in progress

Two months left to finish up the paintings I’m currently working on, plus 8 more! I really do work best under pressure, always have! I scheduled this show way back when in August of 2013, and this August I was reminded of it and thought, I guess it’s time to get to work!

original oil painting in progress

untitled so far, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, work in progress

Sunlight, the folk trio I play in with my husband, has taken quite a bit of my time lately. I haven’t spent as much time in the art studio as I usually do. It sure does feel great to get back to my paintings!

original oil painting in progress

untitled so far, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, work in progress

For a short time I had considered giving up painting completely to spend more time on the music, but I know there is no way that will ever happen. I love painting way too much. It has been refreshing to take the break though. Now, I feel inspired again! I’m excited about these new paintings, hope you like them! ๐Ÿ™‚

original oil painting in progress

untitled so far, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, work in progress

Christmas in July!

As a big fat THANK YOU, I have decided to have a Christmas in July sale in my Etsy shop for the rest of the month! 50% off everything over $50! YES, you read that right, 50% off!!! All you have to do is enter the coupon code, FACEBOOK50, when you check out and it will be automatically discounted! This sale ENDS on August 1st! Great time to get that original painting you’ve had your eyes on!

oil painting on canvas and wood

“To Move Forward”, 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ oil on canvas and wood, Available for $215

Open Studio

Paula Manning's studio space

My studio, all clean, pretty and ready for visitors this past Saturday

This past Saturday I opened my studio to the public. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I took! I used to be so good about getting photos during events like this. Not sure when I stopped. I was having so much fun socializing and greeting visitors that I totally forgot to grab my camera!

I guess this means I will have to a paint a picture with words for you. My husband, Aaron Lewis, aka Guitar Aaron, played his classical guitar for us in the front lobby of Chroma Studios. Three other artists opened their studios too. Victoria Bryers in studio #3, Tricia Thorp in studio #5 and Jasmine Carpenter in studio #6. My studio is #7. We had a table set up with refreshments in the back hallway/kitchen area.

The evening began with an ITEX member meeting. ITEX is a barter network that I am a member of. If you have ever thought about barter as a way of being, you absolutely, must check out ITEX. We had a toast with some yummy sparkling wine and I mingled with new people I hadn’t met before.

I was happy to see several artist friends that I haven’t seen in literally YEARS. After all, it has been just over two years since I last opened my studio to the public.

Towards the end of the evening a group of young artists came into the studio. They were dressed to impress and impress they did. One of them began by asking questions about how he should go about approaching local galleries about showing his art work. I offered my advice, basically, scout out all the galleries you can find and when you find one that you think your art would fit into, ask about their submission policy.

I asked them all some questions and found out they had JUST moved to Albuquerque from Virginia. Like four days ago. I so enjoyed talking with these young people. I was reminded of myself at that age. They were almost surprised that I was offering so much information to them. Of course, I said, I remember being where they are now. I remember not having anyone to ask these questions. I have always promised myself that I would help out young artists as much as was possible with my knowledge, gained over the past 23 years of being an artist.

I have been considering teaching a workshop on this topic and I think this encounter has pushed me over the edge of decision. I have decided that it’s important for me to share what I have learned. If I can help just one artist avoid the mistakes, trial and error I endured, it would be worth it. I guess I had better get myself in gear and write some workshop plans!

I hope that you all are having a great start to the New Year! 2014 is going to be a GREAT year, I can just FEEL it!