Putting Presentation Questions to All Artists


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Every artist has a prefered method of showing their work, either to a gallery, or to the public in general. In this issue, I am asking you to share your experiences and opinions on these matters with me so I can share on this blog for everyone.

I have asked you readers for your experiences before, on matters involving presenting your art, and as a result, we have received all kinds of wonderful advice from a large variety of artists. So today, I want to put some questions to you regarding presenting your art work and see if you can send me some of your experiences or advice. I will them publish the responses I get.  You can post here under comments, or you can email me here.  

So one basic question is:

How do you present your work in a portfolio when you are approaching a gallery for the first time?

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If you use three dimensional format, and show actual works, do you show actual pieces if they are small, and in what kind of presentation? For larger pieces, do you show photographs?

Do you use a portfolio for paper pieces? Or do you bring framed works and canvas works after the first meeting and interest is shown?

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Do you have a go-to frame that you prefer for presenting your work? Please elaborate and share brand and retail mega deals if you know any!

If you use digital format do you bring an IPad? Or have an online website that you get them to see?

Please send me your thoughts, ideas and experiences! I will compile the data all of you send me and share it a soon to follow edition of this blog.

 

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas, knowledge and expertise!

 

Jan Kirstein

 

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 “Freedom Collage” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 24x36in, 2018, $1000

“Freedom Collage” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 24x36in, 2018, $1000

 

Janis Kirstein is a painter, photographer, and writer, but primarily a painter. She combines a mixture of media and collage, including acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, & Photoshop, Sumi-E Ink and Japanese Rice paper. In the work we see here, the energy is loose and spontaneous, at times nearly explosive, betraying the level of discipline required in both the composition and the technique.

 

 “The Majestic Horse Race” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750
“The Majestic Horse Race” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“I love making collages,” states Kirstein. “Action painting has been my joy for more than 30 years and continues to this day, today, using Sumi-E ink and a Haiki brush. I add torn scraps of Japanese rice paper and combine a variety of media including paint, watercolor, graphite, ink, colored pencil – even glitter, all to capture the free flowing creative energy that surrounds me at any given moment.”

“To achieve the atmospheric abstraction seen in my work, I make use of transparent layering. My canvases and paper works range in size, the scale of my pieces ranging from my use of the Nano image to images of outer space. That means all realities are visible simultaneously, which creates a paradox or sense perceptive omnipotence within you, the perceiver; much like being able to see all dimensions of reality within one gaze.”

Kirstein speaks of her work using cosmic nomenclature suggesting a meaningful spiritual component. Abstraction opens the mind to welcome a subjective interpretation, and it can be fascinating to imagine the range of response, yet the calculated choice made by the artist even when they are giving themselves over to the organic experience of creative expression will usually be a guide for the viewer.

 

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Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: Master of Fine Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1981;
Bachelor of Arts, University of Louisville, KY, 1977;
Indiana University Bloomington, 1973-75
Website: kirsteinfineart.com
Instagram: janiskirstein

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 “Freedom Collage” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 24x36in, 2018, $1000

Janis Kirstein is a painter, photographer, and writer, but primarily a painter. She combines a mixture of media and collage, including acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, & Photoshop, Sumi-E Ink and Japanese Rice paper. In the work we see here, the energy is loose and spontaneous, at times nearly explosive, betraying the level of discipline required in both the composition and the technique.

 

 “The Majestic Horse Race” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“The Majestic Horse Race” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“I love making collages,” states Kirstein. “Action painting has been my joy for more than 30 years and continues to this day, today, using Sumi-E ink and a Haiki brush. I add torn scraps of Japanese rice paper and combine a variety of media including paint, watercolor, graphite, ink, colored pencil – even glitter, all to capture the free flowing creative energy that surrounds me at any given moment.”

“To achieve the atmospheric abstraction seen in my work, I make use of transparent layering. My canvases and paper works range in size, the scale of my pieces ranging from my use of the Nano image to images of outer space. That means all realities are visible simultaneously, which creates a paradox or sense perceptive omnipotence within you, the perceiver; much like being able to see all dimensions of reality within one gaze.”

Kirstein speaks of her work using cosmic nomenclature suggesting a meaningful spiritual component. Abstraction opens the mind to welcome a subjective interpretation, and it can be fascinating to imagine the range of response, yet the calculated choice made by the artist even when they are giving themselves over to the organic experience of creative expression will usually be a guide for the viewer.

 

 

 “Moment in Time” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

“Moment in Time” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media, 20x32in, 2018, $750

 “Jungle Heat” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2017, $2000

“Jungle Heat” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2017, $2000

 “Frankfort Avenue” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2018, $2000

“Frankfort Avenue” by Janis Kirstein, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 32x48in, 2018, $2000

Written by Keith Waits. Entire contents copyright © 2018 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved. In addition to his work at the LVA, Keith is also the Managing Editor of a website, Arts-Louisville.com, which covers local visual arts, theatre, and music in Louisville.

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Challenges


This is what happens when you are home, sick with a bad ear infection, cotton stuffed in your ear, asking everyone over and over: “Huh? What?” and taking a heap of antibiotics, and having to use $170.00 ear drops. My eardrum almost ruptured but it DID NOT.  For all you kiddos at school: You better be doing the lesson plans I sent. And for my principals: Yes I will make up my missed faculty meeting! Don’t you worry. Now on to the real reason for this post:

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Mixed media collage on stretched canvas. 2018. Jan Kirstein

I would like to propose an art exhibit of my most recent art work  for a space yet to be determined. I have been writing and featuring artists on my website for over two years, and I chose to do so because I love your work. So where do you show? Who wants to show your work?  Please let me know because I am currently looking for a venue to exhibit my own art work and I would greatly appreciate any resources or suggestions you may be able to suggest..

I am a fine artist , a painter based in Louisville, KY. and have been working here as an artist for over 35 years.   If anyone knows of or can suggest any way, place, exhibition space or show that might be open to exhibiting my work or willing to show this work, please let me know.

While I am looking for an exhibition space or gallery, I would also be happy to show in any group show as well or even be considered for commission work.  My paintings are collage on canvas, with sumi e ink and a variety of drawing materials.  I have a brief artist statement and a few of the works I would like to show. I figured, who better to help me out with this delima than my own readers, and all the artists I have featured in my blog? Thanks so much for all your ideas, thoughts and suggestions to help me out here!. You can contact me at janiskirstein@gmail.com. 

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My goal is to continue my painting and as you probably already know, I need a studio. I work in my basement now, but I would like a room with heat and without flooding every time it rains. This has been my goal for many years now, but I have not been able to exhibit my work for many years, especially even in my own home town .   I am open to showing anywhere and of course would love to sell or get commissions. I have applied to over 30 opportunities this year, with all rejections and want to break this cycle.  The rejection letters are all written so much alike they are all running together into a blur and I am beginning to be unable to tell them apart!

I was really passionate about using my collage designs on fashions that I have created and these are located here: https://shop.kirsteinfineart.com. I love doing this stuff, but it ends up being a tad more expensive than I like due to the fact that the items are printed to individual order. Wish I could charge less.

 

When I was a high school student years ago in Louisville, I can remember how easy it was to make cash flow with my art. All I had to do was paint rocks and take them to Dee’s Consignment shop. Or set up a booth with the St. James Art Fair and draw caricatures. I still remember all the artists who were exhibiting at the St. James show back then.  Many of these artists were quite successful but I remember one of them committed suicide as the years went on. Back when I was young I could not understand why artists would do that in their 60’s.  And this particular artist was one who’s work I really admired.

 

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The Great Horse Race. Mixed media on stretched canvas. 2018.

I want to continue painting, but I need to paint for someone besides myself in a space for making art.  I want my art to help someone remember how it feels to be fully alive, to remind them that life is always moving, always changing, always in flux and that the coincidences are really all significant synchronicities.

 

Artist Statement:

My creative process combines a mixture of media and collage, including acrylic, pastel, colored pencil & Photoshop, Sumi-E Ink and Japanese Rice paper. My canvases and paper works are for sale and range in size from small ,5″ x 6″, to medium 20″ x 32″ to large 4′ x 8.’ I also create fashion pieces from the paintings I create. To see more of these items, check out my website: https://kirsteinfineart.com.

 

I love making collages. Action painting is my joy for more than 30 years and continues to this day, today, with Sumi-E ink and a haiki brush. I add Japanese rice paper torn scraps, and combine a variety of media including paint, watercolor, graphite, ink, colored pencil, even glitter, all to make a free flowing capture of the creative energy that surrounds me at any given moment.. Right now I am creating this series of paintings in my basement. I will be continuing this process.

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To achieve the atmospheric abstraction seen in my work, I especially make use of transparent layering. The scale of my pieces can range from my use of the Nano image to images of outer space. My canvases and paper works range in size from small ,5″ x 6″, to medium 20″ x 32″ to large 4′ x 8.’That means all realities are visible simultaneously, which creates a paradox or sense perceptive omnipotence within you, the perceiver. It’s much like being able to see all dimensions of reality within one gaze.

I love all of you that have followed to the end of this quest and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. I hope that I hear from you through comments or email. Wishing you a good day today and a happy weekend coming up.

 

How to Decorate A Living Room: Try an Artistic Gallery Wall in Your Home


“A living room is a great space to embrace thoughtful disorder, such as through an artistic gallery wall, mix-and-match throw pillows, open storage baskets and fun furniture…”  From this Houzz story on How to Decorate A Living Room.

 

 

 

Let’s Play with the Concept of a Gallery Wall in your home…

 

 

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Left: Painting by Nancy Hillis.  Top right: Fine art print by Jan Kirstein and bottom right: Collage by Hildy Maze. To contact Hildy Maze or Nancy Hillis with further questions, just message me. For more information about the print by Jan Kirstein click here

 

 

Another Gallery Wall in your Home:

 

 

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Gallery wall includes painted panels on left, by Karen Jacobs, top right image is painting on paper by Lee Brewster and the bottom right is a fine art print by Jan Kirstein. For inquiries about the work on Lee Brewster and Karen Jacobs you can contact me on this website. Also I have stories on both of these artists on this blog as well. To find out more about the fine art print by me, click here.

 

Create a gallery wall in your home. If you would like help with this fun project, just email me at janiskirstein@gmail.com, or contact me on this website. I would love to hear from you and help you out with choosing your preferences.

 

 

What It’s Like to Live in a Frank Loyd Wright House


Here is a story about one of my favorite architects along with some art suggestions that would work with the Prairie Style. 

 

 

 

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To find out more about this print by Jan Kirstein click here for types of prints available, mats, and frames.

 

 

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To find out more about this print by Jan Kirstein click here for types of prints available, mats, and frames.

 

 

IMG_3906To find out more about this print “The Shaman’s Journey” by Jan Kirstein click here for types of prints available, mats, and frames.

 

 

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To find out more about this print “Justice” by Jan Kirstein click here for types of prints available, mats, and frames.

 

 

 

 

 

And while you are looking at these  prints, you can tour all of Fine Art America’s website for many other artist’s works available, as well as additional works by Jan Kirstein. Just click here for more available on Fine Art America.

 

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for more information about this print.

 

How to Hang Your Wall Images


Thinking you might like to spice up your walls with a dash of creative spirit in the form of uplifting art, but finding all the choices for frames, mats, and hanging so baffling? Here are some helpful tips for hanging fine art in your home. Check out these suggestions, and maybe this will help clear the confusion!

 

Just click this photo to see this helpful Houzz article on tips for hanging art.

 

 

 

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To see how to select framing options, choose mats or to purchase click here.

 

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To see how to select framing options,choose mats or to purchase click here.

 

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To see how to select framing options,choose mats or to purchase click here.

 

 

To see more images like these,  click here to look around Fine Art America to see more of my works, by Jan Kirstein, or look over the whole website to see many other artists’ works as well! Enjoy your visit.