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SOLD! – Erykah Badu Painting

Ladies and gentlemen, the Erykah Badu painting is officially off the market.

Some friends of mine have had their eyes on this painting since I first showed it. My putting it up for sale gave them the chance to buy it and now it’s in their home.

Now is a great time to pick up that painting you have been eyeing. Come to the website, and place your order.

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Focusing on Women Behaving Badly – 50% off Sale on Synesthesia

I have recently come to a decision about my business. I wish to concentrate on my series Women Behaving Badly. I have spent the last year working on various projects for clients, and while it has been rewarding, I fear it has taken me away from my true passion.

The Women Behaving Badly series has brought me to new levels with my art. The series has brought more meaning to my life than anything I’ve done so far. It has made me see how my art can touch people and inspire them to be and do better.

I realized that it has been almost a year since I’ve painted one of these amazing women. That realization did not feel good. So, I am getting back into it, doing more extensive research and experimenting with new techniques that will push the envelope of storytelling and visual appeal.

The challenge to my being able to do this is funding. I need to pay studio fees, buy supplies, and pay for prints of the paintings when I’m done. I know that not everyone can afford originals, so I provide posters and other reproductions so that anyone may enjoy and learn from my work. I have a Patreon account (kind of an ongoing Kickstarter) which I will flesh out with perks that pertain only to this series. However, what will help me most will be to sell some paintings.

If you have been with me these last few years, you will remember my series of famous musicians: Synesthesia. That series did a lot to build my audience, and honestly, my business. I took music I loved and artists I admire and painted them with all the joy their work has brought me. I honed my watercolor skills with those paintings, got comfortable painting in public, stepped up my marketing game…. Those paintings brought a lot to my life as an artist and as a businesswoman. Now it is time for me to let them go so that I am free to devote time and energy to Women Behaving Badly. My loss is your gain.

SALE

I will cut the price of my Synesthesia paintings by 50% to fund my new series. By buying one, you are allowing me to:

  1. Study and paint women who have been left out of the history books
  2. Create zines and compilation books telling their stories
  3. Reach out to schools with this series as a curriculum
  4. Print posters, postcards and other materials
  5. Make videos of my process and of me telling each woman’s story.

I feel as though I started something huge and now I have to give it time to grow. I love my clients and am grateful for the work we did together, but this series has been calling me and I have to go to it now. If you believe in it as much as I do, help me make it an ongoing reality. Buy one of my old paintings (you know which one you’ve had your eye on) or contribute via Patreon.

Thank you for being with me on this journey. Let’s do something amazing!

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What I Learned from Doing Festivals – Part One

Hi everyone! It has been AGES since I’ve written to you here. I will admit that I had a bit of a writing slump this past year. I had a hard time putting words together. But I am back now and I have some things I am excited to tell you about!

For now, I want to talk about art fairs and festivals. Now, if you have been following me on social media, you will have seen that I have done a few this year. The most recent of these was the Colorado Black Arts Festival this past weekend. Three days in the hot sun, sharing my art with my community. This was my fourth year and, as always, it was exhausting and exhilarating.

During these things, I get to connect one-on-one with hundreds of people, a few minutes at a time. I get to learn what people value in my work and what they wish to see. Likes on social media don’t quite convey the same thing. I can see where eyes linger, breath is held and bodies react and I know instantly which pieces resonate with which people.

I also learn about pricing. If I put a painting up for sale on my website, I don’t get much feedback. I don’t know why someone didn’t buy it. When someone tells me, “someday I will be able to afford your art”, I get a better understanding of what is going on. In the beginning, I brought large paintings for high prices, thinking that with one or two sales, I would meet my financial goals. This thinking was not wrong, per se. It’s just that there is a barrier to entry for many people. Now, I take prints, posters and smaller works of art that I am happy to keep under $200. Sure, I now have to make more sales to see the numbers I’d like to see in my bank account, but I am building my patron base.

It being my fourth year at the Colorado Black Arts Festival means that people who go every year now look for me. They say things like “I hoped you’d be here this year”. Often, these are people who bought something from me the year before and are looking to add to their collection. This is incredibly valuable. Any business owner knows that your best customers are the ones who come to you again and again. Now I have repeat customers.

In watching the older artists, I learned the value of nurturing these relationships. A woman who has been going to the Black Arts festival for over 30 years told me that she sold 18 paintings in a single day! THAT is where I want to be.

Check out some of my photos and videos from the weekend. Feel free to ask me any questions about getting into festivals, booth setup, or anything that comes to mind.

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Burner Bazaar

We hope you’re as excited about this bazaar as we are because you know that you have cool creative community with whom to do all your shopping! Stock up on your festival gear from your friends and family!

– Handmade Costume, Fashion, Gift & Art Bazaar –

Your favorite bazaar to stick-it-to-the-man returns to keep us supporting our friends and outta-the-box stores!

Come to buy, come to sell, or come to socialize! But, most of all, come support the efforts of your local community! We have bunches of amazingly talented community members who are coming out to show off their creations. Please come out and support your burner family in their efforts to fundraise for the summer festival season and maybe pick yourself up something awesome in the process! Come to shop or come to socialize, but please make sure you stop by!

Family and freak friendly! Come one, come all!

Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event!

A lot of really beautiful members of our community work their butts off to come out to show off the amazing things that they create. Come by and show your hard working friends that you believe in a community of support and caring. We know it’s hard to get moving on the weekends but it is SO worth it to come by, we promise!!

It’s FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. It’s a great opportunity for us to come together, get to know each other, and support our friends and artists by checking out their wares. Even if you don’t think that you could possibly need anything, please know that we would love you to come by anyway, even if it is just to share a warm, fuzzy moment with us.

The Fusion Factory
3563 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

FREE! All Ages! Family Friendly!

Check out this incredible list of things that have come to the Burner Bazaar! This bazaar is going to be stuffed full of awesome! No where else can you find so many of your fellow community members offering up so many wonderful offerings!

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Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event.

Synesthesia is Back – at St Mark’s Coffeehouse

The art of Synesthesia is back! For those of you who missed it the first time, Synesthesia is a series of paintings of celebrity musicians by artist Adri Norris. Each piece will have you grooving to the music in your head as you recall songs by some of your favorite artists.
 
The artist will be in the house, and all paintings are for sale. If the thought of shelling out a wad of cash for an original makes you nervous, she will be selling prints and posters as well. What is not in stock can be pre-ordered on site.
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SOLD!

Good morning all! I thought I’d share with you some pieces I no longer have because I sold them last night. If your favorite is not on this list, come see me at Mini Comic Con at the Sam Gary Branch Library. I will be there today from 10am to 4pm.

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The Dream Client

Many freelancers like to talk about their nightmare clients, those people who seem not to know exactly what they want but will happily tell you that you’re doing everything wrong. These folks have little respect for the time and effort you are exerting on their behalf. They ask for re-dos and redesigns of work you both approved but balk at the extra fees you charge for that extra time.

That’s one end of the spectrum. The other end is the Dream Client. The Dream Client knows exactly what she wants and communicates  it well. She is open to your input, but will not blindly follow or reject your suggestions. If, during the creation process, she sees something she doesn’t like, she lets you know and is specific about her needs. This client has great respect for your time and for your skill. She won’t haggle over the price of your work or drag her feet when it’s time to pay.

Best of all, Dream Clients come back for more.  Not only do they purchase from you again and again, they tell their friends and bring you more business. I am so grateful for all of the Dream Clients I have so far. I hope to find many more.

If you are interested in becoming one of my Dream Clients, I am taking orders for the Holidays. Be aware, if you or your loved one lives outside of the state of Colorado, allow for shipping and place your order before December 6th. If you are in the Denver Metro area, you have until the 12th to order.

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New Venue for WBB – The Blair Caldwell Library

Good afternoon all! I am happy to report that Women Behaving Badly has found a new home (for the time being). Just yesterday, I took all the pieces over to the Blair Caldwell Library and hung them up in the third floor gallery.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

This library is a fixture of the Five Points community. Not only does it have all the things one would expect to find in a library, it also has a conference room, a meeting room, a research section complete with original letters and documents, and a gallery. My work is on the third floor which houses the Western Legacies Museum and the Charles Cousins Gallery. (Hint: I’m in the gallery.) I have one new painting to showcase, so if you think you’ve already seen them, you haven’t.

Although my paintings are already hanging, I’m waiting until the 12th of November to do my opening. Mark your calendars and tell your friends!

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Career Panel with High Schoolers

Good Afternoon. I want to tell you real quick about a cool opportunity I have this afternoon. North High School’s after school program holds a weekly career panel in which they invite members of the community to talk to the kids about career paths they might not have considered before.

At 4 today, I get to go over there and talk to the students about what it’s like to be a professional artist. I am very excited about this, because there are a number of things I would have loved to know  when I was young enough to prepare myself. For example, I used to think I just had to be a good artist. In the past few years, I have learned a LOT about entrepreneurship. I WISH someone had told me about that when I was starting out.

I have had to learn about marketing, pricing my pieces, following up on leads, just to name a few things. Most of it has taken me out of my comfort zone and has been quite frustrating. I’m used to it now. Any student considering an art career, unless they are looking to break into a pre-existing industry, should know that being an artist means being an entrepreneur. It is hard work, but bit is also very rewarding.

I obviously have no photos of the event, so please enjoy my latest drawing for Inktober: Misty Knight.

Misty Knight
Misty Knight
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Women in Politics – Part 1

Good evening good people. Women Behaving Badly Presents: Women in Politics is happening this Friday. I have an impressive lineup of ladies to talk to you about what makes our government run. Please allow me to introduce one of them to you.

Angela Lawson is proud to have lived most of her life in Colorado. A daughter of an Air Force
veteran, Angela lived abroad, and in a handful of other cities before her parents agreed to call
Colorado their home in the 1970s. Angela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from
the University of California at Berkeley, and three Master’s degrees, two of which are from the
University of Colorado at Denver, in the fields of Public Administration as well as Social
Science; her third Master’s degree is in Public Policy from Georgetown University, in
Washington, D.C.

Throughout her career, Angela has worked in various industries from technology, finance, and
law – all of which have given her valuable private sector experience. But it was her passion in
serving the citizenry that moved her away from the private sector to a career in public service.
She has worked at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office for ten years and on November 3,
2015, she was elected as Aurora’s newest City Council Member At-Large.

Angela enjoys volunteering, attending performing arts and live music events, traveling and
reading political biographies.

I am so excited to have Angela speak on Friday evening’s panel. I look forward to hearing her perspective on the changes in Aurora’s demographics and the refugee community. My wife works closely with refugees in Aurora, so I’m invested. Click on the events link below for more information.

Upcoming Events

  1. Women in Politics


    September 30 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

  2. Women in the Arts


    October 5 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

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New Opportunities

What’s Up

I mentioned earlier this morning that I had a meeting that I didn’t want to jinx. Well, now I can tell you about it! I met with a gentleman named Jason Janz who works with an organization called Upstream Impact.  This organization helps impoverished people and ex-cons turn their lives around.  Jason saw my Women Behaving Badly paintings the day after I hung them and called me up.

What he wants to do is commission a series of paintings on both national and local leaders with the intention of inspiring the people in the program. This year, 100 men and women will be coming through their doors. Because many of these people are of the Black and Latino communities, Jason wants to show leaders who represent them. He wants these folks to see themselves in the great men and women portrayed in the paintings.

How You Can Help

We are now in the research phase. If you are a local Denverite, and know something of this city’s history, I would love it if you could help me out. Shoot me the names of some Black, Latino and Native American leaders who have impacted this community and I will research and submit them for consideration. We are doing 10 paintings in all, five local leaders and five national leaders.

Once we are past the research phase, there will be a fundraiser in which I will include posters of my current series as well as our final choices as perks. These look great on bedroom walls and classroom walls.