I'ts been a busy weekend here at MADART Studios hanging art at two new location in New Smyrna Beach, FL. The first location that is now carrying original MADART paintings is the fabulous, and delicious, Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grille at the New Smyrna Marina. When you first walk in the door you are greeted with my tropical artwork front and center, they look fabulous and are the perfect compliment to the tropical oasis setting at Outriggers. And the food is sooooo good, I've eaten there numerous times and everything is amazing! If you like seafood be sure to try what ever freshly caught fish they have on the menu, you won't be disappointed :)
The other location now displaying one of my paintings is the brand new, state of the art, New Smyrna Chevy Dealer. My painting "Fire and Ice"© fits so perfectly in with the crisp white of the space and their blue logo, it really ties in amazingly well and adds some great color and shows what a difference art can make in a space. And it was only fitting to transport the painting to the dealership in our corvette of course; had to represent Chevy, hehe :) Everyone that works at New Smyrna Chevy is fabulous, the customer service is great and highly recommend them for your next vehicle.
So, if you are in the New Smyrna Beach area and would like to see some of my art in person be sure to visit Outriggers and New Smyrna Chevy!!
When I was growing up all I ever wanted to be was an artist, that's what I told everyone, and spent much of my childhood, drawing, doodling and coloring. But, the older I got the more reality set in, or what the reality was then, and I believed I wouldn't be able to make a decent living as an artist. The "Starving Artist" myth certainly had left it's mark on me, and so I went off to college pursuing what I thought was going to provide me a more stable income throughout life.
I ended up graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1999 with a Master's Degree in Political Science, initially to go to law school, and then later changed my career path to teaching. I started out as a high school teacher, and VERY quickly realized this was NOT for me, it only took me four months and I was out, haha! I ended up getting an editorial job in the Political Science department at UCF working with one of my former professor's on academic journals, which lasted about two years. During this time I also obtained a Florida Residential Contractor's license and helped my husband to build custom homes.
Throughout all of these career changes I was always creating art, I started painting in acrylics and instantly fell in love with the medium and decorated our home with lot's of colorful art. I even dabbled a little in the mural scene in the Orlando area just to be able to try something creative. But, it didn't satisfy me artistically the same as being in my studio creating art that spoke to me and was less controlled. In 2002 I had started to notice that some artists were beginning to have success selling their art on eBay, so I thought I would just list one of my paintings and see what happened, and what happened next changed my life forever! I listed the painting on a five day auction, and it received a little bit of interest, a couple of low ball bids, but in the last few minutes of the listing, the almighty eBay bidding war ensued and my painting sold for over $125. I was in shock and elated that someone bought one of my original paintings, it was a rush that has propelled me ever since to continue to create and sell my art through the internet and have a more personable relationship with my collector's.
I would list some paintings every now and then on eBay when I had the extra time, and they would always sell at auction, many times for much more than I expected. I was Jonesing to see what would happen if I could do this full -time, but the home building business was booming and I couldn't fully devote myself to my art career, but I was finally starting to believe that it may really be possible to make a living as an artist, turn my passion and dreams into a reality. It wasn't until late 2007, after we sold the construction business and moved to Alaska, that I was finally able to dive into a full time art career and it turned out to be everything I had hope it would be. I was able to paint for most of the day and spent the rest of the time listing on eBay and packaging up original paintings and prints to ship around the world. Truly a dream come true!
To this day, the majority of my art business is still centered around the internet where I sell my originals and limited edition prints and my licensing partners, numbering close to 30, sell on the internet and direct to retailers that sell on and offline. When used properly the internet can be a wonderful opportunity to advance your art career and connect one on one with art collector's. There are so many different avenues to selling your art, but the key is visibility, I cannot emphasize that enough! The internet has millions of pieces of art for sale in one form or another, it takes a lot of work and effort to be found, but with consistency and hard work you can do it and be a successful artist making a very good living, I am proof positive, and will continue to look for opportunities and expand the reach of my artwork. I will have to create a blog post soon about some of the ways you can create that visibility as an artist, so stay tuned!
I've always had a thing about hearts, I just love the way that they can be created in so many different shapes and styles, but are always recognizable as a heart. You will see little hearts, big heart, colorful hearts, every kind of heart imaginable in many of my paintings. But, one of my favorite ways of displaying a heart is to make it the focal point of a painting, which is exactly what I do in my very popular "PoP of Love"™ Collection. One of the first paintings I ever created in my Signature PoP Art style was "Heartfelt" and shortly after I listed it on art.com the set director from the TV show Grey's Anatomy approached me to use it on their show, well of course I said yes!! they ended up using it in their cardiac win unit set and several people I know who avidly watch the show saw it and recognized it as a MADART painting, so rewarding when that happens!!
Here are two of the newest additions in the "PoP of Love"™ collection, the first one, "Heart Land"©, tells a story within the heart itself, leading us into a land of wonder and dreams to a beautiful far away land. The second one "Lift your Spirits"© is exactly that, a painting full of love and cheerful colors that actually reminds me of a candy store, and nothing like a yummy piece of candy to put a smile on anyone's face :)
Keep an eye out for more "PoP of Love"™ paintings to come, these are the perfect paintings and prints to gift to yourself or someone you love.
For the first time I will be offering Limited Edition prints that are VERY limited. There will only ever be 85 prints (and possibly Artist Proofs) of each image in this first Collector's Edition of 2015. There will also never be any products or any form of reproduction ever made from these paintings. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a signed piece of MADART that will be limited to only a handful of people, EVER!!
This first set features four, fun colorful, PoP Art Paintings. The originals are also available, they are acrylic 18"x24" on gallery wrapped canvases, ready to hang. The limited edition prints come in three sizes, 11"x14", 18"x24" and 30"x40" on archival quality Satin Lustre Paper, that has a soft, beautiful sheen, they look fabulous!! The will come unframed in a tube so that you can mat and frame to your liking, they will be hand signed and numbered on the front in gold/silver metallic ink, and also signed and dated on the back.
Here is the breakdown for the edition sizes and prices:
Don't miss out on this great opportunity, especially since I still have lower edition sizes at the lower costs still available!
Everywhere I look I'm seeing "The Blues"!! Blue is everywhere right now, especially the stunning combination of cobalt blues and white, whether it's in fashion, art, home decor, you name it it's all about blue.
Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are blue, and I just recently completed a blue and white abstract PoP Art style painting, my subconscious must have been talking to me. And then my dear friend Lisa brought me the MOST Beeeeeauuuuutiful blue Orchid!! I had never seen a blue one and it just takes your breath away, the colors are unbelievable, I could just stare at it for hours on end. And then to top it all off I received the most sparkly blue and gold necklace imaginable from Rocksbox, this is a statement piece for sure, and can be worn with jeans or dressed up for a night out on the town. I need to get my husband to take me out so I can wear it, otherwise I will just have to put it on to go to the grocery store, haha...it NEEDS to be worn!!
With all this blue coming at me from every direction, I knew it was the perfect set up for a new mood board, of which I included some of my "Deep Blue Sea" pixel designs from Deny Designs and found these lovely patterned blue pillows from Wayfair, one of my go to shopping sites for all things home decor.
See below for details on where these items can be found/purchased online.
ROCKSBOX: Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service for jewelry, they send new items monthly after you send back the previous month. They pick selections based on your personal style, and their jewelry is gorgeous!! Use code: aroonxoxo at checkout to get your first month free, courtesy of fashion & lifestyle blogger Aroon Melane.
Deny Designs MADART Collection: I have over 100 images to choose from on a variety of Deny Designs Products, including the trays and mirror shown above, here is a direct link to the "Deep Blue Sea" products.
"Blue Depths": The Original painting "Blue Depths"© is currently available through this site, and Limited Edition prints will also be coming soon!
Wayfair: Here are links to the two throw pillows shown above - Rizzy Home Print Pillow & Haestingas Pillow