Hi WordPress Friends! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a while here. As most of you know I’ve launched a new career in NYC as an artist, and what anyone fails to tell you is that while you may LOVE your creative pursuit, there’s a whole lot of “business running” that also has to go on behind the scenes!
I’ve been in the weeds, tracking expenses, figuring out how to build huge boxes to ship big paintings, and generally not doing a good job keeping up with YOU!
I have been blogging a bit over on my art website Hannah Lowe Corman and the posts may be of interest to some of you as they generally overlap with some of the themes I’ve come to write about here: career stuff, art and architecture, events around town and general thoughts on life.
I’m in the process of revamping that art website (if anyone is selling physical products on SquareSpace and dealing with their terrible sales tax integration, you may feel my pain), and I wanted to give you guys the first heads up on that.
I’d LOVE to continue connecting with you, so to get the jump, join the baby HLC art community HERE
I’m not quite gone from my life blogging as Next Stop: TBD, but I hope to see you over there in the meantime, and I also look forward to continuing to read all of your blogs over here on WordPress.
As many of you know, I used to run a wedding dress shop in Ann Arbor Michigan, which was completely staffed by volunteers, where the dresses were donated, and where the proceeds were used at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. It was a fun and fulfilling endeavor and sometimes I miss being around brides and their families in their happy moments.
Last weekend, I felt like I was back in that world, while collaborating on a styled wedding photography shoot with Clare Mullins Photography. Clare pulled together her vision for a Monet-inspired watercolor and gold theme and brought in her sister to model. I painted a 9.5 ft x 5 ft backdrop in shades of white, green, gold and pink, andMeg Burrell created a clean and modern stationery suite.
It was the first time I had created a work this large or created a backdrop of any kind (save for maybe those huge clothes we made for sorority skits haha) and it was a challenge but fun!
Quick: Google “how to make a backdrop!” That’s what I did! I ordered a few rolls of the biggest canvas and heavy duty paper I could find. But not wanting to buy poles and such, we decided to go with paper that could be hung directly onto the wall of the room Clare had rented for the shoot.
In my tiny apartment, I unfurled the longest length possible and painted, waited for it to dry, rolled it in from the end and unfurled another section, working to integrate all the parts seamlessly.
When I was finally able to unroll the whole thing across the room on the shoot day, I loved the way it all came together!! We chose to hang it vertically for the shoot, but I would love to see it framed hanging horizontally behind someone’s couch. It definitely has a watery/Monet-y quality to it.
From the 90s pop soundtrack to elegant beaded wedding dress Clare had chosen, the shoot was perfect and so much fun. I had never met Clare or Meg in person before but I was in awe of how well we worked together and got along. It was such a fantastic experience, and I cannot thank these ladies enough.
More photos coming soon, and the painting will be listed for sale here shortly.
backdrop by me, Clare Mullins Photography and Meg Burrell stationery
backdrop rolled out as much as possible in a tiny apartment
I feel like I’ve already been shouting it from the rooftops, but I’m just going to go ahead and drop this into a blog post too:
I’m having a Pop-Up Shop this weekend (Sat & Sun, Sept 17 & 18, 12-4pm) inside the West Elm on Broadway and W. 61st St in NYC!!!
West Elm is a national furniture and home decor store. They have a really cool initiative to promote local artists and makers through pop-up store-within-a-store events as well as carrying locally-made goods.
And what’s truly amazing is that they donate the space and don’t take a cut of any sales at the pop-up event. It’s really incredible!
As you can tell, I’m super excited (and somewhat nervous). Please come by and say hi! I’ll have some new, not-yet-on-the-website original paintings, as well as some reasonably priced prints.
Most people know that I have a few causes that are close to my heart: healthcare, women’s empowerment, the arts. I’ve done a lot of volunteer work and work-work raising funds and awareness, organizing, planning and jumping in wherever needed to give back, mentor and generally help out.
And over the years, I’ve asked for much support from my friends and family and community and have always been blown away by the resounding response.
In particular, through my work at The Brides Project and the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, I’ve seen the emotional, financial and logistical challenges faced by a family dealing with cancer. It’s pervasive. It’s unmooring.
There’s always another person, family or community to help. And for me, this month, it comes in the form of a charity art auction for the Ackermann family, whose 2 and a half year old son, Brayden has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
I had never heard of this cancer, until a community of artists via Instagram decided to put together an art auction to raise money. DIPG only affects about 300 children per year, and what’s particularly scary is that Brayden was happy and seemingly healthy, until one day he lost use of the left side of his body. Of course his parents rushed him to Westchester Children’s Hospital, not knowing what to think.
How utterly devastating to learn that your child has a difficult diagnosis that’s rarely cured. And then to have to find the strength to do everything possible in the face of that and to preserve a normalcy and quality of life as much as possible for a child who may or may not really understand what is happening to him or her.
To try to help offset the financial worries for the Ackermann family, over 90 artists from around the world have donated pieces for an art auction to be held Friday September 16 – Sunday September 18. The auction will open on Friday at 7am Eastern on Instagram @brushstrokesforbrayden. Here’s the link for those that want to check it out or pass it along.
The artworks are currently being posted to that Instagram account so you can see what’s available before the auction opens. Opening bids are very reasonable, but hopefully we can raise a lot more money and awareness!
Please spread the word to your art loving friends, even if you don’t bid yourself. And if you find something you love, but don’t have Instagram, let me know, and we can discuss a proxy bidding system. I’m Artwork #9.
Thanks for always being there and exceeding my expectations.
I’ll be showing small and medium-sized acrylic paintings at the M1-5 Lounge in Tribeca this Thursday evening, August 18, 2016. Annnnndddd some of the paintings will be on SALE from prices listed on the website AT THIS EVENT ONLY.
This show, like the last one, will be hosted by Conception Events, however this time, instead of purchasing tickets, I’m giving away free tickets to the first 15 people who let me know they’re coming.
I’m thrilled to work one-on-one with friends and family and clients to paint something in my style that is uniquely for them. I’m always nervous in sending the final photos, hoping and praying that they will love it as much as I do. (Because when you work on something so much, you have to love it in the end…or else you would keep painting, as you’ll see below.) But what happens if they don’t love it? And how does this whole commission business work anyway?
The process is fairly simple and straightforward: you email me saying you’d like to commission a painting. We’ll talk about your budget, your space, the size of the wall, what colors you have in your mind, etc.
I’ll send you a contract with all of the agreed upon details and logistics like delivery date, downpayment and shipping. Even among friends, a contract formalizes everything so there’s no confusion or hurt feelings.
It works best if you already like my work and my style because if I try to recreate someone else’s style that you love, it probably won’t turn out how either of us wants. So there’s a bit of trust that I’m going to run with what we’ve discussed, and you won’t see it until the end.
Below is a commission I did recently; flip through the pictures to see how I changed and re-changed a particular section (upper-middle-right) that I wasn’t happy with: it went from too dark, to too blue, to starting over with white, to WAY too green, to the final peachy version in the end.
When I’m completely satisfied with the final product, I’ll send you some photos and we’ll set up a time to chat on the phone; but what if you don’t like what I’ve painted?
Well if it’s a matter of a particular area or tiny part of the work, no problem, tell me what’s bothering you, and I’ll tweak it. If it’s that you hate the whole thing altogether, you are under no obligation to buy it, but unfortunately I won’t be able to refund your deposit, since work has been done, materials purchased, etc. Iwill always try to work with you as much as possible to turn the painting into something you love.
I truly love collaborating on commissions and painting with someone in mind and working to make them happy. Obviously I love painting in general, but it’s extra special and purposeful knowing that a home is already being made for the piece.
What to collaborate? Use the contact sheet to email me about commissioning a painting! I have 4 commission spots left for 2016 and look forward to working with you!
Last Thursday I was thrilled to be included in the Conception Events Contemporary Art Show at the MI-5 Lounge in Tribeca. Conception Events is a pop up art gallery that features emerging artists. They actually found me on Instagram and said I should consider applying for the show, so I did.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event, other than there would be about 25 artists, each with a 4ft by 5ft space to show as many pieces as you’d like within that constraint.
I’d done a little bit of stalking of my fellow artists ahead of time and I thought some of their work was great, and others just weren’t my taste. I was excited for the opportunity to show my work in person to friends, family and strangers, but I was also nervous that maybe my art wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the vibe.
I chose 5 new paintings to show that were all based on memories of Caribbean vacations we used to take as an extended family growing up. We tended to steer clear of resorts and instead stayed at small hotels or rented condos. We’ve visited larger islands like Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Aruba, but we also vacationed at less touristy islands (or at least that seemed remote in the late 80s early 90s) like Carriacou, Little Cayman, Grand Turk, Nevis and Dominica…I can’t say what these places are like now, maybe they’re swarming with tourists. But back then, they always seemed pretty quiet.
We would spend our days playing in the ocean, hiking, exploring the local markets, SCUBA diving and building ball rolls in the sand…not sure if anyone else knows what a ball roll is or if our cousins just made that up….but essentially it’s like a sandcastle but where you create a path for a racquetball ball to roll down and around and over bridges and through tunnels all made of sand.
As evening closed in, we’d read, play cards, shower and eat dinner, hopefully followed by a Snickers or Mars bar bought at a roadside stand.
With these paintings, I’m working to evoke the feelings of tranquility, peacefulness and joy I felt on those family vacations, where we didn’t have any cares, except maybe finishing the winter reading list assigned by school.
I showed 3 small acrylics on board, each 8×10 inches:
I had one medium-sized acrylic on canvas, 22×28 inches:
And one large acrylic on canvas, 36×48 inches:
The show ended up being tiring but fun. I was so grateful to the TWENTY friends and family that showed up to support me. That was really incredible.
I didn’t sell anything, but I learned a lot about what sort of paintings and price points I should consider for future shows. I learned I should bring more work than will fit in the space because you can probably squash it in or change some out halfway through the show. I learned I should bring flip flops and not wear heels to set up and tear down.
I also met some other very nice artists with whom I hope to keep in touch.
I haven’t had a chance yet to put these works up on hannahlowecorman.com but soon I promise!
Exciting news to share with you tonight! I’ve been selected to show my work at a one-night exhibit called CONCEPTION Contemporary Art Show on June 30th!
I would love to have you there to support and celebrate this opportunity if you are in NYC. You can purchase tickets via this link: http://conceptionevents.com/artist/3gHl3ZJ6Qp (Please make sure to buy your ticket through my profile page rather than the main CONCEPTION Events page.)
When: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Time: 5-11 pm
Where: 52 Walker Street, M1-5 Lounge, Tribeca
I’m thrilled to be able to show my work in person and hope you can join me there.
A few weeks ago, I attended New York’s Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in what I guess is Chelsea on W. 18th St. (I haven’t yet nailed down the boundaries of all the various NYC neighborhoods.)
I trucked down there, paid my $20 admission fee, and spent a few hours wandering around the galleries showcased within. While there were many art pieces that I loved, I can’t really say that the curators’ idea of “affordable” art and mine were in line.
They tout the exhibit as having art from $100-$10,000, with half priced at $5,000 or less. This may have all been true, but I don’t really think of $4,999 as affordable. Less expensive, maybe. But not affordable. Maybe the better question is, affordable to whom? I only counted a handful of artworks under $500.
But oh well. The affordability of the works didn’t deter me from swooning over some beautifully large animal portraits or giant abstract flowers in oil and acrylic.
What also caught my eye was that one of the booths exhibited works from the Art Students League that is a collective-like school just around the corner from us on W. 57th. I have been eyeing to join ever since my mom told me about it, but I haven’t done so yet because of the time commitment to become a member. You pay to be a full-time or part-time member, going to classes 2-5 days a week. And it’s open to anyone of any level which is very cool.
I would go to the Affordable Art Fair again next year, better prepared for what to expect. Maybe one day I’ll be able to go as part of an exhibit, rather than as a shopper!
Art Basel. Art Miami. You’ve heard of these huge international art exhibitions that attract the who’s who of the art world. I would have totally assumed that there was Art New York; why wouldn’t there be? But actually Art New York is only in its second year.
Which doesn’t mean that it’s not a force. I attended the fair at Pier 94 last Wednesday and wandered for hours through the 150 galleries represented. I was thoroughly impressed and delighted.
I wanted to attend the show to specifically see photographic work by Joshua Jensen-Nagle at the Galerie de Bellefeuille. In Jensen-Nagle’s recent works, he takes high aerial photographs of beaches such that the sun bathers, umbrellas and underwater sand patterns become abstractions really. He does have some scenes that are taken at a closer distance which are serene in their lightness and brightness.
I chatted for a while with one of the gallerists in the booth about Jensen-Nagle who is from NJ but now lives in Canada (the gallery is in Montreal but represents artists from all over), He told me about the photographic printing method where the photographs are embedded on slabs of acrylic that are backed with metal (aluminum) that really illuminate the photos and make them pop brightly – almost as if they were lit from behind, which they are not (there were some photos at other gallery booths that did have lighting elements). The mounting is called Diasec, which is the trademarked name for the process….I’m sure I’m way oversimplifying this, so if you want to read more, go to Wikipedia.
Anyway, I loved meditating on his images for a while, before moving on to see the rest of the show. I was at first a bit put off by the $40 entrance fee, but I guess that’s just proportionate to the cost of the works, which were generally in the $10,000+ range, however you could get a smaller Jensen-Nagle for $2500, and I did see one or two small paintings for under $1000.
A few themes I noted in the works generally were the use of 3D elements and rainbow color schemes.
There was one artist who’s paintings looked like 3D paintings on 2D surfaces, and the images moved as you moved up, down and around the art. It was a crazy optical illusion though! When you got up close, they were in fact painted on wooden 3D panels that stuck out in points from the wall. I feel like I’m not describing this well – think of the shape of a mountain range but sticking out from the wall rather than the ground.
Also, I rounded a corner and saw these photographs and immediately thought: those look like Baltimore. Well, in fact, they were photographs of Baltimore row homes, shown by a gallery from Baltimore.
I really enjoyed the art fair immensely and would love to go back next year. I even ran into an old friend I haven’t seen in 10 years! Small world!