Friday, November 15, 2013

Le Coq Van Gogh


Le Coq Van Gogh, sunflower side
©Maggie Ruley 2013
This year's fund raising event for The Studios of Key West is Conch A Doodle.  50 free standing wooden roosters have been distributed to artists across the island.  Each artist is free to handle the subject as she/he sees fit.  Given the many different attitudes towards our island's free range roosters and hens, I think TSKW will get back a real variety of finishes.
My own personal take on creating items for fund raising events is that I want to do something with appeal that will generate income for the hosting group.
So I went Van Gogh, who doesn't like Starry Night?  Who doesn't like Sunflowers in a vase?
Well, maybe someone.  But I think the themes hold appeal for most people and some one will want to buy this rooster.
The 50 finished roosters are going on display in a group show next Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Studios monthly open house.  Then the roosters are going out into the town to be on display until the auction, which is sometime this spring.
I'll try to take pictures at the event.

Le Coq Van Gogh, side 2 with Key West houses and light house
©Maggie Ruley 2013

©Maggie Ruley 2013

©Maggie Ruley 3013

Here's lookin' at you kid!
© Maggie Ruley 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

It's a complicated story involving a man.

the heart wants what the heart wants

I took a writing workshop yesterday.  No, I don't want to be a writer, but I am in the process of reworking my website and I want my "About" page to be a little bit more interesting then the standard "Hello and welcome to my blah blah blah....."  So I took a workshop titled "You had me at Hello". The workshop was intended to help writers craft compelling first lines and paragraphs for their stories or books.  I want to give people a reason to spend some time on my website and learn more about me and my work.
The workshop was given by Hillary Jordan, a current artist in residence at The Studios of Key West. Hillary has published 2 novels and the first line of the book she is working on while she is in Key West is, "When she woke, she was red." It was really interesting to work in another creative medium for a short while.  It's good to stretch creatively.
I learned a lot and I think I have a compelling first line for my new about page.

It's a complicated story involving a man.
I did work on the rest of it some more this morning and when it's finished you can all be my proof readers.
In the meantime work in the studio continues.  The wall fish that I took to Sodu Gallery in Key West sold before they were on the wall so more are in the works.
Margaritaville Key West has placed some great orders.  They ordered so many of their new exclusive coasters that I couldn't get them into one kiln load.
I continue to amuse myself with these fun imprinted beads.  Stamping is so much fun. I love using it in layered paintings and now I am enjoying it in clay.

I hope everyone's day goes well.


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