Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Wow! Yousers! and Other Utterances of Excitement

If you have a chance, go to www.ericmaisel.com where you will get to see three new e-books with, ta-da, my paintings as the covers. Okay a moment of shameless self-promotion but I am gob-smacked. Also, I have been meaning to thank you all for the comments on the paintings. Better late than never...your support has meant so much to me.
Mel, if I could paint like you do, I might be will to give up a body part. Our work is so different but I see the value even more of stepping into the deep water.
Remember dear readers, I did not major in art. I have two BA's in such useful subject as English Literature (concentration 20th century American) and Philosophy. I add this only to remind you that you can do anything if you want it badly and work at it with discipline.
The next big step is to start selling the work...another whole nest of wasps but it can be done...and by golly, I'm going to give it a try.
When I sent Eric the jpegs of the new painting, he asked me what I thought would be a good price. Having not a clue, I replied $250......silence...."sorry but that is way too low." "Just because you are working in a different media does not effect the fact that you are an established artist. What would you sell a textile piece for that is this size?" Good advice I was considering myself less of an artist because I had changed media.....on those pesky voices in your head.
Anyway, went on way to long but was very excited and wanted to share.

9 comments:

Deborah said...

The book covers look excellent! I think it's quite notable that they all tie together with your stunning artwork. It gives his work another recognizable "signature."

Sharon said...

You have certainly come a long way from those discussons we had at the Margaret Preston exhibition... Congratulations....

Caitlin said...

OMG, the book covers look GREAT!!! We had faith in ya, sweetie!

Deb R said...

Way cool!!! And those paintings look fabulous as book covers! YAY you!

jenclair said...

Wow! Congratulations on another plateau gained, Gabrielle. The covers look terrific!

teri springer said...

Very cool. Question, did Eric compensate you for their use?? Either by paying you or giving you some free coaching time?? Just wondering....your work IS worth it. And he was so right about pricing. Yikes! $250?? HOW big are those pieces???? PULEEZE! DON'T undervalue yourself!!

teri

Cathy said...

How exciting for you! The covers are a great beginning, can't wait to see where your journey takes you. Congratulations!

Liz said...

Wow! Congratulations, Gabrielle - the covers look great!

Karoda said...

How cool on the e-covers and they do look great!

also, its my wish that you find those 2 quilts...it would certainly test my zen!

But do have a great time in Cali!

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