Monday, April 14, 2008

shifting gears

This morning, Rachel and I went to pick up work from four of the Studio Six artists who had exhibited at the Mikhail Zakin Gallery in Demarest, NJ. One of Rachel's pieces sold (hooray!) and the newspaper write-up was very flattering to the show. Thanks to all of you who came to see the exhibit and who left such nice comments on my blog and in the guestbook. I hope we get another opportunity in a couple of years to exhibit there again. What beautiful space!

We treated ourselves to lunch and then I dragged Rachel to the tile store because I am still dithering about the backsplash (well, if you make a mistake, it is an expensive and permanent one) and needed to look at the tiles again. I narrowed them down and brought home two samples -- but one is not even a contender. Guess which one is out of the race?

The light in the kitchen is dim at best, and I didn't even try to rev up the contrast for this blog post. Still dithering but gettting there.

One note on the topic of "what do you call yourself?". A few years ago I responded to a call for art from a corporation who wanted to display (without renting, of course) art in its lobby.
When the woman in charge asked me what medium I worked in, I unfortuately responded "art quilts." The response? "Oh, no, we want REAL art, like photography." That was the last time I made THAT mistake. I offered to send images but she was not interested. End of story. This morning I had a Google Alert; my profile and some of my images turned up on a website gallery for the Women's Action Network...under mixed media. Oh, good.

7 comments:

Gerrie said...

Well, I know I would go with the second option. Very pretty. I am in the tile for the bathroom stage right now. Planning tile for a room is a lot like designing a quilt!!

Mary Buek said...

Congratulations on being listed on the website. I visited it; it was intriguing.

Linda Branch Dunn said...

The top one feels very 50's to me. I like the bottom one much better - soothing, like light coming through the trees.

Anonymous said...

No contest - it's the bottom one. But I shall have to arrange the glass tiles as my contractor goes along...he will NOT be happy. But you know how it is...
Rayna

Joanie San Chirico said...

Thank you so much for getting my work!

See you Thursday...

oh and the top one looks like mud, the bottom one just glows. No contest.

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

thats funny but i have to say i love the top one the best. but only you know whats best for the space, and you have to be looking at it every day. let us know the results!!

Rayna said...

Definitely the bottom, which is a combination of a couple of different colorways. Now I just have to figure out the math and lay it out as my contractor goes along. He will NOT be happy. But an artist has to do what an artist has to do. Or at least this one - see how it develops as it goes on the wall. Or doesn't this technique work with tile?