ACHF Arts Access
Advance painting and compositional skills and techniques with non-toxic, oil mediums that I will learn about and develop through my research and inquiry. Achieved effects and satisfactory working time with the mixed paints and new recipes for mediums will be a basis for evaluation. I will also collect viewer feedback in person at exhibition and online from blog. 2: Expand to a greater audience throughout the state. Reach other artists statewide through bi-weekly blog online. Track numbers of visitors to studio event, exhibition and blog-site and keep updated mailing list. Track visits to artist website after promotions. Speak with studio/gallery visitors and allow them to share their own stories after viewing my work.
I was able to advance my compositional skills and techniques through the research and development of a painting medium that is less toxic than turpentine or Odorless Mineral Spirits based mediums. This recipe is based on the use of Oil of Spike Lavender which I discovered as a solvent through doing the research enabled by this grant. The new medium that I developed dries slower: it allows more flexibility in working time, more translucent layers, and allows color to be manipulated in interesting ways. I was unable to do these things with alkyd mediums (a less toxic alternative but one which dries very quickly and has some other hindering qualities). I gauged my success by my own satisfaction and audience reaction. Studio and exhibition visitors responded well to the new depth of color and the more intricate painting surfaces. I was fortunate enough to sell a very large piece right off the studio wall the week it was completed. This told me that my efforts were fruitful. 2: I had hoped to be able to expand my audience reach by exhibiting in other areas outside of the Twin Cities. Though I was unable to secure an exhibition in space outside of the metro area during the grant period I do feel that I successfully reached more Minnesotans with my work based on some of the media attention around my events as well as with my blog that tracked the project results. By keeping a mailing list, tracking visitor numbers to my studio and exhibition events, blog site and Facebook Page I was able to see that my reach had grown during the grant period. I was able to connect with other artists statewide, nationally and internationally, through my bi-weekly blog mostly evidenced by the location from where the responses/questions were coming from. Website visits turned out to be an unreliable judge as they typically spiked when there was press related to a show but not necessarily related to grant activity.
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