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118th Day – Quitting for Now

January 13, 2010

I am quitting for now….. quitting all the time I spend on social networks, quitting this blog (for now). I am spending TOO much time on all of this and not enough creating new art forms. I will come back when I get my creative juices flowing again.

117th Day – Confusion!

January 12, 2010

Confusion is setting in. What am I trying to accomplish? At first I was just trying to adjust to leaving California for the Midwest. I cried my eyes out as I drove away leaving the mountains behind. To adjust, I started concentrating on my huge files of digital photos taken (mostly) in California over the last 10 or so years.
I decided to launch this blog to chronicle my creative processes, my longing for California, and my adaptation to the Midwest. So, I have been busily working on various photos in Photoshop; striving to create more than a straight photo….something more akin to seeing and capturing with my emotional “eye”. The end result is a visual representation of how I felt about the particular place I was photographing.
Then I got involved in the idea of marketing my photographs. I felt they would have a resonance with people. I entered the first 140 Hours Twitter art auction and sold a photo! I became jazzed and started focusing on selling more. I started making slight changes to my work to make the pieces more marketable. BAD IDEA! I even started painting, feeling some resistance to photography’s lack of seeing the “hand of the artist” in the works. I still was working on my computer to create these paintings but then (after printing and mounting) applied acrylic paint to augment the image adding texture so that each piece was truly one of a kind. But now I am left feeling rather distracted and scattered. What should I concentrate on????

I have to sit back and collect my thoughts and create works that speak to me and not worry about what will sell!

Len

116th Day – Painting Hanging in Studio

January 11, 2010

Well, I hung my painting (Live Oak Dream) today on one of my studio walls; looks good. Wish it would have sold, though, in the 140 Hours art auction that just ended last night.
The auction was deemed a success by the organizer, Gary Brant: “I am very pleased to report that our first auction of event of 2010 was a smashing success! We sold 9 artworks, including two by brand-new artist members, for a grand total of $2,772.00, a whopping 20% increase from Season Four’s sales of $2,325.00! Other encouraging news, one of our solid collectors returned in this event and purchased FOUR WORKS! That’s incredible, it means that we are building a base of not only returning customers, but ones who are wholly supporting our auctions and you, our artists!
Another brand-new customer walked away with THREE WORKS! Again, fantastic development for the future, and that party wrote to me last night and said how thrilled he was and that he couldn’t wait for our next auction!”

Yes, there will be another auction later this month… stay tuned for details.
Len

115th – Enough Obsessing

January 10, 2010

Okay, I’ve had enough obsessing over the 140 Hours art auction. I’ve spent entirely too much time Facebooking and Twittering and trying to drum up a bid on my painting, “Live Oak Dream”. I am now dedicating my time to getting back to work on creating new works. I know that marketing is essential, but if artists don’t spend time creating, there is nothing to market!
My mantra has been “promote, promote, promote”. I will change that to “create, create, create”.

My main mission while residing for a year away from California was to recapture my enthusiasm for the greatly missed landforms of that state. I plan on returning to my original vision; California Dreaming.

More later,
Len

114th Day – I Won’t Be Chained to Internet Auction

January 9, 2010

Okay, the first Twitter art auction of the year at 140 Hours is in process…. ends late Sunday. I do keep checking in to see if I’ve gotten a bid on my new, just finished, digital painting “Live Oak Dream”, but I have to stop as I get depressed when I see no bids. I imagine the other artists feel the same way. But, I do have a compulsion to keep checking in…. even on my iPhone where I can see the tiny website in all of it’s clarity.

Here is my painting:

Len

Here is the link for the 140 Hour auction: http://www.140hours.com/paintings/pages/lenzen.htm

113rd Day – Auction goes live this evening

January 8, 2010

I have been busy with preparing one piece for an upcoming exhibition, coordinating the shipping of another piece for a different exhibition and speaking with Gary Brant about my 140 Hour offering. He needed a bigger image for the website and we discussed the pros and cons of photography vs. painting. This will be my first foray into offering one of my California Dreaming paintings for sale.

The first 140 Hours art auction of 2010 goes live this evening. My new painting, titled “Live Oak Dream” is open for bids.
Check out the auction site at:

112st DAY – Snow, Snow, Snow

January 7, 2010

Woke up to 4-6 inches of snow today. It is quite lovely, but awfully cold and slippery! I did venture out in my old 4-Wheel drive Trooper and got home safely. Boy, I sure miss California with it’s warm winters. The nice thing about California is the availability of cold and snow if you want…. just drive up into the mountains behind Los Angeles and ski or snowboard to your hearts content. Drive back down to the beach and surf a bit. Here there is no choice.

Well back to art making: For those of you who are new to my site and are wondering what all of the day numbering is about here is a synopsis:
I am a digital photo artist from Southern California but I am currently in the Midwest (a year long test). I have thousands of base photos of various California regions taken over the last ten years that I am working on while here. I am chronicling my process day by day on this blog as struggle to keep a connection with my beloved California. I take photos and manipulate them in Photoshop to create more emotive pieces that reflect my feelings for the place. You can see some of my photos on my website:

111 – Live Oak Dream

January 6, 2010

Well my digital painting, Live Oak Dream, will be up soon on the 140 Hours of Fame site. The next auction starts in two days.
This is a new direction for me. Still working on imagery of California scenic wonders but branching out from strictly photography. I still love photos and manipulating them in my computer, but digital painting adds a depth to the image and with after additions of acrylic, each piece is one of a kind.
Hopefully Live Oak Dream will be up this evening; I want to start promoting it for the auction. A fairly low opening bid should make it attractive to bidders.

Len

Day 110 – Is Photography Dead?

January 5, 2010

I’ve been following various Twitter and Facebook threads about use of the specification “emerging” photographer in relationship to various competition entries and was blown away by New York art critic, Jerry Saltz’s response: “I do not think that the word “emerging” is the problem; it merely denotes a phase of one’s exhibiting career. I think that the lurking problematic term is, ah, “photographer!” Photography is clearly going through simultaneous death-throes, transformation, rebirth, and other out-of-medium experinces.That is what you should be thinking about. That’s where the real THRILL will be.”

Now that is a REAL subject to mull over. Through these various chats, I found Ofer Wolberger and recommend following his blog, “Horses Think, Don’t They”…. link below…

I keep feeling the there is more to photography than meets the eye and I have been playing around with after effects to try and create something that feels right for me; this is a work in process.

More later,
Len

Day 109 – Bitter Cold

January 4, 2010

Okay, enough is enough…. below zero once more this morning, according to the thermometer on my deck.

California warmth is calling me home! But, I must stay out my year here and see what happens.

Off today for all day meetings, will post more tomorrow,
Len