After a glorious week of R&R in Tuscany, I came back to the atelier charged. 15 more small paintings completed. Three to go before I can send off another 40 to the Carre d’artistes Sedona gallery.
I forgot to announce that my paintings went up on September 30th in Carré d’Artistes Sedona gallery. When they invited me to paint for the Sedona gallery I hesitated. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I’d been painting cityscapes of Paris for the last nine years. Several conincidences made me decide, yes.
The word Arizona kept popping up in unexpected places. For instance I was jogging through Luxembourg Gardens and saw a poster of the Grand Canyon. It was publicity for an exhibition at the Palais de l’Eau in Paris. I went to the exhibition and walked all the way back, along the Seine. That day I took excellent photos for the next series of Paris paintings I am planning.
Other things happened but Arizona was on my mind. When I was a child we went often to Arizona, driving through the Painted Desert. Everytime I saw a cactus, I had to touch it. My mother spent hours plucking needles out of my soft skin.
It’s funny how life brings you full circle.
One of my mannequins is for sale at Carre d’Artistes Sedona gallery, here is a photo from Instagram.
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Celebrating 15 years since the opening of the first Carre d'artistes. Because our anniversary coincides with fashion week we had to celebrate with an original and one of a kind work; a beautiful mannequin painted by the talented artist Angie Brooksby. #carredartistes #artweek #fashionweek #contemporaryart #original #carredartistessedona #tlaquepaque
The first forty paintings I did seem to be flying out the door.
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Angie Brooksby's pieces are flying out of here! Come by to get your own original during the Sedona plein air art festival. This one is called "Cactus and Cliff" for $320, 12.5in square. Contact the gallery at 928-282-8704 for any inquiries. #originalart #carredartistessedona #carredartistes #sedona #affordableart #angiebrooksby #landscapes #pleinairfestivalsedona
I wish I was in Sedona this week to see the plein air painters. There are some excellent artists at work. Check out the website for the festival: Sedona Plein Air Festival.
Painting onsite is so much fun. I painted Tuscany for 20 years before moving to Paris.
If you want to see what I’m painting, check my instagram feed up on the top right.
24 hours left until my dédicace. Signing.
Tomorrow at 11 begins my painting-signing and dedication with live painting demonstration at Carré d’Artistes Saint Germain gallery,
66, rue Saint André des Arts –
16&17 April — 11h00 to 20h00
I hope you’ll come.
Here are some numbers.
118 small paintings painted for the gallery since Jan 1st.
28 hours a week is my painting time, though I’ve worked until midnight some days.
17 different colors on my palette.
15 different size brushes is the average I use during a painting session.
11 large format paintings finished since Jan 1st.
5 different brands of paint on my palette.
1 painting I’ll work on for the two days of the signing.
I’ve joined Instagram to publish videos of me painting.
If you haven’t seen this already on my Facebook page, here is an example of one of the short videos I’m making.
Here is a preview of some of the paintings already for sale at the gallery.
Live painting painting demonstration 16 and 17 April.
Tél. : 01 43 25 61 72
Email : email@example.com
First of all let me tell you a short history of my artistic development. I studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the same place Jeff Koons went to. After getting a BFA in sculpture in 1988, I moved to Italy and worked as a street artist. I painted and sold in Piazza Pitti, Piazza Santa Croce and Piazzale Michelangelo. That’s were I learned to paint and also were I learned a LOT about life. I learned how to mass produce paintings and I knew I was going to get the hell out of there. Street vending is a school of life. Not for the faint of heart.
In 2006, I moved to Paris for personal reasons and walked around the city. I happened across Carré d’artistes gallery on rue Saint André des Arts. I thought about sending them an application but didn’t. That was before they opened the EXPO on the same street. Then, my gallerist from Nantucket introduced me to the manager who opened the first Carré d’artistes gallery in the Marais. I still didn’t apply.
Some years went by and I was contacted by Carré on the internet, I don’t remember how they contacted me. Later, I was at the Bastille (in Paris) for the GMAC — the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain, and Deborah came to my stand. She was the artistic director at the time. She asked me if I would like to work with Carré d’artistes. I said I’d think about it, but I didn’t apply. After working as a street artist in Florence for years making tiny paintings, I knew I could do it but I wanted to make large paintings and Carré didn’t offer the opportunity to exhibit large formats. Other galleries contacted me, I exhibited. Met agents. My paintings sold on auction.
Again, I was contacted via email, again I ignored the invitation.
The next year at the GMAC, Deborah came to my stand and asked if I might like to work with them. (I’m sure she met several artists, not only me.) I hesitated. She told me to talk to Daniel Castan, and other artists who were at the GMAC. She left my stand. I went to Castan and the other artists, and asked them how it was to work with Carré d’artistes.
Every single artist had ONLY positive things to say about them. So, I sent an application. The way it used to be. Four paintings. With a check. To the headquarters.
They accepted my application and I received my first order. Forty paintings in 60 days. That was in 2013. Since then I’ve painted close to 400 paintings for them and they’ve sold lots.
Last year, my paintings were selected for their website and I was offered an exhibition in at the large format gallery on rue Saint André des Arts in Paris. The show ran from January to April 2015. Then a few weeks ago I had a dédicace at the Lille gallery on rue Esquermoise with the adorable Céline Jacob. The show didn’t go as planned because of a technical problem but it was a fantastic success.
Every single person I’ve dealt with from Carré d’artistes, has been kind. They are professional. They give contracts. They pay. They follow up. They are innovative and they are expanding. Take a look at their website. How many galleries are expanding like they are? How many businesses let alone galleries are expanding? Is there really a crisis in the art market or are “traditional” galleries using an archaic business plan?
When I decided to work with them, I had a talk with myself. I didn’t know if I wanted to work with a corporation and not the individual. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue painting small works. I am so happy I applied. Thank you Daniel Castan for telling me, “What are you waiting for?”
No one has asked me to write this post. Now I’ve got to get back to my easel.