Hard Working Artist, Skint but Hopeful!

My current focus is to raise enough funds to afford the transportation of my work to New York City in May. My work has been chosen for exhibition at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn. What is The Other Art Fair (TOAF)? Presented by Saatchi Art, TOAF is located in the creative center of New York City, and is held biannually in Brooklyn. Each Artist who applies to have their work selected, is “…hand picked by a committee of art world experts” (TOAF). As one of the Artists whose work has been chosen for this year’s Spring show, I am both excited and fraught with a million concerns, mostly over money and how I can afford to get my work there. The cost of transporting large, floor based work is expensive, particularly when insuring it, leasing a van, insurance for international travel etc etc. You get the idea! To help me offset my meager artist budget, I set up a GoFundMe campaign in February and so far it has been received well by the public. The target is $2500 and the current donation totals are $680 which is amazing for just 2 weeks! I am so very grateful to everyone who has donated. In fact, I decided to give a piece of my art work as a gift for any donation of $50, which is normally priced at $100 including the shipping costs that I cover. As much as this is a great start, I still need to raise more funds to help me with attend this amazing opportunity. For an Emerging Canadian Artist, it is very challenging to have one’s “voice” heard over the sound of many other talented artists in this country. I have sacrificed a great deal in my life to get to this stage in my practice…to gain recognition for the work I create…to gain respect and support from my peers and to be taken seriously by the art world at large. Returning to university to complete a Bachelor of Fine Art was a major investment for me and my family, with my husband having to absorb most of our living costs whilst I was studying. I was thrilled to be accepted into the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and moved our family from Ontario to Halifax in order to complete the MFA. However, after completing the Fall term of my MFA, family finances and my husband’s career took us back to Ontario. I was thrilled once again to be accepted into the MFA program at York University in Toronto. However, as luck would have it, a health issue kept me out of school and thus I was forced to take a medical leave from the program. I continued to work when I could and have tried to remain focused, although this is not an easy task when working alone. Not all artists can work in isolation and this has been particularly challenging for me. I prefer to bounce ideas and concepts off my colleagues, and to take time away from my work and immerse myself in someone else’s for a while. It really helps me to regain focus at times when the work is “stuck”.

However, I have come a long way in the silence of my basement studio, and here I am at the most exciting opportunity in my career as an artist. I hope to make it to NYC…I want to get to NYC and ask if anyone of you reading this, or anyone you know who would like to support me and the emerging arts, then please click on this link and make a donation to my campaign. Keep in mind, the original prints that I am giving to donors as a gift, are a limited number. So if you or someone you know would like to receive this beautiful piece of work, please donate as soon as possible before the prints run out. Send me a postal address so I can get it off in the mail and you’ll have it in your hands in 7-10 business days.

Thank you for reading this and for taking the time to consider my request. Art exists to remind us of that place inside each of us, the quiet refuge from where we can escape.

RedBud 2018 - Copy

“Red Bud”, Linocut and Hand-painted on 100% Cotton Rag: Saatchi

For donations, please click here: GoFundMe

For information on Saatchi’s The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, please click here: TOAF

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Hard Working Artist, Skint but Hopeful!

My current focus is to raise enough funds to afford the transportation of my work to New York City in May. My work has been chosen for exhibition at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn. What is The Other Art Fair (TOAF)? Presented by Saatchi Art, TOAF is located in the creative center of New York City, and is held biannually in Brooklyn. Each Artist who applies to have their work selected, is “…hand picked by a committee of art world experts” (TOAF). As one of the Artists whose work has been chosen for this year’s Spring show, I am both excited and fraught with a million concerns, mostly over money and how I can afford to get my work there. The cost of transporting large, floor based work is expensive, particularly when insuring it, leasing a van, insurance for international travel etc etc. You get the idea! To help me offset my meager artist budget, I set up a GoFundMe campaign in February and so far it has been received well by the public. The target is $2500 and the current donation totals are $680 which is amazing for just 2 weeks! I am so very grateful to everyone who has donated. In fact, I decided to give a piece of my art work as a gift for any donation of $50, which is normally priced at $100 including the shipping costs that I cover. As much as this is a great start, I still need to raise more funds to help me with attend this amazing opportunity. For an Emerging Canadian Artist, it is very challenging to have one’s “voice” heard over the sound of many other talented artists in this country. I have sacrificed a great deal in my life to get to this stage in my practice…to gain recognition for the work I create…to gain respect and support from my peers and to be taken seriously by the art world at large. Returning to university to complete a Bachelor of Fine Art was a major investment for me and my family, with my husband having to absorb most of our living costs whilst I was studying. I was thrilled to be accepted into the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and moved our family from Ontario to Halifax in order to complete the MFA. However, after completing the Fall term of my MFA, family finances and my husband’s career took us back to Ontario. I was thrilled once again to be accepted into the MFA program at York University in Toronto. However, as luck would have it, a health issue kept me out of school and thus I was forced to take a medical leave from the program. I continued to work when I could and have tried to remain focused, although this is not an easy task when working alone. Not all artists can work in isolation and this has been particularly challenging for me. I prefer to bounce ideas and concepts off my colleagues, and to take time away from my work and immerse myself in someone else’s for a while. It really helps me to regain focus at times when the work is “stuck”.

However, I have come a long way in the silence of my basement studio, and here I am at the most exciting opportunity in my career as an artist. I hope to make it to NYC…I want to get to NYC and ask if anyone of you reading this, or anyone you know who would like to support me and the emerging arts, then please click on this link and make a donation to my campaign. Keep in mind, the original prints that I am giving to donors as a gift, are a limited number. So if you or someone you know would like to receive this beautiful piece of work, please donate as soon as possible before the prints run out. Send me a postal address so I can get it off in the mail and you’ll have it in your hands in 7-10 business days.

Thank you for reading this and for taking the time to consider my request. Art exists to remind us of that place inside each of us, the quiet refuge from where we can escape.

RedBud 2018 - Copy

“Red Bud”, Linocut and Hand-painted on 100% Cotton Rag: Saatchi

For donations, please click here: GoFundMe

For information on Saatchi’s The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, please click here: TOAF

SAATCHI Online Art Gallery!

Hey Folks!

As Spring slowly approaches, yet another year of art shows, exhibitions and studio tours are on the horizon. So, like many of my colleagues, I am currently immersed in my studio, preparing new work for the season ahead. This is also a new beginning for me as sales and marketing are concerned which is not an easy task for me but a necessary one if I want to sell my work. I recently came across the online version of Saatchi Art, which provides potential buyers with an easy and convenient way to purchase original art. I mean, we all have our opinions about selling art online, and I know for certain that there are artists out there who feel this is not the way to go. I feel that online art sales on group sites can work if it is well managed. So far, my opinion of Saatchi’s site is one of professionalism and good business standards. They provide the bridge between the artist and buyer which, let’s face it, saves us a lot of leg work. Having exhibited my work in the traditional gallery setting, I am still new to selling my work online but I am learning fast and enjoying the process.

Blue Bird

Blue Bird, Digital Technology, Giclee Print, 2017
LL McGlynn

After taking a hiatus from my MFA program due to a debilitating hip injury, working from an easel as been exceptionally challenging. In fact, I now have to explore other ways in which I can continue to work in the studio without putting too much strain on my hip. For those of us working in a creative industry, we know how advanced digital software has developed over the past few years. As much as I enjoy challenging the norm as it applies to art making, I never seemed to take digital art seriously…. until recently. My experience in creating digital work has been an enlightening experience. It allows me to express themes and concerns in unlimited ways and I have to say I am having a ball using the WACOM tablet, Adobe’s products (Photoshop, etc), Corel, Anime Studio and a myriad of other creative software that are tantalizingly addictive! Take note, however, that digital art making is not an “easy-peasy” way to whip up an image. Anyone who has ever taken a course in digital art making (my hand is raised) will know that at first glance, the mind-boggling interface can be pretty overwhelming for a newbie. The good news is that, with practice, creative software can save you loads of time and can even offer a new way of approaching challenges in your process.  So, happily I say, here is a link to my new page on Saatchi! I would be so grateful if you could take a few minutes to explore the site and check out the great art work available on there….and have a look at my work while you’re at it ;-).

Stay tuned for upcoming information about my new domain name (via WIX) and summer exhibition dates.  Feel free to leave comments on WP, or on Saatchi. I look forward to reading your thoughts regarding online galleries. Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy your visit to Saatchi.

Cheers,

Laurie-Lynn

Artist Laurie-Lynn McGlynn Saatchi Art Online

Pink RosePink Rose, Digital on Giclee, 2017
McGlynn

 

Art, Tea and Friendship: MOTUS III on the Horizon

One year ago, on the eve of our university graduation in fine art, I asked the very talented Caroline Bordignon to sit with me over a cup of tea and think about what comes next in our careers as artists. As two strong, creative women, we considered what art means to us, and how we as artists can share something deep and personal with others…not just the fruits of our creative labors and four years of technical skill sets. Rather a deeper sense of what matters to us as artists bringing varying perspectives into our work….and, as Christian women who are faced with having to balance and most often hide our personal values with that of the commercial art world.

Prior to this conversation, MOTUS came into existence as a thoughtful collaboration between 5 university artists. We had no particular agenda, apart from “sensorial” entertainment. MOTUS II, with origins pulled from librettos and chant, utilized a collaboration of art forms to convey a more personal message…the freedom and happiness for which we who exist in this modern world, are all searching. As I look back at the hard work and sacrifices the MOTUS teams have made, I am amazed at how far MOTUS has come. The reality is that our efforts are nothing without each other, our team of incredibly talented people who became our family. Currently, my dear friend and colleague Caroline, is off composing her heart out in England. As I await our next cup of tea together, I prepare for the birth of MOTUS III and will endeavor to make it the best performance yet. The pen is fierce my friends!motus

Interested in learning more about MOTUS and how you can be part of this collaborative work? Send us your name and a bit about yourself, such as if you have any musical, dance, literature, or digital technologies background? Perhaps you would like to help with promoting our MOTUS mission. We’re always open to new members and welcome anyone who is interested in collaborative work in a creative environment. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line, you never know where it could lead!

 

Daisies Abound…Feelin’ Ready for Spring!

What better way to spread the love of Spring then to share some daisies…blue, pink and green ones! That’s right, its not just Easter Eggs that take center stage in brightening up the past few months of grey. Why not take some time to indulge your creative spirit and conjure up a few fun Springtime inspired art designs. You don’t need to be a seasoned painter or a pro at Photoshop, and other creative software programs. Start off with some drawing paper, a few coloring pencils and time to relax. If you relax and focus on having fun rather than precision, you’ll enjoy the process while providing a bit of beauty to lighten up your space.

Spring Lily

Courtesy of: star gazer lily sallys paintings

If the weather is not ideal for an outdoor sketch session, why not go through your saved photos from previous seasons, and reference a few for a special drawing…or should you feel adventurous, try using watercolour pencil crayons. They offer the control of sketching with the added bonus of watercolor! If you have access to a printer, a photo-montage could be your next art project. Print off a few of your favorite Spring photos. Cut and arrange them into an interesting composition, adding other art media such as paint, or pastels for example for impact.

Field of daisies

Courtesy of: Judy Tillson Photography

If slow and steady is your style, you could always cut out a few simple Spring-like objects (see the delightful roses below) from colored construction paper. Glue a small magnet to the back, and you have a colorful fridge magnet!

Paper Roses

Courtesy of: makingpaperflowers.blogspot

Whatever you decide, have fun creating. You never know…it just may put a wee “spring” in your step!

McGlynn’s work at The Pedlar’s Shop, Ross Farm Museum

The Ross Farm Museum is truly a gem. Set on over 60 acres of farmland, Ross Farm offers visitors the opportunity to travel back in time and experience a taste of rural/agricultural life in late 19th century Nova Scotia. The well trained and talented staff portray their roles so realistically, that eventually, one begins to feel transported back in time. But Ross Farm goes beyond providing a historic and educational voyage. To many, it is one huge on-going exhibition of 19th century life, that leads the visitor through land, structure, performance, artifacts and visual art both tangible and edible! In fact, everything that takes place at Ross Farm, is like a long stroll through an outdoor gallery, with something amazing around every corner. For those who wish to take a piece of their experience home with them, The Pedlar’s Shop provides the visitor an opportunity to purchase quality Nova Scotia products by local artisans. I am therefore honored to have my work chosen to hang in the museum gallery.

Located only an hour from Metro Halifax, its a short drive to experience a day immersed in the past, to engage with the energy of a rural environment and to take home a locally made product from The Pedlar’s Shop. What better way to preserve a memory of a day spent at Ross Farm.

Images Below: “Miss Cranston’s Tea Room” Acrylic on Canvas. “Miss Cranston’s Tea Room” Collage on Board – Laurie-Lynn McGlynn

17 Miss Cranston's Tea Room 1painting18 Miss Cranston's Tea Room 2collage