Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ask the Artist: A New Series

I am starting a new series of blog posts called "Ask the Artist".  Once a month I will be answering questions posed to me by my readers, which focus on art making and making a living with art. If you have questions about my art, how I create my pieces or just questions in general about art, please send them my way. I will answer them to the best of my ability, even contacting fellow creative people when possible to broaden the scope of the answer.  The purpose of these posts is to help demystify the creative process for those who may not think of themselves as artistic and to help encourage other artists to find a life in the arts.  Here is the first question launching this series:

At what point in your career do you go from considering yourself someone who makes art to a full-fledged artist?

I think this is a question that must be answered individually and determined by the artist alone.
I might even suggest that there is no dividing line between one who makes art and one who is an artist.  In my training and practice of Buddhism, the Zen Master always cautioned about labeling oneself.  As soon as we state, "I am this" or "I am an Artist" one limits oneself to that definition and must then begin to determine the parameters of this identity.  Questions such as "what is an artist?" beg to be asked.  Or "how do I know I am an artist?"  These statements and the answers to them limit us as well: "if I am an artist, can I be anything else?"  Such questions can take a lifetime to answer.  Hence, the eternal Buddhist question: "Who am I?"

Instead, the Zen Master suggested, we identify with what we do.  "I paint." "I make sculpture." "I write." "I drink tea."  We are not limiting our identities this way, and thus, the question of when or how one becomes an artist isn't necessary.  We are not self-limited to our ideas of what an artist may or may not be nor beholden to others definitions of what an artist might be. 

Possibilities are wide open. We just create. I think that is what is important.

DoAn
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Custom Pet Portrait Sculptures

 
The Craft Days show at Madison County Historical Society was a great success.  It was the highest attended show I set up at so far this year.  I had a very nice write up in the local paper, including a video interview, which can be viewed here: 46th Annual Madison County Historical Society Craft Days.

Without the looming pressure of shows ahead of me, I can focus on getting images of my work uploaded to my website.  It is a tedious and painstaking process to photograph, edit the photos, upload and write content for each sculpture, but now I finally have time to start doing it.

Just in time for the holidays, I am now taking orders for  Custom Pet Portrait Sculptures!


My animals are sculpted through a process called Needle Felting, which is taking raw wool roving and poking it with a special barbed needle thousands of times. This process is extremely time-consuming, each sculpture taking between 20 - 30 hours to complete. I can make any breed as long as adequate pictures are supplied. The more photos you can supply, the better!  If you like, send me some fur from your pet to include in your sculpture. It is an excellent way to memorialize your favorite pet!


  •   I can make any breed as long as adequate pictures are supplied.
  •   Include fur from your pet to include in your sculpture. 
  •   It’s a great way to memorialize your best friend!
  •   Makes a unique, one-of-a-kind, gift!

Your pet sculpture will be between 2" - 4" long (excluding tail length). Each creation is a unique, handmade work of art, firmly felted and quite solid. Every order will be carefully packaged to ensure a safe arrival, and comes from a smoke free home. Please remember that each needle felted sculpture is a work of art and NOT intended as a toy.

To place an order or for more information about Custom Pet Portrait Sculptures please visit my webpage, or send me an email.  For a limited time I am offering a 10% discount on custom orders if you mention you read this blog posting.  (Discount ends on November 10th, 2010)

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

46th Annual Craft Days Madison County Historical Society

Purple Martin felted wool sculpture by DoAn
I will have a booth set up with my one-of-a-kind felted wool sculptures at the 46th Annual Craft Days. This Arts and Crafts event is organized and hosted by the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street will be held on Saturday, September 11 10am to 5pm and Sunday, September 12 10am to 4pm.

This year’s Craft Days will feature over 100 juried craft vendors, food, and entertainment. Visitors will also be able to tour Cottage Lawn, the 1849 Gothic Revival Cottage, and headquarters of the Madison County Historical Society during the event. There is entertainment both days and live demonstrations from the vendors! I will be demonstrating my felting techniques throughout the weekend event.

My booth is #310 located in Tent #3.


 Madison County Historical Society
435 Main Street
Oneida, NY

Admission: $4.00 for adults. Weekend pass: $6.00. Children under 12 are free.
There is free parking and shuttle from Glenwood Plaza, Route 46, Oneida. (Look for Signs)


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