Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June newsletter for Kelly and Colin Darke

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Sibling Revelry: colin & kelly's art
Show Closings:

This is the last week to see a selection of pieces from Kelly's series: Daily Visual Journal, showing at St. Johns VanElslander Cancer Center -
You have only a few days to view the work before it is taken down on June 30th, 2011 -
located at:

St. Johns VanElslander Cancer Center
22101 Moross Road, Grosse Pointe, MI
(313) 647-3000

hours are Mon. - Fri. 7am - 5pm, but please call first to make sure they are open.

The Wordplay show at the Grosse Pointe Art Center closes July 9, 2011 (they are showing Colin's work Hope Halted--shown above.)

The Grosse Pointe Art Center is located at:

16900 Kercheval Rd.
Grosse Pointe, Michigan 48230

hours are Tue - Sat: 12 noon - 6 pm
Closed Sunday and Mon
New Media
Please join Kelly on her new Facebook fan page, Kelly Darke - Fine Art, for up to date information about new completed artwork, artwork in progress, links to interesting artists and art related information.
click here:

New Projects
Kelly is excited to announce a new project that she is working on that involves embroidery and formal gowns - like a bridesmaid dress... If you, or someone you know, has a dress that could be donated to her project, please contact her for more information. Also, if you donate a dress Kelly will donate 10% of her commission of the sale of the dress to a charity of your choice. More information about this project is coming soon.

Colin is preparing for a solo show and lecture at MSU College of Law.  The show will be up throughout the Fall, and the opening and lecture will take place on October 12, 2011, 5:00 p.m., at 368 Law College Building, East Lansing, Michigan 48824. The show will consist of selected pieces from Colin's Hope Against Odds series of paintings and his Rule of Law series of paintings.  

New Work
Kelly has a new painting for sale at Etsy:
Garden - oil painting on canvas - 48" wide by 30" tall - original $4,300
prints of this painting are available through these sites:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

my top 5 studio killers this past week:

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1. Sunshine! after two months of rain I couldn't resist some time in the sun...

2. Graduation parties

3. Carnival!

4. Twitter - tons of fun, but I get lost for hours reading and following links...

this ivy needs some serious help! little webby type stuff killing it, help!
5. my garden

Thursday, June 16, 2011

taking action, or not

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I was talking with a friend the other day about my art career and how I was taking a class with Alyson Stanfield to help my career Blast Off. I explained how I have a difficult time following through on my art projects since I don't have the deadlines and assignments of school - I want to finish them, but for whatever reasons, I don't. My friend asked if perhaps I was afraid of something. Hmmm, that's the second time that question has come up in recent weeks.

Is it really so scary to fail? or succeed? Or even try? It seems ridiculous to be afraid of success, but I suppose that would mean change and taking responsibility for your life - both of which are difficult and frightening. Our brains are so wired to stay within our comfort zone that when we are challenged, even by our own ideas and projects, we become anxious and uncomfortable, perhaps making our idea seem not so great anymore. Suddenly, there are seemingly good reasons why such idea might not work: it would take too much time, I don't have the right tools or materials, someone else probably thought of it already, or it's just a dumb idea anyway. So, as these 'very legitimate' (not really) reasons surface, we let our once great idea fade into the back of our memory only to resurface months or years later to which we say to ourselves, hey, that's a great idea, why didn't I ever do that? Oh that's right, it would take too much time, I don't have the right tools or materials, someone else probably thought of it already, or it's just a dumb idea anyway.

And so we keep ourselves within our comfort zone endlessly. I would like to think that we can decide to move beyond this state of inaction by taking the necessary steps to make change gradually and for the better. As I have been doing the lessons in the Blast Off class I have followed links to a variety of blogs and books that talk specifically about making these changes in a very deliberate way, not waiting for the right time or a bolt of inspiration, but taking action, every day, a little at a time. So, I'm taking steps, every day, to make some changes - so, if you notice my situation is the same next year as today, kick me.
making progress... a little bit at a time

Friday, June 10, 2011

latest Stitched Sketch... and amazing fiber art by Amanda McCavour

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quick image of my latest stitched sketch...

There are a handful of blogs I check regularly for inspiration and information about fiber artists and exhibits - one of them is little yellow birds written by fiber artist Joetta Maue. Today, Joetta posted images by fiber artist Amanda McCavour - her work is amazing!  She creates sculptural pieces with thread only! You must check out her website. She is exhibiting in the show Play curated by Joetta Maue - showing until June 24th, 2011 at the Textile Center in Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, June 09, 2011

iPhone flower

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Pic of newest painting

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Here are some pictures of my piece Hope Halted at the Grosse Pointe Art Center's latest show, Word Play

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Great idea! Http://

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Two young professionals in Detroit just launched a brilliant program to boost Detroit -- namely, you come up with the brilliant idea for retail space in Detroit, let the crowd vet your idea, and if you win you get $50k in startup capital.

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