First batch of prints; new painting

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I’ve got my first batch of giclee’s in from the printers, and they look so gorgeous!! I’m shipping these bad boys out and taking a couple to the show tomorrow! I can’t wait to see everyone at the art walk.

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Meanwhile, in the studio, I have something beautifully new to paint. My latest shot, is a keeper, I’d say. πŸ™‚

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Mandala in the classroom

So a little break from talking about the show, so I can talk about what we’ve been working on at the school! If you saw the earlier post, you saw the awesome practice mandala’s the first grader’s made. Yesterday, we made the big one, and it looks so gorgeous!

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It’s so cool right?! These little artists making their own little mandalas and then all working together to piece together one big mandala. Inspired by the theme, art in nature and nature in art. I think you’d have to be completely art impaired not to love this.

So here’s the steps if you are looking for lesson plans–

Step one- materials- I bought a 50lb bag of river rock from Home Depot, these super cool metallic markers from Ben Franklin’s, little scrap booking rhinestones and some modge podge. The red paper used as backing is supplied by the school, but we talked about displaying it outside, and in that case I’m going to get waterproof tablecloths from the party store. Hopefully in the same color.

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Step 2- I washed 50lbs of river rock… I would suggest you not do this in your kitchen sink like I did. Maybe pick a warm sunny day, take the dish soap outside, and use a hose. I plugged my sink, added soap and water and washed. Which may sound super dumb to you. But it sounded like a good idea at the time.. To be fair, I was getting sick and also working on preparing for my show at the time. So my head wasn’t all there. Maybe you haven’t figured out why this was super dumb. In that case, let me spell it out… I ended up with a sink full of soapy water, dirt, and rock slivers… Which I DO NOT want in my drain. So I had to drain the water by scooping it out a cup at a time and then sifting it to keep any rock out of my drain. Then I had to wash my sink really well with a sponge and paper towels and I got totally obsessive, but I can guarantee my sink was in perfect condition before I ever even unplugged it. And next time, I’ll wash rocks outside. πŸ™‚

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After that I picked out 22 of the flattest, largest, nicest looking rocks there were, and 44 nice, flat oval small ones. So each student had one large one and two small ones to decorate. I also made an example rock.

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That was it for prep work.
In the class I had each student draw their main mandala on their big rock. I reminded them that the key to creating a mandala was symmetry and keeping it round. The best way I found for the kids to understand this was by breaking their “pie” into four slices. They measured by dots.
So for example. They would put a dot in the center. Four dots up, four dots down, four dots left, and four dots right. Then draw the outside circle. And anything that went inside one slice had to go in all four slices.
We mirrored this process in the big one as well.

After they decorated, the students lined up and I gave their large stone a gem in the center and modge podged them. While that dried, the kids lined up and one at a time used their small stones (which they had also decorated) to create the basic structure for the big mandala. I was really impressed by their ability to remember symmetry but use creativity. A couple students added in pine cones and used problem solving to figure out what to do with some of the last few rocks that didn’t have an obvious spot.
After that, the modge podge had dried and the students placed their special rocks, stood back, and admired their beautiful work. They were impressed, and so was I! πŸ™‚

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Solo Art Exhibition is hung! :-)

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I’m very excited to announce, my exhibition, A Fresh Perspective; A Closer Look at Humanity, is now hanging at Broadway Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
The first thing I want to say is, I’m very honored by this venue. I feel privileged to be in a city that loves its artists as much as this one, and especially flattered to be hung in the wonderfully embracing area of Capitol Hill. The area is flourishing with remarkable artists and produces astounding talent like the musician Macklemore. I’m very grateful to Broadway Market for appreciating my art and giving it this opportunity.
I’m very proud of my work. I’ve spent just around one year putting together this series. It’s exciting to see what the world does with them now. This is the true magic of art, I spent so much time and energy into creating it, but now, it’s out in the world, and the entire world, combined with whatever I gave it creates its future. Who it effects, how it effects them, if it effects them, if it becomes treasured, or trashed… It’s not in my hands anymore. It’s the essence of art, this is why exhibitions are special. It’s the world’s chance to be a part of it.
I also want to thank my co-curator Kevin Edwards, who is a talented artist and musician himself, for helping me to hang the exhibition. I hope to do a collaboration exhibition with him in the future! I think that would be awesome! πŸ™‚
Today went really well, for anyone in the area that gets to see it, I hope you love it as much as I do! For those that don’t, visit my website http://www.NicoleDieckman.crevado.com
Here are some photos from the day for you! πŸ™‚

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Last day for pre-orders!

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The website is completely ready for orders, official proofs are up, and the show starts Tomorrow!! Yay!! To celebrate I’m offering this one day sale, for the last day of pre-orders! πŸ™‚ Once limited editions are sold out they can never be printed again.
http://www.nicoledieckman.crevado.com

The Show is up in three days!

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I’m super busy today, getting ready for the show! But a couple notes… I have a few official proofs for prints up on my website- NicoleDieckman.crevado.com

I’m also planning on having the rest up sometime tonight!

Exciting News!! — I’m going to have a 24 hour pre-order sale on Monday, the day before we hang the show, so friends, family, and blog followers get a chance to get prints before I sell out– So stay tuned Monday!!!

And finally… I have a Facebook page you can like now, if you like that kind of thing. πŸ™‚ I’m not a total Facebook junkie but I know some people like to keep up on stuff that way, so I’ll keep it updated for you guys!
facebook.com/NicoleDieckmanArtistPage

Last piece for the show!

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Well here it is…. The very last piece to my show that starts next week. πŸ™‚ I hope some of you get to see these babies in person and love them as much as I do. πŸ™‚ The two big ones are headed to the printers today, for their professional scans and prints will be ready for their release date, April 1st! Pre-orders are being accepted already if you follow the blog. πŸ™‚
❀ Nicole

Sneak Peek!

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A sneak peek at the last piece for the show! Acrylic paint on Canvas 24×24

Pre-order Limited Edition Prints Now!

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Have you been patiently following my bog, waiting for the moment pre-orders would become available? Well today is that day!! Wait no more!

Visit the purchase tab for all your details! https://bloggingthesketch.wordpress.com/purchase/

Don’t know which title you wanted? Visit NicoleDieckman.Crevado.com to see images paired with titles. However these aren’t the official proofs back from the printer yet, so they haven’t been professionally color matched like only my fabulous printer can. I will be uploading those as soon as they are back from the printer. That should be as early as this weekend. The Kiss and The work still in progress won’t be uploaded until the release date April 1st.

But if you know what you want, and you want what you know, and you just can’t wait another second… Pre-ordering is available… Now!

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Why buy a Limited Edition Giclee?

If you’ve been to an art show or anywhere an artist is selling their work recently you may have noticed the word giclee. You may have thought, “What the hell does that mean?” But didn’t actually ask.
Giclee isn’t the oldest word in the book, and though any artist selling quality prints knows what it means, it’s not a surprise that a lot of art enthusiasts do not, and this is why. Giclee is a moderately new, but insanely high quality, form of reproducing art work. The prints (if you are getting them from a reputable fine art printer) are on archival quality paper or canvas (a print is paper a canvas print is canvas), which means they are sturdy and will stand up to time.
But that’s not the best part. Not at all. The best part is how closely these reproductions look like the original. And do you know why? Instead of using standard ink, from say an ink jet printer, a giclee printer uses a very high quality archival ink. Since the very first time I saw a giclee, I’ve seen people unable to distinguish between an original and a giclee. So, let’s just say, they are impressive. And they are archival.
Now, I know what you are asking, “How do you say giclee?” I know you’re asking because I remember the first time I was in a gallery and saw the word but couldn’t ask about it because I had no idea how to get that out of my mouth. Lol. Here you go http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dbKalNSezns πŸ™‚ Your welcome.

Side note- giclees generally come in three forms, two popular and one to look out for. 1) The giclee print. This is the flat print on archival art paper. 2) The giclee on canvas, usually gallery wrapped. This means it’s on a canvas, ready to hang, and you don’t have to frame. 3) This is what you have to watch out for, “unstretched giclee on canvas” or “rolled giclee on canvas” this means it’s printed on a canvas material but not mounted on a frame. This is NOT ready to hang and really only a good idea if you know how to stretch your own canvas and for some reason want too. (I never offer this option, seems confusing to a buyer to me.)

Now, finally, why limited edition, and does that really matter? Well, if you’ve ever bought and resold something that was a limited edition you know how quickly these things can sky rocket in value. Or even better, wanted to buy something that had been a limited edition.
Quick story- we made the mistake of letting my daughter make a $15 limited edition care bear her favorite toy. 3 years later when we thought she lost it and we needed to replace it, we could only find them on eBay, for $90.
Now that’s a little different, because first of all, they were originally sold at a chain toy store and I guarantee way more than 100-200 were sold (the typical amount in a LE print collection) and… A care bear isn’t art work. πŸ™‚

But the point is, when a limited edition of anything is sold out… The only people that can ever sell one again is an owner of one of the few. That makes the price a bargaining tool, and it can increase very substantially in value. Plus, obviously, that makes it rare, and by human nature, we value rare things, don’t we?
Would you rather have a 1/100 fine art print signed and numbered by the artist hanging in your nursery or a poster of something a thousand other kids have? In the end, that really depends on your taste.
But I personally do love a good limited edition giclee!! πŸ™‚ I had one in my son’s nursery I bought from a local artist and every time I walked in the room it made me feel good, which is why I used the nursery example. πŸ™‚

The end! πŸ™‚ Have a good day! Feel free to leave additional facts or questions or comments in the comment section.

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