Amaryllis

Summer continues to beckon, her warm arms embracing us after a harsh winter.  Not unlike this past weekend at Rittenhouse. The 83rd Annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show called many—upper-class Philadelphians, tourists and art lovers alike. From June 6-8, more than 140 artists gathered to celebrate their work once again, earning the show recognition on uwishunu.
 
83rd Annual Rittenhouse Show
The weather was beautiful and the crowd large and lively.  My tent was in a great location, the perfect chance to people watch.  The artists ranged from painters to sculptors and even organic food farmers.  I was excited to be visited by my friend and photographer Howard, whom I met at the 2013 RAWards.

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I love hearing feedback from strangers about my work. Something that came up again at Rittenhouse was the tattoo industry. Many of my supporters suggest taking up the art form. Personally I would never choose to pursue it, although the work is definitely unconventional. It’s important for me to preserve that unconventionality and individualism in my own work. Through color, technique and themes of women empowerment I hope to stand out in the art world. I’m not afraid to do something “pretty.”
"Marie Antoinette" - Anastasia Alexandrin

“Marie Antoinette”

 
By the end of the show, I sold Bird of Enlightenment. Black Bird, Summer 2, Conflict of Flight and a piece in progress were also sold before the show. I’m thrilled that they all have owners and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Rittenhouse. It was a pleasure being there.
"Bird of Enlightenment"

“Bird of Enlightenment”

 
"Black Bird"

“Black Bird”


I have been spending the past few weeks working on a new piece called Amaryllis.  Inspiration grew from the Greek myth of Amaryllis and Alteo.
 
When Amaryllis first saw the handsome shepherd, she knew she was in love. But the only way to gain Alteo’s affection was to bring him a flower he had never seen. Amaryllis consulted the Oracle at Delphi who instructed her to pierce her heart with a golden arrow for 30 nights. Each night, she would follow the same path to Alteo’s cottage, but to no avail. Until Amaryllis noticed strange petals beneath her feet, the flowers as red as the blood she had split. She offered the flowers to Alteo. Accepting her gift and her heart, Alteo named the flower “Amaryllis.” 
 
I initially intended for Amaryllis to be a triptych, a piece consisting of three panels (like Monkey). I began posting about the piece on my Twitter (@aalexandrin) and Facebook and promoting its appearance at Rittenhouse. Once I mentioned the completion of the first drawing to some of my past collectors it gained immediate interest, selling before I had the opportunity to finish the full set and why I was unable to showcase it this past weekend.

"Monkey" (1)

“Monkey” (1)

As an artist, setting time aside to draw is the most crucial part of the practice. With every stroke I’m able to explore another facet of the piece, the story I’m trying to tell. That time allows me to explore untapped aspects of the self as well.
 
I’d like to unveil Amaryllis here, so my faithful followers and fellow bloggers will be one of the firsts to see it. (Sorry for the blurry picture, but look! Color!)

"Amaryllis"

“Amaryllis”


Comment and share your thoughts. How would you interpret the drawing?
 
I’ll be in Pittsburgh this weekend (June 13-15) for the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Until then, if you’ve received a business card within the past 6 months (it has Fly Indiscriminately on the back) it has the wrong email address. Please send all requests to aalexandrin@me.com.
 

I’m so thankful to be doing what I love, though it isn’t always easy.  Like the story of Amaryllis teaches us, dedication can lead us toward the most unlikely of goals.

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Hello Again Philly!

So Adam came to pick me up and we headed on the road back to Philly! I was so excited to see the city again and relax for a few days. “Relax” just sounds like a foreign word to me at this point in life. I’m always on the go and constantly preparing for art fairs and applying for shows. The artist life isn’t an easy one to live, but it’s one that’s worth it in the end. I know it!

Road Trip

Don’t quite remember where the picture above was taken… I know it was somewhere in Florida still! The tree just called out to me. I guess trees have a way of standing out to me on road trips. Remember that dancing tree from before?

As I left Philly to head down to Florida back in the end of January, early February, it was snowing and hectic and a wintery mess! I’m going to miss the warm weather of Florida and the sunny days of wearing shorts, but I’m glad to be back in the city where a city girl like me belongs!

When I got back, I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to relax unfortunately. I was a participant of the A-RTS Rockville Festival (http://a-rts.org/) in Rockville, MD. Adam came with me and helped me throughout the day. I always enjoy having someone else with me in my booth at shows. It’s great to have someone explore a new area with me and share the experiences of meeting different supporters (and non-supporters) of my work.

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After Rockville last weekend, I was FINALLY able to step back into the studio! Can you tell which piece I’m doing a second version of?

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Summer2 in Progress

Summer2 in Progress

If you guessed “Summer,” you’re right! To see the original “Summer” click here. So this piece will be “Summer 2” and I’m really excited about the recreation. It’s less time consuming for me to draw original pieces of images I’ve done before, though of course if I had time to do a BRAND NEW piece I would love the opportunity to do so. Getting the resources and materials to do new projects is something many people don’t think about. It’s the artist’s job to finance their work through selling other pieces and it’s a constant cycle of working on a piece, getting your name out there, meeting people and trying to have them love the piece as much as you do.

So “Summer 2” is complete and as always, my followers get the first peek! For those of you just checking in, don’t forget to follow my blog! All you have to do is type in your email and my posts will get sent straight to you. I post a few times monthly, so it won’t be anything that will fill up your inbox too much hehe!

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Well, now I’m off and about to start my day at Penn’s Landing! I’m at the Art Star Craft Bazaar from 11-6 today and tomorrow (5/11), so make sure to come check out my work. This is the first Philly fair I’m participating in since I’ve been away. It’s going to be a great day. Hello again Philly! Let’s see what you’ve got for me!

For more details of the Art Star Craft Bazaar, please visit www.artstarcraftbazaar.com.

 

 

Two Weeks Too Long

The holidays are an extremely stressful time. And why wouldn’t it be? We all have the pressure of finding gifts for the ones we love, to show just how much we care. It can’t just be any gift either. It has to be the PERFECT present.

On top of the holiday shopping, we have to continue to work and make money for these “treasures.” Where do we find the time to truly celebrate the holiday and just relax with the ones we love?

As my last post mentioned, earlier this month I was busy preparing for the RAW: natural born artists Indie Underground Philly Showcase. I have been honored with the title of the 2013 RAW Visual Artist of the Year for Philadelphia. Sadly, I did not win the national title for the ‘Visual Art’ category, but I am proud to have been a semifinalist. The winner was Jennifer Hanson, an artist representing San Francisco. (Congrats if you’re reading this!) To view her work and to find more information about the other winners of the 2013 RAWards, please visit http://www.rawartists.org/rawards2013/.

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

A week after RAW, I was one of the vendors at the Punk Rock Flea Market, hosted by r5 Productions (http://www.r5productions.com/). Even though it was FREEZING, it was worth it!

Punk Rock Flea Market Winter 2013
Punk Rock Flea Market Winter 2013

I really love seeing people’s reaction to my art. I have some prints left, so if you are interested please feel free to email me at aalexandrin@me.com. “Horned Girl” is a top seller and I seem to keep forgetting to order more prints of it than I usually do. So many things on my mind! It makes it so difficult to keep up with everything.

Horned Girl

How do you relax when you know you have a million things to do? I’d love to hear what everyone does. Yes, I have my art. But it is my job, and sadly as a professional fine artist I ironically only have about 10% of my time to actually draw. I wish I had more time. But doesn’t everyone?

(What’s one thing I ALWAYS have time for? Tea!!)

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Below are collages I used to do for fun a few years ago. (No one has ever seen these before!) Sometimes it’s good to do something different to free your mind. This was my way of doing it.

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I’m so sorry this post has been delayed. It has been two weeks too long, and I hope you all understand. I also hope you all have more time to spend with the ones you care about than I do. There’s so much to do during the holiday season. Go out and explore! Experience what the world has to offer.