I’ve made a lot of new art over the past year. From painted city photographs to poster design to animal portraits to humorous illustrations, and more, I’ve been painting my fool head off with my electronic pen.
If you haven’t visited my artist website lately (or ever, for that matter!), I invite you to step inside.
In May 2014, I moved into Studio 203 at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. Having a studio that is open to the public has been, as they say, “game-changey.” Initially, the only thing I even hoped for was a dedicated space for my art making. That was good enough! But once I started getting visitors and hearing feedback about my work – and even better, selling my work – I saw the opportunity in meeting people who come to see art. Sure, it’s great to be able to sell artwork online and through companies, but really wonderful to stand in front of the person who wants to buy my art. I had no idea how different that would feel.
May through October, while the outdoor SoWa Sunday market was going on, I was in my studio every Sunday. I worked on projects while people, many of whom simply came into the building to use the bathrooms, wandered into my studio and looked around. My studio mate Barbara makes clay jewelry (shaping and baking the beads before stringing them) and pretty decoupaged glass trinket plates, so between that and my collection of art prints, there’s a good eclectic selection of things for visitors to explore.
Since November, the crowds have shrunk. People still come down to the SoWa art + design district on Sundays for the indoor Vintage Market next door, but until the farmer’s market, artisans’ tents, food trucks and warm weather return in May, it’ll be much quieter.
That’s okay. I’m using this time to experiment with creative ideas that have been kicking around in my head all year. I recently got myself a large flat file cabinet for storing prints. The top of it gives me an additional work space.
I’m listening to podcasts about operating an art business, and going to one-on-one training sessions at the Apple Store to learn to better use my Mac laptop. And I’m listening to music! The creative and productive juices are flowing, and this wintry semi-alone time is enjoyable, too.
Again, I invite you to visit my website, and if you’re in the Boston area, please visit my studio. You are welcome to call me at 617.780.1245 to see if I’ll be there.
Above images property of Paula Ogier.
1) “Trudy” Copyright © 2015 Paula Ogier
2) “The Footbridge” © 2014 Paula Ogier