Author: Ntang

Rejection

Rejection

So as an artist we have to harden ourselves to rejection. Rejection from galleries, from shows, from harsh words given by strangers.. it’s just a part of the world we choose to live in. Here’s the thing – every great artist suffered rejection from someone or some group.  The fauvists, which literally  means Wild Beasts, were rejected by the established artists.  Only yesterday my painting was rejected from a gallery in which I show my glass art and jewelry. It’s a cooperative gallery so normally one would think they would embrace new work by a member. But one would be wrong.

I was also rejected by another coop gallery today. They were very nice but felt my work was too similar to the work of another member. Here’s the thing – be nice, be graceful because you never know when there will be another opportunity there.

Was I angry? Was I hurt? Was I disappointed? Oh sure. We all have egos which bruise easily. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years so I’m no stranger to rejection. The thing to remember is rejection is just the opinion of others and sometimes that opinion has absolutely nothing to do with you.  They have too many painters, potters, jewelers.. w/e… they are predisposed to realism and  don’t like abstract art….there can be a million reasons you don’t get ‘in’ that have nothing to do with your work or yourself.  The important thing is to have faith in your own work because somewhere out there you have an audience that will love what you create. Do not give up. Do not listen to the nay sayers. Try to find the lesson in the rejection; maybe you  need better frames (although that’s a pretty shitty reason to reject the actual art), maybe you need to refine something.. w/e try to learn something. Create and carry on.  You will find your way. I know I will not give up painting and I will not give up trying to get it shown. Somewhere someone will love it. The more you get rejected the more you’ve tried! Keep trying!! Eventually you will find your home!

So stay strong people! Have faith in your own creations! I believe in you!

~Nan

Meadow Brook

Meadow Brook

I thought you might like to see the newest painting as I’m working on it. It may ultimately look almost nothing like this but I document the process along the way. This is a painting of the flooded and frozen Meadow Brook which borders my property. I was intrigued by the different colors created by the melting, refreezing & snowfall on the frozen brook. I’ll post the final version when completed.

And I think it’s finished; I have to let it sit a few days and mull it over.

In the Press!

In the Press!

Joining local arts associations/coop galleries has already paid off! I’m in two local shows this month; the first I posted about the other day and I won a second place ribbon.  The second opened last night at river arts and one of my pieces was selected for an article about the show. Please check out my Greenman and the article here: Village Soup Artists Choice.

Sea Bowl in Blue

Sea Bowl in Blue

A organic shaped bowl reminiscent of jellyfish, undulating sea growth or other sea life.

This piece was created by cutting and arranging bits of white glass carefully to maintain the ‘holes’ and unique shape. It was then fired up to 1500 degrees F.  After firing, powdered glass in blue was sifted upon the white and then the piece was again fired. Sometimes a third firing is required to add more powdered glass to achieve a deep color. After the second color is fired on the piece is fired yet again to give it the shape. Each firing takes 12 hours.

This ‘bowl’ comes with a stand for display but it can also be displayed on the wall with a plate hanger.

Goose River

Goose River

Goose River on a misty morning, Swanville, Maine. I love this spot along Swanville Road and pass it often. This particular spring morning the fog was thick and beautiful. I’ve tried to capture the feeling of gazing into the thick fog where everything is vague and all of a color.

Here are some images along the journey of this painting:

ResurgenSea

ResurgenSea

This piece was created from the broken bones of another wave which was destroyed at a show. It speaks to the unbreakable nature of both water and the human spirit, which flows around all obstacles wearing them down. Water is life.

Kiln fired glass in a metal stand.  100’s of pieces of cut glass are arranged like a crazy jigsaw puzzle to create this stunning art piece.

unfired glass art piece
Like a crazy jigsaw puzzle, 100’s of pieces of glass are arranged to create this piece.

 

Second Place Ribbon!

Second Place Ribbon!

My piece, “Sea Garden”, has taken second place in the ‘other’ category at the 2018 Bangor Art Society Member Show. This piece is inspired by sea weed/kelp beds under the sea. It’s about 12″ x 12″ and set in a black metal stand. Created using fusible glass and fired in the kiln up to 1500 degrees F. Fired multiple times for 12 hours each time until the desired effect is achieved.

Requiem

Requiem

My mother passed a little over a year ago. I made this piece in memory of her. It’s a faux encaustic, mixed media piece.  It’s a little dark, but then so was my life when it was created.

The process was very interesting as I added elements and built up layers upon layers, like year upon year, memory upon memory.

It, of course, is not for sale, but I wanted to share it with you nonetheless.

~Nan

Welcome

Welcome

I’ve been creating kiln fired glass work for about 22 years now. I create jewelry, accessories, dishes and glass art pieces. My studies (long ago) were in painting and sculpture, and I’ve found myself yearning to create more one of a kind pieces. Last year I decided to focus more on creating art and marketing it separately from my other work and this required me to approach new venues. With that goal in mind I also decided to create a new site dedicated to my art vs. my jewelry etc….

In late 2015 I joined the Bangor Art Society and entered my glass art pieces in a few exhibits and an auction. Hanging around these fine people somehow lit the desire to paint again. I haven’t painted in about 30 years but here I go again!

This  year, 2018, I’ve joined several arts organizations and will be participating in a number of exhibits with them. Check my ‘where to find me’ page for upcoming venues.

This site is a natural extension of this new direction….. I hope you will enjoy it..

~Love and Light, Nancy

PS: My dichroic glass jewelry can be found at Glass Orchids and my new market farm & lavender farm info can be found at WinterRose Farm.

Belfast Bay, Acrylic on Canvas

Belfast Bay, Acrylic on Canvas

I love painting out in the open air. It’s so different from  painting in the studio; there is a depth, and a quality of light, in real life, a distance between things that a flat photo (at least one I take) cannot convey. Often I will start a painting outside and then finish up in the  studio over weeks or months. This provides the best of both worlds.

This painting was created in such a way over a number of months. I started at the harbor in Belfast, Maine and finished up in the studio. I so love the ocean; looking at this painting you can almost see, feel and hear the water gently lapping against the dock and feel the warm breeze on your brow.

Thanks for viewing,

~Nan

PS: this one is for sale in the shop. I’ll add more as I can.. she who wears all the hats runs out of time…