100 Faces: First Exhibition of Eight at the Studio at Living Opportunities—A Personal Account

100 Faces: “in light of our vision…” Exhibition to benefit the Studio at Living Opportunities:

Faces  © Holly Herick

Faces © Holly Herick

Maybe you have wondered where I have been lately—online—not physically? Maybe you didn’t notice my “100 Faces” blog has not been active lately. Maybe you don’t care…I’ll tell you anyway.

I have been very busy at my day job at the Studio at Living Opportunities. Our recent show “in light of our vision…” was a great success. Read about “My day Job” if you want more info.

Organizing this show was so much fun and it connected me with local artist in our community—just like I had hoped for this year. The interest in this show was so great that we had to turn artists away—more than anyone could have hoped for in a small studio to benefit people with disabilities in small town Oregon, USA. This event, for me personally, was a big deal. You see, I have been primarily a graphic designer until recent years. Don’t get me wrong. I studied Studio Art with emphasis in Graphic Design at the University of Arizona. After graduating I sought employment in the more commercial art field, and I was very successful, but money is not everything. If you are reading my blog right now I am guessing  you may have already discovered this fact.

After many successful years in the commercial art field I decide to become self-employed. Many good years followed. Difficult pregnancies and time to raise my children changed my focus—until now. As my three kids gain independence and maturity, I find I have more time to be creative. This is a fun time in life—getting back to my creative roots.

Faces © Holly HerickA close-up of Faces 1-4

sculpture

Check out the amazing sculpture to the right of the photo by one of our local Rogue Valley artist.

Back to the Studio at Living Opportunities: where I help artists with disabilities create art. Yes, I get to do this 20 hours a week. During our last exhibition “in light of our vision…” I spent a forty hour work-week preparing for the exhibition. This time it was different though. For the first time in many years, I was preparing to show eight pieces of my own work. The first eight of my “100 Faces” would be open to the public and open to criticism  Was I ready for this? Yes, I was. My art is not dependent on other people’s opinions. If I only created art for other’s likes and affirmations, where would I be? Where would the artist’s of the Studio be? The Studio artists are so free and do not care about opinion. Disabilities are in my mind are freedom; freedom to express oneself, and freedom from opinions. True freedom—the Studio artists create for pure joy’s sake. So how can I fear? What is there to fear when I get to mentor artists like these?

I Am Blessed.

 

 

 

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My Day Job: the Studio at Living Opportunities

My Day Job. Our Latest Event at the Studio at Living Opportunities.

If you follow my blog closely, you have
heard about my “day job.”

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Local artist: Susan Derosa, I love her.

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Local Artist: Kim Novak

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Studio Artist from the Studio at Living Opportunities. This young lady, with a hearing disability, paints beautiful artwork.

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Art by Dan Mish, Studio Creative Director with Local Artist Dana Faegin.

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Local artists sharing their work at the Studio at Living Opportunities. Thank you friends of the Studio, Gabriel Lipper and Peggi Smith. Peggi, you are super fun.

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Artist Yang Yu and interested buyer, Fran Batzer.

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“Celebration” by Yang Yu, probably my favorite of the whole exhibition!

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Some inquiring folks admiring and talking with me about my current project “100 faces.”

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DSCF1487Randall Grealish, local artist, brought a Smart Car from Mercedes Benz for our artists to draw on and express themselves during the show. Art is awesome, art is cool, art is fun. Thanks Randall.

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Food and drink is good…

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Studio Supplies and selling artwork from my humble, donated desk. Randall’s copper piece is on the wall at the left of the above photo.

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This Studio artist paints about 52 paintings a year, one painting a week, within one hour.

Thank you to all the local artists: Susan Derosa, Dana Feagin, Elaine Frenett, Randall Grealish, Holly Herick, Keith Johnson, Gabriel Lipper, Dan Mish, Jana Parkes, Pegi Smith, Yang Yu, Kevin Christman, Stephanie Gentry, and Kim Novak. this event “in light of out vision…” helped to create awareness for the Studio. Come by and see us at the Studio at Living Opportunities, 32 South Central, Medford Oregon, USA. 2-4 M-F.

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #22 and #23 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #22 and #23

INTRODUCING “Helga”

"Helga" © Holly Herick

“Helga” © Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Aisha”

"Aisha" © Holly Herick

“Aisha” © Holly Herick

 

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20 and #21 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #19, #20, and #21

I am running way behind in posting so this is a catch up post. Thus the many faces.

INTRODUCING “Camille”

"Camille" © Holly Herick

“Camille” © Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Jerria”

 "Jerria"© Holly Herick

“Jerria”© Holly Herick

 

INTRODUCING “Maylin”

“MAYLIN”  © Holly Herick

“MAYLIN” © Holly Herick

 

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

Better yet, follow my blog to get updates and new faces every couple of days.

 

 

 

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #18 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces: Here is “What’s Her Name?” #18

INTRODUCING “EFFIE MAE”

"Effie Mae" © Holly Herick

“Effie Mae” © Holly Herick

Thank you  Kathy Tinsley. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #17 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #17

INTRODUCING “Vivida”

"Vivida" © Holly Herick

“Vivida” © Holly Herick

 

Thank you  Prima Lemons Bohall. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #16 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #16

INTRODUCING “mirela”

watercolor, Yupo, Sharpie, doc Matin's , mixed media, Prismacolor

“Mirela” © Holly Herick

Thanks you Susan Butterfly-Ebert. If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

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100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #15 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #15

Introducing “Portencia”

"Portencia" © Holly Herick

“Portencia” © Holly Herick

 

Recently I have received bad news that has made my heart ache. Without going into detail, let’s just say, two people I know have received an unfavorable diagnosis within the last week. This face has been named Portencia in honor of someone I love.

If you would like to suggest a name please comment below.

Better yet, follow my blog to get updates and new faces every couple of days.

 

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #13 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?” #13

ANNOUNCING ”Willamae”

As requested by Lynda Morrison—”We shall call her Willamae—she is beautiful. Lynda requested a face with red hair, lips, green/hazel eyes and an updo of this style. So I drew from my mind and this face became Willamae. Thanks Lynda for the request.

"Wiilamae" © Holly Herick

“Wiilamae” © Holly Herick

 

Please give her a name. Leave your comments below.

Better yet, follow my blog to get updates and new faces every couple of days.

 

 

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #4 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?”

© Holly Herick: Watercolor + Mixed Media on Yupo. Face #4

As I start this adventure (about one week now) I have been sharing my faces on facebook and something exciting is happening. People have been suggesting names for my faces—sometimes 100 or more names in the comments. My friends are offering so many excellent names that I have decided to make this part of the theme of my blog. Naming the faces will be a contest. So, here is how it will work. I will post my paintings to facebook and also here on my blog, requesting names on both sites. A name will be awarded from either site to match each face I create.  Once a name is picked I will post the winning name and who suggested it on my facebook page and on my website. If you have a website of your own I will also post that so people can check out what you have a passion for. Please name
face # 4 of  “What’s Her Name.”

What do you think her name should be?
Please leave a comment below.

Follow my blog to keep up with the fun.

“Love From Me” book now available

Dear friends, loved ones, and followers:

“Love From Me” is a book of amazing inspirational art compiled to raise money for cancer fighters. I have a page dedicated to my friend Wendy Anderson in it (p. 44). The book is now available for sale. I will not make any money from the sale of the book, my art is donated.

PLEASE follow the link to view the entire book and purchase “Love From Me.” It is a wonderful gift for people fighting the battle against cancer and a great coffee table book—truly inspirational.

“Love From Me”

The Love From Me Project is an extension of the Paws For Charity Art Book Project (pawsforcharity.blogspot.com), and is the 3rd annual Art Book Project compiled and edited by Sara Harley.

The Paws For Charity Art Book Project was started in 2009 and raised funds for breast cancer charity while celebrating the bond we feel for our pets.

This year continues with the Love From Me Project…Inspirational images donated by 61 artists and photographers from many countries. All funds raised from this project are donated to The Rose Fund, c/o the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is a registered charity to help cancer patients who are facing financial difficulty as a result of dealing with their cancer treatments.
My page dedicated to Wendy:

"Love from Me" compiled by Sara Harley

If you purchase the book or at least view it online, I would love your feedback. Please come back and leave me a comment about the book—or the battle you or your loved one have fought against cancer.

Yellow Tulip

Working on watercolor study of my garden again. It seems to be what I like to paint the most.

First, I print out my inspiration photograph and draw a grid on it.

Then I transfer the grid and drawing to scale onto the paper.

The painting begins.

Final watercolor: yellow tulip from my yard.

Summer Goals

Summer is finally here and after a very busy Spring it is time to set some summer goals.

Although I am a graphic designer, I had to take many fine art classes to get to this point in my life. When I was younger I considered those classes as a “means to an end”—becoming a graphic designer. Now, I am beginning to realize how much I enjoyed those drawing and painting classes. I can’t just create a paying job whenever I want, but I can create a drawing, painting or mixed media project whenever I want. My goal is to keep my brain exercised. So this Summer I am challenging myself to paint two finished works of art each week. Some may be simple, some complex. Just get it done.

I am starting with a watercolor painting my favorite hotel, The Moana Surfrider in Waikiki Hawaii. This historical hotel is the birthplace of international surfing and has a charming plantation feel. plus it’s  right on the beach. Duke Kahahamoku, the father of  surfing and olympic swimming medalist grew up on this beach. The hotel is filled with memorabilia of the early days of Waikiki. The center court faces the ocean and is shaded by the biggest Banyan tree I have ever encountered.  Facing the street, the front porch has giant rocking chairs to lounge in and allows for  fantastic people watching and plenty of street artist performances. Within a few steps you can find shopping, fine dining, sculpture, an aquarium and a zoo. Oh yeah, and of course the beach. Did I mention the beach?

Below: the Westin Moana Surfrider

Here is a link to the google maps street view I am using to paint from. did you know you can drag that little person onto the map and look around as if you are there? If you haven’t ever tried it your should—virtual travel is the next best to being there. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=hawaii+usa&sll=42.052611,-124.283982&sspn=0.22561,0.503311&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Hawaii&layer=c&cbll=21.276899,-157.826464&panoid=R6ohlag071WckQiCjL4FTA&cbp=12,212.27,,0,-10.1&ll=21.27683,-157.826387&spn=0.002212,0.003932&z=19

My sketch of the hotel is light because it will show through the paint if it is too dark. The blue border is painter’s tape, it holds down the edges of the watercolor paper.

Below: laying in washes of color

MORE TO COME

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This is my final painting. It is much brighter than the actual hotel, I guess I just don’t know how else to paint. Sometimes I get caught up in the details and don’t like how I am painting. I want to encourage others to keep going. In the end, the little details do not seem to matter so much. I have to force myself to complete paintings sometimes. It is hard to allow mistakes, but do it anyway. It is so worth it! You will learn in the process.

Follow along with me, or if you are really interested you can paint with me. If you are not an artist, you can challenge your creative brain with cooking, gardening, or something else. What will your summer goal be?