Monday, September 22, 2014

Dispatches from the studio

The past few months have been, for me, like "Blog? What blog?". I feel as if I have been remiss blogging,  kind of like handing in homework late. New and exciting things were happening and I am here to tell you all about them. So consider this my tardy note.

The snowball started with me deciding I a needed a new website logo for KerrySteele.com and that snowballed into creating something that I could use in Blogger, as a letterhead and a favicon. 


 Terrena at eLance.com was fabulous to work with. That brushstroke is actually mine and she worked with the precise colors I wanted. I always thought something like this would cost a boatload of money but it was surprisingly affordable.

Next on the list was my face. No, not plastic surgery, just a professional photo. My husband kept saying, "Let me take it."  Nope! I wasn't going for that. I know what his photography is like.


I researched a few photographers and hired Michael from LeftHandedPhotography.com.
He had been wanting to photograph an artist in studio and I wanted a professional photo that did not look like a realtor, so it was a lucky match. He arrived on a Friday afternoon and over the next three hours we moved furniture, staged shots and basically laid waste to the first floor of my house, which sounds like a bad thing but I felt like we were squeezing out every ounce of creativity.
These are a few of my favorites.


Michael was awesome to work with. I hate having my picture taken, but I can honestly say that this was really fun. If you are in the Richmond area I highly recommend him.
He even helped me find a new camera and lighting so I can get better images of my art.

This is the temporary setup just inside my front door.
I really love the Nikon I bought and the timing was pretty good too. Being able to get really good images of my work is ever more important.

"Come away with me" 40 x 30 oil on canvas by Kerry Steele available through Gregg Irby fine art
Finding and working with the right gallery is one of the most important things in an artist's career and I am proud to say that I am now being represented by the venerable Gregg Irby Fine Art in Atlanta. GIFA also happens to represent some of my favorite artists, so it is particularly special to be on their roster.
This painting is headed to Atlanta, along with others tomorrow.
 As if it couldn't get any better, somewhere in this whirlwind, the art collection manager of Serena and Lily contacted me about my work. I am thrilled to be included as one of their artists too.

"Cocktails at seven" oil on canvas by Kerry Steele available through Serena and Lily
All of these great things mean lots of time painting. Lucky for me painting is my favorite thing to do.
So, my tardiness in blog writing has come from the pleasure of realizing many of my goals...all at once.

I am ready to get back to talking about chairs and fabric in between all of the painting going on here.





12 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

NICE POST!

StagerLinda said...

Beautiful pictures! Love the one with you hands on your hips--so cute! Congrats on achieving so many of your goals and living your dream. It must feel very gratifying to be represented by such fine vendors.

Karena Albert said...

Great Logo Kerry, very professional looking and classic as a header. I like the very first image of you, it looks serious, strong, and your creativity comes through loud and clear.

Congratulations on your collection being with Serena and Lily! Love them!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Vel Criste said...

I'm glad for you and all the beautiful changes that are coming for you Kerry! I love all your photos, so picking a fave FOR YOU would be the perfect choice.

Stacey said...

Wonderful Kerry! Love the pics of you and congrats on everything!!

LPC said...

Such good news, and so nice to see your photos! Everything looks great!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

I love all your changes and that great profile picture Kerry! Congratulations on all your collaborations and getting your art in GIFA and S&L- huge!
So happy and proud of you. xo Nancy

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Congrats Kerry! Such exciting things happening for you - all well deserved!

Alison Fauls said...

Congratulations on all of your news, Kerry! What an exciting time for you, and I am glad to have kept up with some of it on Facebook.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Love your new logo and your pretty pictures. You look beautiful.

kate@willowinteriors said...

Love the new logo and great photos!!

Susan Skelley said...

Your new work is to die for! I especially love the COCKTAILS AT 7....wonder why?
Seriously beautiful and congrats on all your promotions and understand how hard you've worked and deserving you are!