One of the best things about being a freelance artist is creating illustrations for novels. I get to work with imaginative authors to bring their visions and stories to life, and often, clients become friends along the way! This is the case with Hawaiian author Samuel Omega Salt. He hired me in 2014 to create many pen & ink illustrations for his spiritual, intriguing auto-biographical novel and we are now working on part 2. I found his story so interesting that I invited him to be a guest blogger to share what inspired him to write his novel, “Preacher’s Kid”…
My Father was an ordained Missouri Synod Lutheran minister, who served God faithfully until his untimely death. Through Christ our Lord he gave me my foundation built on the rock which I stand. The confidence of believing what cannot be touched or seen, taken solely on faith.
Both sets of Great Grandparents came from the old world – Germany. Pre –World War I. My only claim to fame is my Grandmother on my Father’s side was born on the ship that brought her to this large melting pot called America.
Wait a New York minute, that’s a fib. I am living proof miracles can, do and will happen. From birth according to Mother, I came close to death as an infant on numerous occasion. An as a young teen, I played chicken with a train caboose. I hit that caboose broadside doing over 100 mph. I literally walked away from that major collision on my way to church. All of this and much more is in volume I PK Preacher’s Kid.
I moved to Hawaii in December 2003 from the original 13 Colonies, Atlanta Georgia. Lost my southern accent to the Hawaiian W, which is a V sound. Havaii. Ewa is Eva. Little tidbit from your uncle Earl. Hawaii is where all rainbows come from and the Menehune like to play tricks on you.
I also lost my sister Ariel in January 2016 and the death of my Father is still very close to the surface. Adding fuel to the fire, not just writing about the previously stated, I also have to tell the story of Izzie. The second person I have ever fallen madly in love with. Maria being the first. Many a day tears blind me from seeing the keyboard clearly and the shadows of melancholy over power me. Don’t be disheartened, I will recover and forge ahead. I’m currently working on volume II and talking to a new publisher.
Facing his own image in the mirror and not recognizing his reflection was the last straw. A haunting figure broken on the inside and his attire skintight, gut sticking out from under the sweatshirt and overlapping his belt and pants. You would never guess he once was a star athlete half a life ago. Zac found his way to Dr. Phoenix Redgrave’s doorstep, emotionally dead, fragmented into a million pieces of emptiness. His last chance for atonement and survival back to humanness.
Choices, two sides of the same coin. You can call it heads or tails — choose… and accept the consequences of one’s choices that may changes one’s path and the decisions one makes thereof. A wise man once said, “Think before you act and before you speak.” Choose wisely.
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul out of troubles. Proverbs 21:23 Tree of Life Version.
Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow! Proverbs 10:19 Living Bible
Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth. Proverbs 18:2 The Message
An all— America boy — your garden variety male specimen growing up in the Midwest. Zachariah Wolf is a ‘PK’, a Preacher’s Kid’. The son of a pastor means your life is always under a magnifying glass. What really happens behind closed doors is out of sight from the prying eye. From birth Zac struggled with an under-developed esophagus causing mucous to block off the air passage Zac would gasp for air. He also has a learning disability later deemed as dyslexia. This caused his mother to resort to extreme abusive tactics of discipline from as far back as he can recall. Can you memorize a prayer with your head in a toilet? Now I lay me down to sleep…
As Zachariah grew into adolescence, the abusive relationship with his mother did not affect his athletic ability and achievements. The doors of opportunity opened as he gained popularity, he took full advantage with a full ride scholarship.
The escapades of young manhood did not escape him in college life. Zac strutted like a rooster around campus moonlighting between two older chickadees. In reality, the women were the foxes in the coop. One got his virginity, both trained him to their pleasures of womanly wiles….
To read the full story you can find the book at amazon.com | Barns & Noble | iTunes | Google play
Title of the book is PK Preacher’s Kid volume one by Samuel Omega Salt
Please write a review of the book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
What better time than Spring to honor nature through art? And the Tulpehaking Nature Center in New Jersey is doing just that this month! One of my x-ray, digital photo collages has been accepted to this show so join us…details below!
ROOTED juried art exhibit at Tulpehaking Nature Center
Join us for this nature-centric art exhibit, focusing on the importance of trees.
Opening Reception: Fri., April 22, 2016, 6-8pm. Exhibition on View: April 22, 2016 – September 4, 2016
157 Westscott Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08610
4/6/16 – 7/8/16 Opening reception Friday 4/8, 5-8pm
I have 2 of my x-ray digital collages in this important exhibit.
The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Join us for our newest exhibition, which runs thru April! (I have 3 pieces in this show!)
All works in this show have been created by local artists;
themes include landmarks, nature, portraits, travel, & more!
101 Main St., Woodbridge, NJ (732)634-1474
You can sense the excitement in the air as spring all too slowly approaches…but it’s on the way! And as with all new seasons, comes new art events, especially in New Jersey! While it’s still too cold for outdoor fests and shows, there are plenty of indoor art exhibits to attend and the following I’m involved with this month are all FREE so no excuse not to check them out! I hope you’ll join me and many other local, talented artists at these exhibitions:
FEAST FOR THE SENSES…Group Art Exhibit
Work by local artists (most living, some not) will be on display from March 7 through March 28, 2016, in the library’s community room. Participating artists include: Judy Brodsky, Joan Arbeiter, Lauren Curtis, Ria Glassman, Joyce Browning, Eric Escobar, Virginia Swanagan, Pat Shamy, Sydney Jean Reisen, Nadine Berkowsky, Jackie Baker, Jill Caporlingua. Deceased artists whose work will be displayed include: Jacob Landau, Stanford White, F. J. Adams, John LaFarge.
The Opening Reception for this Art Show (on Thursday, March 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room) will provide light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with some of the artists. I’ll have a few paintings in this show. Here’s Facebook invite link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694806214135180/
SACRED SPACES, HOLY PLACES
There’s still time to see this enlightening exhibit of sculpture & photography with 27 artists / 43 pieces of work / 13 pieces of sculpture / 30 photographs. Aside from being an exhibit, related spiritual & cultural discussions & events typically take place during the run of the show so check the gallery’s website & Facebook page for info. Nails in the Wall Gallery at St. Luke’s, 17 Oak Ave, Metuchen, New Jersey 08840.
I have 2 photographs in the exhibition which continues until
Sunday, May 15, 2016.
And a quick question…Do you have a favorite place that you wish you could visit forever? How about immortalize a beloved home, vacation spot, hang out or historic site in ART? Commission a pen & ink with watercolor painting of a place you’d like to remember forever! Contact me for details: email@example.com
For more of my work, please visit my newly updated website! http://laurencurtisart.weebly.com
Thanks for reading!
A life-sized Islamic Prayer Niche…a sculpture conveying a Jewish woman’s experience with sacred space…a nearly 5’ ilphachrome color photograph of Bernini’s Canopy in St. Peter’s in Rome…evocative photographs of both outdoor and indoor spaces…an unusual combination? But all highlights in the upcoming exhibit at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke’s, the Metuchen exhibition space sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen, NJ. Sacred Spaces, Holy Places: an exhibit of sculpture & photography will begin the gallery’s 2016 winter exhibition season with the Opening & Artists’ Reception Saturday, January 30, 2-5pm. The event is free and open to all.
One of our goals at the gallery is always to bring together diverse voices from varied religious traditions around a common theme. In this instance, what makes a space sacred? What does a sacred space look like? Work representing 27 artists is primarily, but not only, from the tri-state area. The photography includes a wide range of haunting images, some almost abstract, others capturing very specific locations that carry a sense of the sacred for the artist. Notable among those is the over 4’ Ilphachrome color photograph of Bernini’s Canopy in St. Peter’s in Rome by Nancy Ori (Berkeley Heights). Perhaps one of the most thought-provoking pieces, “V’at Alit”, by Miriam Stern (Teaneck) includes a series of photographs and other materials highlighting her experience of sacred space as a Jewish woman. Several very local photographers have work included in the show: Mark Harris (Edison) with his elegant figures and the carefully viewed spaces of Robert Hopkins (Metuchen). Lauren Curtis will have two 35mm black & white photos taken in the famous Louis I Cemetery in New Orleans, LA. This above ground burial site is one of the most famous cemeteries in the US & the site where supposedly the infamous VooDoo Queen Marie LaVeaus is entombed.
The 13 pieces of sculpture are very diverse in scale and materials and include free-standing pieces as well as sculptural wall works. Included in this group is a 6’ sculpture by Christina Saj (Cedar Grove), which has an exhibition history that includes, among others, St. John the Divine, NYC and the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. Towering over that piece is Daniel Nelson’s (NYC) “Niche for Maryam.” A life-sized Islamic prayer niche known as an mihrab, the piece was designed as a site-specific installation for the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, NYC, using the proportions of the sculpture of the Virgin Mary by Bela Lyon Pratt in the Church’s Altar of the Annunciation. Nails in the Wall is honored to have it on loan from St. Paul the Apostle for the duration of the exhibit.
Three mixed-media Mayan masks from Ronald LeMahieu (Princeton), along with a variety of the photographs, remind viewers that the sacred takes many forms beyond Church buildings.
Between 3 and 3:30pm, several artists’ talks will take place.
John Sharp, Gallery Board Member remarks, “I am amazed that despite our limiting the media accepted into this exhibit, we have been able to curate a show of such a diversity of scale and approach. It will truly be exciting to see which sacred space speaks to each visitor.”
Creating a sense of ‘sacred space’ through sound for the Reception itself, pianist, composer, and recording artist, John Bianculli will be performing. Refreshments will be provided by our ‘art partner’ The Metuchen Inn.
The exhibit will continue on view until May 15, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.nailsinthewall.com/ or contact Linda LaStella, Director@nailsinthewall.org.
The Facebook invite link is: https://www.facebook.com/events/159308764435405
“Jersey-ites” are a proud folk and we do have many types of communities throughout this small state; historic, artistic, cultural, musical, etc. so it’s no wonder that the Woodbridge Artistan Guild is having an exhibition focusing on this theme titled “COMMUNITY”.
Join the Woodbridge Artisan Guild on Sat., January 16th at 7pm for an opening reception of our newest exhibition!
All works in this show have been created by Woodbridge area artists and the theme of community includes local landmarks, New Jersey, family, civic pride, neighbors, and our towns.
In addition to local art this event will include live music and refreshments provided by Mulberry Street Restaurant. FREE event. WAG Gallery, 101 Main St., Woodbridge (732)634-1474
I have three photographs in this show.
What are you thankful for? This Thursday, all over the US, people will be gathering with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving and even though it can be tough sometimes to have perspective when things are difficult, especially given the horrible acts that have been committed in this world in both the past & present, it is important to take a minute and reflect on the good things in our lives and what we are thankful for!
I’m very thankful for all of you who support the arts and to those who have supported my work! It’s so important to me and has allowed me to follow my dream of being a full-time artist…every sale and commission, no matter how big or small, are equally as valuable and appreciated. So, I’d like to share some of my Autumn photographs with you to say THANK YOU for your support and to wish everyone a HAPPY, HEALTHY THANKSGIVING!
Gallery spaces these days have expanded far beyond the typical white-walled, NYC (or insert big city here) space…and this is a great thing as it opens up so many more opportunities for artists to show their work and for it to be seen by a wider range of people! One of these newer spaces that I really enjoy exhibiting my work in is Nails in the Wall Gallery, located within the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Metuchen, NJ.
This Saturday, 1/24, from 2pm-5pm, the newest exhibition opens up with a fascinating reception featuring in-depth talks with some of the artists about their work and how it relates to the current theme of “Revelation/Revolution” and how this applies to all forms of “organized religion”. I’ll have the 2 pieces in this blog in the show along with works from other artists from across the US! If you’re in the area, please join us…here’s more info. supplied by the gallery:
Nails in the Wall, the Metuchen art gallery sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (17 Oak Ave. / Metuchen),
will begin its 2015 Season Saturday, January 24, 2-5pm, with REVELATION / REVOLUTION.
This exhibit will include work from nearly twenty artists both from around the U.S.
as well as outside the country, with art that focuses on the power of God’s Word.
Local photographer David Glasofer will speak at the Opening,
along with Teaneck sculptor Anthony Santella,
Ontario, Canada artist Shakil Kahn and Sara Paige Hoag from Urbana, IL.
Join us for this free event with high quality art and refreshments provided by the Metuchen Inn!
The exhibit, which includes painting, photography, mixed-media and free standing sculpture,
runs from January 24 through May 31, 2015.
The gallery is open daily. Times and other details can be found at www.nailsinthewall.com
As an artist, I’ve always been somewhat of a creative schizophrenic…or maybe the proper term is artistic multi-personality?? Anyway, I work with a wide variety of media…started with pencil and charcoal drawings, moved to oils and acrylics, branched to photography and pen & ink with watercolors, finally digital art and collage…and now they’re all kind of merging together in a mixed media frenzy (like the tie in to the blog title??)
In this day and age of things going by so quickly & fads coming and going in seconds…and of me striving to earn a full time living as a freelance artist… I’ve found that having this wide selection of modes to work with can come in handy although I also admit that it can get a bit distracting. So I have to find ways to achieve balance and focus. Also, being diverse helps when earning income as I can translate my artwork to t-shirts, greeting cards, reproduction prints, jewelry, etc., which offers options for collectors and clients in a varied price range, making my art more accessible to more people!
Lately, my personal artwork has leaned much more to mixed media, especially combining collage, either digital or hand-cut, with photography or watercolors. This allows me to use several of my preferred media all at once and create a new look while expressing my cohesive themes. I really love utilizing (c)-free Victorian woodcut imagery, as I’ve always loved this era, and combining this element with my painting or photography work adds a vintage feel to modern pieces. Here’s my latest creation, “Reminisce”.
And, while creating fine artwork to submit to exhibits and galleries, I also continue working on my commercial art; in honor of my favorite up-coming holiday of Halloween, I’m having a pre-All Hallow’s T-shirt sale! Anyone who orders TWO or MORE T-shirts will get 20% off! Prices go from $20-$37 each, which includes s/h! Shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton, come in white, gray or black, short or long sleeve, women’s cut in white, all sizes, including kids thru XXL! Price depends on size, color & shirt type. PAYPAL accepted to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Here are a few samples…more can be seen on http://laurencurtis.imagekind.com
OK, promo portion of this blog is over…but it serves as an example of various ways to use your artwork to reach many types of people!
So, that’s just a small sampling of how I’ve incorporated my obsession with mixed media into my fine art and commercial work. Feel free to post any questions about this post or comments about how you use mixed media in your creative endeavors. Thanks for reading!!
Would you like some T? Not the beverage but unique artistic T-shirts and just in time for Spring/Summer! Now that it’s FINALLY warming up it’s time to refresh your wardrobe with these cool shirts featuring original artwork by, who else?…me!
These 100% pre-shrunk cotton shirts come in all sizes, kids and adults! Available colors are white, gray and black (white only for women’s cut T’s). And they start at only $20 ea. (INCLUDING s/h)!! Add +$5 each for XXL. Add +$5 ea. for gray shirt, +$7 ea. black shirt. Add +$6 ea. for women’s cut. Here’s a sampling of my designs:
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Custom design orders welcome! Reply to this blog or email me at email@example.com with any questions!
PAYPAL accepted to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (please use GIFT payment option if possible). Checks/$ Orders mailed to:
P.O. Box 193
Franklin Park, NJ 08823