Marie Kazalia's art

Marie Kazalia's art

New painting using matte oil paint technique

astir, Marie Kazalia, January 2015, oil paint, fluorescent acrylic on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches

astir, Marie Kazalia, January 2015, oil paint, fluorescent acrylic on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches

In my latest painting, titled astir, I employed a chromatic black matte oil paint on a ground of a painted pattern of fluorescent green and fluorescent red acrylic paint. (Fluorescent paint is difficult to photograph and appears different in the photo than it does to the eye).

A couple of years ago, I watched the MoMA video (below) on how to make oil paint matte.  The technique remained in my thoughts. Then I watched the video again very recently and tried the technique.

(Usually, when I’m bothered by the shiny gloss of oil paint on my paintings I simply spray them with a matte varnish when they are dry enough.)

But this time I  made matte oil paint in my studio–first, I added oil paint (a mix of ultramarine + raw umber = chromatic black) to a jar along with a lot of turpentine, put the lid on and shook it up.  Then I allowed the jar to rest overnight so the paint would settle. The next day I poured off the turpentine floating on top and then worked with the oil paint sentiment that remained.

This matte oil paint method is a signature technique of Abstract Expressionist painter Ad Reinhardt, as demonstrated in the five-minute MoMA video AB EX NY: The Painting Techniques of Ad Reinhardt: Abstract Painting, posted below for you to watch if you are interested in this technique for removing the gloss from oil paint.

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This is the first time that I’ve had a discounted retail price sale on my paintings in my Art Finder shop. Click this link to take a look: artfinder.com/marie-kazalia

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Rufe 1(vertical), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 1(vertical), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufescent = Reddish Paintings

After new computer system upgrades, my seven-year old Nikon camera card reader became obsolete. Now, using the newest Lightroom software and a new card reader I have access to improved image processing tools.

I’m pleased with these new tools. I cropped the images of my latest paintings in my new Rufescent Series. The word rufescent simply means “reddish” and the three new paintings I’m posting today all have reddish tones– from fluorescent reds to earth reds.

Rufe 1(horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 1(horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Although I painted all three of these paintings in my preferred vertical orientation, I know that many people prefer them horizontal. When framed they can be hung either way.

Rufe 1(vertical), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 1 (vertical), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 1(vertical), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 2 (vertical), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 2 (horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 2 (horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 2 ( flipped horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 2 ( flipped horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

While the two paintings above work visually at either horizontal or vertical orientation, I prefer the red and green fluorescent painting below at a vertical orientation, which is how I painted it.

Rufe 3, paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 3, paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 3 (horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Rufe 3 (horizontal), paintings on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches, Dec 2014, Marie Kazalia

Marie Kazalia: Saatchi *Artist of the Day*

#ArtistoftheDay Marie Kazalia http://goo.gl/ZNJ2j9  I’m asking everyone reading this to please *Like* or Re-Tweet, or share on Facebook. Here is the link to the Saatchi Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/saatchionline

They want to see what kind of response my art gets–numbers of RTs and Shares etc. Saatchi on Twitter here.

Saatchi put out the word yesterday on their Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr pages–along with some images of my art and the hashtag #ArtistoftheDay  my name Marie Kazalia and the link: http://goo.gl/ZNJ2j9. The curatorial assistant also said that I would be in their next newsletter or one of their upcoming newsletters, as all *Artist of the Day* artists are.

My painting, below, Shinjuku, I titled after the very active Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. Primarily I see the color influences of Japan in my piece. Shinjuku especially is full of colorful signs written in Japanese characters, which seemed like abstract forms to me, as I often times walked along the streets looking in the shops during the many months I lived in Japan.

 

Shinjuku, Marie Kazalia, available as print on metal via Displate.com

Shinjuku, Marie Kazalia, available as print on metal via Displate.com

What happened to my Saatchi Feature?

Orbgrid(turquoise), painting on Coventry Rag, Marie Kazalia, dimensions: 30 x 23 inches

Orbgrid(turquoise), painting on Coventry Rag, Marie Kazalia, dimensions: 30 x 23 inches

UPDATE: Saatchi curatorial assistant contacted me and said that they put my art up just now before 2 p.m. The reasoning explained to me is that they are in Los Angeles and update in their time zone. Which does’t explain why there was another artist featured this morning as Artist of the Day of 10/20.  I don’t care about the title, mind you, I thought that perhaps they were actually going to get me sales.  So it goes.

Mistakes happen. I’m just reminded of how hard I work to keep my word to artists in relation to features on my Artist Marketing Resources blog.

Just because I wrote a blog post last week that I was to be a Saatchi *Artist of the Day* today, and I’ve noticed that I’m not, I thought to write this update.

I received the email (copied below) alerting me to my Saatchi feature on 10/20. Isn’t today 10/20? I’ve asked other artists and they assured me that it is. The email even  says “Please do share this…”

I did reply to her email and she replied to my reply, thanking me for my response and assuring me that my name was spelled correctly in what I assumed would be the promo feature she was working on. She said she *double checked.*

So did they just get the date wrong? It’s a puzzle. Do they mean 10/20 of next year?

Below is the email I received on October 13th. The curator talks about sales and I was looking forward to having Saatchi curators go to work for me to make sales of my art. Saatchi curators have stated in mainstream newspapers that they sell more art online than they do in their gallery. So I really wanted them to go to work for me. All week I’ve been adding more art images to my Saatchi portfolio. What an anti-climactic letdown when I noticed another artist featured today on the Saatchi Twitter account and Tumblr blog. I sent an email to Jessica asking her what happened. I don’t know when I will receive a reply from her.

I’m only sharing this email to verify what I’m posting here. I don’t mean to invade anyone’s privacy. For Privacy purposes I’ve altered Jessica’s email address and name. That is not her real email address, except for the *saatchiart* part.

Jessica McQ <jm@saatchiart.>

Oct 13 (7 days ago)
to me

Dear Marie,

I’m very pleased to let you know that you have been chosen to be featured in Saatchi Art’s ‘Artist of the Day’ series. You are going to be featured on 10/20 on all of our social media sites (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc)!

Please do share this with your family and friends and any other contacts who you think might be interested.

As a reminder, it would be great if you could make sure you are up to date on the following:

  1. Please ensure that all original works in your portfolio are for sale and available to be shipped should they sell. We don’t want to sell your work twice or spend time promoting a work that is in fact no longer available.
  1. Make sure your profile is updated with useful biographical information and a photo of you, preferably in your studio.
  1. Regularly add new work to your portfolio – it may be added to our New This Week collection on our homepage and it will help increase your chances of making sales.

Also, please review our updated FAQ’s for packaging your artwork here: http://help.saatchiart.com/customer/portal/topics/667503-packaging-artwork-for-shipment/articles

If you have any questions about our selling or shipping process, please contact our support team at support@saatchiart.com

Thank you so much and thank you for your wonderful works on Saatchi Art.

All the best,

Jessica

slipknot 1, mixed media painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Marie Kazalia, October 2014

slipknot 1, mixed media painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Marie Kazalia, October 2014

Saatchi Featured ‘Artist of the Day” on 10/20

I have been chosen by Saatchi curators to be featured in Saatchi online’s ‘Artist of the Day’ series for October 20th. They will also feature me as “Artist of the Day” on all of Saatchi’s social media accounts (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc)!

So I am working to update my Saatchi portfolio by adding new images of new work.

 

archway, mixed media painting (ink, graphite, Flashe and acrylic fine art paints on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches

archway, mixed media painting (ink, graphite, Flashe and acrylic fine art paints on Coventry Rag fine art paper, 23 x 30 inches

Gallery Walk, New Jersey, October 5th

It is with great pleasure that VAM Art, Inc., 15 Station Place, Metuchen, NJ, once again participates with The Galleries of Metuchen in this year’s Gallery Walk event on October 5, 2014.

In its ​sixth exhibition titled ‘CONTINUUM 2014′VAM Art, Inc. is currently exhibiting, and offering for sale, nineteen original Contemporary artworks from five outstanding American artists:

Kiyomi Baird / Michael Bond / Amy Glaser / David Heinlein / Marie Kazalia

As with the custom of VAM ArtInc., the artists and their respective artworks exhibit superior intellectual content and technical excellence in extraordinary proportions. VAM Art, Inc. has given detailed attention toward those attributes to ensure that the best artists and their finest artistic oeuvre are blended together to make ‘CONTINUUM 2014′ a memorable experience.

The ultimate goal of VAM Art, Inc. is to provide Contemporary Art in its finest form to the masses and ultimately to adorn the walls of executive offices, architectural buildings and homes of discerning individuals.

Vinay & Mamta Nair

VAM Art, Inc.

Paintings September – December 2014

Containers 1, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Sept 2014

Containers 1, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Sept 2014

hemidemisemi, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper 23 x 30 inches, Sept 2014

hemidemisemi, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper 23 x 30 inches, Sept 2014

New Paintings September 2014

I had to get these photographed and sent to a curator for an upcoming project that requires exclusive use for limited edition prints. They wanted a “dedicated” artwork created just for their project. More on that project later.

So I sent the curator these two paintings completed this month. I don’t know which one she will select.

 

Containers 1, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Sept 2014

Containers 1, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper, Sept 2014

hemidemisemi, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper 23 x 30 inches, Sept 2014

hemidemisemi, Marie Kazalia, painting on Coventry Rag fine art paper 23 x 30 inches, Sept 2014

Art Prints on Metal $54

Prints on metal for only $54 include a magnetic wall mount. These prints on metal are sturdy enough to prop-up on a table top or lean against a wall. Each Displate is marked with a hologram and number, making every print unique.

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Print on metal by Marie Kazalia, available on Displate.com

Print on metal by Marie Kazalia, available on Displate.com

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print on metal by Marie Kazalia available on Displate

print on metal by Marie Kazalia available on Displate

 

Shinjuku, Marie Kazalia, available as print on metal via Displate.com

Shinjuku, Marie Kazalia, available as print on metal via Displate.com

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