I am presenting a two day Artist As Brand Workshop with TLC Workshops in Seattle, Wed-Thurs, Feb 18-19
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I am offering this workshop in alignment with the Mythic Worlds convention that weekend, Feb. 20-22. Participants of the class will receive a free pass to Mythic Worlds!
This workshop offering is co-sponsored by Krab Jab Studio and will be held at their Georgetown location.
Do you have stories and visions you want to share with the world? Whether you are a student who is ready to start an art career, a teacher who wants to make income beyond the classroom, or a professional artist who is burned out, this workshop will focus your hearts desire and energize your purpose. Get ready for the future of art career sustainability.
The Artist As Brand Workshop is coming to Agoura
for a two day class, Sat. – Sun. Jan. 31 – Feb. 1
This is the first time I have offered an Artist As Brand workshop in Agoura! It will be held at the Mitchells Bookshop. 28914 Roadside Dr, unit #214, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Located in Whizin Market Square, in the atrium second floor.
The Artist As Brand Workshop is the only course that aligns the heart of your artistic vision with entrepreneurial principles for long term prosperity.
This college level course was designed for all who want to bring clarity to their creative vision and learn methods to earn a living from it. If you are a high school or college student who is ready to make income from their talent, or a professional who is stuck and looking for a new direction, or just wants to sell more artwork, the Artist As Brand Workshop will inspire new paths to art career sustainability!
10:00 am – 8:00 pm each day. A few seats left!
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Five more more reviews of my art book…
Don’t Forget A Towel
Bio Gamer Girl
Go here to purchase the special editions of which there are a few left-
As a little kid I watched my aunt MaryAnn Pocapalia take 8mm movies at our family gatherings. She was always holding that Bell and Howell wind up film camera and inevitably we would see the footage at a later Spalenka celebration. Recently I learned that she had been a shutterbug since her early days of high school shooting pictures with the first Leica cameras.
I was given the opportunity to see the many photo albums she created over the years (MaryAnn is now in her nineties) and was struck by the unique compositions and moments many of these pictures captured. For instance in some shots the view would be low to the ground so the figures would loom above or to reflect a child’s viewpoint. On other occasions the frame would be tilted adding a new dimension to an otherwise ordinary situation. Many of the photos appear clandestine, as if the camera happened to be floating near a subject totally unaware of its presence.
It was fun percieving the evolution of her work through the forties and early fifties. Some of her self portraits, though not necessarily taken by herself, feel like she directed them. Landscape shots were cut and taped together so the viewer could experience a panorama of the location. Even rooms devoid of people were seen as worthy subjects for her lens. Film that was not processed properly creating chemical anomolies in the prints, or double exposures were still appreciated and placed in the albums. I loved her art spirit!
This was an interesting slice of Americana. I was impressed and realized it was time to celebrate some of MaryAnn’s vision in a book. So I spent almost a year compiling and scanning her photos then designing the edition.
You can see most of it in the PDF here- MaryAnne Pocapalia
There are 9.25 x 7.25 hardcover versions available for $60, but must be ordered with a two week turn around on shipping. Contact me for details. All photographs are copyright ©MaryAnn Pocapalia.
Check out my new website and let me know what you think. It is still a work in progress but any feedback on the design, navigation, art, and what you would like to see there will help me continue to refine and beautify the space.
I thank all of you for your support over the years. It is an honor to manifest art for all of you. It touches my heart that it is finding a sweet place in your life.
Wonder Wandering. A little piece for Roxana Illuminated Perfume’s Fig.1: Noir botanical perfume.
Blessed Winter Solstice! La Dame Blanche can be seen in all her glory here. Beautiful 18″x 24″ and 24″x36″ museum quality prints are available. For all of the Outlander fans in the world this mystical piece is for you.
In alignment with Roxana Illuminated Perfume for her new fragrance, La Dame Blanche inspired by the series of books by Diana Gabaldon.
Also, I am creating large banner sized pieces of this work in collaboration with artist, Mona Lewis who hand makes dyed silks with organic plant material. It will be a fusion of the alchemical and the mystical. Stay tuned.
“The book is an impressive compendium of accomplished, colorful, sometimes exotic and wildly heterogeneous artwork. Spalenka is eager to turn his skills to virtually anything that catches his fancy, and his vision is consistently a blend of the Dionysian and the Apollonian, the dark and the light side of the human spirit–evident already, before you open the book, in the neo-rococo cover image of a nude female figure with a butterfly at the head and a skull at the feet. Aesthetically, you might imagine a cross between Gabriel Rossetti and Odilon Redon, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali, with a lot of the spirit of art nouveau thrown in for good measure.”
-Peter Clothier, art critic, author, and writer of The Buddha Diaries.
My lecture at Mitchells Bookshop in November.
I have been invited to present another multimedia lecture and signing of my book, The Art of Greg Spalenka, at Mitchells Bookshop, Saturday, Dec. 13th at 2:00! Whizin Market Square, 28914 Roadside Dr. Agoura Hills, 91301 in the atrium #214. Please arrive early as seating is limited.
Books will be for sale at $35.00.
I will also be lecturing about The Art of Collaboration with Roxana Villa at 4:30 at her studio just down the hall at Roxana Illuminated Perfume. Roxana and I have created some beautiful visions together to celebrate her perfumes. I am revealing a new image for her LA DAME BLANCHE perfume inspired by the Outlander series of books written by Diana Gabaldon after the lecture!
There is also going to be a grand Holiday Fair at Whizin the same day. It is going to be a celebration. Come on by!
The new Spalenka.com is up with a new look and a new vision. You can peruse some of my art career history and stay up to date on the new projects I am producing throughout the year in the WORKS. In the SHOP section there are beautiful high end giclees for sale as well as some classic card sets, posters, books and music. Some classics will include a handful of the now out of print “Eyes of the Unicorn” books as well as rare posters of which I have maybe one or two left. Stay tuned for the posters they are very cool.
You will also have an opportunity to explore more of my photography and some upcoming very cool collaborations with Roxana Illuminated Perfume! The Visions of Vespertina illustrated book is back on track too! Click on WORKS- Current for the newest projects that are lining up to be finished.
Lastly, I am taking Portrait Commissions! They are for the serious art connoisseur who really wants to celebrate the beauty and power of this timeless art form. Truly a magnificent gift!