Show above: City Beneath the Sea, Grassy Slope, Rocky Shore, Sentries, Twilight Village, Yesterday, On Edge, Subways, United States
I'd never really thought about postcard art until I got a prospectus from Studio Montclair two years ago about an upcoming fundraiser show. Every member of the organization was encouraged to contribute three postcard size pieces of art. Any medium, any style—"If we can hang it, you can send it."
To me, this was a fun, bite-size challenge! Creating these miniatures felt fresh and freeing. I felt as if I were back in elementary school art class, doing crafts. Studio Montclair would be charging $35 per postcard piece. A wonderful way, I realized, for art lovers to start or add to an art collection without breaking the bank.
Above are the nine postcards I've created for the past three shows. I will definitely be participating in this show in years to come, and I am seriously considering creating postcard art to offer to my collectors.
Shown above: Training, mixed media on panel, 10 in x 10 in
This painting proved to me that it's important to try new things. A gallery whose shows I frequently participate in put out a call for "Art in Action," meaning sports. I have never painted anything related to sports. In fact, I have never painted a realistic picture of a person. But I decided to rise to the challenge. What I came up with was this picture of a runner's legs, done in mixed media.
I didn't know quite what to make of it. I thought it came out pretty good, but I also thought it was kind of odd. Who would want such a thing? While I was pondering this question, the gallery revised its call to include paintings that simply suggested action or movement. That I could come up with! I immediately entered the three abstract paintings below, which I felt fit the bill nicely.
Shown above: Pinot Noir, Burgundy, Zinfandel, acrylic, each 20 in x 20 in
What to do with the odd runner painting? Without much thought I popped it up on Instagram. An hour later it was sold. One of my Instagram followers saw it and decided it would be the perfect gift for his son, an avid runner.
Moral of the story: Try new things!
I'm Evan Stuart Marshall, an abstract painter living and working in Roseland, NJ. I love working art into my daily life.