Artist Interview: Jesse Gottschalk

 

Q: Walk me through the typical creative process for one of your poems.
A: You asked for my typical creative process, and that varies a lot, but there are some things that are consistent. When I’m getting started, it’s not enough for me to have an idea I’m excited about; my real starting point comes when I write a first line. The meter and rhyme in a poem have to be clear from the very beginning, so that first line has to establish not only a captivating hook but also a tone that will match it and a rhythm that will propel it.

Once I’ve got that first line, I’ll play around a bit. I have some experience with improv, and this feels similar. I freestyle for a while, basically just toying with possible directions until I’ve convinced myself that there’s enough depth in this idea for me to spend time with it. I’m still not ready to commit to writing the full poem at this point, though. The last thing I need is an ending — a punchline, twist, or conclusion that makes it feel like this story was worth telling in the first place. When I’ve got my beginning and know what I’m working towards, then I start seriously writing. Continue reading “Artist Interview: Jesse Gottschalk”

What’s Trending? 2017

"Moving Land" by Annette Poitau

Online art sales are higher than ever right now. Valued at $1.57 billion in 2013, the online art market has grown to $3.27 billion in the last two years alone, and is expected to reach a whopping $9.58 billion by the end of the decade — an exciting time for artists, art-buyers, (and us!) indeed.

As an artist, making what you love is a priority, but understanding what art-buyers and the general public are interested in can benefit your business in ways that allow you to make more of what you love. Here, we present our predictions for what art trends in 2017 have in store for us.  Continue reading “What’s Trending? 2017”

Wendy Ellertson’s Leather Mythic Creatures

“I have always loved the feel of fine leather and am intrigued by it as a sculptural medium.  For me, creating mythic creatures from materials which have had a previous life is ultimately appropriate… May they encourage your sense of adventure and creation of story.”

Wendy Ellertson breathes mystifying life into fine leather and found materials in the form of her mythic creatures. Specializing in Dragons, Avians, Star Wanders and Stump Critters alike, Ellertson has spent the last 40 years crafting a universe of legendary figures, each one produced with such careful love and skill you’d swear they were real.  Continue reading “Wendy Ellertson’s Leather Mythic Creatures”