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Official Print Release and Project Announcement

I am so very excited to make this announcement today!!!

This has been “A long time coming!” as they say, and I am very pleased to make you the first ones to know about the official print release of:
“Portrait of a Family Man”!!!!  

Not only am I excited these prints are finally available, but they are also going to help kick off a big project that has been in the works for a year now!!

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"Portrait of a Family Man"     
High quality giclee' on acid free, archival paper.  Signed and numbered, limited edition of 100. The dimensions are the exact dimensions of the original piece of art, an approximate measurement of 11.5" x 9.5” not including the border with is approximately 1".


Short back story on the original piece:

Last Summer my husband gave me an idea to make portraits of the local coal miners referenced from historical photos. While the historical photos are still part of the plan; Troy’s idea sparked an even larger idea, and it began with a “call to the public" on Facebook, asking our local coal miners for images of themselves that I may have permission to use for a painting. Out of the several that sent images, Cody Kinn’s photo caught my eye. After months of painting, the study, followed by a finished piece on copper, and an interview with Cody and his young family, “Portrait of a Family Man” was born. As many of you know that piece was selected as a finalist, out of 1800-ish entries, for the 2016 members only Portrait Society of America competition. Of course, I was ecstatic with this amazing news. My work was being recognized by the Portrait Society of America!!!!!  In addition to this being a well received painting in a professional setting, the public has made many inquiries about the availability of prints for “Portrait of a Family Man”.
Great news my friends, my family, my patrons - You spoke, and I listened!


Bigger picture:

Developed from my husband’s original idea, there is now an entire project underway. I am very honoured to have permission granted to document the modern history of Signal Peak Energy, our local coal mine. When I called them with this idea, they graciously agreed.  My goal is to create a museum quality exhibit that will be shown on a local and state level. If all goes well, it will have the opportunity to travel beyond the borders of Montana . Before any of this is a possibility, however, the work must be made. Visiting the mine has been a fascinating process so far, and I am very excited to move forward with creating this body of work.   The number 40 (paintings) is continuously present in my mind. This expansive series, I envision, will be referenced from the combined 800+ photos and countless videos shot while underground.  To date a few studies have been made, and one piece is on the easel.   All of the paintings will be created on copper panels that are custom fabricated to my specifications. You may ask, “Why Copper?” Well, it turns out copper is a highly archival surface withstanding centuries of enjoyment without the cracking most often seen on stretched canvas or linen paintings…even Rembrandt painted on it. Besides the copper lending a luminous finish, the highly archival nature of copper influenced my choice for this age old material.


Finally:

 The sale of these prints will supply me with the invaluable time and materials needed to get a solid start.
I am very committed to creating this work, and I am asking for your help to get it jump started.
Attached is a link to purchase a signed and numbered, limited edition print of 100for “Portrait of a Family Man”.

http://www.coilaevans.com/shop/6pguzgjripazsbkasqnc3immw4ijzm

Thank you, thank you for all of your support!!!

I appreciate your patronage!!!


***I will be sure to keep you all updated on the progress of this epic project via blog and social media posts.
   
***Please Note:  The first order for these prints will be turned in on Monday, September 11, with a ship date currently estimated for Friday, September 15th.
Once this print sells out. There will be no more. First come, first served.

 

Best regards from ⭕️⬆️, MT.
COILA EVANS
ARTIST   PROPRIETRESS
406-697-2758
119 Main ST.
Roundup, MT.
59072

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The Art of Seeing.

The Art of Seeing.

Could it be comparable to the art of stopping?

Perhaps the art of finishing?

 

Recently, I have been devouring podcasts on art and on business.

I enjoy both as they feed both sides of my brain. A person cannot have one without the other, no?

The artist must create. Create. Their. Very. Best. Work.

The artist must also know how to sell their work.

Sell directly to patrons, OR to a gallery.

As it turns out, I am both artist and gallerist. Responsible for the sales of my artists, for myself and my husband.

 

But, back to the art of seeing.

 

I have been listening to this podcast with Quang Ho:

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/art-chats-linda-fisler-presented/id534191682?mt=2&i=362610601

Quang Ho is one of the artists I am most fascinated by. He talks on the art of seeing and what that means. I've listened to this podcast 3, maybe 4 times, in the hopes of gleaning insight to help my work evolve.

The latest and perhaps most important information I have replayed countless times is the bit about light and shadow, and Rembrandt. How the science of light and shadow in 7 steps is so profoundly simple an 8 year old could understand. As I listened  over and over to these steps - I painted. I painted a wonderful start on a self portrait I am working on to meet a deadline.  As I painted, my focus was on letting the value of colour turn the form, creating a more 3 dimensional shape.

I felt so happy with Sunday's  outcome, Monday I completely dove in to painting while listening to Phil Collins Easy Lover and Groovy Kind of Love...as if his musical mastery coupled with nostalgia would help me complete this new work. Without too much time passing, I ruined it. I erased, repainted, erased, repainted, and erased and repainted one more time before I picked up a new canvas to lay down a wash of color to tone the back ground. You see, I was painting without any intention...other than from the feeling of spontaneity as the notes of the music echoed through the studio.

 

I decided that I was having too much fun listening to music, and immediately went back to "studying" via podcast. 

 

The ability to study a subject, and paint what I see without force, is undeniably the most difficult thing I have tried to achieve. The portrait and the figure (in my opinion) are the most difficult subject to pursue, as the human eye can detect a flaw in one quick second...even if they are not able to pinpoint the flaw, the human eye knows something is off.

 

While I am certain I will always be on the quest of "seeing", it is plain as day I was well on my way to making the self portrait muddy and over worked. 

 

Monday's  lesson: know when to start so I can know when to stop. 

                AKA: painting with intention.

 

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After a long conversation Sunday night with veteran artist, Neil Jussila, from Billings, MT, I have finally decided to blog. While his work is completely opposite of mine, I greatly admire his work. He recommended the benefits of journaling...he told me himself he is half way through his 73rd year. Who am I to question such sound advice. After all, this is a practice that has proven to stand the test of time. Without journaling we may not have ever known Anne Frank.

 

Thank you for reading. Thank you for following my work.

 

Cheers from ⭕️⬆️, MT.

Coila Evans

Artist. Proprietress.

www.coilaevans.com

www.coilaevansartandgiftgallery.com