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STUDIO/MOVING SALE

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I have some exciting news!
After 15 years in the same studio, I am bursting at the seams – so I am expanding, and moving to a new studio & gallery space. I am currently renovating the new location, and I will be ready to move in early 2017. That being said, I have A TON of stuff to go thru, toss, give away and art to sell so I don’t have to move it. My Birthday is on December 1st and in honor of my 17th annual 29th Birthday – I’m having a studio SALE – starting today!  All artwork by Casey Matthews at the Blue Door Gallery is 29% OFF through Friday, December 2nd (11:59PM EST) with the code “HAPPYBIRTHDAY29”

So go ahead and treat yo self! I have lots of new work, so shop online in your underwear: http://www.bluedoor-gallery.com

And stay tuned for the new studio/gallery location and grand opening early next year!

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Casey Matthews in Coastal Living

So – I was in the June 2016 Coastal Living!  I knew it was coming, because I had to sign a release, but I was sailing in the BVI in May when my phone started blowing up:  Friends family, and clients all over the USA who had subscriptions, recognized me instantly in the tiny photo.

Coastal Living Magazine – June 2016.
Artwork by Casey Matthews  & Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra Beach
Design by Andrew Howard
Styling by Elizabeth Demos
Photo by David A. Land

 

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Casey Matthews  “Monkey See, Monkey Do”  (48×60)

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Small Paintings on Paper at Stellers Gallery

Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL has a bunch of my small paper paintings – just in time for the holidays.  These reasonably priced paintings are exclusively offered from Stellers Gallery – and are all the paper pieces I have remaining.  So go for it – treat yo self! Prices range from $225-$310, and they are happy to ship your purchase!  Pick out your favorite one before they are all gone.  Contact info HERE

Casey Matthews  . Small Paper Paintings  .  Stellers Gallery

Casey Matthews . Small Paper Paintings . Stellers Gallery

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Small Work, Rejection, and Adversity

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I just finished a bunch of new small work and posted it on my website.  See more HERE.  I have a love hate relationship with creating small work because sometimes it can take sooo long to complete – and somehow I cannot shrink what I am currently doing – it just does not translate the same way.  My larger work seems very thin and loose, and the smalls appear very neurotic. They are fairly intense, painterly, and much thicker. I’m constantly editing until I get it just right.  There is a bunch of paint crammed in there per square inch – so you are really getting your monies worth! I have to believe the viewer has a more intimate relationship because one has the opportunity to get up close –  I just love how these turned out…

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I ran across this the other day and wanted to share:

“Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” – David Ackert

I don’t even know who that dude is, but it really hit home.  The part that struck me most was,  “watching people my age succeed, and achieve predictable (financial) milestones…”  when I just live day by day.  I admit, what I do is pretty adventurous and selfish, and I only have myself to blame when things go wrong. I guess could have chosen a more stable career – but I did not.  There were several occasions about many years ago that I could not afford to go to a friend’s wedding, or even visit my family for the holidays.  And I was so unorganized and did not really know what in the hell I was doing, and at times, my ex-husband resented me because I did not make enough money.

As of today I have been rejected twice this year so far.  I’m not going to cry or anything; I’m actually fairly amazing with rejection.  Rejection and adversity helps me to strive for better things, leave my comfort zone, set goals, and push myself harder.  I learned over the years to differentiate between personal relationships and business relationships – and when it comes to business you just can’t take things too personally.  Sure, sometimes words can sting, and actions will have consequences, but in the end – you just gotta get over it.  Sometimes that is easier said than done because (A) I am woman, and am stereotypically already preconditioned to sensitivity,  (B) I’m already on crazy meds and (C) there are a bunch of narcissistic, delusional, selfish, psychopath, whaca-doos out there in the world that I have to deal with.

Right now, I have a pit in my stomach – I’m trying to make a few important time sensitive decisions, and I’m worrying about the future even when things are going great right now. People that I rely on have been leaving me hanging this past year.  I need a new assistant.  I need a million dollars…but I’ll just settle for a new assistant.

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On a more upbeat note – I have switched representation in Atlanta!  I am now with Pryor Fine Art.  If you have never been in there – it is one of the most beautiful galleries I have ever been in (NYC included) and I am so honored to be working with them.  This is one of the new paintings I dropped off last weekend (and see more HERE🙂

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I’m so excited but scared at the same time.  This is something that I had been considering for quite some time, but change is scary, especially if the status quo is not so bad.  Change is essential to grow as a person and an artist – but that does not mean it is difficult to accept – or that your actions will be without consequences.  The only think I can do is keep working and create honest, beautiful, quality art that I am proud of and hope it all works out!

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Hey Y’all – Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas!

I’m happy to announce that I am now represented by The Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas! Yee Haw!

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All my Texas friends can mosey on over to 6th Street in the West End Gallery District – Austin Arts District – and check out the eye candy!  Austin is such a super cool cultural town, and I’m so excited to have a presence there.

After all these years of telling everyone I’m really a Texan – I finally have a way to share my art in Texas!

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“Dear Rocco… Love, Lucy”

"Dear Rocco... Love, Lucy"

“Dear Rocco… Love, Lucy”

If you want to read a new book about a retired NYC financial executive who meets an artist on an island and they fall in lurrrve…
Oh, and they each have a Chihuahua. And the dogs dig each other too…

(I illustrated the cover)

You can buy it on Amazon HERE! 
You can check out the website HERE
You can check out the Facebook FAN page HERE

When you have a book on Amazon, there is a little thing at the bottom of the “Product Details” that states your ranking, like this:

So, for shits and giggles I clicked on the top 100 books. Hillary Clinton’s new book is in the top 20. No surprise there, she has lots of fans – but the real shocker is that she barely has a two star rating for a top 20 book (out of 1000+ reviews.) And those are from people who actually like her – because you know that no self-respecting Republican will buy that book (at least new) and put money in her pocket. I almost felt sorry for her. The consensus is that it was long, boring, cold/superficial/safe, lacking substance, and ghost written. Most people were disappointed that it was lacking in candor, and honesty….

The whole point in telling you all that is because “Dear Rocco… Love, Lucy” is NOT boring. If you complain about anything – it will be that it was too short, and the author needs to hurry up and write something else!
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I have been busy. I have to admit that painting dogs, using watercolors, and seascapes are not really my thing. But is was a challenge, and I’m interested in challenging situations. Just don’t ask me to paint your dog now. Good God! I don’t want to open that can of worms (my cousin already asked me.)
Do you know how hard it is to paint dogs (and anything with eyeballs?) If they are not quite right everyone knows it. You can’t fool anyone. You can mess around with a looser style, and not be spot on realistic, but still – if the eyes are fucked up, you are screwed. There is a fine line between making something/someone look kind, approachable, cute, lovable – and cross-eyed, mean, mean, lifeless. And it is all in the eyes.
But this was good practice. I’m illustrating a children’s book next!

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NEW WORK: A Group Show at Stellers Gallery in Fernandina Beach, FL

New Work:

A Group Show with Michelle Armas, Thomas Hagar, Anna Kincade, and ME!

Friday, March 7th 6-9 PM

Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Hope you can make it!

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2014 · 12:03 am