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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 "Circle the Correct Answer" (30x48)

Casey Matthews “Circle the Correct Answer” (30×48)

After all these years I have finally set up an official email list. This fall I will be celebrating 12 years of being in my art studio. I will be giving away FREE art every month, and offering a SALE with FREE shipping. So if you want to receive my newsletter with new work announcements, exciting news, and help me celebrate my anniversary, please sign up! (Don’t worry I won’t send more than 6-10 per year)

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Fire Calves

I just uploaded about 30 new paintings to my website that are all for sale!  Yea!

I have been super busy working – busy, but also lazy – I should not have let this much art build up to photograph – but I was avoiding that load up and drive to Jacksonville like the plague.

If you have ever been to my studio, you would know that I have been there almost 12 years, and it is located in the quaint historic downtown area of Fernandina Beach.  It is also UPSTAIRS.  I am not a pussy.  I don’t usually avoid physical activity and stairs  – I’m still youngish, and can do it; Some days in heels!  However, I’m kind of over this upstairs studio thing.  It was fun while it lasted, but I’m just way too busy for all this nonsense.  Because it is located in the historic district, it is usually busy (hard to find a parking space,) and if I have paintings to load/unload – it can certainly complicate things if I don’t find a parking spot in front.  And to add further frustration, the studio is located above a coffee shop that is open at 7AM.  And while the parking spaces free up quickly, they can be full at 8AM!  There have been many a morning my day started at 5-6AM just so I could get a front parking spot.  The (former) owner of the coffee shop is familiar with my beautiful morning face and pajama/studio attire.  He was often up early with me pressure washing the sidewalk, and just opening the shop.  If anyone knows how hard I would – he does.

Today I handled 40+ paintings that I picked up from the photographer.  Do you know how many times that I walked up the stairs?? And in addition to that, I had to rent a van because all this art would not fit in my car.  I needed to return the van, so I did not have the luxury of driving around the block a few times until a space freed up.  So I had to walk around the corner and across the street when I unloaded the art, then walked up a flight of stairs, down the end of my hall to my studio.  And these were paintings that ranged in size from 24×30, 30×30, 36×36, 30×40, 48×48 and 48×60!  At the end of the day – I felt like crying.  My calves are on fire.  I’m going to take a few Tylenol PM tonight and hope for the best.

Ideally, I would love a huge air-conditioned warehouse/space on ground level, clean, all utilities included, critter free, mold free, pet friendly on the island and under $500.  I would also love to crank up my Bose stereo without complaint from the religious downstairs tenants.  And no distractions (visitors) – so I could get drunk or take a nap in the middle of the day if the mood struck.  Anyone know of anything like that?  Anyone?

Here are a few lovelies that I LOVE from this recent batch – but are all also kind of different:

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See more HERE.  I will be uploading more tomorrow as well.

Also, mental note to learn how to use my fancy camera and lighting techniques.

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May 28, 2014 · 11:35 pm

NEW Small Work!

I finally updated my website, and for those of you that will never have a chance to come visit me in Florida – I now have new work from my studio for purchase!

And I also added a bunch of new small paintings. All paintings range from 4×4 to 12×12 – and all under $400!

Casey Matthews "My Head is Spinning" (10x10)

Casey Matthews “My Head is Spinning” (10×10)

Check it out.

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New Work and Show

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Casey Matthews . “Cool Your Jets” . (30×48)

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Casey Matthews . “You Threw Me for a Loop” . (30×48)

I just posted some new work on my website – so check it out!  Most of it is heading to Gallery Orange in New Orleans at the moment.  I will also be posting more over the next few weeks – I have been quite the busy little bee this new year, but just slow to photograph.  I’m also finishing up some more new work for a big show at Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in March.  So save the date:  Friday, March 7th!  If you live in the North Florida area – come see me!

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Learning Experience

So, I finished and delivered a HUGE commission recently. I’m trying to pretend it is not a big deal, but it really is a big deal: It is 72×72 – and the largest painting I have ever painted (aside from a mural). I’m big time now bitches!

Casey Matthews  "500 Miles From Home"  (72x72)

Casey Matthews “500 Miles From Home” (72×72)

It was taller than me!

delivery day!

delivery day!

I was very excited to work on this piece because the freedom of working in such a large scale is so liberating. What I’m really meant to do. Unlike most artists, I actually LOVE doing commissions. I think of them as interesting challenges – which really break up a regular work routine. I enjoy fixing things and adhering to guidelines from time to time. It takes a little longer – but that is what you pay for. So far, all of my clients have been so amazing, and trusting; Because of the work I do – I don’t normally attract many picky, indecisive, and/or anal customers. Most of the people that admire and commission my work embrace the fact that I’m so free and intuitive, and I am able to take their vision and create something unique for their space. I enjoy following through with projects like that. And I’m good at it. People always comment on the fact that I’m so calm and patient with clients. Most artist get their panties in a wad when asked to make adjustments to their masterpiece. And while I understand that, my attitude is that – if you are going to look at something every day I honestly want you to be happy. And I’m generally not a people pleaser – so that is huge for me to say. I don’t care about making adjustments at the end. I’m a professional and try not to take things so personal. Besides, if you want to make more than two adjustments (and nobody ever has) you have to pay extra $$. So there you go.

This large 72×72 commission was also a HUGE learning experience….

Most of the time, I’m a realist – which can be construed as a negative attribute by some – because I don’t believe that good vibes, prayer, yoga, crystals, denial, and avoidance will make all the evil in the world go away. But when faced with adversity, I have always had this amazing ability to find the learning lesson in everything, every experience – and not get me down (too much) I believe in hard work, a good attitude, and making my own destiny.  I believe people should accept responsibility for their actions; realize that their actions have consequences, and not place blame on other people.

That being said, I will give you a little insight into a bit of the commission process, as well as some things that I have learned (and realized I need to adjust/change) the past two months while I painted and delivered/shipped several other large paintings, a few 48×60’s, a 72×72, a 60×72, and a 60×60:

When I give a completion date, that is the estimated date that it takes me to paint the painting. Around that date (or sooner) I announce “I’m finished! Look at my wonderful masterpiece!” (or something like that) That is not the date it will arrive to your home (some people actually believe that.) If you need the completion date and install date to be considerably moved up, then you will have to pay me extra – like 100% extra. Or I can always just say no. When you pay extra, then I can gladly squeeze you in-between other gallery work, and other commissions, but that also means I will be working 12-15 hour days. During this time I will need regular massages and trips to the chiropractor, so I’m not in pain and I do not resent anyone. Because you do not want me to be angry when I work on your art. And I have learned that money and massages help me get over my anger. I will also go through a whole tube of concealer trying to cover up my dark under eye circles; and for the record I use NW15 at MAC. I will also be eating out or picking up take out a bunch during this time – and dealing with a disgruntled BF who is use to healthy home cooked meals/salads and homemade turkey meatballs. But your generous 100% contribution will help me not complain one bit.

For the huge 72×72 I had to order the stretcher bars and stretch the canvas myself. This process takes longer and can be physically challenging. Which is why it costs more for custom sized work. I took it slow and was mindful of my back the whole time.

Some people ask me "can't you just pay people to do that for you?" and my response is "No.  I am actually the person that other people pay around here (or I use to be).  Because I'm the only one that can do a precise, clean, amazing job." Im a perfectionist when it comes to clean, square corners.

Some people ask me “can’t you just pay people to do that for you?” and my response is “No. I am actually the person that other people pay around here (or I use to be). Because I’m the only one that can do a precise, clean, amazing job.” I’m a perfectionist when it comes to clean, square corners, I’ve seen other artist churn out sloppy stretched work, and when you charge thousands for a painting it cannot look sloppy.

Because there was an unofficial rush on the deadline, I overnighted the materials. I could not find regular canvas in the weight I wanted in this size – so I bought a linen. Which is twice as expensive than canvas, but not a huge over expense in the grand scheme of things. Also, I initially wanted to rent a larger space to work in for a month or two – but by the time anyone even got back to me I had already stretched the canvas, and started painting. I did not have time to wait around. Time is money, and I do not observe “Island Time” like most people around here. Once this thing was stretched, and I was working on it flat/horizontal it took up almost the whole floor/space of my studio! I could barely move in there or work on anything else while this thing was drying. Between drying times I had to lift it up and take a photo just so I could see what I was actually working on. (I watched three seasons of the “Walking Dead” on Netflix while working on this monster.)

check out the linen background.  I used clear gesso so I could see that background in some areas

check out the pretty linen background. I used clear gesso so I could see that background in some areas

Normally, when I place an order for large stretched canvas to be freight shipped to me, and that means that they will technically only deliver to the door of my gallery – not to my actual studio (which is upstairs.) On the day that I know I’m getting a large delivery, I actually shower and blow my hair out and wear better than my normal ratty painting clothes, as well as makeup (things that do not exactly occur on a typical studio day) and I meet him at the truck with a smile.  I try to look cute yet pathetic until he offers to help me take the canvas upstairs (this process has worked every time so far). I tip him $30-$40 depending on how much stuff there is.

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I have an assistant that double primes my new canvas deliveries for me, [I then paint the masterpiece] then she paint the sides of my completed work, brushes a final seal on the work, puts hanging wire on each painting, and my price tags. Sometimes she takes the work to the photographer and helps me pack up work or take to the shipper as well.

So then I announce “I’m finished with my masterpiece!” and I email a photo/snapshot of the painting which the client then needs to approve and I make adjustments if needed (most of the time I do not.) If I am working with a gallery, I have to contact them first, who in turn has to contact the designer or architect, who then has to contact the client. Most of the time I never even meet or speak to the client. It is almost like a closed adoption process, and there can be up to two other people between me and the actual client. If one of these people decides to go out of town or does not answer their email in a timely manner, it can add up to 2-3 more weeks of a slow communication chain and adjustments (so be prepared for this.) I’m normally patient during this process, unless there is a set installation/delivery date; then I’m antsy.

Most of these new larger paintings (larger than 48×60) will not fit in my Jeep, so I need to rent a cargo van in order to take the work to the photographer (which is in Jacksonville, and about 50 miles/one hour away – the reason why I go here is because he is the BEST. A good image is priceless.) and then drop off at the freight shipper. And BTW – a 72×72 painting will NOT fit in a cargo van. The van door itself, is ONE INCH too small! I learned this the hard way, and had to think fast – and rent a small truck from Uhaul. Seems like overkill, but when you have to hand deliver something that you really should have shipped in the first place – and it has to be there in the next 24 hours – this is what you do. By my initial calculations, it was not any more money than the van, so that is what I rented.

So then the BF worries that I cannot drive said Uhaul, or said Uhaul will break down (I have broken down before and the BF had to come get me in the middle of the night 150 miles away.) So the BF insists on going with you for delivery, and protection – even though the BF is scared to drive the Uhaul himself (go figure.) The BF is also anal and thinks we don’t need to spend any more time in the big city than needed. We must return to the small, culture-less, vacuum of a town that we reside in immediately after delivery! So, basically you are in a large city with a Uhaul, but the BF will not allow you to go to Ikea or Crate & Barrel. Because In my mind, if you have a Uhaul in a large city, you need to fill the Uhaul up with Ikea/Crate & Barrel shit that you don’t need, just because you can. Ikea is janky. Don’t need to go to Ikea. BF is torturing me. Don’t ever take BF with you again. Lesson learned.

On the car ride home we stopped for lunch, and we ate at a TGIF – my first time since Highschool (and the BF had never been there.) We were the only white people in there and the food rocked! Had fried green beans for the first time. Went on a detox diet once we got home, but it was so worth it.

So, when I initially checked out the Uhaul I stated that I was going to said location – never talked about round trip or leaving it there. FYI. It is cheaper to leave the Uhaul in said location and drive a rental car back one way. BF talked me out of dropping off the Uhaul in the big city – “lets just drive it back, that is too much trouble….” so when I dropped off the Uhaul in Fernandina Beach, it was $400 bucks more than I had initially planned on. I begrudgingly ate this cost, and will not even let the client know how stupid I was to make this mistake. I was angry at myself for (A) taking the BF and letting him talk me out of the rental car, and (B) being stupid and not understanding the difference between the local rental and long distance rental. (C) Oh, and the ugly fat cow that works at the UHaul place was no help either.

Next time painting must be shipped.

And if you ever ask me for a discount, this is why I will say “suck it”

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Disclaimer: The BF says that while completely factual, I’m not portraying him in a good light, but I told him that if anyone really knows us they will think this was completely accurate and really funny. I would also like to add that I’m treated like a complete princess who wants for nothing 90% of the time.

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Second Saturday Artwalk – October 12th 2013

Please join me October 12th from 5-8PM at the Blue Door Art Studios for the Second Saturday Artwalk.  I am the featured artist, displaying my latest abstract paintings.  Regular hours are Monday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM, located at 205 1/2 Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, FL.  Look for the Blue Door and colorful stairs.  For more information please call 904.491.7733 or visit www.bluedoorartists.com.

Casey Matthews  "Regenerate"  (38x38) Framed

Casey Matthews “Regenerate” (38×38) Framed

So – I’m the featured artist for the month of October.  I’m filling in for another artist that has not been feeling well for several months.  I’m not exactly prepared because I have been working on so many commissions lately, but I can at least commit to having my work hung nicely and my studio somewhat clean at least for one week in October!  Then I have to deliver or ship most of it bye-bye after that.  So if you are around, come say hello and see what masterpieces I have been working on lately. You will freak at how busy I have been!

Casey Matthews  "Unknown Alias"  (30x40)

Casey Matthews “Unknown Alias” (30×40)

 

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