Sunday, October 28, 2007


Conduit of Light - (Circles of Light series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007
Source image : Bamboo

I am a member of an Artists in Business group sponsored by our local Small Business Development Center. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to be introduced to a lot of different information about business, which I suspect is really only scratching the surface of what there is to know. Last Tuesday I met with Victoria Ryan, a local artist and art marketing consultant, because I was not able to get to the meeting when she spoke; I was treated to two hours of personalized information. We talked a lot about licensing my art, as opposed to focusing on gallery representation, blogging, and multiple streams of income. These are directions and goals I had already decided upon for myself, and so it was good to get that validation.

On Friday I met with my business counselor, who also comes with this program. As I was leaving the coffee house, I took photographs of the bamboo growing outside and created the mandala that you see above. I do see myself as a conduit for the everyday beauty around me, and I am grateful for all that there is to see.

For those of you who do digital art and photography, I want to share this information: Snapshots 2007 Open call for entries for an un-juried show featuring digital art and photography: All entries received by the deadline will be exhibited in our gallery arranged mural-like, edge to edge. More info here.


Bobbie said...

I'm always amazed how a photo turns into a mandala and this one is no exception. It is just so full of life and growing.

I had a look around Victoria's website and have to confess that I have a weakness for pastels. I love the way the color is laid onto the paper. Beautiful work.

I wish you the best of luck with your new direction and I just know you will succeed.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Sue,

Another spectacular mandala! And so fun to see the original photo - surprises me ... but that makes it even more fun!

Glad you got validation of your directions. Multiple streams of income seems to be the way to go for most of us artists.

I need to get moving on licensing too!

~ Diane Clancy