Dec 24, 2009

Celebrating my Art Accomplishments

I didn't count how many things I have done this year to improve my art career until Alyson Stanfield asked us 24 Art Marketing Questions for the end of the year. It was a snowing day with back pain, so I decided  to write by hand all the answers to feel I did something productive for my art routine. Let me tell you, It made my day.
There are the question with y answers:


  1.  How did you promote your art?: I did online and offline networking, organized studio visits and make more prints of my portfolio.
  2. What did you do to enhance your online presence?: I created a Facebook Fanpage. I got a domain name, and started a webpage.
  3. What technological skills did you learn or improve?: Many, specially Photoshop, digital photography, Web Development, and I got a Microsoft Certification.
  4. How many people did you add to your mailing list?: About 100, do I have contacted them after? that is a question I wish she won't ask.
  5. Who were the top ten cool or influential people you met? I met pretty cool people this year, a group of artists and new friends of all ages. 
  6. Whom did you mentor or help out? The count is about 75 so far, a group of artist around de world looking for advice on art career in Spanish, they found me, and I'm glad to help.
  7. Did you create a new business card, portfolio, or other marketing piece? Oh yeah, I created a full stationary package, with my logo and professionally designed format.
  8. What medium or skill did you attempt or master? marketing in my native language, I really like the experience. For Art itself I tried mixed media (still finding myself there) and dry pastels ( I loved it)
  9. What did you try that was completely new?: Web Coding, that is a pain in the neck but very handy for many online things I do. I can't say I'm good on it but at least nobody is going to foul me :)
  10. What did you try that was uncomfortable, but helped you grow?: I don't like talking on the phone, specially for business but I finally feel more comfortable with my English and it is good enough to hold a professional conversation. That was tough! 
  11. What worthy cause did you support in some way?: I donated some of my pieces to a foundation that support latino art students and latin art in general.
  12. What new art events, galleries, and museums did you visit? I visited MoMA in summer and many local galleries.
  13. What resources did you discover?: I'm not sure but I think Twitter is my newest discovery, I now have it connected to my blog and fanpage in Facebook. Pretty handy tool.
  14. How did you improve your studio habits?: I purged many papers, and scanning many I wanted to keep. I really like the digital storage rather than keeping papers all over the place. I also have a "to file soon" spot that I tackle every week.
  15. What books did you read to help your career?: New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott, Mayan and Aztec Culture encyclopedia, I'd rather be in the Studio by Alyson Stanfield, and Art Forms.
  16. What videos or films were useful? Handmade tiles by Frank Giorgini that one is the best!
  17. What seminars/workshops/lectures did you attend or teach? I taught Blogging 101 at Expressiones Cultural Center
  18. How did you enhance your office or studio environment?: I have a totally renovated studio Yay!
  19. What organizations were you involved with?: Expressiones Cultural Center and CT Sculptors Society
  20. What grants/honors/awards did you receive? I didn't expected it but I got one money reward at TRCC
  21. What articles were written about your work? in Registro news paper of New Haven and a magazine in Barquisimeto-Venezuela
  22. What exhibits, grants, contest, etc. did you submit your art to? I didn't submit much this year but I'm happy with the few I have been showing this year: The Barnum Museum, Slater Museum, Expresiones, Arte Inc, Lyme Art Gallery and Atlanta's Airport.
  23. Where did you save a wad of money? I can't tell you that LOL
  24. What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2009? The best thing ever is that I actually can be a full time artist, I'm healthy and have a supportive husband.
Thank you 2009 for all the wonderful things you let me have. I believe we can make things happen as long as we work on it. 

Sep 22, 2009

My Birthday in many languages

Yesterday we celebrated my birthday in a very special way. It was a coincidence my friends had one of their usual get together party, on the end we were about 35 people from different countries, what a wonderful mix of cultures and languages. We all had so much fun, eating, drinking, dancing. Oh dear, we were loud, good thing the hosting couple don't have neighbors. 
Have you ever heard the birthday song in: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Polish, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Thai?, and the best of all, the one from a little girl in a solo, I loved it! Thank you all.

Sep 9, 2009

Testing 1, 2, 3

Sorry you might see this message everywhere now. I connected my Facebook fan page with my profile, then twitter and my blog, but I overlooked there were other settings already working. I appologize for the clutter; I'll work on fixing it soon.
Meanwhile let me give you some updates:
  • I'm a happy Mac owner, I love this computer, the screen and way it works is awesome.
  • My art work is still going on, currently exhibiting in Expressiones in New London, CT
  • There is one more semester ahead to finish my Computer Applications Certificate
  • I just taught a class about blogging and my students were happy of their new blog and achivements
  • Sage Green is my new favorite color
  • My camera broke down and I had to run and buy a new one, I'm still learning how to use it
I have more to share but, this is only a test ;)

Aug 12, 2009

I got a good question

Last night I met an artist from Russia and after a nice dinner party he asked me for a link were he can see my work, and I again regretted not having my web-page ready. For now the only place I can think of is my Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/SikiuClayDesigns and actually had to upload some more pictures. Thank you for pushing me Alex, I loved your work by the way. 

Detail of one of my most recent work. New Era Coyolxauhqui 

Aug 4, 2009

Expressiones

The last weekend we participated in Expressiones opening. My daughter was in charge of greeting the visitors, I had a wall space for my art and Keith... well he just support us being quite and looking good LOL. My in-laws went to visit and along with many people enjoyed the show. Thank you for all your support.

Jul 31, 2009

I'll try this for my Itouch

I'm totally impressed how technology can make art so portable and clean!, you don't need to take your materials with you anymore. I was a little hesitant of how good this tool could be but after watching the video and watching all you can do with this fairly cheap application, I have to try it out.
 

Jul 9, 2009

My favorite pictures

Yesterday was my last photography class, I wish we had more time, keep learning more and more everyday.I guess what you have to do is practice and keep shooting different subjects and don't be afraid of editing if necessary. I learned about Photoshop, it seems fun and relatively easy to use, I still prefer to take a good picture and just do minimum changes. Something I reaaaally love is the Mac enviroment, oh dear, I got hooked. It is like weating new glasses, everything looks just perfect!
Some of the pictures I toke.



Jul 3, 2009

I need a website

I can't wait any longer... I suppose to know all the coding, making, designing by now but my classes delayed for one semester. What do I do? I want something for now, let's say for the next 6 months, then I can go and build my own from scratch or at least be knowledgeable enough to pick a good service. I don't like the freebies with a lot of ads, it too busy and cheap.

Jun 28, 2009

Handmade Wedding

I haven't share much about my wedding, maybe because I'm still walking on clouds, feeling the same tickles in my stomach, ok I'll stop before you get upset.
Well as an artist I had to make my wedding day special for everybody and all of them brought home a little of art, handmade tiles with a engraved thank you message on the back.

Jun 21, 2009

New visions

This blog has been a release for me, I used to post frequently about my day to day as an artist, described my process, shared thoughts and laugh with you guys. Right now my schedule changed tremendously and to schedule a video chat is very difficult to plan, I work while I am doing other things, as people say women are good multitasking. All this new way of creating art is giving me new way to express and that is what I wanted to share today. She is the first sculpture of this kind, let's see what I do next. I'm thinking on picking only one day at week to post, maybe Sundays will be the best.
Should I post about Father's Day? well... my dad is the most influential image I have since I was a kid, thanks to him I learned how to communicate through art. I'm a daddy's girl and always be, he is absolutely proud I take art as the fuel of my life. I love you papi and thank you for all your lessons, your caring and all the kisses.

Jun 10, 2009

Only latinas

I just finished installing a group exhibition for this Friday. We are a group of latin women artists ando for the first time we are going to show together. Three of us are venezuelan, our art is very different but we have so many things in common, the love for the material, colors, textures and our culture. Are you wondering what am I talking about? well you have to see it with your own eyes.

Jun 4, 2009

Two more Art Shows


Wow I can't believe I would be this busy by this time of the year. I have two exhibitions is a row, one is actually this weekend at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport and the other in New Haven Connecticut.
I wanted to take more time to finish designing my webpage but I better take care of business and interact with people, I need my doses of art, talk in person with art lovers and forget the virtual world for a moment. I thought about doing less art but that is not possible so the sacrifices would be maybe sleeping time and day dreaming.

May 20, 2009

A little bird told me...

That I should make more birds, and I did. I had been having a lot of positive feedback and orders of birdies so I decided to start making more of them. I don't think I'm compromising the consistency of my work because those birds still have the ethnic influence; my statement also mention my passion for birds. By the way this bird on the window is my not- too- secret admirer, he follows me everywhere and knock the window constantly for attention, sorry I'm married cutie.

May 13, 2009

In a Museum again

I thought you would like to see my sculptures showing in the Barnum Museum. I can't wait for the reception; it is totally worth the trip

" From Model to Monuments"

with selected work by members of the Society of CT Sculptors

Opening reception: Sunday, June 7th, 1:00 PM - 5:00 pm

Refreshments

Band from MACH - Channel 12 TV

The exhibition will be on display from June 1st through 29th 2009

The Barnum Museum

820 Main Street

Bridgeport, CT 06604

tel: 203- 331- 1104

Apr 16, 2009

You can't pick

Sorry guys, I know you have been waiting for my studio to open, the last details are taking more that I anticipated. I do want to share but I want it to be a big surprise, you have to wait with me. I am showing you my glaze testing samples, they are pretty and so colorful that I put them on my wall.
Work your imagination....

Mar 31, 2009

Sikiu Miller

I'm back! my wedding was beautiful, can't be better, thanks God everything came out perfect. We just arrived last Saturday and now trying to settle again, I'm back to cooking, studying, working, managing and of course keeping in touch with my friends and family so please be patience, there is a lot to get done before I return to my "normal" routine...
I couldn't resize the pictures so I'll post just a few for now, enjoy.

Mar 17, 2009

I'll be a married woman next week


That explains why I had disappeared from the online world, I need to concentrate on my wedding, I'm so stressed but excited! I already packed now I just have to finish little details, those simple tasks that take a lot of you time...

Feb 26, 2009

Missing in action

I feel bad for not giving little care to my blog but my wedding is few weeks away and it is keeping me extremely busy, however I have been working off line for few minutes at day, not enough time to do online video and chat, sorry. I also have been working on my new, totally improved Statement and Biography but I still need a little more feedback to see if I'm missing something or can be done better, this is the draft with the corrections I have done so far, what do you think?



Statement

The Ancient Mesoamerican and Pre-Columbian Art gave is the substance of my style,. The female figure is the center stage in my compositions, and her curves richly decorated representing Goddesses with voluptuousness and plentiful sexual allure. I also have an appreciation for a wide variety of birds, symbolizing fertility and power gracefully. My sculptures characteristically use a vocabulary of assembled flat panels with appended simple forms created with terracotta, generally as high relief mosaics strategically assembled.


Biography

Sikiu was born and raised in Barquisimeto; cradle the heart of the arts and crafts industry of Venezuela. She grew up in a region heaped of arid landscapes and natural clay deposits, where she frequently extracted the best terracotta to build her sculptures. Her formal art education started at the local Fine Art School "Martin Tovar y Tovar" (where her father has been a ceramic teacher), at first as a three-years-old until she was mature enough for adult courses, all this time at At the age of three, she enrolled for classes at the local fine art school, "Martin Tovar y Tovar" where her father worked as a ceramic teacher. Once ready for adult classes the school gave her the opportunity to explore a broad variety of mediums and learn from master instructors.

While in Venezuela, Sikiu's family encouraged her to pursue a diploma; she did not have the desire of being an Art Teacher, therefore she acquired an Advertising and Marketing degree that certainly gave her a lead in the Art Market. Despite the challenges of being a young single mother in a machista –dominated by men- country, the following years she successfully commissioned works for architects, Interior Designers and private collectors. Her name can be found in uncountable locations: restaurants, resorts, businesses and homes.

In early 2001 she moved to The United States calling home to Bozrah, Connecticut, where she built her ceramic studio and is recently an active member of the Connecticut Sculptor Society. She also collaborates on different online sources for artists, especially for those whom Spanish is their primarily language and are pursuing an art career. She thinks there is not sufficient specialized information to help Hispanic Artists and this is a good time to give back all what she learned.

Feb 12, 2009

Slater Museum

I have been accepted in a Juried Exhibition at Slater Memorial Museum. I am thrilled, amazed, walking on clouds and still can't believe my luck. I'm pretty confident of my work but there it was a lot of competition, all the other pieces were simply amazing, for me being the new kid on the block made me feel concern about being accepted for the exhibition then I got the acceptance mail yesterday and have been jumping since then.

The reception will be held on Sunday Feb 22 from 1-3 PM and the exhibition will be open to public until April 2

If you are a museum lover you can't miss a visit to Slater, it is absolutely gorgeous, my daughter is so lucky to study at NFA having this museum as part of the school.

Jan 5, 2009

Back to work

My vacations ended and it is time to play with art again, well I can't say I was totally disconnected because the remodeling project on my studio, the exhibition in Old Lyme and doing some marketing so saying I wasn't working wouldn't be true. I know you want to take a pick of the progress so there you go.

Ya terminaron mis "vacaciones" y es hora de "trabajar" los digo entre comillas porque disfruto tanto de lo que hago que no veo la diferencia entre trabajar y vacaciones, en fin he estado ocupada mercadeando, haciendo contactos y remodelando mi estudio (asi fueron mis vacaciones) y como me imagino quieres ver fotos del progreso te regalo esta.