I’ve been tweeting up a storm about it, but I haven’t had a chance to write a proper post before now. I’m finally participating in Artomatic!

For those of you who don’t know, Artomatic is a huge art festival in DC that is all volunteer run. It’s open for anyone who wants to participate. There is always a huge variety of visual art, plus live performances, films, workshops, tours, and more! This year it’s running from May 18 – June 23rd. That’s over a month of arty goodness!

I had wanted to participate in 2009, but an opportunity to travel to Saipan got in the way. I had the intention of participating in 2010, but alas, it was not to be. 2012 is the first year since 2009 that the event is actually happening, and I knew I didn’t want to miss it!

I registered as soon as I could, and went to orientation and site-selection just a week later.

After I chose my space, I snapped a few photos of my wall with my iphone. Not the best quality, but it gives you an idea of the space.

left side of my Artomatic wall
left side of my wall

right side of my Artomatic wall
right side of my wall

view from my room out into the main open room on the 1st floor

view from the main open room on the 1st floor into my room. my wall is the one dead ahead!

I had initially chosen an entirely different space–a little room to have all to myself, and I thought it was exactly what I wanted. I planned to make a little lounge. Bring in chairs and a coffee table so I could hang out and sketch and have visitors to my little space. Then I went to the check-out room, and the wall that is now my wall was right there and still available, calling my name. There was a flurry of excitement and activity to get it switched, but luckily my friend Krissy (who is also participating in Artomatic and had selected her space earlier in the day) was along for moral support. She fended off claim jumpers while I dealt with the space switch.

Today I’m heading down to Artomatic to paint my wall an orangey-pink color called “Lipstick” according to the Behr paint name.

The paint color for my wall at Artomatic is called "Lipstick"

I’m hoping it won’t be too obnoxious, but instead that it’ll liven up the space and help my black, white, and gray paintings stand out.

This is such a cool opportunity to do something completely new, and I’m definitely taking the challenge to heart. I’m painting bigger than I ever have before. I’ll be creating 10 – 30x30in paintings. I did go a little easy on myself, deciding to limit the color palette to black, white and gray. Also in the interest of finishing the paintings in time, I’m reusing many designs that I’ve created in the past. There will be a variety of styles, but I’m thinking that the similar color palette and canvas size will unify the collection.

I’m planning to post updates on this blog about my Artomatic journey, so stay tuned. Also, follow along on twitter where I’ll be posting photos and updates more regularly!

2 Replies to “Artomatic”

  1. Okay, I know I’m WAY behind your posts, but I just want to express how excited I am for you! That color is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see your paintings “pop” off those walls…

    1. Sorry I didn’t respond to this before. I saw it but I didn’t have a chance to reply! Thank you! Artomatic has definitely been an exciting experience so far!

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