Sixteen years ago I came to the States from the UK. My arrival in a new place, many miles from my family and everything I knew, stirred up memories of my early childhood. I decided to try my hand at painting. I had always sketched, mostly for my work in architectural offices where drawings had to accurately convey a design proposal. As soon as I had learned to recognize one end of a paint tube from the other, I started to paint my memories on small wooden panels. My family lived in a large tumble-down house in the countryside with another ...
Everything starts with a sketch
A sketch can be an idea that stays in your imagination or it can find it’s way to paper. If it finds it’s way to paper it can sit there waiting for years for you to return. Sometimes to follow through with a painting or the final drawing and other times just to remind you of that creative moment. Sketch of woman who had just passed. I was in college and working in a convalescent home in Hermosa Beach. I knew her. It was late at night. The nurse on duty calle...
Letter from Howard Flax
Flax art & design is interested in supporting MAU artists through a live painting program in the store. With this invitation, please think of Flax as an extension of your studio, with the benefit of a new environment to stimulate your creativity. Your workspace will be in the front of the store with the highest area of traffic. We'll have an easel and taboret for your use, you can bring some promotional postcards for customers to take away, and you can bring in a some finished pieces of art to sell, too.
The purpose of this is to give you more exposure of your talents and artwork. By extension of that, we hope to increase awareness of Mission Artists United and the Open Studios. For Flax, your participation provides a great new energy in the store, and our customers gain inspiration from watching you.
Our goal is to schedule an artist as live painter every Saturday. The best time is mid to late afternoon, with a working time from two to four hours. Flax will promote the program to all our customers via email and social media, and for each participating artist we will list their bio on our website and in the store. If you like, we'll post a video to YouTube.
Please note that while the idea for this was spawned from successful MAU artist presentations in the store last year, it's not for everyone. The retail environment can be hectic, with different announcements coming over the PA system and occasional customers wanting to interact with you.
To schedule a participation date/time or to ask questions, please contact Leslie Flax at leslie at flaxart.com, (Leslie and Howard are siblings, representing the third generation of the Flax family)
Thank you. We are really forward looking forward to working with MAU artists!