Monday, July 02, 2007

look at me!

Somehow the Spring 2007 issue got lost in translation, so here's the summer issue of Cahoots magazine. I love that my work is both featured and on the cover of the 'many cultures' issue. One of the angles in my Primal Landscape series is just that: an exploration of the more primitive art of Pre-Columbian Mexico, a culture whose art I love and I have a great deal of curiosity about. I can hardly wait to receive my copy.

And while I'm tooting my own horn, last week I got a really encouraging letter from Dianna Ponting, president of the Federation of Canadian Artists. She travels to the various chapters in BC and Alberta to speak to them about the Federation and at the same time takes along the most recent year's successful candidates for Signature Status (AFCA in my case). Here's what she said:

After having done several presentations of these same slides over and over, I find myself anticipating certain artists work before it comes on the screen and passing along this excitement to the audience. What usually strikes me about these in particular artists is that they’ve really achieved a recognizable high in their careers. They’ve developed a wonderful style all of their own and carry it of with aplomb and technical expertise.

Your work is among these few artists and although there is no second guessing what a jury panel might decide, I want to take this opportunity to suggest that you apply for your SFCA in 2008 because I truly think you are there already.

Not sure yet if I'm ready to take the next step (it took me ages to make the first) but it was definitely a boost I needed. Anyway, I promised no more shameless advertising for two weeks on April 27th, so I think I outdid myself this time. Does that mean I have to wait another two+ months?

36 Comments:

Blogger HMBT said...

Wow! THat looks so cool...Congrat's! So...now that your a arty big wig...what's stopping you from world domination?

2/7/07 11:31 AM  
Anonymous chocolate covered musings said...

ooooh! well done! how amazing.

2/7/07 2:23 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Congratulations Andrea!

2/7/07 3:27 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

Andrea-
This is great-awesome for you!
Your artwork is amazing and you deserve all the accolades that come your way!

2/7/07 4:58 PM  
Blogger Alda said...

Andrea, how wonderful!!! That is an incredible accolade coming from someone in her position.

I know what a fantastic feeling it is to have one's work recognized ... and I sincerely hope you can let it permeate right through you!

[Incidentally, what is a SFCA?]

2/7/07 5:13 PM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Wow! The cover looks fantastic and I so agree that your work is really mature and unique and deserves lots of recognition and museum shows, etc. How might I get a copy of the magazine? Congratulations on both horn-tooting-worthy accomplishments!

2/7/07 11:55 PM  
Blogger justin said...

That's wonderful news, Andrea. You deserve it.

2/7/07 11:55 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Hey, you aplombly, technically expert - promote yourself away! Why do you think we read this blog anyhow? :-)

3/7/07 1:49 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Heartfelt congratulations and pleeease, next time, don't let us wait for so long for a bit of self promotion (Tara's right!). :-)

3/7/07 2:44 AM  
Blogger Philip said...

Many congratulations - you deserve this!

3/7/07 3:51 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Wahooo! Advertise all you want! I am absolutely delighted to hear so much good news in one post... you certainly deserve it, Andrea!

3/7/07 3:58 AM  
Blogger Ces said...

Oooh! I am excited for you. GO FOR IT Andrea. I told you, you have your own fantastic style that says "Andrea Pratt!" Go for it. Congratulations.

P.S. I'd recognize your work anywhere!

3/7/07 5:12 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

GREAT! - my sincere congratulations, andrea!

3/7/07 6:06 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Yippee!!!! Yippee !!!! Doing the happy dance.......you go get em' !!!

Your work is original and spirited.....congratulations.

3/7/07 6:42 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Woohoo! Can't wait to get my copy of Cahoots!

3/7/07 6:59 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Be 'shameless' Andrea. I encourage it and you deserve it and you remind me about myself in my creative endeavors and I know that there are times I have to goad myself to 'dare to be great'. And, if not great, then at least 'respectable' at my craft. You, dear friend, are much more than merely respectable.
Ian

3/7/07 8:54 AM  
Blogger Sheri Burhoe said...

Congratulations !!! The cover looks awesome with your work on it !

3/7/07 10:05 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I forgot to mention, your cover looks incredibly inviting.
Ian

3/7/07 1:35 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Congratulations on the cover and the letter!!

3/7/07 1:42 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

You guys are the best! I have 'issues' blowing my own horn so to get this kind of warm feedback just might make me *have* to do it more often! :) It seems when I'm just about ready to throw in the towel (for economic reasons) something good happens.

Jana: you can subscribe at the link to Cahoots magazine in the post and Alda: SFCAs are senior signature members. AFCA/SFCA are explained here:

Associate (AFCA) Status is achieved through selective process of those Active members consistently having demonstrated superior ability in the General Members' Exhibitions and through other jury criteria.
Senior (SFCA) Status - Artists are elected once a year by a consensus of ten other existing SFCA's. There are approximately 60 SFCA's.

3/7/07 2:03 PM  
Anonymous ritadaphné said...

Of course you are ready for the nex step!...Allez,..go,go,go!..
BRAVO Andréa...Ritabisous.

3/7/07 3:21 PM  
Blogger Ilva said...

Wow, more more. And of course you are ready for it! Life's hardly going to come up as a rerun so go for it. NOW!

4/7/07 5:07 AM  
Blogger Belinda said...

I hope you're framing an issue of that magazine. I would.

The only bad part about my most recent AP painting is the constant moving it around. Because I want it to be prominently displayed, yes? But then when I go to my bedroom, I want to look at it. 'Tis a quandary.

4/7/07 9:35 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

That is fantastic and groovy!
I love reading about your success please toot your horn more often.

It is so exciting to see people that you know become famous...and that cover is PERFECT.

I am thrilled for you and thanks for clearing up the Amateur and Senior Canadian F****n' Artist designations...
'cause I thought that the A was for Awesome and that the S was for Super.

4/7/07 11:37 AM  
Blogger kj said...

andrea,

toot. toot. toot! toot!

the cover of this magazine is AWESOME. i would buy the magazine just from seeing this fantastic art on its cover.

"sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug"

today you are the windshield. ENJOY please. ok?!

4/7/07 12:26 PM  
Blogger Aaron Paquette said...

You really are already there. I've always thought so and that's why I visit your page! And link to it...And did my first artist profile on you...and slavishly pore over your work...and and and.

Congratulations on the magazine cover (and innards!) as well. It's about time!!

4/7/07 3:59 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Hi guys. I want to respond to everyone because I'm overwhelmed by all the great support (*sniff*), but I'm still fighting this awful virus and haven't an ounce of extra energy. But HE: Amateur! Oh! I'm hurt! :) It's "Associate". Or maybe, referring to KJ's comment, it's some kind of technical term startring with "A", for windshield. Off for a nap now...

4/7/07 4:17 PM  
Anonymous swampgrrl said...

hey grrl.
congratulations on the cover. freakin' fabulous!

i love "neighbours" and the sweet little extra. neighbours is for a friend who recently got her advanced licensure for counseling.
she has many times told me how much she loves your work that's up in my office.

4/7/07 8:18 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

whoopee! Blogger recognises me here.
Just adding my congrats.Big smiles to Up Over from Down Under.

4/7/07 9:16 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Congratulations, Andrea!!
Is this the shape of things to come... I really hope so!
Well done, you deserve it!

5/7/07 3:48 AM  
Blogger Within Without said...

Andrea, that looks so good on you...or should I say you look so good on that mag cover.

That work is so you, it's so recognizable as you...congratulations!

And those are some mighty fine words from the SFCA woman...best of luck with it.

5/7/07 7:54 AM  
Blogger ziggi said...

That's fantastic! I'm so proud to have some of your work :)

5/7/07 11:43 AM  
Blogger CS said...

Ooh, look at you indeed! Nice work!

5/7/07 11:57 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks again all. Now I'll just fade back quietly into obscurity... :)

6/7/07 9:09 AM  
Blogger Bibi said...

Congratulations Andrea ... it looks really dynamic.

6/7/07 9:08 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Your picture really makes that magazine cover and its fab to hear that others are recognising you!

Its always hardest to recognise oneself... we tend to build ourselves up both too big and too small in odd ways... so why not apply and let them decide... if you don't get accepted this time its just more experience along the way...

9/7/07 12:41 AM  

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