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Curley Lox
Oct 18, 2022
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
I have heard something in the past and never really understood it until recently. " You are paying for the artist, not the art." I did a little reading and found this gem, "An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision." James Whistler Art Vision Labor Artist Paid Art is subjective. You will always have your favorite. Like a favorite singer or band, the art world has its own version of "Rockstars." When you see a piece of artwork that evokes emotion (Good, Bad, or Ugly), the artist has done his or her job! I used to think that art was for the wealthy or the snobbish (Yes, I did !). You may look at a Picasso or a Jackson Pollock painting and think, "I could do that, heck a third grader could!" In reality, if you could have, you already would have. The money you spend for something that allows you to feel the emotion and bond that the artist portrayed is priceless. Any artist needs to pay for their supplies, of course. But did you realize you are paying for far more than that? Please understand, though, that he/she will never actually get back what they put into the art piece (in the way of time). The artist had a vision and then spent hours, days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years creating something based on just a spark of imagination. This creativity and birth of something new and remarkable into the world is a gift from the artist. The product of an artist who puts that vision into reality, thus bringing it to life, is what you are buying.
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Curley Lox
Jul 19, 2022
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
Please tell us what your favorite piece of art is! That one little thing that you have that you love so much and gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling, we want to see it! Whether you made it, you bought it, someone gave it to you, or one of your loved ones created it just for you, This is the time to share it! We know we are all proud of something that someone (even ourselves) put their whole heart into making. So let everyone enjoy its beauty! Please post it here!
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Curley Lox
Jun 21, 2022
In Your Comfort Zone!
Most days there just does not seem to be enough time in my day to get everything done! Sound familiar? Most people have no clue as to who is behind BRONZEDcurlz™, I am Curley Lox, and I am more than just a mixed media artist! I have a normal day job and I am a mother of a special needs adult daughter with whom I care for with the abundance of help from my own loving mother! My day begins at 2 am when I drag myself out of bed, have my coffee, check my personal emails, website, and social media stuff, and then I tend to look over at my art tables and prepare to get full of paint, plaster, glues, and so many different mediums that usually leave me looking like one hot mess by 5:30 am. At 5:30 am I head to the showers to prepare for my job, ya know the one that pays the bills! Those few simple quiet hours at my art table are what I have come to live for! Those hours of zoning out and letting go are so necessary for my mental health! Art, I have learned, is the one thing I can do and literally defrag my mind in a way that I am sure would somehow rank up there with meditation. I used to run at that time of the morning until I was sidelined by an injury. Running was an aggressive way for me to let out all that pent-up energy and frustration. Art is a calm and methodical way for me to forget about everything and literally zone out! I wonder sometimes if this is only me or if other people find that art (in any form) is such a comforting way to calm their brain? I am routinely asked how I come up with designs or ideas for my art pieces. Yes, sometimes there is planning involved, most often though, there is no planning, only playing around. I work with a piece and let it kind of dictate what it wants (strange to write that or even say it out loud, cause it's just plain weird!), but it's true. It is during those quiet hours that I let an inanimate object take form into something totally new and beautiful (to me anyway), and when I am done with a piece, often I am just as surprised as everyone else! The Quiet Hours are where the magic happens!
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Curley Lox
May 02, 2022
In Your Comfort Zone!
OK, so while I have my "comfort zones" when it comes to doing my mixed media art pieces, I also have those pieces that I just lose interest in halfway through. I am currently working on a piece and it has given me so much trouble that I have just put it aside for now. In the past I have had similar feelings towards an art piece and set it aside only coming back to it later (a few days, a week, a month, and yes...never!). What I have in my head for a piece never usually comes out the way I intended it to, but always comes out where I am happy, right? Yeah, not so much. Truth be told, I get frustrated and even considered throwing a piece away, only to have the damn thing sell within a few days or a week. So for now, I will put the piece aside, and maybe some random thought or idea will strike me and I will have a breakthrough with it. On the other side, maybe I will just slam it to the floor, sweep up the pieces and use them differently...see relieves frustration, clears the mind, and new ideas can come from the shattered pieces! Food for thought!
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Curley Lox
Apr 21, 2022
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
Recently I was approached to sell my entire inventory to an Art Gallery out of State. I didn't even hesitate, of course! I mean the whole point is to get my art out there, right? That being said, I sent a detailed invoice, it was paid, and then the packing and shipping began. Oh my, I did not expect the anxiety, fear, and literal depressive state that hit me! I sold 49 pieces in one shot, so I should be excited, right? Well, yes and no. As I am still new to the art world, having any piece purchased means that someone liked it enough to spend very hard-earned money on it. That is a huge compliment, in and of itself. Selling everything to a new "Eclectic Art Gallery" that is a real Brick and Mortar storefront was insane to me and quite overwhelming. As the UPS truck pulled up to pick up all of these massive boxes, and walk away with them, it reminded me of putting my child on the school bus for the first time. I felt as if I was all alone. I was feeling "empty nest" syndrome! The feeling of starting over was so sad. My own mother said, Dear, you have lots of photographs of your work, you will make more. Plus I had several half-finished pieces to get done with too. I got started and have put out a few more pieces, and am working feverishly to get more out there. You see, when I began this journey and then became serious about this journey, it still was not about making money. This is about the release. The release of my inner creativity. The release of my mind to defrag and just enjoy and zone out. I get so excited when I sell a piece, it's like finding a home for one of my treasures. I usually talk to the person purchasing a piece and almost "get to know" them. This is the absence of that, it felt generic to me, as weird as that sounds. I have come to the realization that I did not "sell my art out", I simply sold all of my art pieces. The whole point is to enjoy the release. Those empty shelving units that I place my pieces on to dry or to sit waiting for their unknown home, will be filling up again soon. It is like a brand new beginning. I won't lie though, I do go back and look at all of my pictures and in doing so, I have gotten to actually enjoy seeing how far I have come. Every day is a learning process, an exploration of sorts. I look forward to the day that I am as shocked and excited (all in the same moment) as I was when I realized the person asking was not some scammer, they were real, and they liked my work enough to fill a real store with it.
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Curley Lox
Mar 19, 2022
In Your Comfort Zone!
Well, It's been a while. As I wear so many hats in my day-to-day life, it's often hard to keep up with some of the most important things in my life. You see, yes I am an artist, but do it more as a hobby than as any possible "full-time career". I am also a mother of a special needs child, and a daughter of an elderly mother (we all live together- fun right?!?) As art is subjective, so is the amount of work you sell, commission, etc. I have a full-time job that I depend on to pay my bills. I was asked the other day, by an anonymous person from a chat room, "I see you sell your pieces at low costs, and your work is so good. How do you cover your overhead and still make a profit to live off of?" To be honest, I don't do this to make money, as profit. I do this because I learned later in life that I should be afraid of art and began exploring. I guess you could call this my honeymoon phase with my own art (yes, I said that...as I giggle and sip my coffee). You see art is something that comes from your soul, imagination, and your skills. When I began, I had no skills to speak of in the art side of me, it began as me playing around, reading the backs of products in arts and crafts stores, scrolling through Pinterest and the like. I had so many ideas, but when I decided to not follow the flow of the "main-stream" art I was seeing everywhere, and let loose with my own ideas, it was very liberating. You see, not depending on the money to "live off of", but instead letting my inner creativity flow, my art began to actually sell. Why? Because it's different. I am different. Heck, most of you will see I do a lot of "Steampunk genre". Well, while attempting my very first piece, for a friend, she asked for something "Victorian-Gothic and kind of dark." What the hell did "Victorian-Gothic" even mean? Well after a lot of research, I ran across the genre of something that seemed to call to me. Her piece came out pretty amazing, as I had no clue what I was doing anyway, and figured if I didn't like it, or she didn't, it could be capped or heck, it was a gift, she could hang it in the basement, right?!? To all of you who have all of these ideas and think you can jump in and become some famous artist, think again. The term, "Starving Artist" is real. Art must be a passion and one that is tempered. The fact that you think you may have to create, create, create, in order to sell, sell, sell...well you come up dry. Dry in ideas (unless you are just making a bunch of the same pieces), it will drain you and I have met others that left art altogether, as they tried to sell at all of these markets, online, heck even a few tried opening a real brick and mortar store to sell their works. Overhead can kill you in costs, you need space to work, it takes over your life. Keep it to a minimum, don't overcharge, especially in a world where inflation is suffocating us all. Create your work out of love for it, at your own pace. If I make any profit from a piece, it goes into more supplies. No amount could cover the hours I spend on a piece, the products used, the exhaustion that comes from spending 12 hours straight working on a piece. Do it for the love of your gifts and the excitement of the exploration of the imagination, not for the money. Remember, all of those famous paintings and artists you see hanging in museums, those artists were poor, and their work only became something of a legend, after the artist had died. Don't be the Starving Artist, be full of imagination and creative person who creates out of love, not for the money!
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Curley Lox
Feb 21, 2022
In Feedback is Welcome!
Art is personal, it can trigger emotions and feelings that you have not felt in a while, a memory long lost. Art is made from the soul through experience, talent, skill, learned and unlearned. Not everyone is going to like some piece I have created. I am genuinely ok with that. Like food, not everyone has the same taste, but I guarantee you will find something on the site that strikes a feeling in you and you may not even understand why. When art hits a nerve or strikes you to the core, this is incredible. We walk around in our lives not taking the time to stop and smell the flowers, instead, it's "just one foot in front of the other". I am asking that you stop, smell the roses, look at the unseen, and take it all in. Emotions run high in our everyday lives. I create to let those feelings and emotions out. I encourage everyone to find something that encourages them, makes them want to get up in the morning, is something only for themselves to enjoy. Never say, "I couldn't do that" or "I am not the artsy type". Guess what, neither am I, and I was the first to say I could not ever be an artist. I am simply a woman who enjoys the creativity, that when allowed, can pour right out of you. Find beauty in the world around us, no matter how small or big. It's time we took our lives back and enjoy them. What is your outlook on life? What are your hobbies that you love so much, but haven't been able to do in a while? Find you again, as I have found myself through my art pieces. Art, like your life, is subjective. The only opinion that matters is yours, while we live in a world where our opinions are often lost in the chaos, brushed under a rug, and often just dismissed, you have to learn to bring your thoughts and emotions to life. Write it out, paint it out, crochet it out, heck run it out. At the end of the day be proud, as we all create art every day, even when we do not know that we have. We all have so much inside of us, your art is how you bring it to life!
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Curley Lox
Dec 28, 2021
In Your Comfort Zone!
A little about Me. Yes, Me. No one ever likes to start a conversation on these little blogs, forums, chat rooms, whatever you want to call it. So here goes, I am a woman who never touched anything even connected to art until what is soon to be, last year! I was raised around it, the paint, the crafts, the shows and markets. Teenage Me: I watched what I considered amazing women with exceptional gifts become "catty" to each other, stealing ideas from one another and watched jealousy and clicks ensue. The real artists did what they did and I was amazed by it, yet afraid of it all. I did not want any part of it. Besides, I had no artistic ability, well I did like to write (short stories, poetry, etc.) I could not draw a straight line with a ruler, heck, I still can't cut paper in a straight line with scissors and a ruler! I hid from it. How did I have so many artistically gifted people in my own family tree and get none of those abilities!?! I guess with no confidence in myself and knowing I could not compete with the likes of some pretty amazing people, that I had always looked up to, I took a different direction. My path led elsewhere. I am proud of that path, one in which I work daily in still. It was not until I took a break from my early morning runs (yes early, I get up at 2am!) I wanted to continue with my "routine" and began a project. Heck, who was going to be up to judge me at 2am? When I looked at what was created I kind of impressed myself. As I continued to heal from a foot injury, I continued playing and having fun (basically making a mess I would hurridly clean before I got ready for work) Besides, the things I created I did not see on the likes of Pinterest or Etsy, what I was creating was what I knew others would consider weird or strange. Who Knew?!?!?!? When I create something, it is in the dim light of the night with no one talking, asking questions, absolutley no distractions, well, ok maybe the cat, who somehow learned to play fetch with a piece of damn copper wire....but hey, at least one of us is running, right? The first time I showed one of my pieces to the person I admire more than anyone, my own mother, was nerve wracking. I literally felt like I was ten years old and almost ashamed. To see her face, and it did not have that "what the hell is this?" look on it, instead it had a look of pride! I wanted to cry. Then to have her encourage me, even as she has long left that life of painting,doing shows, etc. Despite her intense ability to create in ways I may never be able to, I felt like the kid who finally brought home an A. Was the piece some spectacular art piece? Hell NO! I have no training, and still was not sure why you got so many different shapes of paint brushes in a Walmart $5.99 package! My own mother, who was confused by my art (and still often is, I am sure) did not say, "Hey, why don't you do it this way...." instead asked, "How did you do that?" OMG, I didn't know. I never know. I get a paint or medium that I have not tried and the first thing I do is read the instructions. Whatever the bottle says you should do with it, I do the opposite (unless it says something about causing death, and then...hey, they make masks and gloves and goggles)... let's try it! The moral of this little story is this, art is subjective. No one is going to like everything you make, cook, paint, write, sing, or play. Someone will love it though. If you are creating something from the heart, it will connect with someone else. Every piece I do has some piece of me in it (I do mean this literally, as blood, sweat, hair, skin, and yes, tears are shed often). Life is a learning experience. My art teaches me patience, calmness, how to let go. Sometimes I step back and am quite amazed that I created something that I am totally in love with. Sometimes I hate the piece and want to throw it away. That amazing woman, my mother told me, "heck no, put it out there. Someone will want it, trust me!" She was right. From the kid who got sick if I had to hold a paint brush, to the woman who just got some of her first power tools, gets up at 2am to sit at a work table, has hundreds of paint brushes, stained clothes and galvanized shelving units (holding buckets of things other people would probably throw away), I can now say that I understand. I understand my mother more, myself more, and know that I do have far more inside of me than I ever realized. I had just never dared to let it out. Take the time and get dirty, discover yourself, enjoy the solitude of creating something that you have full control over. Eventually you will pull that thing you created out of the trash and try again, until you are happy, because that is what art is...your happy place. Now, tell me a little about you! Please?!?!?!?!?!
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Curley Lox
Nov 16, 2021
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
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Curley Lox
Nov 07, 2021
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
Christmas is right around the corner! The world today is so topsy-turvey and getting products you want to be delivered can be a nail-biting experience, as you wonder if your items will get to their destination on time! Why not consider purchasing something from a local merchant? Your local artists do not have their pieces sitting on a ship somewhere trying to find a port to accept them! If you buy from a local merchant, artisan, or a mom & pop store; you are not only guaranteed that your items get where they need to be, you are also supporting your own community! The Big Box stores are great, heck I enjoy browsing the isles too, but remember, you have options. Anyone can stop by a Walmart! This year do something different, be the person who gives the gift of love by supporting those that struggle in your own communities and send items through your postal service (Heck, most of them will pick it up from your front door now!). Buying from your local vendors means most of us will mail the items directly to your family, friend, or to your home. Here at BRONZEDcurlz we mail your package for you, the shipping is not only FREE but it ships within 1-2 days of your purchase! BRONZEDcurlz also pays for the insurance, so that when you shop direct with us, you are guaranteed that your item makes it there on time, but if there are any accidents along the way, due to no fault of your own, the item is completely covered! I encourage each of you to browse the gallery for something unique and one-of-a-kind! If you have any questions about any piece being sold, contacting us is easy and efficient. You are not standing there with some blinking light above your head at some cash register, while surrounded by people huffing that you are taking too long! You can contact us directly at 1 (337) 252-2622, email: Curleylox@Bronzedcurlz.com, or simply hit the chat button at the bottom of the screen. We want you happy and healthy this Holiday Season!
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Curley Lox
Oct 15, 2021
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
This particular art piece, "Beauty and the Beast" was originally called "Steampunk Princess". After obtaining a very large rectangular wooden art palette, I had so many ideas! This palette is quite a bit larger than any I had ever seen, to be honest. It is very thin wood and so very light. This does somewhat hamper the ability to add anything with much weight on it. I kept it for probably a month on the shelf, waiting for the perfect theme, idea, something to click and yell out at me, that's perfect! Sometimes I have to play around with the object, knowing whatever I am thinking I will make, will always change somehow. I began with simple decoupage, knowing I could cover it if it wasn't giving me the feeling I wanted. After I had it done, I decided that I would hand ink-shade it to see how it could give some depth. I liked the look so much that I continued on with what the piece "was telling me it needed". ~ I know that sounds crazy, but seriously, I let the piece speak to me. It is kind of like when you taste something and know it needs a little more salt, or decorating a room and you know something else needs to be there to "complete it". I often use dark colors that feel warm to me, after all of the ink-shading, it began to take life. It had the feeling of a road map of years ago, so Steampunk it was going to be! I knew I had to figure out how to incorporate that, but I wanted to use things that were different from many of my other Steampunk pieces. I remembered that I had some wooden roses that were just sitting on an antique typewriter I have. I wanted to keep with the warm feeling and went with coloring the wooden roses a deep orange and gilded them in gold accents. The mask was easy like any good Steampunker would do- use all the cogs and wheels and watch parts, etc. But I didn't want to cover that roadmap of beauty I had spent so much time on, plus the darn palette could not hold a lot of weight, so there are not as many as I would like to usually use! That hole, the one you are supposed to hold the palette with, well it was Huge, just staring at me. What else could I do, I disassembled a bulb set and mounted it right over the hole! (By the Way... if this piece is placed on a stand and there is light behind it, OMG, it shines a warm amber color that lights up the whole piece. I was so proud of myself at that moment!)... LOL. There seems to be a lot going on in the piece, but it actually has very little on it, compared to most of my pieces. There are Cogwheels and even a small turbine blade, the wooden roses, some filigree wood pieces I did, a flower on the side of the mask, and used several different mediums to get just the right dark vs. shine in order to give it a somewhat feminine feel. I did add the metal ravens skull in the top corner, but that's just my Steampunk humor. It is one of my favorite pieces. It's simply beautiful to look at, sadly pictures do not do it the justice it truly deserves. I named her, yes my pieces take on a personal feeling of being feminine or masculine, and they are named accordingly. She was named "Steampunk Princess". After I finally revealed the final piece, several people told me (all were women) that it reminded them of Beauty and the Beast! Once you hear something enough, it sticks. She was renamed the "Beauty and the Beast palette art piece". She is now available and on display in the gallery section and the shop section!
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Curley Lox
Sep 27, 2021
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
For those artists, crafters, designers, or whatever medium you are passionate about, this one is for you! Everyone starts out somewhere and we have all had to experiment and learn over time. Feel free to give out any tips! No matter how advanced any of us think we are, we can all use a little advice!
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Curley Lox
Sep 27, 2021
In Welcome to the Arts Forum
Ok, first of all, no ONE thing inspires me. I tend to see something like a piece of metal or a bent license plate and all of a sudden ideas will flood my head. That moment when I can zone out, having no set plan, and just create, is literally like leaving my body. My mind actually goes into defrag mode! I start with a hint of an idea, and to be honest, it never ends where I think it will. Learning to let go and fall into the zone allows me to go past those comfort zones that sometimes box each of us in. The best advice I ever got was from my Mom, an incredible artist in her day and with so many different mediums! She told me, "If you are going to do this, you do this for you, and no one else. If you try to please others with art, you will only create little messes." I have learned that art comes from somewhere in your soul and from the deep corners of your mind. Sometimes it's light, sometimes it's dark. Art is only an expression of yourself. As we move forward in our lives, go through great joys and even dark lows, the art we produce shows this, it is an expression you can not keep bound up inside.
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