Friday, March 22, 2013

A negative to a positive

Green Girl 2 banner ad from the True Colors Collection by Noami Foster
 Green Girl 2 - Go Green For Me

As an artist you will run into people who may not like what you create and can have negative comments. In 2008 I submitted two pieces into the "Green Show" hosted by Core New Art Space in Denver, CO; Green Boy 1 and Green Girl 2 "Go Green For Me".  During this time I had several art critics & gallery owners tell me that my work was out dated, immature in nature and needed to create large volumes of work before having an art show.....Brutal. Well, to make a long story short. Green Girl 2 "Go Green For Me" got Best In Show for the Green Show. Thus far, out of all the chalk festival I have been a part of for the past 5 years, this image has been the most photographed. You will cross paths with individuals who don't like what you create, then you may cross paths with individuals who love what you do and give you an award for it.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pink is an attitude

Pink Girl 3 from The True Colors Collection by Noami Foster hanging at a gallery

Pink Girl 3 is the first piece I created specifically for an chalk festival that was held in Sarasota, FL.
The theme for the festival was "Halloween" well, I do not celebrate Halloween in any kind of way, I was at a rough spot and did not know what to do. So I do what most people do, call the voice of reason, MOM. My mom came up with the idea of celebrating Fall Harvest/Thanksgiving. As much as I loved the idea, I did not know if the festival coordinators would go for it, being that I was an invited featured artist, following theme is just protocol. I explained my concerns and by the end of the conversation they were all for it and agreed to the design. Pink was chosen by my mom, she this little has such attitude in her innocents and it provided a unique alternative to having the predictable Fall colors.

Pink Girl 3 chalk drawing from The True Colors Collection at Sarasota Chalk Festival by Noami Foster It was a great time in Sarasota, Fl. and many were happy to see something so very precious and adorable. You can't help but smile when you see this. Thanks to my Mom for pushing me outside my convert zone and providing a great idea that will last for a very long time.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Things that remind me of the collection

Sometimes I come across items that remind me of The True Colors Collection. Found this Jelly Belly mug at Burlington Coat Factory, it is spot on describing Blue Girl 1. The potpourri I got on sale last summer from Michaels (summer collection). I remember days as a kid, of laying grass with me shoes off.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Introducing Purple Girl 1

Purple Girl 1 from The True Colors Collection from Noami Foster

Purple Girl 1 was created in 2008. It was part of the first gallery show I had in 2008. The image is of my niece, who is now a teenager. I wanted to add Purple Girl to the collection to represent everything that is pure and innocent about children. Remember the first time you smelled a flower? The curiosities of childhood of exploring, learning new things, having great adventures. Those times did not happen in a classroom. It all happen at home, in your backyard or frontyard, playing in your neighborhood. Because children are a lot closer to the ground than adults, kids tend to see things us adults no longer see. I believe this is a collection favorite because it reminds us all of our own childhood adventures and explorations.

Memorable Moment regarding Purple Girl 1:
I have two memorable moments with Purple Girl 1
1. The first time I had recreated Purple Girl in chalk form was at the "Imagine Peace Paint In" in 2008. A local organization put together an event surrounding John Lennon's song "Imagine" at Civic Center park downtown Denver. The park was full of people, full of artists from all different genre's. It was amazing to be around so much positive creative energy & ideas. It though for sure once it was over, they would power wash off the chalk....they didn't they let it stay and allowed the rain to wash it away. It was a great reminder for why the event was held in the first place. It made feel so good that this could be enjoyed just a little while longer. (It still makes me smile).

2. The original is now retired and is with a loving couple. But when this was at gallery showing, every single time, there would someone to say this looks just like my child, my niece or my grand-daughter. And if they have pictures, they will show me. That is what amazes me, how a drawing can reflect so many babies and its actually of one child. Blows me away - can't wrap my head around it.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Six Year Anniversary

 6 years ago I set out on a journey that would take me to different places around the country, meet people, be a part of a nonprofit and it all started with a few drawings and grew into a collection and continues to grow.

I was so afraid and nervous to share any of my first pieces, it meant sharing a part of me & talking. It was because of this collection I could forgive people, see the best in individuals and maintain my my faith.

I am proud of this collection whether people like it or not. I am Thankful to the Lord for giving me such an amazing gift to share with everyone. I look forward to sharing some stories with you this month.

The True Colors Collection logo in black and white by Noami Foster for onejdesigns