Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This is me - repeating some facts here

I am writing this for myself as part of self-discovery.

My name is AnnMarie Tornabene (Tornabene-Boivin now) and I am 46 years old. I am an artist born and raised in New York but in January 2015, I moved to France. I live with my husband Gilles in a nice-sized apartment in a suburb of Paris.

My husband is the best thing that's happened to me. He is my equal, my soulmate and I never thought I would ever find that possible in a partner. We work as a team and balance each other out. I have also found something within me, in the way I respond to him - a maturity (sometimes) and a level of understanding and it's because my heart is so full of love for him.

I had a difficult childhood and a still difficult, complicated family life. I was married once before and look back on that as a learning experience, and a stepping stone, not a time filled with bad times or hate. I am a constant work in progress and I am alright with knowing that a final masterpiece will not be created - human beings live, change and evolve constantly, so I think death is the end result. However, my one goal is to be as happy with myself and my choices as I can be, during the one life I do have.

I make art when my mind allows room for it, which has also been difficult this last year. However, I am always wanting to go back to my camera, to my drawings, to my canvas, to my Photoshop and I make sure I do somehow. Right now, I am excited about a new series I am about to begin. Because of recent money problems, my focus went to try some selling, unconventionally, but I am reigning it all back in to just create once again.

Currently, I am in process of becoming a permanent resident here in France. This can take up to 6 months and while the paperwork gets processed, I am to obtain a regulatory visa so I am able to work. We hope to get this next week, as long as we have all of the sufficient documents but we are waiting for a few more things. Things are stressful right now because of that. It will be a long time until I will be able to speak enough French to fully function here (mais j'apprendre) and because I am not working, I am not bringing in an income. This has been the most difficult - living off of a credit card that I am uncertain with when I will pay it all back.

I am discovering more of myself though. I have found I do not take things for granted anymore. I do not have a car, so I walk and take public transportation everywhere which gives one a different view of the world than from inside a speeding car (taking a toll on my body, though!).

 I am now considered the foreigner so I am doing what I can to adapt and show my love and appreciation for being in this country. I am also learning to have more patience with myself and my goals, knowing that I am courageous for doing something this bold in my life. I have traveled to different states in the US and a couple, so far, in Europe but I never lived outside of New York until now.

And I am learning the language. When I practice my verbs each day and can form some simple sentences, I am proud of these accomplishments. Je sais que je peux le faire :) (I know I can do it)

In conclusion, I am happy, albeit the struggles. And as with most challenges, rewards are near. Some are already here:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Selling my art - patrons, please?

I have climbed out from the mound of legal paperwork to write this post and I am probably repeating myself here.  As I continue through this transition of moving to another country, I can first, with 1000% confidence, say that this is the best decision I have ever made. I am very happy and very much in love.

However, it still is a major transition and, well, I have hit a major economic crisis. Without getting too personal, my husband and I are struggling more than we thought we would at this point because I am not legal to work here yet and there are things that are not quite settled. My only options right now are to really try and sell my artwork. I have two places with work for sale right now:

An Inventory Sale through my website. These are prints from my flat files that have been made either as artist proofs or final prints. There are pigment prints and silver gelatin ones. I needed to make room for new work and to also just keep the prints that are ready for exhibition.

 You will have to email me with your orders but I am shipping worldwide. I know the fees to ship overseas can get expensive, but I will work with you on the cost, depending on the size of your order. my website - www.annmarietornabene.net

RedBubble for more "commercialized"  work, including some from the "Works of Art" series. Here you can order from them direct and they have available anything ranging from cards to poster prints. They also have canvas and metal prints available. Pretty awesome, I think -http://www.redbubble.com/people/atornabene and no, I am not having my work on T-shirts, mugs, etc. I will never go this route with my art. So, you order from them directly and I get a percentage of the sales. It's a good percentage too and of course, the more I sell, the better the money.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my email list has been flooded to death with posts of what I am selling so here is just one more place to promote it. I will be sharing this blog post anyway with my feeds and if you can share and pass the info along to anyone that might want to become one of my patrons, please do.

Today is our 2 month wedding anniversary. I am not the type to count things like that - anniversary does mean annual, but this is so huge for me, that right now, each month needs to be celebrated.

Thank you for reading :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

another new one

I am trying to really focus on art making at the moment and not on other than things that are happening in my life (transitions and all, you know) and I finished creating this piece today. I started working on it a week ago and every day, the images I layered changed and evolved and soon I had this. I abandoned the idea that it has to represent something and just went on feelings. I am pleased with this and my mind has been on the environment more lately. Global warming and what is really happening to our planet. It's almost as if we have no control over it anymore...

Here is "Hear the Earth" ©2015 AnnMarie Tornabene