Dan Goldstein, curator and webmaster at Midisparks Art Sales speaks with Lolita.
D We are pleased to have in the studio with us today Lolita Vampiress, blog mistress and staff composer at
Midisparks Art sales. Thanks so much for joining us, Lolita.
L My pleasure, honey.
D Listen, Lol. I know the audience would love to hear just a little about your background. I understand you grew up in a very creative environment.
L Well, on my Dad’s side. Dad was a painter. He used to take me with him when he would show at the fairs and so on. People would ask me questions about the art and over the
years I just became very comfortable talking about painting.
D That is so neat. And you had musical training as well.
L I was a pretty good oboist. Eventually I got sick of struggling with the reeds and found composition so much more fun.
D So now you bring your music and art background together for the Midisparks blog?
L Yup, it has really been great. Even though a lot of music has been written with art in mind or inspired by art, the music we write for Midisparks presentations is specifically for the art, to enhance the viewer’s experience of the art. I try in the blogging to connect the dots a little between the music and the art. Of course we use the narratives to promote the art sales as well. That’s the business after all.
D I know a lot of folks have enjoyed your writing over the years, Lol. I sure have. And since you bring up the notion of sales promotion, maybe you could share with us the work the site has been doing recently to promote the acrylics on vinyl collection of Holly Jackson.
L Oh, with pleasure! Holly is so cool! And her work is so fresh! The whole genre of painting with acryllic on old vinyl records has just taken off in the past 5 years or so. There are some wonderful artists taking very unique approaches with the medium, but the common thread is to feature a musical subject, usually a musician or a musical instrument. Holly has done a big collection of musical instruments. She is a ukulele player and there are 3 pieces featuring uke, not to mention 6 more of acoustic, electric, and bass guitar. There is a super cute one which I commissioned myself of an oboe coiling around the record. A little mouse is nibbling away at the reed. Holly combines a realistic style with a sense of humor and playfulness that is just delightful. These are true collectors items.
D So you are selling them straight from the site?
L In this case we are feeding traffic to Holly’s Shopify site. These are original works. Holly is asking $30 for each one. I suspect we will eventually get one or two buyers that recognize the value here and scoop up the lot.
D Would you like to share the sales link here, Lol.
L Sure. That would be great. View Holly’s product page.
D I understand that you are currently working on a collaboration for one of Holly’s instrument paintings – a bass guitar I believe?
L Yes – the piece is called “metal bass”. We are having a blast. Joe Loss laid down an awesome bass guitar track. Burt Philbrick laid down the guitar. I’ve been writing the choir and voice effects, and plugging in the drum loops. It’s coming along pretty nicely.
D Yea. I had a listen. Joe’s track is slick. I know you have been featuring the track in process at your composer’s sharing site. It is really great how you share work in process. What is your philosophy behind that?
L Well basically everyone needs feedback. And feedback of course is more useful when we are in the thick of creating than when we have more or less finished something. So I just try to put up decent versions of first takes and sections. On some level, whatever I post is quality, but I allow for the warts and blemishes that are unavoidable in early development projects. It also helps fight off the loneliness of creative process to be sharing on a regular basis. I recommend sharing work in process to everyone.
D Lolita, it is always so nice sitting with you. I wish you lots of luck with Holly’s promotion and also with your writing. Thanks so much.
L You got it, honey!
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