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So, my "Objects" two-man show with Ray Colleran on Feb 2-3 was a huge hit.
We got a lot of really great press and a killer turnout, especially for the Hamptons in February.
Sold a few pieces and got a lot of interest for possible future sales and/or commissions.

People really went crazy for "Truth and Memory," which is a 5 x 6-foot commissioned piece (you can find it in my gallery) that I displayed more to show my commissioned work and what I can do for collectors interested in having a personalized painting.

As far as sales, I sold mostly small ATCs, which are turning out to be a really great way for people to get some of my work without spending a lot of money, while I make a few bucks at the same time. I also sold "Haereticae Pravitatis (The Heretic), which is a figurative sculpture I just posted on DA. This was an independent show that wasn't through any of my galleries, so we had to pay for the space and the opening, but after all was said and done, we covered all expenses and made a decent profit, so I'm really thrilled.

Breaking even would have been good enough, considering all the people who got to see the body of work. It was also nice to get some good, quality articles written about us. I've had some good press before, but it's usually as part of a group show, so this was better because the critics/reporters got to write about all the work and us as friends and artists.

Ray's girlfriend Katia photographed the entire installation and we are considering doing something cool with the photos, like making a little book or something.

In the meantime, I just opened a little, itty bitty show of small works at this antiques place in Southampton. I was asked to do it during the "Objects" show, so I figured, why not?

My wife Colleen Peterson is showing her work there next, which is really fantastic. She hasn't shown much at all and I think her work will do really well there. It's perfect for the place, anyway. Hopefully people go there.

Finally, with all the recent interest in my ATCs, I've been making more, at long last...

Keep your eyes peeled for those, and some other pieces I have yet to post, coming soon. (I also recently found some ATCs and postcards I was supposed to finish for collaborations ages ago. My apologies, folks. I'm doing them now!)

Thanks for reading and following and taking an interest in me and my work. I really appreciate all the comments, faves and follows.
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Oliver Peterson
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Sag Harbor, NY
Favourite photographer: Serrano, Beard

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Odyssey8 Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Ollie, I really love your work. I am looking to get into traditional collages and
I was just wondering how you go about making them? Do you just collect every source of imagery you come across and scour through them later?
OllieP Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, thanks for the kind words! Yes, I collect tons and tons of materials, as I find them, and usually the stuff I've collected dictates the composition, etc, of each collage. I rarely seek out materials to fulfill a need for a preconceived idea. Much like painting, I allow the process and the moment to take the image where it needs to go. I've heard it said that the difference between "art" and "craft" is that you don't know where you're going with art.

Craft is taking steps to accomplish a predetermined goal, while art is about the process.

I find one of the most important parts of doing good collage is learning how to properly glue all your materials. Try not to overuse or underuse your glue. Too much will ruin and wrinkle and distort the paper, fabric, etc, and too little will leave the piece vulnerable to damage and perhaps keep it from looking unified.

I don't check this every day, but feel free to send along any questions as you go. I'm happy to help!
platrypus Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you for joining BuckyBarnes-FC!
xXanarchangelXx Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is highly inspiring. Hope you don't mind a watch. :3
OllieP Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course I don't mind! You are very kind. Thank you.
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xXanarchangelXx Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the drawing. Very cool! :D
OllieP Jul 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's an Anarchy Angel!
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YakyYakina Mar 19, 2012   General Artist
Your collages are super fun.
abstractjet Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loved visiting your gallery...your textures and colors are wonderful...loved it all!
thank you for the watch and fav !
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