Well, I LOVE Pinterest! But it can be quite addictive! I joke around that it just sucks hours out of your life, but I have found great ideas. I have found art inspiration, handy ideas, and more info than I need! One of my favorite ideas that I found is one of the simplest! I can’t believe I did not think about it on my own, it’s genius. I have tried to find things to place under my paintings when I apply varnish to them, to keep them from sticking to the table, but nothing I did was perfect. Until now… Push pins! Just pin them to the wood under the canvas and it’s evenly away from the surface. Here’s a couple of photos:
I have been having a lot of conversations with a lot my artist friends lately, trying to figure out the future, figuring out how to be an artist & make a living at it. Also have come across a lot of articles on the subject (funny how these things pop in front of you just when you need them). One thing I noticed is that the more painting I do, the more thinking I do! I guess it opens my mind, to think deeper than I have before.
A thing I came to realize is that if you want something, really really want it bad, you will work really hard to accomplish it. I noticed a lot of people want things now, they expect it to be easy, or they say they don’t have the time to work as hard to the depth they need to to accomplish that goal. Then in the next breath, almost always is “I don’t know how you do everything that you do! I’m just not you!” Well, I know I am no super-woman, I just have this emergent urge to reach my goals.
I always wanted to be an artist, or I guess I always “have been” an artist. But I was waiting until the time was right, when I could quit working and go to school so I could learn how to be an artist. Well, time kept coming and going and the time to go to art school was not going to happen. So, I decided that I could just do it, teach myself. I have read everything art related I could get my hands on. Got brave enough to try different techniques, got over the fear of “wasting money & materials” (you have to do that!), took some painting classes at the local museum, joined an art guild, learned how to hang exhibits, learned how to publicize, learn to inspire other artists, finally took a painting workshop, got a studio and have been painting like crazy! And, all this while working full time at a non-artistic job!
Maybe I am a bit crazy, hyperactive, or just desperate to get my art created before time runs out. Either way I am having the time of my life!! I don’t have the answer on how to get my goals accomplished, but I am figuring it out along the way. And I am still determined to make a living with my art!!!
(The photo above is not perfect. Taken with my phone camera)
I love technology! What would we do without our smart phones? When you just don’t have your camera with you and you just have to take a photo these smart phones really come in handy!! I went to see my new grandson (my son’s baby) and I had to photograph their interaction. It’s just so sweet! I love this photo!!! (Next time I need to remember to take my big Canon!!) 🙂
This was taken with my Evo, made B & W in Photoshop.
I have had several paintings in the studio I have been “stuck” on. I just have not know what to do next on them. I have started and finished other paintings and those still sit there, staring at me. Am I afraid of “messing up”? Waiting for them to “speak to me”? That’s one of the things I find fascinating, challenging & frustrating about abstract painting.
Finally yesterday I decided to take desperate measures and just add paint to them. I feel that at least something changes on them and maybe then they will “speak to me”. This is the experimental part of my painting. If I am stuck, the painting will never get finished, so if I at least add paint, whether good or bad, the painting has changed. That is when I have found some of the most exciting things happen in painting! Sometimes it’s a happy accident. Sometimes it’s just something I would have never thought of that just comes out in frustration! But it sure is exciting!
Here’s a few photos of my stuck paintings in progress… (excuse the photo quality! cell phone photos at dusk!)
I finally know where I am going with this one… stay tuned for the final version!
Please share what you do to get unstuck! Would love to hear!!! 🙂
Well, I thought it was time for me to write a post, and when I pulled my blog up I could not believe it’s been that long! I guess I do have a few excuses, I have been pretty busy. But that has not stopped me before.
One major thing was my move! I have not decided if I love or hate moving. I don’t like all the work involved and the hassle involved in moving, but I love the change, the “new”, the “starting fresh” part of it. Lot’s of great things about my new place. #1 cheaper, #2 walking distance to my art studio, #3 free cable & #4 direct route to work. So it’s definitely a good thing.
Another major “distraction” was SXSW. I volunteered again to work SXSW EDU & SXSW Interactive. I love it! I actually took vacation time to do it and it was lots of work, but ended up getting in to see Bruce Springsteen in concert! I was right by the stage, and it was an amazing concert! We also made it to Rachael Ray’s free breakfast! (but never got near the food! my friend waited 2 hrs!). Here’s a few photos taken with my phone camera. Boy I wished I could have had my big camera there! 🙂
I got a bit of painting done in February (one day I actually painted 5 minutes!). I submitted a piece to the #TwitterArtExhibit in Norway! The exhibit is a fundraiser organized my artist David Sandum. This is the 2nd year he has done it and it sounded fun! Plus I love the idea that I will have a small piece of art in Norway!
I also did a couple of paintings for the Arthouse 5X7 fundraiser, which I got to participate in last year and was fascinating. If you happen to be in Austin and want to check it out, they will be having 2 events next week, the 5X7 Splurge & the 5X7 Social. Look at their website for details.
Now I have no excuse to just get busy with my art. I am a few minutes away from the studio, and I will be participating in the West Austin Studio Tour in May. So I have lots to get ready for. This is the first time I really get to participate with my studio in the tour! I am very excited.
I will get back to posting more regularly. I have a lot of art “business” to take care of, so I will share some info!
Well, if you are coming across this blog post, my left-brain worked! I decided to move my blog over from WordPress.com to a WordPress.org hosted site. There were quite a few details involved, and it will take a bit of tweaking, but the basics are done. (Yay!) I won’t explain all the details, since the few people I tried to do that to told me all they heard was blah, blah, blah, blah… and I figured if you are looking at my art/photo blog you are probably not that interested in the details.
The main reason for my change is that I wanted to be able to have ads eventually and monetize my blog a bit (I have to support my art career somehow! 🙂 ) and I was not allowed to do that on WordPress.com. Since I am writing more about my painting process I would like to have links to books I like so that they are easy to find and purchase. And we will see where else this blog adventure takes me.
Stay tuned for links & info to my favorite things I like to use for my art. I may do a special page, not sure yet. This is definitely a work in progress.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.