Wow, got my 30 paintings done! It was tough to really get paintings done every day, life does get in the way. But I was determined. I did find that I was more willing to try new things since I had to finish so many paintings, which I loved because it really expanded my creativity. And also found out some things worked & some didn’t, but you have to be willing to mess it up in order to find that perfect ‘something’.
Here are the rest of them:
(23/30) Nature’s Symphony 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(24/30) Mini Ruins #14 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
(25/30) Supernatural 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(26/30) Mini Ruins #15 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
(27/30) Somewhere in Time 6″x8″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(28/30) Whispers #2 6″x6″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(29/30) Whispers from the Earth 6″x8″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(30/30) Jeweled Mystery 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas
Close up detail of Jeweled Mystery. I added some iridescent paint just for fun!
Here are the latest in my daily painting challenge. Numbers 17 & 18 I have been working on for a while, but I think I finally finished them. Also had a hard time photographing #17 so I will need to go get it scanned. Number 18 is a large version of a small 6″x12″ painting I had done several months back. I really liked it so I wanted to try a larger version of it. I am not as happy with the large version for some reason.
Numbers 20, 21 & 22 I did while on a trip to the beach. I did not want to take my paints down there so I took my Aquatone Watercolor sticks. I love those things! I did have to play with them and did several versions before I ended up with these three. They were fun!
(17/30) no name yet, 24″x36″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(18/30) no name yet, 18″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas
(19/30) Mini Ruins #13 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
(20/30) Flowers in Purple Vase 5.5″x8.5″ Watercolor Sticks on Paper
(21/30) Beach with Stormy Sky 5.5″x8.5″ Watercolor Sticks on Paper
(22/30) The Ocean 5.5″x8.5″ Watercolor Sticks on Paper
Well, 8 more paintings to go!!! I guess I should make a trip to the studio…
Yay! Here are #9, #10 & #11! As you can see, I am working quite a bit on my Ruins Series. I want to create more of these and stretch my boundaries with the series. I figured this is a perfect way to do it. I think this is the series I want to submit to galleries, so I definitely need lots more! 🙂
Mini-Ruins #9 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
Mini-Ruins #10 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
Mini-Ruins #11 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
Let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of these!
Well, it has been tough finishing a painting every day! I do have about 6 paintings going at the studio but not many finished. Interesting thing I found with the cross paintings, I was trying to recreate an old series and it’s not working the same. I think it’s because 1. my paints are different and 2. my style has changed. Not sure I like these as much. I was going to give one as a gift but not sure now…
Here’s a few of the ones I finished!
not named yet. 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas (3/30)
not named yet. 7″x10″ mixed media on paper (4/30)
Mini-Ruins #9 6.5″x6.5″ Mixed Media on Paper (5/30)
Gold Cross #5 8″x10″ Acrylic on Paper. I was working on a gift for someone and was trying to recreate an old series. Not sure I am as happy with these. (6/30)
Gold Cross #5 8″x10″ Acrylic on Paper. (7/30)
“Mystic Ruins” 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas (8/30)
First of all it has been way too long since I have posted anything on my blog! It has been a rough 1st half of the year, but let’s see if I can change that.
I committed to do a “30 paintings in 30 days” challenge with a group of artists, and I thought I would post daily my paintings and any thoughts about the challenge. I started it yesterday, so here are my 2 paintings so far…
Whispers #1 (1/30)
It will be rough to actually do a painting each day, but I may do more than one on some days to make up for it! I know tomorrow I may not get a chance to but watch for 2 hopefully on Thursday!
By the way, if you are interested in any of these paintings just let me know!
I started thinking about my “2013 Art Business” and I thought I would look at the paintings I sold this year. It was a pretty good year for me (new work, old work & commissions!), so I am trying to set my goals for 2014. One thing I decided to do is try to do some art festivals. I feel right now that it’s the only way to really get my art seen around the country. The whole ‘trying to get into a gallery’ thing seems pretty impossible, unless you know someone and get an introduction. So, I have decided to submit to some of the better festivals around the country and ones in towns I would like to have my work in. We will see what happens, and I will definitely post my experiences here. In the mean time, studio tours, select shows and lots of social media will be it! Always working toward being a full time artist, and I WILL get there!
I do want to thank Gallery by Jeana Marino for believing in my work and helping me sell several of these pieces, which sometimes seems very difficult to do here in Austin!
BTW, if anyone has any great ideas let me know! 🙂 Always learning!
I recently got my first painting commission. I won’t lie, for a long time I thought that I would never do commissions, the thought just struck fear in me! The idea of doing the perfect painting for someone just did not seem like something I could handle, after all, as an artist I always have that voice in the back of my head that makes me question a lot of what I do (I work hard on silencing that voice!). But a few years ago I got great advice from a fellow artist. He said he always does 2 paintings because it takes the pressure off. It was a fabulous idea!!! The idea of working on 2 paintings has lots of good points. Beside just taking the pressure off of ONE perfect one, if the customer gets very specific with what they want (even if you don’t agree), you can do one their way and one with your vision. Chances are they will like yours better, after all, they chose you for a reason! (They already like your art!). Doing 2 paintings has an additional plus side to it… they may want to buy both, which is what happened with mine!
Now, I have heard horror stories from some artists, and I don’t think I would take on a commission if I get just bad feelings from the customer (like they would be difficult to work with) or doing paintings that are just plain not my style, I think I would refer them to a fellow artist that works in the style they want. That would just be a pressure I don’t want. I LOVE painting, and I want to try and keep it that way!
This is the painting that they saw and wanted a larger version of. I did it 2 years ago and it sold this past spring. I will be exploring versions of this painting further, it was really fun to do!
By the way, my work is abstract, so I don’t know if this would work if you paint realistically. 🙂
In abstract painting that is a bit more challenging. I always figured that most of my paintings are inspired by nature, and I knew that once I saw the beauty in Yellowstone National Park, I wanted to include those colors in my paintings. When I created my last few paintings in my Cosmos Series, I used colors I had seen in Yellowstone. I had not looked at my paintings & photos together until just now, and I was moved by how they looked side by side!
Grand Prismatic Geyser- Glow
Grand Prismatic Geyser
This is truly nature’s abstract art! The colors are so vibrant and almost do not seem real! Below are my Yellowstone inspired paintings in my Cosmos Series. They are in the order they were created. You can see how they evolved the more paintings I created!
I love getting photos from collectors of my paintings, so I can see how my work is adorning their home. This photo I just LOVE!!
Nature Reborn- at home
He had an older painting of mine in there first, but when he got some flowers to decorate the space, he felt my “Nature Reborn” painting would work well with the flowers! I also love the artistic shot he took! (You can see my painting in the background)
People that know me, specially artists, know that I LOVE art. I am in love with the process of making art. I find so much joy creating art that I automatically share details freely with my fellow artists. I think it comes naturally for me to share, so that maybe others can find the same joy I feel doing it.
I had several friends tell me I should teach, that I am a natural at it. Well, I can tell you that I never thought of myself as a teacher of any kind! I guess the difference is that sharing something you love does not feel like teaching, so it does come naturally. So I finally decided to give it a try and did a small test workshop. I invited 4 friends to take part (several that encouraged me to do this in the first place), so I could figure out how to structure it for other students.
I thought about what to name it and how to describe my workshop, and it’s so hard to put into words what I would like to teach. Mostly I want to share fun techniques, tips, and play, to inspire those that are too afraid to “be” an artist, or remind those artists that lost the “fun” and “joy”, why they became artists in the first place. I want them to come out of the workshop with their creativity wheels turning, ideas running through their heads and inspiration overflowing. I feel it’s those little surprises that come out during play and experimentation that excite us and allows us to come up with something that no one else has done before.
I also love working with other artists. The inspiration you get from working with others is contagious, and in teaching others you come up with new ideas while you are explaining a process. I know also that many artists do not share their ideas. They are afraid that someone will steal or copy them. Well, with the age of the internet I think that can happen anyway, without teaching someone! Also I have seen that when you have a group working on an art project, each person has their own artistic vision in their work, which makes it different from the others. I believe true artists want to come up with something uniquely theirs, that makes them stand out from the rest.