New Group – Art Spot

I started a Facebook Group that will incorporate some of my art style. After doing a search, I noticed that there was a shortage of Facebook groups that offered expressionistic, modern and abstract art. Granted, I enjoy traditional impressionistic and pre-century art styles, but I seem to be doing varies styles and mixing different art mediums, or focusing on a mix of traditional and modern art…but not to the extreme that the art is abstract. Therefore, to meet my own needs and to open the group to others, Art Spot was created. If you are on Facebook, we would love to have you join us. The link is listed below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FineArtSpot/about/

Here is the intro to the group

“This is a group for artists and photographers of all mediums (ink, watercolor, pastels, oils, acrylics, charcoal, graphite, digital, mixed media, urban sketching, etc) whose focus is on expressionism, modern art, abstract and digital/photo art. We created this group for those artists and photographers who like to play around with different styles, different colors through mood play, expressionism and art “outside the box”. Be yourself, playing with any medium you want. Use black and white, crazy colors or mix all the mediums together! Creating art can be through traditional mediums or digitally using technology. It is a safe place to ask questions, share ideas, get inspired, and make connections. This is a group for all levels of artists (from beginners to professionals). What we share is a desire to move forward with our art and to help others do the same. We believe that we are all on the same path – some are just ahead and more experienced, while others, are just starting out – but we are all striving to be artistic. We look to those who are experienced to guide us, and we reach out a hand to those who are less experienced. We greet each other with kindness and understanding with positive input, and we expect others to do the same for us. Thanks for joining us! We are so glad you’re here!”

Hope you are as excited as I am, and you’ll join us!

Music Instruments

Working on a new project of musical instruments. These watercolor pieces are completed on 9×12 rough watercolor paper and will be available for purchase as prints and products on my merchant account with Fine Arts America and Pixels. Completed the saxophone and had fun changing it to a digital abstract using Topaz Studio 2 AI photo-software. After using this software it has inspired me to take out my camera and start taking photographs again!

Calling this "Tractor Display"

I added a few touches to an art study I completed while attending a painting class at the local college. I pondered whether I was going to Gesso the canvas board, then repaint another scene. As an afterthought…after staring at this painting much too long, I decide to capture the essence of country living by adding “county fair” theme. Here is the final product with tractor and corn stalks. It’s a perfect painting for someone whose decor is vintage or country, or someone who likes tractors. Nontheless, it’s for purchase. Below is the before and the after. You can see other paintings and photographs by visiting Fine Arts America/Pixels.

Work in Progress – Oil painting

A work in progress. I decided to try using oil paints since it is similar to Acrylics. I love the ability to walk away from the painting and come back to blend the paints. When using acrylics, you have a limited time to move the paints around since the paints dry so quickly. More so when you live in the high desert of Oregon.

I am using a mixture of Zen oil paints , their Infinity oil palette set, which the owner claims in non-toxic, and 12 Shades of Grey oil paints that I purchased at Jerry Artarama art store. Both decent oil paints with deep pigments. I also purchased a few tubes of water soluble paints from Windsor Newton. Makes for great clean-up with soap and water. So that I don’t have to use turpentine for brush clean up, I found out that I can clean the traditional oil paints with oil (vegetable or olive oil) and follow up with dish soap.

Artists Studies

The Sketching Everyday Group on Facebook is doing artists studies for the month of January. However, during the year, the group includes a few artists studies a week with their daily art prompts. The group usually takes a break for one month during the year to do an alphabet project for our choosing.

I enjoy the artists studies, since it gives me an opportunity to learn about the artist, study their compositions, and see what is popular in the art world. Doing artists studies, also inspires me to develop my own style using different art mediums, and teaches me how to look critically at my own art pieces. Below are my sample drawings inspired from artists as renditions of their painting, or are similar in their style with a few of additions of my style or twists.

Sketch A Day App

I’m still doing my Sketch a day Applications through Facebook and now through the A Sketch a Day app on my android phone. The application is available for Android and Apple products. If you are looking for a way to jump start your drawing or painting habit this year, I recommend downloading the app and joining the community. Below is an overview from the developer:

Make a habit of drawing with Sketch A Day

SKETCH A DAY

The idea is simple: every day, we set a new subject for everyone to draw. You do your sketch or drawing, take a photo, and upload it for that day for everyone to see.

You can sketch, draw, paint, use digital art apps. Whatever you like that gets you into the habit of drawing every day.

Submit as many as you like, and see your progress over time.

Lots of people are using Sketch a Day as a great way to start a positive habit. I have had many messages of support about the effect it has had on people’s mental health, wellness and mindfulness. Sketching is a great habit to get into, even if like so many people, you think you “can’t draw”. It’s a very peaceful, quiet and creative pastime, and receiving the help and support of others is a great way to feel good about yourself.

Sketch a Day is a wonderful, positive community with people from all over the world coming together to draw a common theme.

There are over 20,000 artists in the community now. It’s just growing faster and faster all the time!

If you want to learn, want to get back into drawing, or just want a quick practice or warm-up, then Sketch a Day could be perfect for you. For beginners, we have tips and tutorials each day. For the experts, you can post your images and show your skills to the world.

Did you know?

By drawing each day and getting likes, you can build your own private gallery of famous masterpieces.

Parental controls make Sketch a Day a safer place. You can prevent ‘adult material’ from being seen by your children by setting a PIN on the parental controls.

You can comment on people’s sketches so you can ask how they did it, ask for tips, give them some kudos or just be silly!

• You can also add your Instagram account name so people can follow you on Instagram quickly and easily.

When you’ve done a drawing, you can share it on Facebook straight from the app.

We have had some really creative drawings in our first few months. We’ve had pencils, watercolours, digital drawing, pen and ink, acrylics. We’ve had kids, adults, beginners, improvers and experts!

Putting art for sale

I’ve just signed up for Daily Paintworks as an avenue to sell my original artwork. There is the convenience of Paypal. In addition, the online gallery will sponsor art pieces in a daily email. Below are samples of my work for sale. My online gallery is a work in progress, so I’ll be uploading pieces throughout the next few weeks. I encourage you to peruse the website, you’ll be surprised at the quality of Artists. If your interested in any of these pieces, they are available for sale through DailyPaintWorks.com. Pieces not on canvas, will be matted, ready for you to frame. I am also preparing to sell prints and products on Fine Arts America. I’ll let you know when the gallery is completed.