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.
There’s this Sketch A Day app available for android and iphones that I base my daily sketches on. The app provides a prompt, gives ideas to select your art piece and a community of supportive artists. If you have a chance, visit the site and start your habit of drawing!
I rarely use acrylics. I started with acrylics 3 years ago and within six months realized I didn’t like the medium. The medium dries too quickly for me to do any blending. I live in the high desert so everything dried before I could use up all the paint. Someone said I should probably try oils. Well I decided to go back to school and take some art classes. The instructor said I had to take a class with him if I wanted to take his advanced drawing class next semester. So guess what I had to take… acrylics.
Below is my attempt at painting sunflowers and a pumpkin! It started with a yellow that was a little too translucent. After buying liquitex paint, I was able to complete these sunflowers mixing it with red. I have to say I’m quite happy with my Halloween painting.
Reference: Artist Network
Sketching is the easiest way to hone your skills. With just pen, pencil or paper it’s a matter of finding a place that’s interesting. There are places that are accessible and will allow you to explore areas, items and places that you enjoy seeing.
Very Artful Places
Museums, sculpture gardens and public art spaces are one of many places to sit and sketch. You may not be the only one with the idea so keep your eyes peeled for sketch friends you didn’t know you had.
Close your eyes and think of color — vibrant, shout-out-loud color. Now think if any of those colors are connected to a place you know of or have visited.
Sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows, or the colored lights of Las Vegas in the evening. The blinking, twinkling lights and colorful cars of the amusement part of country fair.
Historic homes, fancy interiors or vintage automobile show is one of the best field trips for someone who loves architecture, interior design or urban cities simply because they love perspective and design.
You could also go to showrooms or even big box stories like IKEA. All of these might be the perfect setting for a sketch and you don’t have to do a thing to set the stage.
Preserved historic homes or open houses are a great way to get a peek in places you might not always go and get a sketch in as well.
In my mind these are also known as “sketch from bed” places. Why go anywhere? Have a sketch stay-cation and prop yourself up on your bed or sofa and sketch what you see: your pet, favorite houseplant, or kitchen sink. All of these can be worth your eye and creative attention.
Childhood Memory Places
The best places to sketch from my childhood would be the zoo, circus, fair, playground and even an indoor skate rink (if you can find one). Seek out places that you have warm childhood memories of. Your sketch will be infused with nostalgia but you also get the opportunity to bring that memory up to date, even if the locale isn’t exactly the same…though that would be really cool too.
Very Unusual Places
Some of the best places to sketch are places that have nothing to do with art and may even be places you would never think to sketch. There are are interesting cities, abandoned farms, old forgotten buildings or vacated buildings. But make sure your not trespassing, or if you need to, get permission from the owner. Most importantly, make sure you look out for your safety.
James Gurney and Marc Taro Holmes are great examples of awesome artists who take their art anywhere including parking lots. Gurney gets double the points for also watercolor sketching in a car dealership too. Marc shares tons of ideas and strategies on urban sketching in his book, The Urban Sketcher, that include exercises and troubleshooting for when you are out and about drawing the life around you. Plus he gives you pointers on sketching with a variety of materials: pencil, watercolor, and more.
Crowds both big and small are sometimes the best places to sketch. Think a busy coffee shop or crowded beach. The people watching will be second to none and you can zero in on something particular or take a vantage point that allows you to capture the whole scene.
Go where the nature is! Take an interest in what’s around you. Bugs, trees, flowers…botanical gardens, community gardens, grove of fruit trees, a nearby park, your backyard or porch that might just have one brave potted plant lifting its face to the sky. Where is the natural world on display for you? Plop yourself there and stay awhile.
Places that are instantly recognizable are fun sketch subjects because they give you an instant compositional focus that you don’t have to think too hard about. These can be of the natural world (the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Mississippi River or Niagara Falls) or man-made (the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mount Rushmore or the trolleys of New Orleans).
Grand Canyon is an Iconic Place well worth several sketches. What iconic places would be convenient for you to go to sketch?
Errands take you around your city or town a few times a week. Why not take a tour of your regular haunts with sketchbook in hand? Some of the best places to sketch are places that you know like the back of your hand: your favorite lunch spot or bookstore, the street where you live, your grocery store or post office.
Creativity can be sparked by different things depending on the season. In summer, seek out dramatically shady places. In winter, you could be drawn to sketching footsteps in the snow. Pumpkin patches, turning leaves or barrels of apples in fall and wildflowers and clear blue skies in spring. Seek out your seasonal favorites and spend a page or two sketching them. Winter sketching in your sketchbook or on a painting panel is just one way to capture the season. Imagine more–and for all four seasons.
Using Photos to Travel
What is the most exotic place you can think of? Take a mental trip and and do a search on the computer or through the pages of a travel magazine and sketch a place that you might only know through photographs. Creative inspiration doesn’t have to reside within your city limits. Dream big and look far, and just be aware of the challenges of working from photos as you render your own “postcard” sketch.
Earth, air, fire and water. Each element probably evokes a different picture of a place in your mind. For me, water will always be the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the Venice canals. The sketches you do around the elements may be more symbolic than literal locales, but nothing wrong with that. But if you can marry the two, even better.
Well it’s been a year since I’ve posted. The website has been revamped and changed to the “Sister’s Fine Arts” and is co-owned by my two sisters: Christine and Grace. My sister, Christine has opened a gallery and will now provide training. I am working on my own plans for training materials. But, it’s coming along slowly. Since I’ve last posted, I have expanded my paintings to Oil pastels and inking. I’ve continued my sketching prompts, but not as consistently since I’ve been busy. I really enjoy oil pastels for the intense colors, and it’s the perfect transition to oil painting and oil sticks. Nonetheless, I really enjoy spontaneous drawing doing inking and watercolor. Stay tuned, since we will be adding a portfolio to this website. Hope you enjoy my pastel painting. It’s an artist study of a piece from Isabel Le Roux. I used 30 year old Xenox oil pastels using Mineral Spirits to blend and spread. I couldn’t believe the oils were still good.
I’ve made a concerted effort to start a daily habit of sketching or drawing. I have found a great amount of groups on Facebook and online to get sketching exercises. As you know, I am a Facebook addict and I’ve selected a few groups. My criteria for selection is activity and the number of members. Memberships that run in the tens of thousands are too big, and the administrators are usually too bogged down to be effective in the groups; however if the group is active and the group members provide assistance, I am all for it! Below are the groups I found are the most active in the group and the administrators do a great job in overseeing the activities.
- Sketching Everyday – I really like this group. Very active group that allows you to post “off prompt” sketches. The administrator is active and provides great daily themes. A small intimate group under 1000 but very supportive. Plus, periodically during the month there are artist studies selected as the daily prompt.
- Sketchbook Skool: A Drawing A Day – This group is part of the Sketchbook Skool Facebook group, as well as the Sketchbook Sketching Skool.
- Doodlewash – Has a community outside of Facebook where you can post your completed art as well as sign up for their forum. Doodlewash also has a Facebook page, World Watercolor Group with 72k membership. Daily sketch themes are found here.
- Daily Sketch Challenge – There is a nice monthly list provided; however I do not see many submission to the challenged
- Urban Sketchers – This is a huge group with subgroups all around the world. So if you live in a metropolitan area, you might find a urban group near your area. I found this an interesting group with lots of art submissions from around the world. I find it interesting to see sketches of locations around the world that I would love to visit!
- Virtual Sketchwalk – This group selects cities or locations around the world, provides a walking map and photos for members to draw. Interesting concept. Haven’t tried it yet, but will do a few of their challenges. Its an active group even though there are under 1000 members.
The Sketching Everyday group is doing an alphabet series for September. I decided to complete my month doing animal sketches. Doodlewash is doing a month theme of celebrations. If you’ve not incorporated a daily routine of sketching, I invite you to follow along with any of the sites listed above. The drawing of sketches can be simple 15 minute sketches in any medium, a quick doodle or a formal drawing/painting. My sketches below were ten minute to two hour drawings.
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I think there should be FAA (Facebook Anonymous Addicts) for artists! There are just too many art groups online, and for an aspiring beginning artist who is trying to decide what medium is best for my personality, I am finding that I want to join all of the art groups. There are acrylic groups, painting groups, pastel groups, sketching groups, color pencil artist groups, beginning groups, marketing groups, tattoo groups, ink and pencil groups, gouache group, graphite groups, etc. There are so many Facebook groups with great examples of art that it is hard to specialize in one art medium when all the art mediums are appealing. Unfortunately, art supplies are expensive so I must make a concerted effort to decide what medium I should concentrate on.
Here is what I know about myself as an artist: 1) I am impatient; 2) I need quiet time to complete my projects; 3) I seek stress relief; 3) mess, clutter and stuff all over the place gives me anxiety 4) love spontaneity; 5) enjoy pieces with lots of color; 6) need to work in chunks of time; 6) want my art supplies to be simple; and 7) I like to change from realistic and loose/impressionist artwork. To date, I have tried acrylics, color pencil art, sketching with pencils and inks and watercolors. I’ve painted and drawn on canvas, rocks, hot and cold watercolor paper, drafting paper and sketchbooks. Here is are my conclusions on what art I like to do!
- Sketching and watercolor in sketchbooks and journals- feeds my spontaneity, it’s easy and portable—so I can get into Urban Sketching and 15 – 30 minute short thematic sketching
- Color Pencil Art – Allows me to work in chunks of time, supplies are simple, and it’s portable.
- Inks, markers and watercolors/watercolor pencils: combines spontaneity, lots of color and doesn’t make all the mess that acrylics, pastels and charcoal does.
- Acrylics – Although I don’t like the mess, I will use acrylics occasionally. I do like all the bright colors and the impressionistic or expressionism painting. Acrylic probably my least favorite to use, but I can play on huge canvasses.
- Watercolors – I’ve not used watercolors in it’s pure form other than in sketching, but have used watercolor pencils. I love the translucency of the art form…just need to do some practice pieces.
So where I am going with this? I thought I would share a few pieces (some you’ve seen, sorry) so you can suggest what I might be good at. Remember, I am still a beginner, but hopefully you might give me suggestions on where my focus should be…or is it okay to be a artist of all trades. Is that what creativity is all about?
Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
Sketching with Watercolors, Markers and Pen
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