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.
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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Well I did another piece for my 14 day art challenge. Explored gouache by using it with pan watercolor in the painting of a lion. The group theme was “what’s my birthday sign.” As you can guess, I’m a Leo.
I bought a basic set of Arteza Gouache Paints. Since I’ve been exploring the use of watercolors, gouache seemed like a natural medium to use with watercolors. Gouache paint is similar to watercolors, however the pigments are modified to be opaque. It is similar to watercolor in that it can be re-wetted, it dries to a matte finish, and the paint can become infused with its paper support. Gouache dries to a different value than it appears when wet (lighter tones generally dry darker and darker tones tend to dry lighter), which they say can make color matching difficult, especially after the paint dries. When painting the lion, I had to spend time adding paint and water in small increments to match the colors when I ran out. However, I loved the quick coverage and total hiding power gouache had. The paint was able to cover my ink sketch. I felt the medium was comparable to painting with acrylics when it came to overlaying colors by having the same consistency and coverage. Moreover, like watercolor, is was easy to switch to different colors by doing a quick wash of my brush. If you want more of a watercolor wash, gouache can be thinned down by water so that has the same translucency as watercolor medium.
Gouache has been around for centuries and the art Masters used gouache with pastels, doing preliminary paintings and even under their oil paintings. Before using gouache, I never heard of gouache. In fact, when I looked for gouache in the Facebook art groups, I can count on one hand how many gouache groups there are on Facebook. I suspect gouache has been categorised with watercolor since it is water based, or tempura paints. I found a great tutorial by Minnie Small who does a great job in explaining gouache as well as the painting techniques of using the medium . You can find her video here.
If you decide to try gouache. I would love to see your paintings.
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Just thought I would share my completed flamingo. I shared the piece a few weeks ago when it was only halfway completed. This beauty is going to be in the Tuleluke, Butte County fair so wish me luck! Also, for those who want to try your art using color pencils on drafting film, I encourage you to do so as an alternative to traditional paper
The flamingo was completed on Grafix Matte 0.005 Dura-Lar Film using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. I used the reverse side to add value by darkening and lightening the areas of the wings. I used cream as the base, then layered light magenta, dark cadium orange, salmon, and light pink. For areas that needed shadows, I added the cold grey III and manganese violet on the reverse side of the piece.
- You can erase the film easily using a good tombow eraser or using any polymer eraser. I tend to like tombow erasers since the manufacturer produces very thin erasers for removing very fine lines.
- Since it’s a clear matte film, you can trace directly from a lightbox. There are several lightboxes available. Here is one of my favorites–TicTech Ultra Thin Portable LED Tracer
- Color pencils adhere and blend easily. I used Faber Castell, Polychromos which are oil based pencils, but Sanford Prismacolors Premier or other wax based pencils work well on drafting film surfaces
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It was last year that I decided to try my hand at art. My husband said I needed to retire and find somthing to do. He knew that I had been dragging my art supplies 20+ years every time I moved and I kept saying I wanted to paint my pictures (see some of my photos). The problem was, I didnt know which medium to try. I have watercolors, oil tubes, acrylic tubes, pastels and sketch pencils. I wanted to try them all, but didnt want to be a jack of all trades. I went to the local library and “ohhhhed and ahhhhed” at all the the great library books. I had no idea what mixed media was so I borrowed a book called Abstracts in Acrylic & Ink by Ohl, Jodi. The book was insightful since it took an approach to mixed media, and introduced me to types of materials, paint mixing, priming the canvas, and the painting process. The book also demonstrated the use of ink (which I had no idea that you could pour ink), with acrylics. I highly recommend the book. The painting was my rendition of the demonstartion from the book. It’s 11×14 canvas board and Daler Rowney Acrylic Sampler to complete the painting. Although I am sure you can use any acrylic paints. I didnt have pourable ink for the splatters, so I used acrylic for the splatters and a marker to define the buildings.
Unfortunately, I am a messy painter so I look just like the canvas. Rarely do I take out my brushes, but I will when I want to finish a piece in a few hours. Since then, I have switched to Color Pencil art, which is a slow medium, with an occasional visit back to acrylics. I am a little impatient so it’s nice to get a piece done quickly in acrylic paints. I only came across the color pencil when I saw a painting that looked similar to watercolor. I did a few Facebook searches and found amazing artists in the medium. It’s been a difficult for the media to make it’s impact in the art world, but the community of artists have grown to respect the artists who choose to work with color pencil.
If you get the book, feel free to post your painting demonstrations. I would love to see them. Also, I would also love to hear your story!
I’ve not had a chance to continue my work on my new piece…a flamingo. I scrambled to come up with 2 entries for color pencil and the bird category. The pieces I entered are an illustrative nature piece and an old 5×7 owl eyes piece; however, I think the owl eyes look “scary”. Nonetheless, I am continuing on the flamingo for the upcoming fair in September. Below is my work in progress and my scary owl eyes. I’ll post my finished flamingo piece in a future post.
Owl photo reference obtained from photographer, Terence Porter
What’s exciting though, is an opportunity to moderate a new Facebook Page called The Art Apprenctice. What makes it exciting is that this group has 3000+ categorized tutorials all in one place. The artist Kim Holden, is spending endless hours searching the web for tutorials and plopping it in one group! I promised myself though, that I would spend less time on Facebook and do more art. However, there is a plus to looking at more art, I’m able to look at art critically and see the values, contrasts, perspectives, etc. So..if you are an aspiring artist like myself, I encourage you to join the group and peruse the site for a tutorial and an artist you might want to follow. Hope to see you there!
Well after listening to a weekly podcast, Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta, I decided to start an Instagram account. I won’t go into depth about Artists Helping Artists other than to recommend her podcast if you are an inspiring or professional artist. Leslie has several podcasts, which will take me a year to finish if I listen to one podcast a day. However, periodically I’ll post a few tidbits in future posts. Otherwise, I recommend you check out Artists Helping Artists, especially Leslie’s podcast , “Important Things I Learned About Instagram That Every Artist Needs to Do Now.”
So your probably saying, “Why do I need to be on Instagram”? Well, from Instagram’s visual nature, ease of use and social media population, Instagram might be just the way to get exposure leading to business opportunities.
Here is what I learned about why, as an Artist, I should jump on the Instagram wagon.
1. It’s a Massive Social Media World
Instagram has over 1 billion active users daily and it is one of the most active social networks in the world. That’s a massive number of participants to potentially view my art. Instagram even has a Search & Explore section where art collectors can scope out art by searching for hashtags.
2. It’s Perfectly in Line with Artists Talent
Instagram is primarily a visual platform, which means it is absolutely perfect for growing artists and art professionals. It allows art and imagery to show through in the purest forms. In addition, there are apps available which assist in showcasing art. What is even better, words aren’t even necessary so there is nothing to take away from showing an artist work. Instagram is built to visually socially-engage the viewer so people can easily follow along. An artist can tell their story, share their inspirations, disclose snippets of their creative process without words.
3. It’s Quick and Easy to Use
The Instagram platform requires no computer and from a mobile device he/she can post as little as once a day, or story snippets throughout the day. If one doesn’t have access to a mobile device, there are now computer apps allowing upload from the computer. If your on the go , all that is needed is a smart phone with a decent camera and of course, some inspiration. Just snap a photo of your work or what you are doing for the day, and use Instagram’s built-in editing tools, think up a caption and post. Just think, you can take walks, go the beach or take an instant phone camera on vacation. How convenient is that!
4. It’s a Way to Show People Art in the Making or a Slice of Life
While Twitter posts read more like sound bites and Facebook is more of a personal platform, Instagram is a combination of both art and an artist’s life! It can be an intimate photo diary, you can share studio shots, 15 second videos of your work, works in progress, textures and scenery that are inspirational, close ups of art, hangings of art, or hangings in galleries or in a collector’s home. The world just opened up from a small studio to worldwide endless possibilities!
5. It’s a Land of New Opportunity
In addition to sales, “artists are getting commissions, invitations to participate in shows or exhibitions, offers to use their art for commercial purposes, and more exposure. Having an Instagram account is not about posting your art, it’s also about interaction and building your audience. The more active an artist is on Instagram, the higher the return. You never know where a well-crafted, active Instagram account can lead to. So, always be ready to respond to direct messages about your art, have packing materials and a payment system at the ready, and never stop creating.
Well hopefully, if you haven’t started your Instagram account, or your account is stagnant, I’ve gotten you excited to take the Instagram challenge...just keep creating, sign up on Instagram, post your art, and interact as much as possible! I KNOW I WILL!
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