Friday, May 30, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
|"Gold Mine Path" - Pastel - 9x13 - May 2014"|
I painted the first one quickly because I was so excited to finally get a photo of the Gold Mine ruins in Villa Rica, GA. It was posted earlier and used purples, yellows and greens. I revisited the painting a second time and made all the colors more subdued. I like it better. Purple is always my go to color. I've noticed other artist also have similar color palettes in their paintings. Some artist I can recognize their work simply by their color use. I think I will lay out some colors I rarely use and make myself paint this with a very different palate.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
|"Mark of the Potter" - Watercolor at Cultural Arts Center Show - April 2013|
- Select a great teacher - Choose teachers that you "love"..."love" their work. You will learn but your skills will be influenced by art that you really love. I've studied under many but Karen Margulis, Barbara Jaenicke and Ann Cockerill have had the most influence.
- Paint often - I was fortunate to take my first class from Karen Margulis. She challenged us to paint 50 paintings. To date I've completed 181 paintings. I still use that challenge to motivate myself. My newest challenge if to paint 50 "new" paintings from my own reference photos so I will be prepared for a "all new work" exhibit. In four years I've painted 181 paintings. Of course there were lots of small studies and "didn't make it" paintings but real framed work 181. I'm kinda overwhelmed considering this was new just 4 years ago and I started from 0.
- Share your painting - Join art groups. Even if you don't attend all the meetings they offer networking, opportunities to show your work and mentoring my other artist.
- Let the paintings GO!! - One day I was putting together my paintings into a large portfolio. I asked myself WHY!! Why spend all this time and money for it to sit in a closet. Of course I framed things to enjoy personally but I was intimidated to "sell" my art. Well you don't have to sell it. If it is indeed a hobby then enjoy sharing it. I started giving paintings way to friends and family. Before long I was an "international" artist because my paintings went to people all over the country and world. I have sold painting ( over 30 actually) but I'm confident I'd personally never sold one if I had not given the first one away. Several reasons - it feels good, it builds confidence.
- Record your progress - Since the beginning I have taken photos of all my work. I keep a file and it is encouraging to look back on my work. It also means when you give away a painting you forever have a copy of the paintings. It also means when you get ready to enter a show you have a jpeg file ready. I've also done a painting book each year or a book of one of my major shows. These are so easy to do on one of the photo center websites. I actually do mine on walmart.com but vistaprint is good also.
- Post on facebook and create a blog - Early in my painting experience I found that if I posted on facebook my "friends" were the most supportive and encouraging. I remember the first painting I posted, a friend said "I want that"......well I gave it to her and it felt good to share the art. I created a blog a few years ago to motivate myself but to also share my art. I use facebook to share the link. While I don't have many followers on the blog, I have had thousands of views of my blog by friends and friends of friends.
- Show your paintings - This is hard for lots of artist and especially new artist. Aren't we always the most critical of our work. But showing your art is a great motivator. Why paint if you don't share. I started by showing my work in a local gallery the Red Cockerill Gallery, where my teacher Ann Cockerill taught painting. I joined the local Douglas County Art Guild and showed painting at the Cultural Arts Center when the guild had their special showings. I entered for exhibits at the Cultural Arts Center. After four years, Ive had two major shows and shown my work in seven other shows. Really that was without even much effort. There are tons of shows it you are motivated. My goal was not to receive awards and develop credentials but to just have "fun". I've shown work at the Douglas County Cultural Arts Center, Dog River Library, Red Cockerill Gallery and Douglas County Courthouse. One of my favorite experience was the April 2013 Cultural Arts Show. I decided to donate the sales to the CAC and to the Fine Arts Academy at my church.
- Paint somewhere exciting - I scout out locations that have classes to pair my interest. I've done a week long painting workshop at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Great scenery, good company and fun painting. When I travel to Tybee Island, which I do twice a year, I take painting classes at the local Art Center. Again great scenery, building a network, painting and "fun." I've taken several classes at Callaway Gardens. My goal is a European trip!!! I've also started a plein air group. Sometimes the group is just me....but it's a fun way to see new things and enjoy painting.
- Learn something new - I'm always looking for classes where I can learn something new. Exploring new medians can be addictive. I paint in pastel, watercolor and acrylic. I'm considering taking a class in oil this fall. Plein air is a great experience. The Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville always has a "paint" in the garden day. Great fun. But there are groups or you can start your own group. Paint from your own reference photos. This took me a while, but once I started I was hooked. You go somewhere great, you enjoy the experience and take photos, then you relive that experience by painting and then you have a permament record of the experience in the painting.
- Make new friends - A benefit of classes and joining art groups and showing your work is making new friends. I make business cards on vistaprint and keep them to network with fellow painters and friends. I've met so many great people this way that share the "love of painting."
- Have FUN ! - Paining is fun and relaxing to me. Learning new things from great teachers is fun. Going to places and taking reference photos or plein air painting is fun. Sharing your paintings is fun. Actully at my two major show, I threw myself a "party" and invited friends. What a good time.
|"Still Life" - Watercolor - 19x12 - May 2014|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Catch Up on Painting May 2014 - The year has flown by. My life has been a little caotic. It is good to get back to painting. I was fortunate to have another Art Show this year in April 2014 at Dog River Library. Thanks to Douglas County Art Guild. While I rarely get to go to meetings, I am fortunate to be a member of this group that provides opportunities for local artist to share their work.
|"Christmas Home" - Pastel - 9x13 - December 2013|
|"Gibbs Gardens - Daffodil Morning - Pastel - 9x13 - May 2014|
Gibbs Gardens is a treasure that I found a couple of years ago when I visited with friends. Located in Ball Ground in North Georgia it is a beautiful place. A real treat was a visit I made with friends this spring to see the daffodils. This painting helped me capture a memory but certainly doesn't do the daffodil hillside justice. My goal is to get back to my daily painting this year and to have 50 new paintings before I do another show.
Currently I have three paintings in the Douglas County Art Guild Show at the Cultural Arts Center in Douglasville. "Shady Path", "Pear" and "Christmas Home"