Gestation of Light
8x10 watercolor

Art for Therapy

So lately I have been really painting a lot. I have really turned up the fire and I know it is mainly because I am still off work.  I will be getting some more therapy soon, hopefully. The doctor with the second opinion said that we were not treating a few of the problems that are creating issues. One of the main problems is ocular and that is why after a short amount of time I start to feel sick looking at this big computer screen. For some reason my phone doesn’t bother me much but I am thinking it is because the device is little and my eyes do not have to do much work. At least I can walk around without sunglasses now, as I literally wore them for months!

Art is therapy for me I swear and it is keeping me from going stir crazy! So after all my rambling, how about we get to some of my recent abstract pieces!

I really hope you like them!!! As always, if you would like to purchase my art, let me know! I am always really reasonable as I feel art is to be owned by others!!!

Reaching for the Light Watercolor 8x10
Reaching for the Light
Watercolor 8×10
Feathers  8x10 Watercolor
Feathers
8×10 Watercolor
Awakening 8x10 Watercolor
Awakening
8×10 Watercolor
Gestation of Light 8x10 watercolor
Gestation of Light
8×10 watercolor
Summer Light Form 8x10 Watercolor
Summer Light Form
8×10 Watercolor
Blades of Grass 8x10 Watercolor
Blades of Grass
8×10 Watercolor

Relating an Abstract to Actual Figure

I have spent my time off of work in deep contemplation about my life and my art and the direction I want to go. Now that I am feeling much better I have been trying to spend more time on the computer because it seems to be the last roadblock.  I start to feel ill after looking at the screen for too long, so this is why I do not post all the time. That little life bit being said…

10292277_10152408709344321_7299994491682587602_nThe Sounds of Color

I am searching out the feelings that abstraction brings out. For me there has been so much focus on line and color. How does the paint move me and what feeling does it invoke?

While working on art I like to typically listen to music. I feel there is definitely a soundtrack to my work (life too). I worked in silence on this piece. I focused on the actual sound that the paintbrush makes when you shake the brush off in water in a glass. There is a sound the paintbrush makes when you drag it across the paper and even when you mix your paint. I found it to be so relaxing and I feel as if I was really in tune with the work.

Abstract to Solid Imagery

There are plenty of artists that work from real imagery and then produce the abstraction. When you look at a real tree and then an abstract artist rendering of the same tree, there are relations to look at.

In my work and exploration I paint the abstract  first. There is a color palette that forms and awakens ideas for further interpretation. I also  become interested in the shapes that the free fluid movements produce. There is a story that needs to have form.

2Using the image above I felt this was one of the stories to come to life.  The color combinations came together like fire and ice. The feminine shapes created circular and flowing lines.

I showed these images to another artist that shows his work in large venues and he felt that the pieces needed to be painted MUCH larger than contained in my sketchbook. They should be shown side by side and he said that much of my work is the same way.

 

 

Would people buy Portraits?

So I have been thinking about trying to grow my visibility and the steps I need to do to be able to do that. One of my thoughts is to gather enough art to do a fair OR to join in an event called Hunt and Gather that takes place about 4 times a year.

Hunt and Gather is a really cool event in Crown Point, Indiana and they have a room full of artisans and antiques for 2 days, four times a year.  It’s not just a small room, it is HUGE! People that make hats, soaps, jewelry, art, refurbished furniture and people that sell antiques. That being said, I have talked to a few of the artists that are there and none of them have much luck selling their art. WHY?

This is in Northwest Indiana and it is NOT Chicago, though we are close (40 min drive on a bad day) and most people lie on their Facebook pages and say  “Chicago” when  they are really from some town in Indiana. The people at these events are trying to sell their art for $500.00 + and it is hard to sell art, period. when I purchase a piece, even if it is $100.00 I have to really like it. Mainly because I am not loaded with cash. When I was looking at houses  to find one to purchase I saw the ‘art’ that hung in those homes. People in this area do NOT spend money on art, and instead go to Kohl’s or Target and buy prints.

I feel in order to sell art at this show I need to tailor make art FOR that show. Make some cool pieces that can go with people’s furniture color scheme for a decent price. Even if I have some small canvas pieces or paper that isn’t framed with a price that people do not think that hard about.

My thought would be to have a booth selling my art and to maybe to have a set up where I do quick portraits. I feel that people will buy them because honestly people are vein. Though I don’t know if people would buy portraits the way I do them.

clint portraitThis is my Husband and I thought it didn’t really look like him but everyone that knows him says it does. This was a fast portrait (7 min) and I think it is pretty neat. It was fast and needed some dry time so it took longer. They have electric units at the event so I could hook up a blow dryer.

Before I can do this event like this, I need to have people sit for me to practice.

linda portraitThis image is of a friend and honestly it looks nothing like her. I was told it carries some of her features though.

By the way, drawing portraits is NOT like riding a bike and you can fall out of touch without practice. It is very frustrating. These portraits were both done last week. Maybe I should do portraits like Picasso and really abstract so no one says it doesn’t look 100% like them? OH or I could do a portrait and say I am connecting with the spirit world and painting their soul? Okay, maybe that would be a hokey schtick but what if it worked? I mean people are always interested in their horoscopes right?

I need time and some people need to bear with me and I need to work out the kinks. I haven’t really done portraits from real sitters in front of my face since I was in art school, circa 1997.  To give you a reference, here is a series of portraits from class with sitters. Well the 2 women at least. The middle one is from a blown out photograph of a relative.

relativeI was doing quite well, I thought. I think the only thing that is missing from these are FUN and FREEDOM. They were drawings that were imposed on me. This is how you are supposed to draw, this is the shadow. I know this is what makes them look more like who they really are. I need that structure with some freedom.

Next is a series of images I drew from photographs, mainly because I have no access to famous people for some reason. I wonder if it has to do with the restraining order from Ian Somerhalder? Just kidding… I don’t have one from any celebrity, but he is devilishly handsome and I would love to draw him in real life if I got better.

famousMarilyn Mason, Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins and Tori Amos. I think I captured their likeness well except for Tori, that could have been better. These were more fun and I was more loose here than I was when I was in the classroom.

Do you ever bend from what you normally do in hopes of bringing in more cash flow? Lord knows I will never make more money in my current job, but it does allow me a lot of extra time and I have plenty of days off.

Chasing Firelight ~ Getting inspired by mish mashing color on a page

I am gearing up for an Abstract call for Art at the end of the month. One of my art mentors/teachers, Tom Torluemke (<- Check out his art) is encouraging me to paint and paint like a mad woman using colors and just playing then taking shapes and things I like about all the play pieces into the final image. This is what I created…

Chasing firelight

I played with 4 colors only and my plan was really to leave some white on the page of my sketchbook but that never happens. I started seeing an idea in my play. I wasn’t planning on having a figure in the image or even things that looked like faces but I see them. I almost think I overworked this piece which tends to happen with some artists when they do abstracts and just get carried away in the play. I really tend to stick to warm or cool colors in many paintings and do not really mix “weird” colors that do not fit these subconscious standards I have.  I am going to start challenging myself to do this more. I need to leave the fear of an ugly painting behind.

For the opposite page of the sketchbook I decided to paint what I almost see. I went with shapes and just played with the figure in this abstract image I see and this is the result…

fireligth 2I think it turned out really cool and at first when I just played with the watercolor I felt as I almost messed up my sketchbook. I know that must scream loud volumes on my obsessive compulsive disorder (yes, diagnosed). Maybe it is also because it is a book and I want it to be nice because someone might look at it and say, “Gosh I love all these paintings but ew this one is really bad!”

After I laid down some ink I was very pleased. I started with the little ‘man’ figure first. Some of my friends is calling ‘him’ a girl… I think it might be the lines around the head but seriously I drew this as a boy, maybe even a eunuch. I think this image has potential to be a larger piece, but I am not too sure of the balls of light on the right hand side. That is what a sketchbook is for anyway, playing and making ideas!

Happy Little Tree

happy treeSo this week I did a little shopping with my mom to get me out of my place. I am trying to do some normal things so that I will be ready to go back to work which will hopefully be soon. Painting has really helped me to not get crazy bored.

At Michael’s Crafts I got a watercolor sketchbook that was regularly $32 for $7, go me! I tried to see if the deal was also online to give you the link but they were sold out.

The first image I painted was this tree. Sometimes it amazes me that I can really get down on myself for a watercolor painting.  I do not feel I can really paint nature that well, but when I lay down ink on top of it the image changes! Much more life is brought into the image and something I feel I messed up I now love. Does that happen to anyone else? Is there something you do to a painting (you think is a disaster) in the end that makes you look at it with pride? Throw me a comment, let me know!

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