Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

Revivals and Sales

November 13, 2014

In an attempt to revive my dormant art-making habits, I am blogging again to get my mind in the right direction.  I have been absent far too long from consistently making art, and it is time for a change.

Alter, acrylic on canvas, 24'' in diameter

Alter, acrylic on canvas, 24” in diameter

Child-rearing and housework and blowing through various TV series on Netflix (I’m not proud of that one…well, except for finishing all seasons of Cheers AND Frasier…WHEW, lots of work.) currently occupy the forefront of my daily goings-on, but I have been feeling that art ache lately…

However, that art ache perplexes me.  I know I should be creating, and I WANT to be creating, but my life has so radically shifted since having a child, I am not sure where to begin…AND art supplies be ‘spensive, y’all!

ANYWAYS, I am running out of excuses.

How would y’all feel about a sale?  I need to clear some inventory…stay tuned.

Forced Creativity

January 14, 2013

I realized pretty soon after college and especially my first year of graduate school that I could not WAIT for inspiration to hit me before I started painting.  I have to get in the studio DAILY and MAKE myself create, even if, sometimes, I have no ideas – and then hopefully (9 times out of 10) be inspired as I am experimenting with new techniques or priming canvases.

Here’s an oldie but a goodie of my grad school studio about 5 years ago.  In Florida. With no air conditioning. Fun times.

gradstudio

It is hard lately to find this motivation with so many other distractions – MOVING (this one’s a biggie!), Patrick gearing up for school and his new position at work, birthday parties, planning meals, etc…  but it is more important now more than ever to keep working and keep pursuing my art.

Something that helps me when I am in a rut with a piece is to make a bold and challenging change.  In one of the pieces I am currently working on, I decided to create this section of pattern that sort of runs/drips/cuts through one of the main areas of the composition.  It was completely scary, but I am pleased with the result so far.

Here is a detail of the unfinished piece (probably about 5/6 of the way done):

detail

These patterns came from some really cool pattern books that I received for Christmas – this one and this one.  This new painting is also a SQUARE and not a circle, which is also a new direction for me.  I have been doing the circles for awhile, and will still continue to do them, but I find myself not as interested in them as I once was.

Making big changes are hard for me – in life and in artwork…just ask my husband. 🙂  I am good with sticking to a plan and getting it done efficiently and effectively , but I get frustrated if it changes.  I am learning in life and in artwork that sometimes deliberate changes are good – and can lead me down an exciting new path that I never would have followed had I stuck to Plan A.

Flexible plans

November 7, 2012

Sometimes the original plans get scrapped.  This applies to many things, but right now it applies to this painting that I started.

About 1/5 of the way through…beginning stages…

About a week ago I had grand ideas inspired directly from scripture for this painting…but the more I started thinking about how to execute the imagery, I realized my points weren’t going to come across as clearly as I wanted to, which would result in a very weird, confusing painting.

This is one reason why I don’t do preliminary sketches.  I have ideas in my mind, but if I do sketches beforehand I feel obligated to strictly adhere to them – even if the painting takes me in another direction.  This is not the case with all artists, but it is definitely the case with me.  My strongest pieces have been ones in which I have surrendered control of the original plans and worked intuitively.

My husband and I, in our own lives, are also learning how to live more in faith – with our finances, our giving, our life plans and career goals, and family plans.  We are learning, slowly, that our best life is the one we give up control and trust God to lead us.

I have a vague idea of where this painting might lead me, but I am trusting my intuition and God’s leading to show me the rest.  It’s a great way to work. 🙂

In other news, I have started an Etsy sight!  Fabric rosette pins, hair clips, necklaces (and maybe bracelets) – most of which have an image of my paintings on them – co-mingle with notecards and prints of my original paintings.  Check it out HERE!

Festivals and New Series

September 19, 2012

Driving between Johnson City and Asheville

This past weekend was a real blast – and a real learning experience!  We had fun staying with friends, eating really horribly (and by horribly I mean awesomely fattening and delicious), and talking art with folks.  We learned that maaaaaayyyyyybe I show better (and sell better) in galleries than in outdoor shows.  However, it was still a worthwhile experience.

I’m so glad I made the notecards!  People responded more to those than the prints.  I am looking to make an Etsy page for the prints and notecards a little later on…

I was fortunate enough to be assigned a corner booth so I had another wall on which to hang my work.  It really engaged people, and I conversed with many an inspired individual.

The sales weren’t great…BUT I got picked up by another gallery (signed the contract that Sunday after the show!) called Atelier Gallery!  Maybe that was the whole reason for the trip in the first place…  It’s in a great location in downtown Asheville on the corner of Lexington and College. They are very professional and energetic and represent some great artists.  I’m excited to work with them!

Relaxing, contemplating, and planning outside at Rembrandt’s Coffeehouse

Ah, the aftermath of a show…a sweet time of contemplation, readjusting, and  looking to the future.  I took some time yesterday to think about my next few paintings.  I have been off and on reading through Isaiah and have been very inspired by the redemptive story of God disciplining and reaching out to His people.

Some of the imagery is so powerful, and the redemptive prophesies are so great, I just HAVE to explore this visually!  The book is basically laid out in three sections: 1. God’s warning and judgement on his people who have turned away from Him. 2. As a result, Israel becomes captive to the Babylonians 3. God redeems the remnant (those left after the exile)

I am really looking forward to exploring what God has to say in these passages.  There will be female figures, maybe a male figure or two, caves, canopies, smoke, lions, lambs, trees, fire, fruit, flowers, and, of course, pattern.  Can’t wait!