Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

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Sketchbook Cover #9

September 10, 2016

Yesterday I turned off the internet in my house. Yep, even after a friend said “never, ever turn off the Internet!” But the thing is you really can’t turn it off because it’s pretty much available everywhere, either Wi-Fi when you go places or using data or a hotspot with a smartphone. And today I am  using my phone to make this blog post. I’m just using the mobile site through my browser, not an app, and so far it’s working alright. Although when I uploaded photos from my phone I had a hard time seeing the photos I wanted to share, until I realize where the little clear button was and how to navigate. Once I pretty much finished writing I switched to WordPress’s newest editor.

So let me get on with what I wanted to share. Over the summer I really did not create any artwork. I took a few pictures. But as far as painting or drawing or any digital art it felt like a pretty dry summer, in more ways than just the heat. So two weeks ago I went back to work, as school had started again and I am an assistant for an English language learners classroom.  At the same time something finally  started to come out of my brain in a creative way. Since then I’ve been wondering if starting back at my day job kept my left brain busy enough so that my right brain could get busy without being pestered by the left brains’ rantings about why I haven’t done anything all Summer. Yep, this thought  makes me sigh and laugh!

 So how this happened was that my sketchbook had started coming apart and I realized, oh, I hadn’t painted the covers of this new sketchbook. This is my ninth small sketch book that I have painted. You can see the others on my Flickr page. So that’s what I’ve been working on and I just want to share with you how it turned out. I use Copic Multiliners to draw the designs, Pitt pens on the inside and Zig Clean Color Real Brush on the outside to add color, and then  sprayed it with Krylon Kamar Varnish.

Pens used

Inside cover

Outside cover

The biggest challenge in using my phone to create this post has probably been adding the media and getting a cursor in the right place so it adds it where I want it to be. In the end I think I learned how to do it and hopefully I can do it more often as it’s not impossible and it’s definitely another option to using a computer to create a blog post. One of the best things about  making this post with my phone was that I was able to speak a lot of this text using voice texting and then edit. It’s always good to try new things.

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Digital Painting Decisions

August 3, 2016

Digital Painting of my photographs is something I find to be quite a challenge but very enjoyable. Making a rendering of people is definitely the hardest for me for many reasons so I tend to stick to what I love taking photos of the most… flowers and nature.

When I start a painting I often have to make decisions right away about what style I want because I have to choose which brushes I will use. In other words, how far do I want to go with the abstraction of shapes and colors? Do I want it to be more realistic or do I want to push the boundaries and add different colors? In my own style I think I am somewhere in the middle between realism and abstraction, and because I am still trying to find my ‘go to’ brushes I really have a long ways I can go in pushing the limits of my digital paintings. I feel that way with acrylic painting as well, but there I definitely know that I want more abstraction. Clicking on a picture will bring up the gallery if you want to see the differences more clearly.

These sunflowers were also created by playing with brushstrokes and asking ‘what if I do this?’ The thing is, for me at least, I find it more enjoyable to play and experiment and not get bogged down in trying to make it ‘my’ style. Mark making is just fun! So why not try lots of them. Even though I usually prefer to keep the colors more the way they are in nature and love to blend colors and brushstrokes, I found that with the last two I really wanted the marks and shapes to be what stood out and not just the color. Although I do think the grey, green and yellow together are very pleasing.

So yes, there is a lot that goes into even a digital painting from a photograph. I use Corel Painter15 and am waiting for the latest version to come out very soon so that I can get last years upgrade as well. Until then I’ll keep taking pictures and having fun at giving some of them a very painterly look.

These images and more are available HERE

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An Artistic Sense of Urgency.

July 25, 2016

Yellow Star Zinnia

This year is going by so fast! Nothing like getting near to the end of a month to make me think about how productive or unproductive I’ve been. (sigh!) Well, while there is still light, and into the dark of night, I still have plenty of time to work on a project, painting, taking or editing photos. When we work for an employer it is always good to have a sense of urgency to get things done. We want to show others that we will work hard for what they are paying us. I guess I think of it as a way of saying thank you to them for having given me a job and a way to have money to pay the bills.

But with my artwork my tendency is to be rather lazy in creating. This is probably true because there are not always immediate external rewards for what I’ve created. Yes, I need to create for myself but who would deny that they don’t feel some joy when you post your work on social media and people express some form of appreciation for their efforts. Yet… although I absolutely love seeing the images on the back of my camera or on my easel I know I do desire to have the reward of having my work hanging on someones wall.

The picture above is of a zinnia. I took this last night at almost 8 pm. The sun was gone and there I was taking pictures… as if maybe tomorrow I wouldn’t have that chance again.  And this is because I’ve learned to stop and take the picture when I see it, as next year those same plants will most likely will not be there.

Last week I told you about one artist that had inspired me with her online tutorial this past Spring, and today I would like to tell you about another, Danielle Donaldson and her tutorials offered through Jeanne Oliver’s website. If you click on her center picture that says ‘online creative network’ you will be taken to where Jeanne offers many different classes from different artists. http://jeanneoliver.ning.com/
Danielle’s classes combine watercolor with fun illustrations and are geared toward the beginner and even the more advanced. I am also enjoying her book Creative Girl. I like making little characters so it fits right with what I need for inspiration in my sketchbook. You can find Danielle Donaldson here.

With that… I am off to create something!

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Part 1: Where to show and sell your artwork?

September 10, 2014
Painted Dahlias

Painted Dahlias

Completed a new painting today of one of my photographs of Dahlias and then I made it available online to anyone who might want to purchase a print of it.

If you are selling or purchasing art may I recommend Fine Art America. You can start by finding beautiful canvas artwork here at my profile page: Karen Hernandez

I will post more ideas of websites for you soon, in hopes that it may help someone of you see where your work can be offered, or even where you can purchase amazing artwork. At FAA your work can also show up on Pixels.com and DesignerPrints.com, as they are also owned by FAA.

I’m first showing you FAA though as it is the main source for all of my work. Currently I have my my photographs and digital paintings but I appreciate that I can also put my original paintings and illustrations on there as well. They offer different kinds of prints as well as cards and phone covers, and I’m sure more is to come. I also appreciate that there are Community boards and Groups. FineArtAmerica.com makes it very easy to get started and then I just need to market my work.

They also have an amazing app, for the iPad, that let’s you visualize the art on your wall. Here is a list of their recent announcements where you will find more information on it:  http://fineartamerica.com/announcements.html

Marketing is certainly not my strong point, but I am learning and FineArtAmerica is certainly helping.