When I spot a quote that really seems to speak to me, I like to do an Art Journal page about it. I used Chalk Ink paint to create the lettering. The paint is not permanent - It washes right off. I may have to spray a fixative on the page.
The above quote comes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe : “At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.” Here are some more quotes from Goethe that I like:
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
"By seeking and blundering we learn.”
"I love those who yearn for the impossible.”
“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”
What medium do you use to capture your favorite quotes?
At the end of the article, Joan provides a list of links to additional articles on these shows. I especially enjoyed reading Joanne Hus's post: surtex 2013: art + relationships = success. Lots of good advice for artists in this article. Check it out!
The Challenge runs for 61 days (June 1 through July 31, 2013). Tammy is asking readers to "create something on a 3" x 5" index card every day for 61 days." You can get all the details here.
I like Tammy's sentiment about the challege: "Simple materials push you to think in new ways." I believe that thought is so true. As artists, we are accustomed to creating art using mostly expensive supplies and materials. If you mess up an index card - cover it with paint - and then create a new image.
I especially like Bill's Fire & Forget Strategy. Here's the details of the strategy in his own words:
"One of the methods I use to keep my head screwed on straight with regard to rejection, is a term I’ve borrowed from the military, Fire and Forget. I fire off my submissions, forget them and move straight into creating the best work for submitting again in the next round. When rejection comes as it always does, I seek information on how to improve or when to resubmit. With Fire and Forget, I’m too busy setting up for tomorrow to worry about what I did yesterday, and how others reacted to it."
Make sure you read Bill's entire post so that you're ready to positively deal with any artistic rejection in the future. BTW, you'll also enjoy his very funny cartoons.
I've had good success with using my Faux Washi Tape in my mixed-media art pieces and Art Journals. So I decided to create more of my handcrafted tape.
However, this time I laid the surgical paper tape out on wax paper instead of freezer paper to aid me in removing the tape when I needed it. On the top half of the tape I brushed on a wash of pink watercolor paint. On the bottom half, I brushed on a wash of blue watercolor paint. Then I stamped butterflies on the tape using a Fabrico Stamp pad for fabric art. Last, I used my heat gun to cure the ink.
Here's another source on the topic of Creativity. Check out this post written by creativity expert, Michael Michalko - 101 Tips on How to Become More Creative. These ideas are tips to help you change your usual mental thinking patterns. Here are a few of the ideas that I especially liked:
Give yourself an idea quota of 40 ideas
Imagine your idea and its opposite existing simultaneously.
Keep a written record of all your ideas. Review them weekly. Can you cross-fertilize your ideas?
List 20 ideas or thoughts into two columns of 10. Randomly connect ideas from column 1 to column 2. Combine the ideas to see what you get.
Choose a tip from Michalko's list and put it into action today.
For insightful articles on Creativity, visit Michael Michalko's Web site, Creativity Thinking. There you will find creativity exercises, articles, techniques and more.
Here is the sequence of steps that I took to paint this monochromatic portrait. Please ignore the numbers on the photos. I worked too quickly and messed up on the numbering system. (There actually is no #4 photograph).
This was actually a fun exercise. I encourage you to try it too.
Today, I discovered this information-rich site called ArtJournalist (Exploring Art Journaling) that is hosted by Chelle Stein.
There's a lot to explore here: Art Journal Techniques, Art Journal Prompts, The Official (In)Complete List of Art Journal Supplies, When You Hate Your Handwriting - and much more. Take some time to check it out and then get started on your Art Journaling.
BTW, Happy Mother's Day To All, including those moms of fur babies. That includes me.
"You can create your own opportunities. Make yourself known to companies you want to work with. Research their sites, their brand and then write a thoughtful letter describing your interest and make a brief introduction of yourself."
"Offer links to your work, as sometimes attachments are marked spam or they won’t open. Show them how THEY can benefit. Not just that you want to work with them. Show how you two fit. Link to the best examples of your work that complement what they already license."
Check out the rest of this informative post. And start taking that first step to Licensing Your Art.
"If your work is quirky, whimsical or fun, your Web site, messaging, and social media efforts should reflect that vibe. If you are a traditional or realist painter, your Web site needs to look and feel like that. Colors, typeface, copy, images and layout are all tools to further communicate your brand, whatever that might be."
Check out these two posts and start working on incorporating some of the ideas into your own artist career today.
For Day 5 of 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days, Leslie Saeta challenged us to create a collage featuring some of our paintings. To create the collage, Leslie suggested we go to the websiteipiccy and click on "collage."
The tool is very easy to use and you can save the collage to your hard drive. This was a fun exercise to do. Thank You for the idea Leslie! If you want to participate in Leslie's Marketing Challenge, check out the details here.
My order from Jet Pens recently arrived. As you can see, I got a little carried away with purchasing blue pens.
I like ordering from this company because of the unique Japanese products that they offer. Also, I'm always in search of the perfect pen for sketching and art journaling. Here are descriptions of some of the items that I ordered.
The pen that I most look forward to using is the Ohto Graphic Liner Needle Point Drawing Pen. It "produces the same kind of line as your typical fiber-tipped drawing pens, but with a sturdy metal needle point instead." According to the company description, "you'll never have to worry about smashing the pen tip over time, and can use every last drop of the waterproof, archival-safe pigment ink." I hope this is true because I do think I tend to press too hard on my Micron pens.
I ordered the Sakura Pigma Sensei Drawing Pen. The description says that "the ink is archival quality, smear- and feather-resistant, waterproof, chemical proof, and fade-resistant. It also does not bleed through most papers." Although the pen is promoted to manga artists, I think I will enjoy sketching with it.
I also ordered the Marvy LePen Technical Drawing Pen. It is described as having "pigmented black ink that resists bleed-through and is permanent when dry."
Because I often make detailed pencil sketches and need a slim eraser, I ordered the Seed Radarknock eraser encased in a pen-like form. It has "an unusual tip shape resembling a three-quarter moon, making erasing small areas easier than with wider erasers."
Some how, I also ordered the Tombow Mono Knock 3.8 Eraser encased in a pen-like form. "With the push of a button you can extend the Tombow Mono eraser" and it's ready to use.
The shocking pink item in the photo is the Sun-Star, Paper Stitch Lock Staple-Less Stapler. It "requires absolutely no metal staples, and will hold up to 4 sheets of paper together (average copy weight). The mechanism punches the paper and stitches it together in one press." I really got tired of messing with metal staples. Most of the hard copy that I keep are two to four pages in length so the stapler will work for me.
I have no association with Jet Pens. I just like their products. And aren't all mixed-media artists also office supply and stationery hoarders too?
I am participating in Leslie Saeta's Challenge: 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 days. I must confess that I tend to get focused on creating Art - and spend little time on marketing my Art. I should know better since I have a marketing background. So I signed up for the Challenge with the goal of increasing my art marketing efforts.
Today is Day Two of the Challenge and our Marketing task is to promote one of our favorite paintings that hasn't sold yet. I'm promoting the above painting entitled Sweetie Pie.
Are you participating in the 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 dayschallenge? If not, why don't you take a risk and join me and the other participants in this fun event?
Today I came across this innovative challenge hosted by artist, Leslie Saeta. Here's the back story in Saeta's own words:
"Welcome to the 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days Challenge. Every day I will post a marketing task for you to complete. Each one shouldn't take more than half an hour and by completing all of them in the next 30 days you will have done a lot to promote your art! Don't forget that there is only one rule for this challenge and that is to HAVE FUN! If you miss a day then don't sweat it. Just have fun and complete as many as you can." (The Challenge began May 1.)
To date, there are over 300 artists participating in the Challenge. That means by the end of May, over 10,000 marketing ideas will be generated by this Challenge.
Here's more information about Saeta:
"Leslie Saeta is an award winning artist who paints fresh and colorful paintings using only a palette knife. She paints in her studio full time and has over 30 years of marketing experience."
"In addition to painting, she is devoted to helping other artists sell their art, especially online. She hosts a weekly talk radio show titled Artists Helping Artists which is a great resource tool for all artists. The show is currently listened to by over 5000 artists per week."
I have always admired this painting of an Angel but I did not know much about the artist. I was surprised to find that Thayer's Angels are his best-known paintings.
Thayer Angel Painting
Here's some more background information on the artist: "Abbott Handerson
Thayer (1849-1921), is recognized today for his ethereal angels, portraits of
women and children, landscapes, and delicate flower paintings. A New Englander
who expressed the spiritual in much of his work, he was known as a "soul
painter." In his own time, his work was praised by critics even as it was
popular with the public and sought after by collectors."
I'm currently working on painting mixed-media art portraits and Thayer's angels are an inspiration to me.