Lori says that "Although there are sometimes circumstances beyond one’s control, most barriers to success are self-generated and can be fixed." I believe that the successful traits which Lori listed can serve as a roadmap for artists.
I agree with all of the Successful Traits in the Infographic but here are three of my favorites:
Network and Exchange Ideas with Other Artists.
Never Stop Learning.
Become Manifesters and Make It Happen.
Make sure you check out the complete Infographics chart and then start working on your road to artistic success today.
Although I've been painting with acrylic paints for many years, I never worked with a palette knife until today. I used acrylic paints thickened with Golden Extra Heavy Gel to complete this small painting of poppies.
I really enjoyed working with the palette knife and heavy gel. I look forward to more experiments with this medium.
I like to experiment in my Art Journal before I do a final painting. This step helps me choose the final images, words and colors that I want to incorporate into my painting.
I used watercolor paint, watercolor crayons, colored pencils and some acrylic paint to create this art piece. However, the journal page did not accept the paint and water very well since the paper was not absorbent or thick enough. But all in all, this was a good learning experiment.
This morning, I worked on this brightly-colored Art Journal page. I may add some more details to it later on. You may recognize a couple of Teesha Moore's Characters on the page.
I'm a member of Teesha and Tracy Moore'sArtstronauts Club. If you haven't joined in yet, I encourage you to do so. Both Teesha and Tracy are very generous with their offerings of learning videos, collage sheets.....and more! Other artists are also contributing to the Club. Check it Out!
I'm trying to catch up with a self-paced, online Hand Lettering Course taught by Joanne Sharpe. In the exercise above, I created the alphabet with watercolor paint and a brush. I've been working with watercolors for a while now but I never tried lettering with a brush. This is my first attempt - I plan to practice this exercise again to better perfect it.
I was glancing through some old copies of Somerset Studio magazine. And serendipitously came across an article by Lettering Artist, Deborah G. Powell. She loves to use writing instruments that she creates with unexpected items.
Here are some of her favorite marking tools - above, from left to right - a credit card, rolled up corrugated paper, notched bamboo, plastic "pick-up-stick," soda can pen, nail file, tongue depressor, and clarinet reed. I tried to find a blog for Deborah but could not. If you know of Deborah's blog, please let me know. She is very talented.
This morning I decided to make some Valentine Cards using just the materials that I had on hand.
The supplies included: tags, cardboard, paint, felt, fabric scraps, Washi & decorative tape, beads and ribbons. I had a lot of fun embellishing the tags. Now I see more tag creations in my future. Will you be making any Valentine cards?
I was doing some quick research on nature drawing when I came across John Muir Laws site. He wrote an excellent post on Quantity, Not Qualityas related to improving one's sketching skills.
When I sketch, I often fall into the habit of attempting to create a perfect image - or as John calls it, a pretty picture. However, he encourages sketchers to go for quantity instead of quality. John says:
"Enabling yourself to make as many pictures as possible opens doors. Each drawing becomes less important to the ego and one drawing invites you to the next. Sketches without judgement help you maintain your focus and embed you in the moment. This is where journalers experience flow, a state of utter concentration, fascination, and connection. The sketcher often loses all sense of time. The experience motivates you to continue and do it again."
Take a few minutes to read the complete post. Then pick up that pencil and Go for Quantity. Later, check out the rest of John's site for some great tutorials.
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I have an ongoing habit of sketching each night so I was especially intereted in this article. Here are a couple of my favorite tips from Vikki:
Mouse hole drawing. "If you’re stuck in a rut and lacking inspiration, try and view the world through a mouse’s eyes – how different would your shoes look when viewed at ground-height, bringing the colors, textures and even the tiny scuff marks into sharp focus.....Or how about a bird’s eye view – different again.".
New Dimensions - "Drawing big and drawing small are very different disciplines. Try drawing to the dimensions of a postage stamp, then do the same drawing on the largest sheet you can find. Do you notice the different techniques and observations that come into play at each size?"
Take a few minutes to read the complete post. Then pull out your sketchbook and Start Sketching. In fact, why not buy a new sketchbook for 2014 to celebrate the new year.
I wanted to do an experiment with matte medium and Charvin Paris Water-Soluble Pastel Painting Sticks. First, I printed a Black & White copy of an image of roses on bond paper. (The original colored photo is shown above. I believe the image is from The Graphics Fairy).
I painted matte medium on the B&W copy and let it dry. Then I colored the roses with the pastel sticks. I like the shabby looking results of the roses as shown below.
I also tried this experiment with glossy photo paper but I did not like the end result. I may have brushed on too much matte medium with the latter. I will have to experiment some more.
I was trolling the Web and I was surpised to find that a new FREE issue of Art Trader Magazine(Winter 2014) is now available. Their last zine was released in Fall 2012 so I'm happy to see that they are back in business. Art Trader puts out a quality art magazine. A few of the features in this issue include:
Manipulating the Figure in Mixed Media Art
Musings of a Self-Trained Artist
Art Journal Prompts & Ideas for 2014
Art Journals: Choosing or Creating A Journal
Art Journaling With the Anti-Art-Journaler
FREEBIE! Downloadable Art Doll Template: Marie Antoinette
If you're new to the zine, make sure that you check out their past issues.
Thinking back to yesterday's post on the importance of play, I decided to simply play in my Art Journal today. I began working without any goals for my Journal page. I didn't plan or overthink what I was going to create.
I just doodled and painted and ended up with the page that you are looking at now. Valentine's Day must be on mind and maybe that's why I drew hearts. Creating the Journal page relaxed me - and soon I was ready to get back to work on a more serious, mixed-media art piece in-progress.
One of the articles talks about The Serious Need for PLAYwritten by Melinda Wenner Moyer. According to evolutionary biologist, Marc Bekoff, "Without play, adults may end up getting burned out from the hustle-bustle busyness that we all get involved in."
How about you? Do you make room for play in your life? Stuart Brown, psychiatrist, offers three ways adults can inject more play into their everyday life:
Body Play - Get involved in some form of active movement that is free of time pressures or expected outcomes. Exercising to lose weight is not play.
Object Play - Use your hands to create something you enjoy without having any specific goal. I do the majority of my play in my Art Journal. Maybe you do too.
Social Play - Join other people in seemingly meaningless social activities. This can range from simple small talk to verbal jousting.
Brown further suggests, "Try to remember what you enjoyed doing as a child. Translate those memories into activities that fit your current situation." He adds, "Make sure you play by scheduling time in your day for it.
I'm a note taker. I regularly write down new ideas for art projects, magazine articles and blog posts. I also record quotations that capture my fancy.
However, I'm not very organized about recording my ideas. I usually use what ever is close at hand - blue line pads, Post It notes, backs of envelopes, sketchpads, notebooks and more. Problems arise when I try to track down a good idea and flesh it out. I then need to go through piles of papers and clutter.
Enter the Bullet Journal as described on their site - "For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future."
Ryder Carroll, Art Director and Interaction Designer is the developer of this great system. Check out the Bullet Journal site for more details. There's also a video describing the system on the site.
I'm wondering if a Bullet Journal might also be used for capturing art drawings. Regardless, I'm going to start a Bullet Journal. How about you?