I am working on a piece I'm going to submit for a show in which the theme is "Carbon." The idea is to represent carbon beyond the use of it as a material. I've done a couple paintings in a style that I immediately thought of when I heard of this show. So I am working on making that style represent carbon. Since both diamonds and graphite are forms of carbon, I am going to use white and black in my painting in order to represent those 2 materials.
I started by painting black over a piece I really wasn't happy with. It had a textured section you can see here - but that works out great for my vision. I'm picturing graphite as a rough cut chunk, both smooth and bumpy.
Now I'm adding some square-shaped brushstrokes in a seemingly random way. But wait! There's actually a method to my madness :) You see, the atomic number of carbon is 6. Therefore, all of the squares are painted in groups of 6. Also, as shown in the diagram here - its electrons are arranged in groupings of 2 and 4. So I painted each group of six with 4 squares that have black on the left side, and 2 squares that have white on the left side.
Done. Now I've added some glitter paint to all the white squares. They are supposed to be diamonds you know! The glitter is iridescent so it's reflecting a bit purple.
Break time! DaVinci, my one-eyed basset (bassyclops?), needs some attention.
After coating everything with 2 coats of glossy varnish, I randomly glued tiny Swarovski crystals onto several of the white "diamond" squares. These add lovely little sparkles when they catch the light just right, but are almost invisible otherwise. Kinda cool. Might leave people wondering where the sparkles are coming from.
Unfortunately, my camera is having a lot of trouble capturing the sparkles. But they are definitely visible to the naked eye.
This past week I have been listening to several really great talks during the Right Brainer's Business Video Summit. I learned about this summit through another blog I follow called The Abundant Artist. I am so glad I took the time to learn more about this, and give it at try. It's free, so I had nothing to lose, but I was very unfamiliar with the whole concept. While the video plays, there's a scrolling chat going on at the same time. It was very overwhelming at first. I learned quickly that it was better for me to just turn up the volume and listen in the other room while I'm painting, or eating lunch. Each day, I have walked away with at least one great piece of advice. However, the one that really struck a chord with me was about finding your soul mission.
I already know I'm passionate about painting. I love it. But finding your soul mission delves deeper than that. I need to figure out WHY I'm passionate about painting. I have been feeling very unfocused in my work lately, and wondering if what I'm doing is important. I need to figure out why it's important - my reason for doing it - and I don't mean just to make money. Something beyond myself. Why is it important to the world? I need to figure out my purpose. Once I define my soul mission I will be able to focus my work on that goal. I will have direction.
I think this would be a wonderful thing for everyone to define in their lives, don't you? Do you know your soul mission? You may very well have several. They could be business related, or personal. Can you define them? Something to think about.
Drum roll please....
I am SUPER excited to announce this new idea I have for personal intuitive paintings. Only $30 plus shipping for your very own 8" x 8" signed original. Click on the picture below for all the details. Order soon, I want to paint!
I will be one of the artists showing my work during this event.
Come on out! Enjoy some wine and some art!
A few years ago I was helping out at my kids' school and in talking to one of the other parents found out that she preferred to only purchase original artwork. This was the first time I had run into anyone with this preference. Hearing this actually started the gears moving in my head towards the belief that I could someday be an artist for a living. I didn't realize there was still a market for original art, even though inexpensive prints are readily available at department stores. I think I just figured that since original art was out of my reach financially, that it must be the same for most other people too. It's hard to think outside of your own bubble sometimes and realize just how diverse and huge the world actually is. It's time to add some more solution and expand my bubble. How big is your bubble today?
So, I started a new painting, with the intention of it being an abstract snow/winter related piece. I wrestled with this piece for days trying to make it conform into what I wanted. No dice. My son finally said to me yesterday, "Why don't you just finish that one the way it is, get another canvas, and try again? " He's pretty wise for a 13 year old :) I took his advice and just let this piece take form into what IT wanted. Once I stopped fighting it, it quickly transformed into something I'm actually quite pleased with. So, while I still don't have the holiday card design I was after...I do have a cool new painting.
I'm designing my own holiday cards this year, so today I am starting some works with a winter and snow theme. I plan on doing an abstract and a new bird painting. I think I may also add a new stained glass-like painting to the winter mix. I picked up a couple new paints that I've never used before, and am excited to experiment with them. They have some interesting properties that could be really fun for painting snow. I'm going to keep it a surprise until I'm done though ;) Intrigued?
Love original art, but have a strict budget? I will debuting some miniature original art magnets at the Aurora Art Walk on October 5th. Most are 2"x2", done in acrylic or mixed media, based on the same styles as my full size artwork. They are all completely original pieces that will not have prints made of them. They will be priced at $10 - $20 each. Hope to see you there!
Just submitted my application for the Aurora Art Walk! Aurora holds these walks twice a year. If you haven't been to one, do yourself a favor and check it out! There's something for everyone - visual arts (paintings, sculptures), live music, dancers, poetry...
For more info: http://www.auroraartwalk.org/
My first show at The Art of Oswego was a wonderful start to my new career. I received so much positive feedback - including a 3rd place prize for my work overall, and I sold my very first piece! It was an exciting day, made even better by the perfect weather and great visitor turnout. I also learned that it would have been better to have more time to practice setting up my display. Set-up on the morning of the fair was highly stressful as my husband and I tried to make a more stable configuration after a wall fell on top of me! Luckily, we figured it out, and finished set-up only 15 minutes late. I thought it was going to be much worse. So, we now have some ideas to tweek it, and make the process easier in the future.
We ended up going with a triangle configuration - figuring that would be the most stable. It worked out really well since the booth was open to visitors on all sides.
Next up - The Next Wave Art Salon in Elgin!