As a painter I am always seeking new techniques to use in my work. I believe venturing into unfamiliar mediums from time to time will benefit the one I mostly work with. It allows me to come back with a fresh view. One art form I would love to learn is sculpture. Throughout history materials continue to be diverse, enabling endless possibilities that are only limited by our imaginations.
I’ve never been able to get the hang of colored pencils. I see work that other artists have done and it’s amazing but I just can’t get the hang of them. I would love to learn how to use colored pencils.
The other medium would be welding kinetic sculptures. I would like to use rock with the metal. If i could get movement it would be even crazier! I have never welded & it would be a challenge as the Lyme leaves me weak so I do not know if physically it is possible. But maybe I’ll just have to attempt it!
My favorite shop for arts supplies is the one that I can get the best deal at. I live within 8-10 blocks of a Michaels, JoAnns, and an Utrecht art supply, and I always go armed with coupons. I love that most of these stores have apps and I can access them from my phone, because too often I run out the door without the paper coupon.
My community has a really neat, unique resource here in town, called the “I.D.E.A. Store.” It’s essentially a resale shop….for gently used art and craft supplies and all kinds of assorted donated odds and ends intended for recycling and reuse. It’s a mixed bag every time I go in there — never quite know what you are going to find….but I’ve purchased (at crazy low prices) tubes of paint and jars of gesso and mod podge with plenty of product still in them, paint brushes, brayers, art books, stamps,maps and sheet music for mixed media projects, yarn, frames, and more. Staffed by volunteers, all proceeds benefit a local school districts. So indeed — pretty cool, and something every community should have!
I always love to dreamily float through Michaels Stores (Arts and Crafts Supply) for inspiration and quick fixes. Since it’s in so many states, I can even pick up emergency supplies (yes, an art emergency!) when I’m traveling to and from art shows. For items they don’t stock, I buy from various online sites for items such as my favorite clay for making Skellies and stretcher bars for limited edition canvases of my Big Eye Beauties!
The prevailing influence upon my artwork is technology. I was trained as a traditional oil painter, but vision problems forced me to turn to computer technology in order to see fine detail. I continue to draw and paint by hand, I simply use a mouse now instead of a brush.
I’ve always been interested in artwork my whole life, and as a child I was an avid reader and loved fantasy novels. Now I only really have time to listen to audio books while I work, but I still generally choose fantasy novels. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is my very favorite book, and I usually watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Stanley Tucci as Puck at least three or four times a week. I usually have movies or books playing in the studio while I work, but I also listen to symphonic metal and get a lot of my best ideas from music.
The two colors my palette is never without are terra rosa and yellow ochre. I tone all of my canvas with a gray/green and under paint my larger paintings with terra rosa. The contrast really helps me work out composition and value issues before committing to my final work. Yellow ochre is a versatile color that mixes well with other colors to form natural looking hues. No matter what I’m working on, I put them out every time.
I must do this unconsciously, but my two must have colors (besides black and white) are green and red. These naturally complimentary colors create so much visual fun that they shouldn’t be reserved only for Christmas.
Cecily Brown, the featured artist in the February, 2013 edition of “Vogue” magazine comes to mind as a contemporary artist I would like to meet. Although my subject matter is rarely the human form, her powerful and insightful freedom of expression making people accessible and familiar inspires me and resonates with the goals in my own art. She seems very focused and busy so I would leave any meeting on her terms.
We’d love to meet Annie Preece. Her work is big, loud, colorful, full of energy and packed with punch. It speaks loudly in quiet rooms. That she’s one of the few women who are recognized and respected in the urban art arena – yeah. That doesn’t hurt either.
I’d like to meet the French artists Pierre and Gilles, whose beautiful images (a mixture of photography and painting) have been a big influence on my work, to talk about their methods and influences. And because they are rather handsome!
My favourite social media site is definitely Facebook. For visual artists I think it is the best way to connect with fans and collectors because it is a great balance of pictures, text, and important apps like Event Calendars. I love posting photos of projects I’m working on while they’re still in progress – most of the time I end up selling a painting before it’s even finished, and it’s also a great way to invite discussion from artists & budding artists about technique & process. The Events app is also a wonderful way to post all of my upcoming art shows and to let people know what I’m up to!
My favorite social media site would be Facebook. I use my fan page to promote my art everyday. via direct sales, etsy stores, auctions, showing works in progress, you name it. It can all be viewed by my collectors in one place. The various artists groups are great too, for interacting with other artists from all over the world.
For my business I prefer using Facebook. It allows me to more closely interact with my followers, promote, and see how others are moving my work around. I also find it so simple to take a picture and share as I work from the drawing table with my phone.
I’d say my number one tip for budding artists would be to dedicate time each day to the creative process. We’re all stretched pretty thin making a living and can’t always find time to paint or even sketch daily. On those days, make time to read an inspiring article, watch an interview with someone in the creative arts, do some Google image searches or try visiting a virtual gallery. These don’t have to be in your direct field of work. Have faith in the process. It may take some time but what goes in one day comes out another.
I decided to pass the buck on this question and ask my 6 and 8 year old children. My son said to practice drawing everything and look at things very carefully. My daughter said whether you draw, paint, or sculpt, you should start with something you’re really interested in (in her case, Garfield and Pokemon) and explore it because you make better art when you care about what you’re making. A few minutes later, she also chimed in with, “Oh, and be creative!”
I think there’s a lot of precocious wisdom in their answers: practice, observation, passion, curiosity, a connection to your subject. All children are born artists. (And scientists, too, for that matter.) The secret is to hold onto this wisdom as you grow up.