Afterthoughts

My goodness, I could not have expected my art show to go any better than it did. I feel like such a success right now, which is a bit unusual.

Not only did a decent number of friends and family show up (thank you to you all, it was great to see you!!), but I sold SEVEN paintings. SEVEN! Just a few blogs ago I was whining about being unsure if I could even sell one!

I’m not sure if those who came had already intended to buy paintings or if seeing the art on the gallery walls made the difference, but either way I am grateful.

My art is on display at Uptown Cafe until June 2, so there’s even time to sell more! I’m not sure if that will happen, but either way this has been an amazing experience.

Thank you again to everyone who stopped by and to those who organized the event, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who purchased a painting. I hope you love them as much as I do!

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The Problem(s) with Artist Statements

I’ve always loved to draw and doodle, and I really love to paint. I find it fun and cathartic and interesting. I think that doing art of any kind, from painting to crafting and everything in between, is great for anyone.

However, if you cross into the more professional realm of art (which I probably actually haven’t), you’ll be required to do more than enjoy your process. You’ll have to come up with reasons you do everything you do, in the form of an artist statement.

While I think that knowing the reason you’re doing something is a good thing, I don’t really like to talk about myself (which begs the question–why do I keep blogging?).  Continue reading

Lost and Found

Over the years I’ve participated in several art shows, some in college and some after. I’ve sold a few paintings over this time (half of them to my grandma), but I’d like to sell more. Not that I want to part with my paintings, but selling my paintings means people other than me and my parents like them, which is a nice little validation that’s more meaningful than when people say, “You’re so talented,” and then keep walking by.

In May I’ll be participating in my first art showing in about two years. I’m excited and nervous, so I thought I’d briefly go over my history at other art shows.

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Abstract Expressionism

The first painting class I ever took was during the second semester of my sophomore year of college. As was appropriate for an intro class, my teacher, Dana Zier, was really good about teaching us the fundamentals.

We primarily focused on realism, looking at how light reflected off of objects, how to create fabric that looks realistic by adding highlights and shadows, how to make flat objects appear curved, how to get the perspective right.

As far as realism goes, I wasn’t bad at it. For the most part I enjoyed it (Especially when we got to paint fabric. For some reason I loved it.) but it never really felt like my thing.  Continue reading

Broken Promises

Up until college I didn’t really have much drama in my life. There were two incidents with my two best friends, one in middle school and one in high school, but I wasn’t at the center of either of those. It took until college for me to have my own real drama.

I think it was probably inevitable in college. Small campus where everyone knew each other, plus we were all crammed into tiny dorm rooms together.

Anyway, my drama started with my boyfriend breaking up with me. Typical, yes, but that’s how it was. We broke up and I was sad and then drama happened afterwards. Continue reading

Storms and Such

Towards the end of my senior year of college I stopped trying to plan every step of my paintings. Because of this, my more recent art is more focused on color and how different colors relate to each other. I’m not so focused on the subject of my art. I usually just go with my gut and see what comes of it. So my abstract art is about color. Continue reading

Re-Do:Why I Paint Over Old (and not so old) Paintings

As I may have mentioned before, the original theme for my senior portfolio project was emotions made visible as little light flowers. Sometimes those light flowers turned out well, and they actually appeared to express something. Sometimes they didn’t. When that happened, I would either put it aside (if it were on paper) or cover it up (if it were on canvas).

That’s sort of been my life with art. I either love something and want to hang it up right away, or there’s this intense sense of nagging each time I look at the artwork that makes me want to change it. To get rid of the nagging, I either can’t stop working on it or I immediately stop working on it and don’t go back to it for months.

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My Experience with Beer and Painting

For my friend’s birthday (which was this past weekend – Happy Birthday!) last year I drove up to Milwaukee and we went to a beer and painting place in the middle of the day. Beer was not included in the price for the festivities, which was a bit of a downer, but the class was very fun.

It was my friend’s idea to go because she thought it would be helpful for her to get a little painting instruction. And what’s wrong with drinking beer at 11 AM? Nothing. So my friend, her sister, and I went for the three hour session and had a great time.

We were supposed to paint a giant goldfish, but I wasn’t feeling it. Neither was my friend’s sister. We both wanted to use the three hour session to create something of our own. At first I was nervous about going off the beaten path. We had paid for this “course” and there was an instructor to teach it. It was like school. And in school, I always worked very hard to do exactly as I was told.

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The Color I Paint with The Most

Color is perhaps the most important part of any painting. While the brush strokes, canvas, and overall composition of the painting are important, the color stands out the most and in my opinion is the part the speaks most to viewers.

No matter what color scheme is chosen for a painting – whether cool colors, complimentary colors, or even black and white – the right colors will make the painting perfect, will make it speak to those who see it.

Different colors will evoke different responses, especially depending on the colors you put near each other. There is one color that I use in almost every painting because it is very vibrant and because it works well with just about everything.

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