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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2 Days to Go: Some Final Thoughts

I started the process of signing up for this art show at Uptown Cafe in July 2017. At that time, May 2018 seemed like a million years away. Now, I have just 2 days before my show is on display!

It’s been 2 years since I’ve participated in any type of art show, and this will actually be my first-ever solo show!

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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

New Perspective

It can be easy to get stuck doing the same thing over and over, whether at work or in your hobbies. With painting, I found I was being a bit lazy with how I was displaying my work.

You may remember this painting from a few posts ago, while it was still in progress.

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work in progress

Even after I finished painting, something felt wrong. I liked the colors and the lines, but something seemed off. So, rather than putting brush to canvas once more, I decided to turn the canvas.  Continue reading

Triangles are Totally Tubular

I like alliteration. And I like triangle canvases. There’s just something about painting on a surface with fewer than four sides, something fun and exciting.  And something complicated and a bit confusing. I have had a lot of fun painting on triangular and circular canvases, but usually it takes a while to get there. For some reason, getting started is extremely difficult.

There’s just something very (exciting and) unnerving about painting on a non-rectangular shape.  Continue reading

Hoping Hopefully Hopeful

There was this one time, in college, when I thought I was totally going to be able to sell a bunch of paintings without a whole lot of work. I had my senior art show on display at school for less than a week, and I sold 3 whole paintings. It was amazing. One was to my professor and adviser, but the other two were to a complete stranger (who was also a professor, just not one I’d had).

After that, I was like, “Okay cool. As long as I’m showing my art people will buy it.”

Now when I look back all I can think is, “LOL I am dumb.”

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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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Emotional Paintings and Stuff

I’m all about painting images that emote something. I wouldn’t say I paint what I’m feeling, at least not anymore, I just paint emotions in general.

I want viewers looking at my art to see something in them. The calm before the storm, the rage inside, whatever. I just want you to look at my paintings and feel something or remember something you felt, whether or not it matches what I was thinking/feeling while I painted it.  Continue reading

(Canvas) Size Matters

I have now worked on canvases ranging from 4 inches in height to 4 feet. In fact, I’m currently working on separate canvases at each of these heights.

It’s strange going from one to the other. One where I can use huge strokes and have plenty of room to play with, while the other needs tiny brushes and a more developed plan since one mistake won’t be easy to hide on such a small space.

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