I just wanted to write a quick blog post and share a I know up card with you all. I had some miniature success over on Instagram when I shared the images in my previous post.
I expressed my interest in making some greetings cards out of them and have a few positive comments. I’ve ordered a few different style cards from Amazon, but seeing as they’ll take a while to arrive and I was enthusiastic and excited about the idea I popped into town today and found a stall on Bury Market that sold what I was looking for in the ways of card making. And here we are!
I’ve not set up a store or anything yet, as I’ve only got this one finished (my other paintings were too big for the windows, unfortunately) but as soon as I have a handful finished I’ll get something set up.
Good morning everyone,
I’m really pleased with these artistic offerings! They are the continuation of my previous post. As I mentioned in that post, finding a way for Watercolours to work for me hasn’t been easy – I think this is mostly because my experiences with Watercolours have been painting landscapes and trying to get things to look ‘realistic’ which is infinitely harder for me than finding ways to represent my ideas in a ‘broken down’ and more abstract/suggestive way.
I feel like doing a bit of a series of these and I think they would make really nice greetings cards. So I’m going to be looking into doing something like that with them. Maybe get a few different styles of cards and see how they look. Of course, this does bring out the usual stumbling block concerns for me. ‘How much do I sell them for? Do people guy greetings cards online? Where should I sell them? Should I try?’
I have this little ‘dream’ where I have a stall somewhere and sell to people face-to-face. Of course, I have limitations to this ‘dream’ right now as I am bringing up my son, but a weekend stall would be nice. So, I am thinking at the moment I have to stick to doing things online.
How does everyone know what to do when it comes to the ‘business’ aspect of their artwork? It’s the hardest part when compared to the creation of the artworks!
All I know is that I am being a bit overwhelmed by all the finished paintings I now have in the house and I should free up some space somehow!
While I was looking for some Watercolour paper, I found some little canvas boards, which is great as I thought I had ran out of canvas’ to experiment on. They’re only small, but I think some of the seashells and other objects I found in Sutton-on-Sea would work really nicely on them – so while I deliberate the questions I have about the cards, I shall do something with these small canvas.
I think this is the other issue I have with selling artwork. I don’t have one ‘thing’ that I could sell. I am a multi-potential artist. So many different focus’ under the umbrella of art.
I went to the top floor of the house today and saw my watercolours sitting on the table and I felt utterly guilty! I remember feeling somewhat dejected with them last time I tried them out and did a bit of thinking. Maybe it was the subject matter that I chose that made me feel deflated with them? I have it stuck in my mind that I ‘can’t do realism’ so maybe trying something realistic looking wasn’t a good idea!
Today, I thought about basic shapes and how I could really simplify things – and how I could make Water Colours work for me? They are a tricky medium but I feel that they could really work out for me, if I could just apply them better somehow?
So, I got stuck in and tried a few things. I thought about flowers and bright colours and things that made me happy! Mostly because it’s a miserable day and I’m going to be stuck inside while my son and I endure the downpours.
Here is the start of something new again – I’m going to use some fine-liners to add a few more details to the flowers when the paint has dried properly, but I wanted to show that I am still plugging away at all things art; especially now that my twitter account is gone. A choice that I made, so that I could focus more on my Patreon and Blog for sharing my art with the world.
I managed to get a this piece of artwork signed off today – as in, my signature has been put on it so there is no more work to go into it.
In the beginning I was all excited about being able to collage found objects and be able to get something natural into my paintings. I recall mentioning that I have always felt a bit guilty that I am not a more ‘outdoorsy’ person – the lure of technology has always had it’s hand over me more than is necessary, So when I came across the idea of putting things that I found while walking the dog, or pushing my son about in his pushchair, I was thrilled.
I still am in a sense. Overall, I am pleased that I managed to pull the idea off and not just get distracted by another idea or start a second painting in this ‘series’ without finishing this one – an all to real concern in my humble opinion – don’t get me wrong, I often have several paintings on the go at once, but I like to keep them to individual ideas, rather than letting one get swept away as another jolt of inspiration comes swooping in.
Also, in this painting is a colour I managed to pick up from the local Hobbycraft store, which I absolutely love! It’s called Pistachio and it’s a System 3, Daler Rowney. I picked it up from a box of paints that were on sale so I got it for a song too. I think it helps to bring a bit more light to the painting. I always feel a bit more ‘enlightened’ when I find a useful colour that I know I will use in future paintings.
The next image I have planned in this nature abstract series will involve some items that I managed to get from the beach while on vacation in Sutton on Sea, so I am hoping to create something with a bit more of a seaside feel to it.
Until next time
As you can probably tell, I’ve been somewhat inspired these past few days to keep trying my hand at abstract artwork.
It’s not really something I have considered before now, but I find that I am enjoying it more and more – even looking at others abstract works and seeing if I can figure out how they’re made, what techniques other artists have used and seeing if that could translate somehow to my own way of working.
I’ve also got some new ideas for nature inspired works – I know I still need to finish off the first one but it’s good to have more ideas in the back of the mind – so it’s all feeling pretty exciting at the moment.
I am away from home next week, so I don’t think I’ll be able to paint but I should be going to a local exhibition so I’ll try and write about that instead.
I’ll also be looking into setting up some sort of online store in the non-to-distant future, as my studio room is looking rather full of finished canvas’ now and I don’t have the wall space to keep them all, so be on the look out for that soon!
Exciting times ahead!
When I say this wasn’t for me, I mean it!
I had the underpainting finished a while ago, and was at a bit of a loss of what to do with it. So, when I saw a similar painting style in a book I thought I would give it a try myself.
The reason it wasn’t for me, is because it requires a level of control that I didn’t feel happy or comfortable with. I feel like the edges of each square shape should be absolutely straight, and obviously, this is something that I couldn’t achieve. No effectively anyway. So, while it was fun to try out some of my palette knives finally, I don’t think this is the right way to use them for me. I feel like I should be a bit more free with my creative strokes rather than limiting myself in this way.
It does make me appreciate the amount of control that a lot of modern artists have to employ in their work though!
Seeing as I’ve put my Nature Image to the side for the time being, I decided to try and do something different. Sort of. I repeated a process of working that I enjoyed the first time around, but this time I wanted to actually think about something more personal and see if that was reflected in what came out. I think it certainly had an impact on what I was doing and the choices of colour I picked.
Since the birth of my son, my body has naturally changed and this is something that I have struggled with a lot. A part of me knows that I should embrace my scars and love what they represent; but at the same time, I hate the way I look now; especially when I try some of my old clothes on and they don’t fit or hang the way they used too. Or worse, cling to the parts of me that will never be the same again.
So, I wanted to paint something that would bring out these feelings in a visual way. The image is what came out – or the Work in Progress of it at any rate. The painting is now drying and needs to be signed off, but I think its more or less finished. I might do some touch up work on a few spots that I don’t like the look of; regardless, I’ll share the finished results with you as soon as I can get outside and photograph it properly. (It’s been a bit rainy today)