Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Many Benefits of Creating A Series

"A series is a collection of paintings that when viewed
leaves no doubt the same artist created them all.
The theme running through the work is stated and restated
in different yet interconnected ways and the viewer can
look at the collection and understand more easily
what the artist is trying to convey."
~ Lynette Ubel / Ubel Arts, LLC Blog

In Lynette Ubel's excellent blog post, she states, "After the commitment to begin a series is made, it begins to take on a life of its own. With each additional painting in a series, the original thought grows into something more refined and bigger than a singular painting could ever be. Every addition allows the artist’s voice to get louder and clearer, demonstrating that they are on a path,
know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and what they have to do to get there."

I have noticed something happening every time I do a series. It refines my skills as well as my vision. This week's advice to an online student was; "You will really benefit from playing with the pigment without trying to create a masterpiece. (Case in point, below) Because I am rusty at this technique, I did 16 backgrounds - all one right after the other, to re-establish and refine my skills and get comfortable with the results. I didn't get it the first one or two or half dozen, but by the 12th or so try, I felt like I was starting to get the hang of it again. The bottom line is, get help from someone with real experience and don't give up. You need to set up a factory. 

Over the past four Saturdays, I've been giving private lessons to a student
who's been creating a series. She is flourishing and astounded by her progress
and inventory by "building a factory" and doing them assembly-line fashion.

I'm convinced that working on the pieces together and repeating one step at a time,
over and over again can really reinforce and expedite learning and spark individuality.

Actually, I think I'm always working on a series of series these days, lol.
I can't really even remember the last time I worked on a one-on. 

"Not many of us can be convinced that working in a factory is a lot of laughs.
Being a factory may be even worse. But there's something to be said
for building one and getting into it."

Happy Creating!

X ♥  O

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Friday, December 13, 2019

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

"Only one thing has to change for us
to know happiness in our lives;
where we focus our attention."
~ G. Anderson

All sold out as of 1/1/20, thank you!

"What we call the secret of happiness is no more than our willingness to choose it."
~ Leo Buscaglia

X ♥  O

Friday, November 29, 2019

Just Like A Sunflower

“Look at its shape, with vibrant yellows and oranges.
A sunflower can brighten your day.
It's as if it is smiling like a happy face painted on the sun.
So if you do only one thing all day, let it be to smile, so you can brighten the day of others around you, just like the sunflower.”
😊 🌻 ~ Bodhi Smith🌻💛

My 2020 Sunflowers Calendars Are In!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Overnight Success

"It takes twenty years to become an overnight success."
~ E. Cantor

"The idea that success can happen overnight is a myth. You have to work for it."

Even if you are creating art as a pleasant pastime or hobby, starting off with a beginning art foundation provides practical tools and understanding that can be used with any medium or subject. Being introduced to the "primary" rules about color, values and harmony, through learning to draw and really see, will give you a deeper level of  involvement, dexterity, and enjoyment. Because you had to learn to walk before you could run; it is the same in art; you have to learn the rules before you can break them. Just like in cooking, you have to learn how to read a recipe, work the equipment, select your cookware and utensils and gather your ingredients before you can cook a gourmet meal! 

"Artists get better by sharpening their skills or by acquiring new ones;
they get better by learning to work, and by learning from their work."
~ D. Bayles, T. Orland

Since I was on a roll after drawing every day in June, July and August
I signed up for another 30 Day Challenge, called the 30 Day Creative Gathering,
hosted by Sheila Delgado.

X ♥  O
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