Just an Arty Update

The Art & Sip paint nights are going well!! I have so much support from my family and friends, they really give me the encouragement that I need to reinforce in my mind that what I am doing matters in this world 💗.

This portion of my Arty career is the most business oriented. Coming up with paintings that I hope other people would want to paint, and then figuring out how to teach them to do it!! Ordering art supplies, and making sure I have the things that my painters request to have, like skinny paint markers.

When I go home after paint night I am wired… just pure happiness that comes from doing something you love and making a living doing it!! What more could a person want?

I have quite a few originals that I think it might be time to start selling. Maybe I could host my own coming out party. Have a little gallery show at Element 112. #goals

Thank you for reading. And here is something for your eyes 😊

#artlife

Practice, Practice, Practice

The ability to complete, AND be proud of a portrait piece has always been elusive for me. I really made it a goal to practice faces, and send them to my daughter for critique. When I am drawing a portrait I always have a story in my head that she shared about an art student and an art teacher. The story goes: the art student had an orange in front of her and was told to paint the orange that she sees, she does this and is so proud of her orange…when the teacher comes by he says to do it over. She asks why, feeling her orange was perfect. He told her, while you have painted a beautiful orange, it is not the orange in front of you. Paint the orange you see with your eyes, not the one you see in your mind.

So my daughter continues on, she said the face that you painted is a cute face, but it’s not his face. Paint the face you see.

I have a long way to go, and my goal is not to become the worlds best portrait artist, but to have that skill in my arsenal to be used when I need it!

With that being said, here is the piece that sparked this blog post, a commissioned artwork involving a photo that was taken in Hawaii, and a lot of creative freedom to make the background whatever I wanted!

Thanks for reading! Here is the finished piece.

#art #practiceyourpassion

Make it Work Moment

I had a Tim Gunn “make it work” moment. I use Art Resin and now I have the color tints that can be added, so I was having fun experimenting. Originally this piece was the purple and white resin with one strip of silver corrugated paper. I just put it on where I wanted it and let it cure. What I didn’t count on was the self leveling that the resin does while it cures, so when it was done my silver paper strip shifted and was slightly diagonal. The fact that the strip wasn’t straight was so off putting to me and I let it sit for over a month. I didn’t want to waste materials so I sat down and stared at it for probably an hour or longer, and was about to throw it away…. but out of nowhere inspiration hit. Now I have a hot air balloon and the diagonal strip has been transformed into a basket 💟. I used about a million buttons for the balloons, trying to use materials I have had for years during other crazy art experiments 😆

So long story short… I’m glad I didn’t throw it away, and I’m glad that I’ve been watching Project Runway and had Tim Gunn’s voice in my head to “make it work”.

Thanks for reading 💗

#artlifelessons #timgunn #art

Art: Hobby to Business

Making artwork is one of the most rewarding things in my life, so of course I want to marry creating art with a successful career. Who says we can’t live our dreams? It’s hard work, and making the move into art as a career is scary! I am terrible at self promotion, somehow I believe “if I build it they will come”. I am learning that I not only have to build it, I have to promote it, get my loved ones to promote it (thanks guys 🤗), sell it, and do it all over again! I wouldn’t change a thing, I know it’s my destiny, and this is just the beginning 💗

Thanks for reading 😊, here’s a shameless promotion for my Art & Sip February 23 & March 2 💗. I now have a shop button on my Facebook page to reserve a seat, and with my new storefront I have the ability to offer coupons and discount codes, which I’m excited about!

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And lastly… some pics from my first Art & Sip

#art #paintnight #artasabusiness

New Year Goals

I am ganna keep my goals to myself until I reach them lol 😂

One is being reached, I had a lot of folks suggest I do a wine and canvas type night, now I knew if this was to happen I would have to actually tailor an original painting of my own…. because I don’t see the point of painting the same exact paintings that are offered at all the other paint parties. There is actually a whole website that you can buy the instructions and the exact paints, I personally am not interested in that.

So I have had lots of volunteers willing to be my art guinea pigs, which I truly appreciate so much! I have done this painting 3 times with physical supplies and once on my IPad. I am certain I have it nailed now!! Final colors have been chosen, steps have been mapped out, space has been rented, and people are coming!! 😍😊

So here are some pics of the prototype, the digital video, the 2nd go around.. which I actually ended up scrapping because I was so unhappy with it, and lastly process pics and the final painting. I will mention that at some point during the process I messed up and had to literally wash part of my canvas off… which I want to share so that people know it’s not always good and poop happens, most times mistakes can be fixed and you just keep going!!

Enjoy! Thank you for reading, I will definitely be sharing the overall experience when it’s all done!! Wish me luck ☘️

prototype

Fail Covered and put far far away

I cant remember what I messed up but it had to be completely removed… no biggie!!

I thought this was ready so I added splatters but decided I wanted to add a little bit of a pinkish hue…. so covered it up All done!! I can’t wait to see all the different styles from everyone!!

#art #artgoals #socialartclass

Fortune Cookie Wisdom

I’ve said sooo many times I am not going to take commissions because I always end up being really hard on myself and end up throwing in the towel, regretting all the time I wasted on an unfinished project… so when I was asked to do a birthday project for two little boys my gut reaction was to decline. However, my thumbs quickly typed “sure” 😥, and I got started right away! It’s been a long bumpy road, but I am about 80% finished and very excited how my vision is being actualized 💗. I am really thankful that my thumbs had faith in me, when I didn’t have faith in myself. *cue 🥠 and 😮!! I will post the whole project when I am completely finished 😁

Thank you for reading 🙏💗

#art #fortunecookie

Art Time Lapse.. and A Little Candid Convo..With Myself?

I decided to make a time lapse of a painting today… 4 hours of blood, sweat, and tears condensed into 28 beautiful seconds. The painting is a snowman.. which I have gotten really proficient at lately, that is until today. The snowman is for somebody specific, cue that perfect storm I have lovingly named “the snowman effect”.

I think all artists possess the problem solving skills of… ummm artists 😂. I think the people of the world would be floored to know that most finished pieces carry “mistakes” that required the artist to adapt, and create something a little more unique. Chances are the viewer is wondering what provoked the artist to paint a octopus flying through the sky holding 8 balloons, what does it mean??? I mean.. maybe it was intentional, but it was probably supposed to be a couple of people flying through the sky holding balloons but some limbs looked weird and maybe some heads were placed too close together, soooooo the problem solving artists sees an octopus, and instead of scrapping all that hard work, go with something, ANYTHING!!

My little snafu wasn’t that major, I just smudged black under an eye, then I tried to fix it about eight different ways, none were working and I loved everything but that stupid face!! So I sealed it, primed it, sealed it again, and then was able to paint the whole face white, and start from scratch! Awesome save *pat on the back* 😁.

So without further ado, here is a art time lapse and the final painting. Enjoy and thanks for reading!! Sorry the video is upside down lol!!

#art #watercolor

The Snowman Effect

I was happily creating snowman watercolor paintings… and then it happened: my husband suggested that I make an orange background, yellowish snowman wearing a flannel.. blah blah blah. I told him no, I pleaded my case, how I dislike orange, how I’m not a monkey that just makes things.. I have to be inspired by what I am creating. Don’t tell me what to do.. your not the boss of me 😂, after all that upset, I decided to try to give him what he wanted. This snowman turned out hideous, which got me thinking 🤔, this happens every time somebody asks me to paint something specific, or any suggestion at all really. It stops being natural, it turns into “work”, and the piece that I produce is never good enough in my eyes. I managed to create 6 snowman that I fell in love with one after the other…just flowing and creating, and then the 7th, the oddball, the one that stopped me in my tracks. The one that dried up all my creative juices. I decided that I am going to name this phenomenon “The Snowman Effect”. I can’t create on demand, I am not a photocopier, what I make comes from my soul… this is what makes it mine 💗, from me.

Here are my snowmen… it won’t be hard to pick out the odd man out… I feel bad for the little guy, maybe someone else will fall in love with him, it’s just not me.

#art #artistconfession

See Dad!?

My dad, he is the coolest 💗. I love just hanging out with him, somehow I feel cooler just knowing I share his DNA. He lives in Wisconsin, which is the worst.. not Wisconsin, but that he lives so far away. Well he was here visiting and was wondering about the resin I use to cover my art, so I got all excited and went into full blown teacher mode 🧓🏼. I demonstrated an entire pour process, from calculating how much resin to mix and lastly how to clean the tools used to mix the resin… dry paper towels if anyone is wondering… a little tip I wish I had gotten when I first started. It was kinda amusing listening to myself speaking the words I had heard so many times when I was learning the process. Long story short Dad thought it was cool, so I felt like a total rockstar, and he is planning to get some for a guitar project he is working on. So I decided to do a bit of an unveiling of the finished piece, it’s not very graceful but I was only working with one free hand 🤚.

Here it is.. I haven’t named her yet, I hope you enjoy!

#artresin #art #artwork

Putting It Out There

My ideas could keep someone with more time working 24/7. I’m putting this in the universe, just in case I haven’t been clear. I want to create art as my full time job. I know it will be years before I get to that point, so Cosmos… do your thing and I’ll do mine!! Pinky Promise!!! 🌔✨♓️☯️🆘

And now… something to look at.