It is official! After a lot of consideration, and harassing from friends and people who seem to enjoy my art, I have created a Facebook page for my art pieces. Now it is easier than ever to see all my art, without having to dig through my blog. I feel like an advertisement right now! Sheesh! You can find the link on the right side little menu, just click like and do please share! =)
I worked on an art piece today, that totally turned into chaos. I’m pretty bummed about it… But, we all create bad pieces… Pieces that should be burned, and never shown to a single soul. I will keep it though, to remind myself of what NOT to do. Back to the drawing board I guess! I am working on a big piece, it is taking me a while to finish simply because I have started working and I come home exhausted. I think I need to get into the swing of things, and things will hopefully get back t normal. I am trying my best to create pieces though, and that is all that matters.
Let me know what you think of my Facebook page, and I would love if you guys passed on the love!
Cornelia Konrads‘ work is exquisit. An artist that not only creates art pieces made for a specific place, but uses found objects and defies gravity all in one. Her pieces are eerily and quietly beautiful, floating in front of you, as if in peace and content. In some ways it makes me feel as if they are stuck in limbo, not quite sure what to do, fly away or fall to the ground, yet in that uncertainty comes a silent confidence, in floating there in peace. Incredible works, that truly take land art, or as she likes to call it “Site specific art” to another level. What do you guys think?
I came across this video today about paper marbling and was too excited not to share. Paper marbling is a process of a liquid surface design, which can create smooth patterns similar to stone or marble. The patterns are created by floating color on plain water or a sticky solution called size and then carefully transferred to an absorbant surface, like paper or fabric. I was so excited when I learned about this art form because it reminds me a lot of my art work and the calmness one has when working. Below is a video of pieces being made and you will notice the subtle movement of an object against the surface creates such beautiful design by moving color across each other. The end result provides a piece that is so smooth it reminds me of the beautiful marble found in Jordan, with the patterns and designs so intricate yet each piece could be completely different.
I would love to be able to learn how to create such pieces. It is so exciting to watch all the colors being used to create pieces that are so abstract and beautiful. It also makes me wonder about the time it takes and energy in trying not to make mistakes, though, I am assuming, when mistakes are made, they are used as part of the art piece. I think it would be such an incredible way of becoming comfortable with ones mistakes and how making them can lead pieces down interesting paths not thought of before. What do you guys think? I absolutely love them!
A friend of mine is really into creating art on coffee cups, and I remember seeing a great artist who actually did this successfully and wanted to share. Cheeming Boey, known as Boey, is a Malaysian artist known for his illustrations and coffee cup art. What I love about his work is he takes an every day item, an item that is disposable, and makes it into something beautiful. He makes it into a piece of art.
His work is a great example of how art doesn’t need to be on a canvas, but anything can be used to create an art piece. It is not only thinking and creating outside of the box, but actually taking the box and creating something out of it in itself. These are a few of some of his great work! You can also follow him on Twitter @iamboey , or by visiting his website.
I’ve been having issues with finding the energy to continue with working on my art pieces. A lot going on emotionally that seems like a waste to even talk about, so I won’t. I just wanted to post the last art piece I finished 5 days ago, and haven’t posted up here yet. The name comes from a friends suggestion. He actually suggested “California Sunset”, something about it reminded him of it, but to me, and everything I seem to be going through, it reminded me of “California Rising”. Maybe because I feel like it reminds me of the sun not only rising but setting, with the reds, yellows, and oranges, but the design pattern seems to be rising from the ashes of something terrible. Maybe it’s the hope I need, or maybe it’s me searching for something better. It could just be me BSing as well. At this point, I just don’t know. I do hope you guys like it, and as always, I do appreciate any feedback you have.
I loved this video about thinking outside the box, and how the process of thinking outside the box should be creative in itself! Some good advice in the video, even if it was supposed to be just funny! Enjoy! =)
Another art piece completed yesterday night, and I am finally sitting down to show you guys! I think it came out really nicely, with the bright colors and black pattern! A friend of mine named the piece for me “Suspicious Eyes”, since he said it reminded him of them. Now that he said that, I can see really pushing it even more to something completely different, but I need to keep some ideas for other pieces! =)
I am always happiest walking into an art store, seeing all the colors of the different paints, colored pencils, spray paint, all the unused sketchbooks and card-stock waiting to be used and made into incredible creative pieces.. So much potential! I get giddy just thinking about it! I don’t think I know any other person who gets excited about walking into a store and forking over their cash (though, sometimes I do feel like crying when handing them my money, lol)! I bought a few things I needed (you can never have too many black, gold, and silver ink markers!), and some more card-stock to encourage myself to move away from my sketchbook, which I do adore, to loose art pieces I can actually frame!
I didn’t work on anything today due to lack of sleep, but tomorrow is a new day with so many new and creative opportunities! What do you guys think of my new piece?
I’ve been working on and off on this piece for a few days, and thought it was done, but it seemed so flat and as though it was missing something. I decided to shade it, giving it some depth and contrast, and I think it turned out well. A friend of mine came up with the name, ”Le tourbillon de la vie” meaning The Whirl of Life, and I loved it. It seemed so appropriate for the piece. It is a mixed media piece using watercolor, black marker and pencil. What do you guys think?
In my last post, I wrote about how I had been having a hard time focusing on working in my “style” . Frustrated and completely not inspired I took a few days off trying to find some sort of inspiration… anything really, to show me where to go, and how to get there. I pinned on Pinterest, I stumbled on Stumble Upon, I watched movies, I listened to music, and I spoke with friends. I found inspiration, but I’m not sure I found what I needed, until I spoke to a friend of mine who’s a graffiti artist. This may be obvious to most, and yes, it is to me as well, but maybe it was what I needed to hear at that moment. He said, “Just create”. I knew this, but then the question turns to “how”? How do I simply create? And he told me to simply move to another direction. Leave those pieces I couldn’t complete alone, and simply start once again with a blank piece of paper. Draw what I hadn’t drawn before, walk into the unknown and make it my own. Hard to do, trust me, but I tried. I think what kept me at it was his enthusiasm to see the new piece. When I was frustrated with it, he pushed me forward and offered to listen and suggested ways to push past my frustrations, and when I was happy with my piece, he was ecstatic, and encouraged me to keep at it.
I guess this is a thank you to him. Through all my frustration, he kept me moving, and for that, an art piece was created, giving me ideas for a series of pieces I am thinking of creating. Let us hope i keep moving forward, and I keep creating. I’ve names it “Death: by design”. What do you guys think?
I have been sitting for a few days staring at a few unfinished art pieces not sure where they should be heading. It is so frustrating to me to look at a piece, and not know where to take it.. if I should even take it anywhere at all, or scratch it and move on to something else. I became so obsessed that all I could think about were these pieces. What I should do to them, what I shouldn’t and it got to the point where I started questioning every decision I was thinking to take towards them at all. Art shouldn’t be that way. Yes, it’s nice to take the time to think about your piece, but i don’t want it to get to the point where the piece is forced, simply to finish it. It is nice to have finished pieces, but maybe each piece takes it own time to develop. Maybe there is something missing because you haven’t experienced it yet, or haven’t been able to put it into an art form just yet.
I have mixed feelings about knowing where an art piece should head. Sketching out a piece is great, but it sort of confines you to the perimeters of those sketches. You tend to stick to sketches and ignore the feelings of spontaneity that happen when working on a piece. I have found that while working on something, I am inspired by the unfinished piece and tend to sometimes move in a complete different direction. It is one reason why I tend to stare at a blank canvas and simply start creating what I am feeling at that moment. It’s freeing. It builds confidence in me, and makes me explore whatever emotion I am feeling at that given moment. It may actually explain a lot about some of my pieces feeling so emotional, so many emotions drifting on a canvas because it takes days, weeks and sometimes even months to complete. I could be creating a piece with so many different emotions, fighting against or with each other, all on one canvas.
It may be one reason I love painting so much. The simplicity of grabbing a color and with all the raw emotion I have, painting something that expresses everything inside of me that I can not seem to be able to express through words or actions. I sometimes feel caged and pushed into a corner and having this ability to simply let loose brings out my true self. I am not afraid any more, and I can simply be. It may be the reason why the love I have for art is so great. It could also be the reason why I create in the first place.
Here’s a piece Ive worked on that moved into a completely different direction. It is one piece I am not sure where to go with next. It needs something. What it is, I am not sure, but I am letting it be, until it speaks to me. I refuse to shove it into a direction it doesn’t want to go. For now, I move on to a white page on my sketchbook and create something else. Let us hope it inspires me again to start creating larger pieces. I feel some what lost at the moment, and I’m trying my best to come back to where I was. Any suggestions on this piece would be appreciated. Do you think it needs something? Does it speak to you, and if it does, what is it saying? I do need to let you know, the piece is a lot more detailed and brighter in real life. The brush strokes show up more clearly when seen in front of you!