Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I am so happy to share with you about the new artist journals that are coming out very soon by Strathmore Artist Papers. I was asked to submit the work I do on watercolor paper in my visual journals (girl and sisters) for the NAMTA (national art materials trade association) show this April. The visual journals have just debuted at the show and will be available to purchase in July I believe. They were produced with the thought of having heavyweight paper that can hold up to the rigors of mixed media and watercolor. There will be
a product line of Visual Journals that include high performing papers such as heavyweight drawing, mixed media, bristol and watercolor.
I will be sharing more soon...
What do you create in for your visual/artist journals?
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I will be adding lots of atc's in my etsy shop. If you see one you would like before I list them, let me know. They are $12.00 + $1.00 shipping. If you aren't quite sure what atc's (artist trading cards) are, you can google it, there is a lot of information about them on-line.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Michael says this so wonderfully, I totally share in this belief of sharing and growing as artists. Thank you Michael!
Now I'm going to pull out a quote from Picasso...well at least it has been attributed to him "Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." The reason this is important is that an artist's role is to move ideas forward. The way they do this is by paying attention to what's going on around them. I promise you that Michelangelo was well aware of what Raphael was doing and vice versa. I view art as a science. Like scientific discoveries, artistic discoveries are built on the bones of its predecessors. It seems ludicrous to me to have to reinvent something that has already been explored. All styles and techniques are worthy to be reexamined and rediscovered. It is what we as artist's do.
So the reason I have sort of a bee in my britches over this isssue is that I am amazed at how many of my students seem surprised that I am willing to share my ideas with them. Of course I'm going to share my ideas. Art MUST grow! It must move forward.
I have absolutely no fear that someone is going to "steal" my style and run with it. Let them, but it won't be my style. They may use my techniques but it will never be mine and anything I do will not be there's. It is probable that other artists using certain techniques of mine will grow in directions that I would have never thought of. In some cases perhaps better. So be it! That is a good thing. If nothing else it keeps me motivated to stay on top of my game.
So for those teachers worried about someone stealing you "secrets"...well you have the choice not to teach or share those secrets. Of course, by now, you know how I feel about that point of view.
The reason I am so avid about this position of sharing is that, to me, art is sacred and magical. It is perhaps one of the most sacred and magical things we have on this earth. The idea of keeping artistic ideas, techniques and thoughts hidden from other artists seems like an spit in the face of everything that I hold as divine in the Universe. It is sacrilegious to everything that I believe as an artist. I believe, as an artist I am here to explore this place through my eyes and hands. At some point I will have shuffled off this mortal coil. What greater honor is there than inspiring others and knowing you have contributed to the continuity of the artistic timeline. Before I die that is what I hope I can achieve, but I can't achieve it unless I am willing to share."
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I used a more textured paper for the middle piece. It is 140lb,and I am not sure of the brand name. The one on the top is Fabriano.
The last piece is in my journal and the paper seems a little thin. I used acrylic grounds to coat the page before I put watercolor on, but I think I need to coat it more thickly. I'll start journaling on this page very soon.
I am hoping to paint with a new artist paper line that Strathmore is putting out in a couple of weeks. Some of my work will be featured in the Strathmore Artist Paper booth at NAMTA I can't wait to try it and let you all know the results!!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
There were so many cool booths to see with art goodies. Here is just some of the art I got to see, early, before the rest of the art gang arrived. You could spend a lot of money here, but such wonderful treasures are to be found that you cannot find anywhere else!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Lacy sent me these photos of wonderful artist hands. They were taken during my class. There is nothing more beautiful than expressing your passion,,,,,with your hands. The energy we shared in our class was wonderfully humbling. Thank you Lacy for sending these to me.