I’m getting the hang of this, we are on day 4 which is Underwater. Sometimes the day to day issues can make you feel you are Underwater but always know things that you see are subject to change.
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One of the best times to take your sketchbook with you is when you know you will be waiting for a period of time. Here are some of my idle time drawings where I did some “Cross Hatching Drawings” with pens. It really helps the time go by quickly. These are with the Micron 02 and 05 pens. You can view more of our works at http://chinue.imagekind.com/Smallartseries, thanks for following. Be sure to like our page as we continue on our journey of art and leave a comment we really do read them…
Once again we are at the point coming to the end of another year. This year our focus was more studio working hours, more paintings, more exhibits and completing my first Art book. Well we did what we set out to do. All in all it turned out to be a good year for us and it looks like 2015 is going to be an even better year.
We have one exhibit so far in January 2015 and so many ideas as far as more paintings and designs. My sketch book is over flowing with so much for the up coming year.
As we come to the middle of December, and everyone is running around trying to finish up Christmas shopping….lets stay focused on the real meaning of holidays……family, friends and reconnecting to ones inner voice.
We all have the ability to create a better place, as artist we show ours in the form of paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, singing, movies. Art is our avenue of opening doors to creating more beauty, more inspiring works, more togetherness.
I so enjoy reading and looking at so many of your works of art and you have no idea how you have encouraged me with my own journey of art and for that I say “thank you”.
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Art is a wonderful gift this time of year and a lasting gift which does not lose value as time goes on.
Artist you are the shinning light in the world…….create and let your lights shine bright. Have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to our January 2015 writings. Thank you for liking our page, follow us and please feel free to leave comments we really do read them……
This painting was inspired by all the current events in the world………we named it “Explosive” it is 8 X 10 Oil on canvas. It will be part of the “Small Art Series” on our website…http://chinue.imagekind.com/Smallartseries
In all of its glory……life has away of causing all of us to step back and re-evaluate ourselves as people, country and nation……….As we continue to evolve I’m sure there will be more events that cause us to stop, look and listen……..As always please leave your comments we love to read them……follow us, like our page……………
We are at the fifth day of December, 2013 and some of our profound peacemakers and visionaries have transitioned to their next form of life. They have moved from our visible world to that of the eternal world. They have left us with their life teachings of vision. The first was the Founder of TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) Dr. Paul Crouch. A man who had a vision for twenty-four hour Christian broadcasting world-wide. When no one else was talking or thinking about broadcasting satellite, cable television, Dr. Crouch was seeing how to broadcast christian programing around the world and 40 years later he has finished his journey and has taken his rest from his labor. The next person taught us about having a vision of peace. Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years and yet when released he could not and would not have ill feeling towards those who had held him. He was a man of peace and he lived his life as that example for us. He was the symbol of reconciliation He taught the world, no one is born hating one another but this is learned and we as people can learn to love the same way. Two men, two visions, two leaders who left their mark on society and are in the pages of history for this time and season. RIP dear souls, you have finished your work and left us with the examples….RIP.
Stay tune for the New Year Post January, 2014. Blessing to everyone……..
This is the last writing for 2013, I would like to thank everyone who has followed me this year. Thank you for your “Likes” to my post. We are wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season………We are looking forward to 2014.
Being an artist has its upside as well as its downside. The upside as many will agree too is you get to create your world on so many levels. You get to let your imagination run rampant every day. You get to play in the fields of creativity where there are no boundaries except those you place on yourself.
As an artist you get to evolve and reinvent yourself daily. You get to become something different all the while leaving your unique signature on each new creation. An artist can take a blank canvas and with the stroke of a brush tell a complete story as a narrative of art. An artist can tell a narrative with a brush stroke which will touch the viewer on so many levels. The artist who came before us have taught us that a simple stroke of the brush will make a viewer wonder such as with the Mona Lisa is she smiling or not.
An artist as a photographer can take one photo which has frozen time and you see colors and images you would have otherwise missed because you would have passed them by. It is that creative instinct that makes art what it is.
In my observation, I have discovered an artist causes us to stop and notice life in a totally different way. Artist in their own unique expressions freeze time whether through canvas or camera.
The artist in our own way stop for that one split second and notice the shapes of objects, the colors of reds, blues, purples, the dysfunctions of the world, the hurting of people, the joys, the sadness, the sunsets and sun raises. The artist in that one split second notices life in its own unique for of showing up.
The above piece 9 X 12, Oil The Window
Although we are in Spring our winter wonderland came late this year. Our first snow came in February for Valentines and just recently we had more snow. It just looks so picture pretty when it snows.
Since the weather has been so cold I have been in the studio more painting. This is causing me to stay on my goal of painting everyday that I mention at the beginning of the year. I am doing well at keeping that flow going. I am still working with oils and loving it. Just recently I joined a local art association which will enable me to not only show my work more but also enable me to take classes, marketing my art and meet other local artist.
As you know marketing your art is a full-time job because you have to keep your name out there and your art in the public eye. I heard an artist say, “it’s not that your art is bad, it’s just that you’re not showing it enough”. With that statement I have been marketing a lot more. Most artist try to get into galleries but truth be told “unconventional” locations work well also. How many new businesses do you know who could use some art on their walls. You could asked if you could put a few pieces of art up on that empty wall space they have.
There are always new restaurants having grand openings where you could have a “grand opening” art exhibit to help their business and yours. So as an artist who is emerging into something better I have had my work cut out for me.
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The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
You will at various times in your career have opportunities to sell your art directly to collectors or other interested parties– either privately from their studios or publicly at open studios, art walks, art fairs and the like.
Make sure everyone who visits your studio, booth or space feels welcome and comfortable around your art. Be available to answer their questions; give them a feel for how you work and what life in the studio is like. Have your bio, exhibition history, statement and other relevant printed materials available on hand for anyone to read or take with them.
Set aside a portion of your studio or space to show finished work– clean and clear of clutter. The more closely you can approximate an actual gallery setting, the better. People have an easier time appreciating and understanding the impact of finished works when they can focus on them without outside interference. At the very least, have a place where a potential buyer can “be alone” with the art they’re interested in. A painting hanging on a newly painted wall, nicely lit and isolated from other art is far more compelling than that same painting sitting on the floor of your studio or propped on a table surrounded by tons of other paintings.
Anyone who spends money on anything from eggs to art, from you and me to multinational corporations, will be looking for value in what they spend it on. Speculation is out, buying on margin is out, impulse buying is out– the only thing that’s in is what it’s worth now and to what degree of certainty it will continue to be worth at least that amount in the future. What kinds of value will buyers be looking for? Excellence, quality, productivity, dedication, commitment, reputation, pride in workmanship, these sorts of things– the values that made America great– standards that have sadly been lost in the shuffle of our greed-is-good, hard-work-is-for-losers, every-man-for-himself, party-party-party attitude towards life.