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Giveaway Alert – Art Supply Kits!

Anne from Weekend Kits just sent me a quick notice that some of you might be interested in. They are hosting a giveaway that involves two art supply kits, one for drawing and one for painting. All you have to do is visit their giveaway post and leave a comment.

Best of luck!

Defeating Failure

You know that point in a painting when you think “Crap, I’ve screwed this up. This piece is toast. I might as well chuck it.”

What do you do when you get to that point?

I ask because I was working on a new painting last night. It’s an idea that’s been rattling around in my head for months now. I have been wanting to do a painting, using my 25 Square technique, but on a smaller scale. I imagined it being like this piece, but smaller and more mosaic-like. Instead of having solid, flat blocks of colour, I wanted to incorporate a glazing fluid to create layers.

Well, needless to say, it didn’t quite work out the way I planned.

When I went to break the wood into the smaller squares, they broke very unevenly. To the point that most of them weren’t even squares. Meaning they didn’t fit back together.

Crap.

I wanted to give up. I wanted to throw it out. I wanted to sit on the floor and cry. But I didn’t; I just kept going.

I ignored the fact that I had “failed” in my original endeavor and focused on seeing the piece for what it was, not what I wanted it to be. As I started re-arranging the wood, I realized that it might work after all.

So, when you reach that point where you feel like nothing is working and you might as well give up and start over, what do you do? Next time, try to work through it. There really is no such thing as failure in art, there are only  mistakes and solutions. Sometimes, the most interesting thing happening in a painting is the result of a supposed failure.

Judge your work not by what you hoped it would be, but by what it is, and find a way to work with those mistakes.

The piece in question? Well, here it is. Not a perfect square, but kind of charming in its own right!

abstract painting experimenting with glazes

More Inspiration from Andrea Hupke de Palacio

I got a message yesterday from another long time reader, Andrea. Andrea is an artist and blogger in Paris who does the cutest illustrations based on her observations of the city. She also paints and is experimenting with new media, a great way to get out of a rut!

Andrea says:

Congratulations for your marriage and I’m glad to see you back in the saddle (this is an expression we use in Germany too:) and to have your posts again in my inbox.

I have been away from blogging myself for some time now, but am trying to hop into the saddle too lol.

Enclosed please find a picture with my latest work in process, I’m working with new techniques including
egg-tempera and pigments, in a new environment, new home new studio:)

If you like to share it on your blog, please go ahead,
I wish you all the best for you and your art and your life,

Andrea, best of luck to you getting back into the swing of things. Perhaps we can motivate each other!

Below is Andrea’s egg-tepera work in progress, called Singing Bodies. The rich colours remind me of fall; I would love to see the finished product!

Inspiration Courtesy of John Lanthier and Dee Siffer

Congrats on the wedding. I love your blog – very interesting and useful reading. I`m an artist and graphics designer myself. Here a link to my website with some of my portraits and paintings if you would like to post it. http://johnlanthierart.com/ I hope one of my compositions could help kickstart your creative process.

A lovely message from John Lanthier, who is currently studying at Concordia. John is a man after my own heart; he does portraiture, still life, surrealism and abstract. Check out his site. My favorite is Enter the Void Part 1 under “other.”

I also got a message from long time reader Dee Siffer, who I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with before. Below is her portrait of Ronald Reagan. So glad she decided to share this! Beautiful work, Dee.

It’s not too late! Share your work!

Inspiration from April Quast

It’s so much fun to hear back from my readers, especially after being MIA for so long!

Here is a message from April Quast:

Glad you’re back, I enjoy following your blog. I would love to have you share my images on your site if you’re still looking for artists.

Based on movement, dance and yoga, April’s work is truly inspiring. Here are just a few of her dynamic paintings, and make sure you check out her website for even more: 

 

 

More inspiration to come! If you have something to share, let me know!

Back in the Saddle

After nearly a four month hiatus from this site, and an even longer one from the studio, I’m ready to jump back in!

The wedding was spectacular, but despite making an effort to keep everything as simple and easy as possible, it still took over my entire life. Blogging went out the window, along with tweeting, painting, cleaning the house and pretty much everything else. But now it’s all over and I can move on!

I’m on summer holidays and now that there’s nothing to occupy my time, I’m feeling that itch. You know the one… it says, “it’s time to create something, anything!” So here I am, upgrading plugins, approving comments, doing damage control with my many neglected friends and followers and getting ready to hit the studio.

I know how annoying it is to follow a blog and have the author disappear off the face of the earth. I apologize. There’s really no excuse. That being said, I’m back! I have some new ideas to implement, based on the survey that I did a few months ago, and I am more open than ever to ideas, suggestions, guest posts, questions, anything!

In the meantime,  I need a little inspiration to kick-start my creativity!

I’d love to see some of your recent projects. Send me a link to your website/blog or just e-mail me a picture and I’ll post it here for everyone’s benefit!

Thanks for sticking with me 🙂

Artist Websites

Let’s face it, some artist websites absolutely suck. Is yours one of them?

Caroly Edlund of Artsy Shark (a marketing website for emerging artists) tracked down a handful of art bloggers (myself included) and posed the question, “what bugs you most about artist websites?”

The resulting article is a comprehensive collection of what-not-to-do’s. From music on websites and url names to crediting images and aesthetics, this should be required reading for every artist who has (or is thinking of having) a website.

I mean, you’re putting the effort into making it, why not make it right?

Anyways, I am extremely honoured to be  included and I encourage you to check it out:

What’s Wrong With Your Art Website?