I have to take my hat off to those artists who eat live and breath art. Who are inspired by everything they see and can draw or paint every day because they are inspired by everything they see. I also applaud those artists who approach their art as a career and have been successful selling and marketing their works. When I am inspired to create something, I’m so invested in the piece, the last thing I want to do is market it.
I made the mistake of participating in one of those arts and crafts type fairs back when I was in my 20s. I had my paintings on display for sale (mostly abstracts) and I have to say that was the worst experience of my life. I overheard so many people comment “My 3-year old could do that.” by the end of the day I felt like taking every painting and throwing them in the dumpster! I didn’t paint for many years after that.
Although nothing like that has happened recently, a couple of years ago I was ON FIRE. I painted almost non-stop, I produced a lot of pieces I like (which for me is rare). Since then I have painted a piece here and there, but nothing like the painting spree I was on back then. I’m having a painter’s block and am in desperate need of inspiration.
Usually when I see other people’s work that inspires me to create, but even that has not inspired me. I’ve even been to a hypnotherapist. No luck. I’ve started a few pieces, but I haven’t created any pieces I love. I guess that’s why I haven’t been posting here either. Perhaps if I start posting here, this will put a fire under my feet to paint more. Wish me luck!
Art, Artists, Art Blogs, & Art Online
If you are an artist, art lover, art student, art historian, art collector, or just like to dabble – you’ll probably find something on this site to suit your needs.
If you are an artist Absolutearts.com to create free accounts where you can upload up to 20 images of your artwork. If you upgrade your account there are features such as a blog, online videos and slideshows.
It’s a great resource that can be an extra source on the web if you want to be found in those search engines. Be sure to link back to their website from yours and if you create an account on their site – link to yours from theirs.
As a student, teacher, collector or anyone else – I highly recommend you visit this site and take your time and look around. Visit the other artists links. If you do happen to visit the site, you can check my page too, just do a search for my name – knikkolette.
I started this and have been working diligently to finish it and I really don’t want to step away from it. That’s the main reason I work in acrylics – because they dry fast and I have a tendency to be impatient. I want to see progress when I paint and I don’t have the patience to paint with oils… they take too long to dry.
The painting I’m working on now is large, (41″ wide x 46″ tall unstretched) and in order for me to best see where I need to make corrections – I take a photograph & upload to my computer.
As you can see – the shadowing is off as is the shape of the arm on the right side. I hope to complete it tonight… and hopefully I’ll post the completed image to my blog when it’s done.
If you have any ideas for a name – that would be great!
Here is the same painting – about 2 hrs later… as you can see – I’ve adjusted the shading but it still needs some work… Almost there.
Untitled - In Progress photo 3
I decided to take a short break – I’m liking it more and more. I have to be careful not to over-work it.
I keep getting asked this question over and over when I offer other artists my facebook fan page as a place to post their latest piece. Even my recent article “Change of Format” where I was going to write articles about other artists rather than just museums and galleries and well-known historical artists. Why would I write about other artists instead of just promoting my own art?
Why not? I only have so much to say about myself… I have a full-time job so I normally only paint on weekends. If I only write when I paint – that doesn’t leave a lot to write about myself so I need additional subject matter to write about.
I don’t see anything the matter with promoting other artists. We are all trying to get our work “out there”. We are all trying to “be discovered”. If I help someone else get discovered that’s O.K. with me. I don’t want to be so wrapped up in myself that I forget about others.
When I see how amazing some of these artists are – I can’t NOT tell everyone I know about them. It’s like finding a great restaurant or saving 90% on something and not telling your best friend! You just have to tell!
I would like your opinion – what do you think? Not that it will necessarily sway my decision one way or another – but perhaps if I understood why so many people were confused why I would want to help promote other artists? Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
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This isn’t my first “shadow” painting – but it is my first in my new series of “Figures in the Shadows”. This is a series I’ve been thinking of doing for a long time and haven’t done due to my need to complete unfinished paintings. (Which I might add – I’ve gotten over! It’s amazing how easy it was to paint once I made up my mind it was O.K. not to complete those other paintings!) This piece is approximately 30″ tall x 42″ wide unstretched acrylic on canvas. I’m leaving my paintings unstretched until I schedule a show for storage purposes and in case someone happens to see it online and wants it shipped – it is much less expensive to ship it in it’s pre-stretched state and have it stretched at its destination.
He Walks Alone
The 2nd in the “Figures in the Shadows” series was named by Jennifer Martin on facebook. After painting it I couldn’t think of a name so I put it out on twitter and facebook and got replies from both. I appreciate the feedback! This piece is 26″ wide x 38″ tall unstretched acrylic on canvas.
I have a couple more ideas for paintings I want to start right away while the creative juices are flowing… I’m probably going to do the same thing with the names because my mind isn’t “there” – it’s in a different place. Does that make sense?
Better get back to painting – just wanted to update my blog with my latest stuff – will try to be more diligent with my posts!
I’m painting again! I haven’t been painting because I have been in a creative block for the longest time. I started a couple of paintings and could not complete them – and rather than putting them aside – I let them hang there on the wall.
My make-shift studio is our garage and that is where I had the largest work in progress – titled “Jimi” pinned on the wall taunting me. So after almost a year of looking at it twice a day every day as I pulled out of and into the garage every morning and every evening – I decided enough was enough. I went out to complete it – then decided – I liked it just the way it was – and that was what mattered. I took Jimi off the wall and felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders! “Jimi” is still unstretched, rolled up and in my craft room, but at least he’s not judging me any more as I park my car!
I completed another abstract, I like it – but I’m not sure I’m in love with it… This poor painting has so many layers it could tell you stories!
There are two more paintings “in progress” which I’ve decided to set aside. I want to start a new series of paintings and start preparing for a show. Wish me luck!