Here is an example of some small paintings grouped together. I often hear people say they need a large painting to fill a wall space. As an example you can see in the photo by grouping small paintings together you can easily fill a pretty large area. I put up some of my Koi paintings so it tends to read as a theme. But this isn’t necessary, just like home decorating styles the wall can be eclectic. I also used all types of frames but sometimes using the same frames pulls the wall together. Buying small paintings and getting frames for all of them can be expensive but I’ve found these smaller frames are easy to find in your consignment stores, flea markets, yard sales or even thrift stores.
Not working on a painting today but for the next few days getting reacquainted with my watercolor supplies. In the picture above you can see what my watercolor tins look like. Many of you are familiar with my work and understand that I like big bold color. Choosing the cupcake tin for my watercolor paints wasn’t my idea but when I saw other artists doing it I knew it was for me. I had been trying to come up with a palette that would hold at least one large tube of paint. The cupcake tins actually hold two if I fill them to the top.
Lately, I’ve been busy but when I find the time to paint I’ve been oil painting. I’d like to start my daily painting regime again with watercolor so I’ll start by giving you a re capp of my supplies and my process. Check back and I’ll post this information as the weeks go by.
Since I’ve been painting for a number of years I have a pretty large inventory of paintings and of course many are of my favorite subject…KOI. Its interesting when often I’m asked about my Koi paintings. It seems some people think I should always paint them while and equal number of folks thinks it would be boring to paint the same thing over and over. Although no two of my paintings are the same the subject matter usually centers around water and Koi.
This leads me to ask how often should we change our art, style or process? Is it better for artists to cultivate variety or consistency? Galleries tend to encourage artists to keep creating the same thing (that sells) over and over again. While artists, in general, like variety to stay motivated and inspired.
There are two schools of thought here. The first is consistency. Consistency in our work allows us to keep experimenting on one theme and to go deeper. Many artists paint one type of painting and become “known” for their Portraits/figures, or landscapes, and even wildlife. They continue to explore the endless methods and palettes until they approach what they believe is their own style. Usually an Artist will get very good at what they do using this approach.
Variety, however, is an important ingredient in our work, helping to keep our ideas fresh and our approach on the leading edge of the trends and new materials available to us. This is another important aspect of being an artist. If we are so consistent that our work is repetitive, we do not grow as artists and the work will suffer. Yet, when we are so insistent on variety that we will not allow ourselves a chance to see the things from every angle. We don’t allow ourselves the permission to paint the “thing” over and over. Then work may suffer as well. Sometimes it is important to continue in a series until its right for us. By using or incorporating and throwing out ideas without fear of poor paintings then we may find what we are looking for. Rather than bouncing around from style to style and never allowing ourselves to take a concept deeper. we may find it difficult to “find” our style. If this sounds like you, allow yourself the PERMISSION to work thru a subject if only to explore the thing until you have tried everything and thrown out what doesn’t work for you and hopefully you’ll find a more personal or meaningful way to express yourself.
Of course “balance”, may be the key here and the key to successful personal balancing is paying attention to how we feel. As our needs change, our feelings will let us know. Sometimes we may need to allow variety and experimentation to take us out of a rut, and re-energize our work. At other times we may hit on something that really gets us excited. These are the times to stretch 10-15 canvases ( or paper) all at once and create a series to see how far we can take that one idea. We can be anything we decide or so they say, we can also paint anything… anyway, this is your choice, we have the ability and the freedom to either be consistent or ever changing.
Here is an interesting take on our ability for variety, taken from a quote from Robert Anton Wilson in his book “Prometheus Rising” (New Falcon Publications, 1983, p.125). Just prior to this, Wilson describes the human survival instincts that involve both consistency and variety;
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
so with that said….Buzz off…
“Midnight poppies” is MIXED MEDIA ON GESSOED MASONITE. $75.00
I sprayed this with a mat protective sealant which should make it almost waterproof. You can frame without glass!!!
The size is 8 by 10 inches.
Here you can see the edge of this large Koi painting… if you look closely you may find there are two small holes… Ouch! yes this hurts.. The painting fell and when it fell I had just tightened the canvas so it was PERFECTLY TIGHT… and of course as with” Murphy’s Law” it fell down on two pointy bottles which punctured the canvas. I’ve made a repair by gluing a new piece of canvas onto the back side and will now paint the front so there isn’t an obvious rip. Geeze… What r ya gonna do? The customer was notified of this mishap and I’m breathing a tiny sigh of relief as he still wants the painting and doesn’t think there wil be a problem with the painting once I’ve painted over the patch. Whew… still bugs me … I’ll get over it. Of course… I need to secure these canvases even when I’m not painting them. At the time I had just leaned it up and was stepping back to take a look at it to see if all the wrinkles were gone. OK OK I get it… live and learn. Oh yeah thats my studio kitty, “Chubbs”.
I framed this painting today and it looks pretty good.
This is the final picture of a very long lesson, so you may like to go back to http://h20color.wordpress.com and see how this painting developed.
5.75 by 5.75 Watercolor on gessoed masonite $35.00
This painting is a bit darker then this appears. It was late tonight when I took the picture (inside & under artificial warm lights). I didn’t finish my painting today till almost 11:00 pm, that’s because I took my friend out for a birthday dinner. By the time I got back, I had to pack up some paintings, get some chores done and take care of business. I’m glad to have made my midnight deadline!
7.5 by 7.25 45.00 Acrylic on gessoed masonite.
I need to cut up some more painting panels. I run out of them pretty fast. Usually I buy the masonite myself and have someone cut the wood into different sizes. Being thrifty I have had them cut by folks who have trouble figuring out how to cut a straight line. This is why the odd sizes. For instance this piece was to be 8 by 8 but he, (I’ll keep his name anonymous) kept having to cut another bit off here and there. I guess I’m lucky I didn’t end up with a 3 by 3.
This painting is part of my “Monet” series. I like these blues, and greens with the brown and white.
Its very soothing.
I think I’ll paint another with the colors using ( yesterday’s painting) the palette of ancient ritual 126.
I’ve been thinking about buying an Internet card for my laptop, u know so you can go anywhere not just where they have wifi. Are they worth the money? my cell phone is with A T&T so should I buy theirs so I can get a possible discount for bundling my service plans or should I get a different brand because they work better. Any ideas on this folks?