In a previous post, I talked about how traveling can get relaxing, soothing, and a good way to recharge your batteries. There is nothing more exhausting that the grind of everyday. Going to work, going to meetings, and other things that keep us busy. Sometimes it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves, and that can wear us down after a while. I say this because after my vacation, I felt totally energized and I do believe my art has improved because of this. It is funny how small things can have such a huge impact.
Nature is soothing, it helps us in many ways. One of them, is if we appreciate the beauty, it can give us a moment to center ourselves. A moment to recharge and contemplate what we have. It’s easy to lose focus if we keep doing the same thing over and over again. I want to provide a little history of the city I visited in Mexico. It is beautiful, and the culture is rich and amazing.
Laguna de Carrizalillos (Carrizalillos Lagoon):
It is very pretty, It is small, but it was bustling with life. The street vendors, (which are a plenty in Mexico) Were up bright and early, show casing all their beautiful wares. You could see the volcano somewhat from there. I have put a picture to show it. The food is amazing, and they focus on family and a good time.
The Magic Zone:
It’s this little town in Comala, Colima. I do not know how it works. Only that it did. In the short video I attached. The car is off, and it moves on its own. It is this small section where cars moved when they are off and in neutral (ground is flat). It was an amazing experience, and I highly recommend taking a stop by there if you are in the area.
It’s always best to embark on a new adventure.
Have you taken any recently?
What was your favorite part?
Maybe we don’t have the time to go on a trip around the world. We are very busy, after all. There might not be time to travel around the world. Thanks to the internet, there is a wealth of information at our fingertips. We can travel a thousand miles away without leaving our home. While it might be as good at the real thing, it can be the second best thing. This would be the best option of you are itching to see something new but don’t have the time to travel.
Taste exotic foods.
Even if you are not an expert on all things food, why not go to the local supermarket and pick out something you have never tried before. It can be something as simple as a mango, papaya, or any other fruit that is not grown locally. Find a recipe online for something new and exciting, be bold and adventurous! Try a specialty store that specializes on a particular culture and go wild!
Listen to music you normally don’t listen to.
I know we all have our favorites, the music that we are familiar, but why not try something outside our norm? I have listen to Italian Opera, and I don’t understand what they are saying but it is beautiful. Listen to some tango, or a different language song. You would be surprised how much of a difference this can make.
Learn a dance move
Don’t know how to dance, or don’t dance? (I don’t, so don’t worry!) It’s always good to push out of our comfort zones and learn something new. Invite a friend! If you are an avid dancer, try something you have never done before, salsa perhaps? Learn a different culture’s dance. Any little change can help.
What is your favorite thing to try out?
Can you take a leap into the unknown and try new things?
Pablo Picasso, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, these are a few that have made a large impact in my life. They are one of the masters in the world of art. Their paintings left a huge impact, and they are still talked about to this day. They have touched and inspired many, I know they inspired me. I want to talk a little about what impact they can have on our lives.
Art is amazing, it can add so much value to your life.
What is your favorite part about art?
What is your favorite piece from the masters?
There are times in our lives were we feel like we are missing something. I know when I started creating art at a young age, it was my method of escaping. It eventually turned into something more. I started to see the real beauty and joy art could bring me. I did several high school shows and the positive feedback I got from others was very encouraging. There will always be someone out there with negative feedback, it’s best to take it in stride and move along.
I love color, (I’m sure that is evident in some of my paintings). This series may have been inspired by an outer space show the hubby and I were watching. I do also like to look at all the pretty images from space. I mean, who thought that our universe could be so beautiful? Then I took it a step farther inspired by my favorite space movie is Interstellar.
That movie was all sorts of creative and amazing. I love all sorts of space movies, but they obviously have to be done right. Every time I create a piece for the Interdimensional Series, I look at the canvas and think, “Where will this take me today?”
“What would it look like if I jump through this portal right now?” (Not literally of course, ha-ha.)
I can imagine that space is a wonderful place, look at the sheer beauty of it? I can get lose track of time looking at space pictures, and why not create the same thing with my paintings? I sought to create a place to get lost a beautiful place. One that knows no bounds, to time frames, or any limitations that we are used to imposing on ourselves.
Can you imagine, if you could just float in space what it would be like?
What is your favorite thing about space?
Best of all, if you haven’t watched Interstellar, I highly recommend that you do so.
In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton discovered that when pure light passes through a prism, it separates it into all the visible colors.
There were further experiments that showed that light could be combined to create different colors.
Color has Psychological effects
Color is a powerful force in our lives. It has effects in our bodies and in our minds. Perceptions of some colors are somewhat subjective, however there are some colors that have universal meanings. Our home is our sanctuary, it is where we feel loved, safe, and comfort. Colors have a huge play into how we feel in our home.
Warm colors, such as those in the family of reds. They can invoke feelings of comfort, warmth, and love. On the other end, they can also invoke feelings of anger and hostility. It all depends on your current life experiences, it would dictate how you see each color. It would be best to have warm paintings in rooms that you seek comfort.
Cool colors are those in the blue side of the spectrum. They can sooth, but also depending on how you are feeling can cause sadness or indifference.
Colors can mean different things to each individual.
What do they mean to you?
What do you feel about these three colors?
Do you have a blank wall that is bothering you because it seems incomplete? There is no better reason than that to treat yourself. There are soothing and relaxing factors of having artwork to look at. It can be a particular piece that you really enjoy, or you can even swap them out. Keeping art rotating can be a great way to keep a fresh spin on your home. Or did you get a new couch, new rugs, and have space that feels incomplete?
I know I dislike having my walls empty at home. I like to fill it up with my own art, or from other artists as well! It can be fitting to a theme, in my bathroom we have a nautical theme going on. The hubby and I painted a deep blue. (What can I say? Blue is my favorite color). We put up things that matched that theme, lighthouse statue, a picture of the beach, and a boat schematic.
Each room can have a different theme, I am all for having a lot of choices! More preferably, for myself as long as the walls are not blank, I am happy! I am a colorful person, and more color the better. Each space is different, but it still has the same effect. Relaxing, soothing, and a great way to step into a different world.
There are a few ways to determine the size of artwork you need for your empty wall. The best way is to measure, and make sure that you have sufficient space to hang it. Measure the length and width of your available wall space. Available wall space refers to the blank area you want to fill, not covered by furniture, molding, and so on.
I hate math, I really do. So if you are like me, and don’t want to do any sort of calculation, eyeball it and look for art that will cover 2/3rd to 3/4ths of your wall.
Make sure there is plenty of space surrounding the hanging piece of art and any furniture. The sweet spot for hanging artwork is to your eye level. Bigger is always better! A bigger painting will fill the wall better, and create a better focal point rather than a smaller piece of art.
If you don’t have a large one, consider hanging multiple small ones together, it will create a cohesive theme.
When in doubt, put pieces of masking tape or post-it notes to imitate the size of your art, it will give you a better sense of how it’s going to fit. I am a visual person and it always helps me to see how something will fit the space before I commit to it. Artwork that is improperly sized can overwhelm a room or allow the room to overwhelm it, neither option is very aesthetically pleasing.
Do you have anything new you just hung up?
Do you like to rotate the paintings with the seasons, or with your mood?
The following tips are ones that I find very helpful in helping me getting unstuck from a creative block!
Go for A Walk.
Sitting all day at your desk can make you feel like you are stuck. It can make you feel stagnant and not very happy. Science has backed up that walking is something we do naturally when we need a boost of inspiration. It turns out subjects gave better creative solutions to test when walking rather than sitting. Fresh air is always helpful, but in this case it doesn’t matter if you walk inside or outside. Jump on a treadmill, around your block, or inside your home. It doesn’t matter where, as long as you get your heart pumping and you will see what new ideas come to you.
Connect to Your Inner Child
It is my strong believe that we are all born artists. Children are immensely creative and they can be entertained for hours just being creative. What did you like to do for fun as a kid? Did you love playing outdoors? Playing with friends? Maybe even spending a great amount of time playing make-believe. Play checkers, play with your kids or pets. There is nothing better than letting the inner child run free.
Remember how I said connecting to your inner child? I know as a kid I loved to color and draw. Get an adult coloring book, they have sets that come with colors that are relatively inexpensive. The patterns will calm you down and help you destress. I know for me, the act of creating any artwork is calming and meditative. It’s a simple activity that works great for your hand-eye coordination.
Take a Different Route to Work.
I know I am guilty of using the same way to work. Every. Single. Time. I have found that by shaking up my routine, it keeps your mind sharp. It is very easy to go on autopilot. Broaden your perspective by opting to go through a new spot. It can also help you to see new things, or even realize what you had missed previously. If you walk the same city blocks, try a different route.
Reading is the best way to get away. It can be fun and you can also learn new things. It would be best if you read all different kind of books to keep your mind working differently. Read a romance novel, then a fantasy. You will be surprised how you can come alive with a rush of inspiration.
What are some ways you use to get your creative buzz going?
I want to talk about Art Fairs. There are some people that hate them, there are other people who love them. I personally find them a good place to meet new people, and just having a good day. I have not done many fairs, and the few that I have done have been not bad. Granted, I didn’t sell much, but I did make many connections. Most of the time, connections are better than sales.
I have met many awesome crafters at all the fairs that I have gone to. One time, we even traded items. I do believe my problem was that I tried to sell to everybody. I have learned now (After some hard lessons) That my art can’t please everybody. If we try to make everyone happy, then no one will end up happy.
Art fairs can be fun when after all the stress of preparing for them is over. I have checked my list three times and still managed to forget something at home (I am terrible that way). My last fair, I talked to my tent neighbor, (Who by the way, makes the best smelling candles.) Then they helped me come up with a few new ideas. Who knew?
it does help to have a list, I learned that the hard way. Make sure everything you are going to take is packed the day before, and ready to load up. If you can, make sure it’s organized and easy to reach for easy set up. I put all my price tags, receipt book, and writing things in one small bin.
Should you promote that you are going to be in a local fair?
I do think you should do that, give your audience a heads up so they know to look for you. I think that would be a great way to meet your fans.
You definitely need those. Any way you can get your information out there. I find it best to always carry a few with you. You never know who you will meet along the way. I have seen many artists who do not have them with them. It always looks professional if you do.
It is essential to have one, I believe. It doesn’t have to be super advanced but it shows that you are serious about your art. It helps people see all your past work. Unless you carry a booklet with you (Which is not a bad Idea).
Banner or Something to Display your Business name.
I have a banner, it helps that I work at a Printing company so I get discounted prices, banners last a long time if treated properly so it’s a good investment. Anything helps so people can see your name. It adds a professional look.
My husband always goes with me to the fairs, and sometimes my sister tags along. It is very helpful to have somebody with you. It helps to have somebody watch your tent while you go take breaks to eat, use the restroom, or simply walk around. (It’s good to walk around and get a sense for the things everybody else is doing.) There was a lady in the previous fair I did, she sold beautiful jewelry. At the end of the day, she confided that she sold as much things as people stole. She was alone and not once did I see her leave to take breaks. Most of the fairs i have gone to are all day, and this particular one was a full weekend. I can’t imagine doing it on my own. Another neighbor told me one lady almost walked away with one of her handmade purses!
Collect emails. Those are one of the most important things you can collect. You can keep in touch with them and send out newsletters on your current projects. They won’t forget about you that way, and maybe even pass on the word to your friends.
These are a few things I wanted to share with you guys on art fairs.
What are your thoughts on them? Do you hate them? Love them?
It’s no secret that I love to wood burn. I have talked a little about it, but I think it’s best to show you guys how I do it. There is something about the smell of the wood as it burns, it’s soothing to me (Not to mention the smell of it likes to linger for a while!). The trick is to take your time and let the wood burn on its own, not pushing hard into the wood. Nice and easy is the trick.
I started this series, on these little cute shields. I like the size, it’s convenient to tell a story.
I love telling all sorts of stories, with my paintings and my artwork in general. I want to share a little bit on how I got started on the path of wood burning. Three years ago, my husband’s coworker requested a piece. It was my first time doing it so I was a little nervous. I want everybody to love my work, after all it’s going to hang on your walls for some time (I hope!)
I gave her the one piece she requested, and then she became my regular. The more she ordered, the better I became. Of course, practice makes perfect. Still, she became my best customer. I am grateful to her for helping me cultivate my love of this particular technique.
I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did making it!
Acrylic Pour Paintings
What is it?
It is a technique where all colors are added to a cup or container at the same time and then poured together to create an acrylic pouring paint effect.
In this quick video I am sharing is a quick example on how I do it.
What materials do I use?
My preferred paints to use are Liquitex basics, and I use Liquitex pouring medium. I know you can use the cheaper alternatives if you are starting out. I however, tend to make these paintings for the long term. I stick with the higher end materials, you pay what you get for. I also love using dixie cups to hold all the different colors. Popsicle sticks to mix the colors with the pouring medium.
In my experience a 1:1 paint/ medium ratio works best.
I have seen people use floetrol, some chain lube oil and other items to achieve the flowing consistency. It is not a bad idea for starting out (and money is a little tight), that way you can get a feel for it. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
I always use gloves. I still get some paint on me. When the paint is mixed with the pouring medium, it becomes really difficult to get it off my skin (I have to scrub raw, or maybe use alcohol).
Don’t be in a rush, give it a couple days to dry out.
I will post a mixing consistency video next week.