Every now and again I feel the need to take a hiatus from making art. A lot of times it stems from personal issues I am dealing with or a general lack of time. Of course these are merely excuses, because at the end of the day nothing should prevent you from doing what you love. What you are called to do.
During my time off I’ve learned some invaluable lessons in my art career, and I plan to use those lessons to strengthen my own voice and abilities. That said, I’ve decided to make some BOLD changes to my style. For several years all I cared about was making things as realistic and flawless as possible. I put in the time to make my oil paintings look like pictures. I felt I needed to do that at the time, but now I know that painting is about growth, discovery, and expression–not necessarily about making something look life-like. That is why man created a camera.
Here is an example of a prior painting in my super realistic style:
Here we can see the soft, subtle blending in the sky and sand to hide the brush stokes and give the illusion of a photograph. The sharp contrast from the addition of black also adds to this effect. So what exactly was my bold change? I decided to become a palette-knife painter. That way I can remain loose and not have to worry about detailing everything to death. This drastic change has really opened a new world of possibilities for me.
Here is my first painting using the palette-knife technique:
See the dramatic differences in this one? From the bold colors, textures, and sweeping knife strokes–this looks more like a painting. And it is certainly more impressionistic and expressive. It has more character to boot. Of course you can still see some detail, but more is left up to the viewer.
Painting with palette knifes took some getting used. The hardest part to get past was the strange similarity to buttering toast! And since you are painting “wet-on-wet,” you have a little less control than you would using brushes and waiting for layers to dry between applications. Another HUGE difference with using the knives is mixing your paint directly on the canvas instead of your palette. I couldn’t believe how much quicker it is!
I’m happy to be a palette knife painter! What changes have you made with your art lately?
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So until next time,
One day in 8th grade art class I got kicked out of my room for fooling around, like I usually did. The teacher came into the hall and proceeded to tell me “you will NEVER go anywhere as an artist!” Wow! Was that ever a shocking and awful thing to hear at such a tender developmental stage in my creative life.
The problem is that I must have carried that with me, even if only unconsciously. To this day I still hear a voice in my head that tells me I’m not good enough. Yet the thing is, that voice does not come from ME. It is the collective byproduct of everything anyone has ever told me. And most of those are negative, I have to add.
The negative voices in our heads come from other people!
What things do you tell yourself that have no basis in reality?
I can think of a few things artists hear on a regular basis:
“Get a REAL job!”
“You can’t make money selling art.”
“Art is just a hobby.”
“Artists are lazy and insubordinate.”
“You won’t be recognized until you are dead.”
“My 5 year old daughter could paint that!”
Good grief! Is it any wonder why artists have such low self worth and self esteems? I guess what I am trying to say is that you need to believe in yourself. That is the only way you can become successful. I thank Mrs. Boyle for what she said to me all those years ago, because it gave me the fire to prove her and everybody else wrong. It gave me a reason for being.
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And until next time,
Put some good voices in your head! And those can only come from you 🙂
As an artist there is no greater experience than painting a personal commission for a client. At this moment I have just finished up my third commission in the last couple of weeks. I always welcome commissions because they afford me the chance to stretch myself as a creator.
All in all I have been doing commission work for about 10 years now! I’ve painted people’s pets (dogs, cats, turtles!) animals, their homes and families, their businesses, even dreams they had while sleeping! The most satisfying part about doing this is seeing the look of joy and wonderment on a client’s face. A lot of times I have seen tears. It isn’t just about the money for me. Their reactions validate my abilities as a painter.
Here is the most recent piece I’ve finished and delivered. It is a scene of a beach in Siesta Key, Florida, where the client has been traveling since she was a little girl. Here you can see the start and finish…..
It’s always incredible to watch a painting come to life! Starting with a blank white canvas and creating a world inside of it. That is what I love to do. And of course, I was lucky that she happened to want a seascape.
So for all of you artists out there, whether you work with ceramics, oils, acrylics, mixed media, or graphite—make sure not to pass up the opportunity to make someone else’s vision come to life. I promise it is a very challenging and gratifying experience.
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Until next time,
My name is Ryan and I’d like to welcome you to my first blog post, which I’m sure will be one of many more to come. As an artist, I tend to pour my soul into my work. I’d like to do the same thing here. I believe that creative blogs are perfect outlets to educate, enrich, and inspire. So with that being said, hopefully I can inspire you in one way or another.
I love painting realistic seascape paintings in oils. My journey has led me to here. I started out painting portraits, people’s homes and pets, animals, and landscapes. Now I’ve discovered that my voice and style belongs to the sea. Below is one of my beach paintings.
As you can probably see, the above painting is bright, packed with color, peaceful, soothing, and tranquil. These qualities are indicative of my work as a visual artist. My art is not about me. It is about my viewers. I know that when I go into a gallery, attend an art fair, or just look at random art hanging on the wall—I apply it to ME. I think we all do that. We all have a visceral, gut reaction to the art we love or enjoy. For my viewers, I want to sweep them away to a warm, bright, and relaxing beach…a HAVEN of reflection and renewal!
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I hope you have a wonderful evening, and I look forward to my next blog.
All the best,