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- You want paintings statement sized canvas paintings? Oooo have I got it.
- You want small illustration type art? Lots of that.
- You like creepy art? I have it and there is always more in the works!
- You like landsapes or seascapes? I have it.
- You like art that makes you think or feel? I definitely have that.
- You like abstracts? I have that.
- You like silly art? I have it.
- You like floral art? All over it.
Today is motivational Monday and I was motivated to finish this piece. Originally my goal was to draw something based on a motivational quote. I have sketches for it.
I thought it would be better to show what kind of work you would be supporting should you choose to be a patron.
Next up are some smaller pieces. A few 5×7’s on canvas board, some on paper to fit some small frames I have, and an 8×10 on canvas board.
I am trying to do some smaller things for three reasons.
1) I can get cheap frames at GoodWill and other thrift stores. Heck the Dollar Store has frames.
2) I can scan them and convert them into prints. I do not have many prints of my acrylic paintings.
3) Small things seem to be easier to sell. I love my art, but I am more than happy to part with it. Getting things out of my head and onto canvas or paper is great. Then you need to get them out of your workspace so you can make more.
I have a album on Facebook with a bunch of my stuff that is for sale. Check it out!
Help me make more space so I can make more art.
The past week has been rough.
I am so burnt out from my job that I am putting in my notice. I have been doing the job for ten years. It has grown beyond what one person can handle. I have asked for help every month for the last year and none has been forth coming.
The stress is taking its toll on me. I eat when I am frustrated so I keep putting on weight and wasting money on junk food. There is not escape from the food. It is in the cafeteria, gift shop, snack bars (there are two,) and the pharmacy. There are also three convenience stores across the street.
I am so frustrated that I cannot get the motivation to exercise. I do not even really want to work on art, read, or socialize. I just want to hide away in my room and stare at the ceiling. Then all the negative and bad thoughts come. So really, a lose, lose situation.
There are things that I am concerned about. Like having enough money to support the house hold, paying bills and what not. I am concerned that I will not be able to sell any art to help financially. I am concerned that I will not be able to create more art, once I do not have the stress and frustration of the daily grind.
I worry that I will just fail and bring the household down with me.
I just cannot do it any more. Working at a fast food joint slinging burgers or taking orders is more appealing then going into work tomorrow. If I had fewer morals, I might have just walked off the job several years ago.
I have morals and I am pretty stubborn. I do have my limits and they have been reached.
Sad and true.
When I create a drawing or painting, all of my faculties work together. They are all on the same page, working to a common goal. Every so often the harmony is lost and I am not able to continue in my current medium or style. When that happens you have to change things up.
So many things have to work together to create art. Hands, eyes, brain, lighting, bushes, paint, pens, ink, and mood to name a few. If any of these things is off or out of balance, the art will suffer. The artist may set it aside until balance is restored or destroy it and work on something else.
Most of the time I will keep the piece in progress for a week or two. Any longer and I know I will not finish the piece. I work on something until it is done. The down side is that I get burnt out on a style pretty quickly. This leads to times of inactivity or significant changes in style and medium.
Change is not a bad thing. It keeps the mind from getting stuck in a rut. It keeps the body fresh and happy. It keeps the art stores in business. It keeps the fans from getting bored with your work also.
This week I tried to work on a Valentines themed drawing. It was not awesome. Despite all the planning and sketching, my mind lost focus, and the whole thing turned out terrible. I tossed it as soon as I realized that it was not going to turn out. I may revisit it later, but it is doubtful. I will probably work on something completely different.
To keep up the creative pace I chose to paint something instead. I saw a great landscape on one of my walks in January. I took a few reference photos, mostly to ensure I got the colors close. I was feeling kind of solitary, mellow, yet kind of happy. Happy that I had time alone and I could enjoy it.
I wanted to paint this as soon as I got home, but I was working on two other things already. I sketched it out and painted it in my mind. Waiting for a lull in the ideas for pen and ink.