Monday, February 28, 2011

Wonderfully Organic, Flowing Work: Sarah Blake!

I discovered Sarah Blake today from my daily
stalkingfollowing of Audrey Kawasaki's ffffound. I've seen Sarah's work before, but never knew who was responsible for the magic. Look at her wondrously designed organic forms curling into one another at a breathtaking rate! And the colors, oh! >_<

Friday, February 25, 2011

Non-Objective Art: Michel Keck

I have a hard time finding non-objective art that I think is outstanding... probably because everybody and their dog think they can splatter some paint on a canvas and do "abstract art" (as it is so erroneously often called.) I must say that Michel Keck's works are some of my fave.

They, to me, are outstanding. Yes, her website seems over-commercialized (and very hard to navigate.) Yes, she also wrongly calls her work "abstract" (as you can see, this error irks my soul.) Yes, people often give her bad reviews and mean comments like this article here. But... she makes like $25,000+ every MONTH from selling her art. That seems like a pretty successful career to me. If she can rake in the $ by doing what she loves... isn't that what all artists wish they could do?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Photos I Like Lately

When it's cold or dark outside, I like to make a hot cup of tea and find inspirational images online.

I usually stalk places like ffffound, Cgunit, Audrey Kawasaki's Tumblr Likes, various fashion/mode/art blogs, or just ole Google Images. I'm building up quite a treasure trove of wonderful images. See for yourself!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Newest Piece: Cutout Mixed Media!

I haven't finished a painting in for-EVER it seems. I've made good progress on my new girl. And... I'm going to take a little different approach with her. I cut her out, as you can see... and what I do after that is still a mysterious secret. You'll see! (I'm going to try a suggestion I had in a dream one night. We'll see if my dream knew what it was talking about.)

Salt in action.

Basic colors go down.

Colored pencil goes down.

Cut out and free! Yahoo!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Crazy Mad Wonderful Nathan DeYoung

I've FOUND IT!!! Nathan DeYoung's works are like my DREAM works. They are exactly what my heart wishes to see! Perfectly beautiful combination of detail + wild washes! AHHHHHHHHHH!
I'm screaming the walls down!I'm screaming on the inside! Check out the mind-blowing beauty for yourself.

He perfectly addresses something I've been pondering lately. I adore non-objective, textural works. I do. I ADORE them. However, I've never been good at painting them. My painting fingertips NEED a human figure in order to be happy. BUT, in my love of contemporary interior design, I'm always keen to decorate with a non-objective piece. A realistic piece somehow doesn't look at good in my fave mode of house design. HOWEVER Nathan's works are the rare balance between the two worlds, I think. If I were rich, I'd fill my mansion with his works. It'd be a crazy wonderhouse of uberdesign!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Studio Space Decor

I finally got all the old stuff cleaned out of my new studio space. More about how I acquired to space for free here:

Now, I want it to look cute! I want to have an adorable studio space like Charmaine Olivia's

Or put cute frames in an orderly fashion like Audrey Kawasaki's:

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Tell me if you find some sweet chic spaces! I want ideas!!!! >_<

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Shibasaki Kou's beautiful PVs 柴咲コウ

I LOVE Shibasaki Kou (柴咲コウ)!

I feel like her PVs (promotion video, we call it that in Japan instead of 'music video') very much capture the same type of feeling that I want to capture in my art. Her face seems a bit wonky sometimes but I've grown to quite like the wonkiness. (Especially when she sings) So beautiful!!! >_<

WHAT! I now see that YouTube is blocking most of the PVs! AHHHHHHHHHH! Here are some screencaps anyway.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Studio Space! H@ll@!

I have the best part-time job in the world. It's actually got nothing to do with art, but every single person who works in my office is unparalleld-ly (is that a word? It is now) kind and jolly and wondrous.

There is a desk by the window that has lain unused for awhile... I asked my boss if I could rent it out as a studio space. THEN! She said I definitely COULD occupy it, but that I didn't have to pay a thing. SO KIND!!!!!!!! I've still got a bit more to clean up, but I started moving everything from my super cramped house to my new space! I'll post more photos when it's fully done... but here's the start. :P

Saturday, February 5, 2011

New painting! "Sky -Sora-"

So I finally finished up "Sky -Sora-" today. See the WIP under the finished image!

You might have a sneaking suspicion that this looks like another piece called "Winter." Well, it actually IS Winter... but after it was all finished, I thought it looked more like a "Sky" than "Winter." Maybe because I am longing to see the blue sky, since I've forgotten what it looks like due to this dratted WINTER. Maybe because I didn't think her skintone and kanzashi colors turned out pallid enough (nothing ever turns out quite like I expect... watercolor likes to surprise me.)

I did outline the crane in a golden pen I bought at Hobby Lobby. The point is really fine and it draws MARVELOUSLY well... then I saw it said "Made in Japan." No wonder! XD

Maybe I'll do a real "Winter" during the summer when I'm in a burning inferno of Oklahoma heat. Yes.

Friday, February 4, 2011

How to get people to start taking your art seriously

I think all creative people have dealt with questions like "that's a hobby, right?" or "you actually charge money for your drawings?!?" or even worse, "Hey, since you are musical, could you play a concert for our group this Saturday (for free?)"

And your artist soul wants to shout, "I AM AN ARTIST/WRITER/ACTOR/MUSICIAN! IT'S NOT A HOBBY, IT'S MY LIFE!"

During college, I never had encountered this problem. Everyone knew me as an artist (or at least art student.) I sold my work regularly. I got commissions regularly. No one asked if art was my "hobby" or winced when I told them the price for a painting. I KNEW I was an artist without a doubt in my mind, since... well, that's what I was. It said it on my degree plan. But after graduation, I dealt with all the normal hassles of living in the real world... mortgage payments, bills, insurance payments, balancing the budget, cooking for my husband, cleaning the house, and most of all, a non-art related part-time job. I hardly ever had time to create paintings.

So when people asked "So what do you do?" I would timidly answer, "I'm a receptionist. But trying to become an artist." I thought I was just being truthful and honest. But you know what they heard? They heard "I'm a receptionist. But sometimes I do doodles when I'm bored."

One fine day, (or actually probably when I was in the shower thinking deeply about life) I realized it. The reason that no one believed I was an artist was because I DIDN'T BELIEVE IT MYSELF ANYMORE! I confused the amount of time I was able to spend on my passion with the passion itself.

I resolved right then to change my outlook. I stopped telling people I was a receptionist trying to become an artist. I simply told people that I was an artist. And I started believing it again from the depths of my soul, like I did during college.

And you know what? Slowly everyone around me started believing it too. They treated me like an artist, not a hobbyist. I started getting offers to show at galleries, and many people became excited to talk to me about my work. I joined many art-related websites and got inspired connecting with other artists! My part-time work even graciously agreed to let me use an unused corner of the office as my studio space. All that because I changed my own attitude and started acting like what I was!

Of course, I still have a long way to go before I achieve everything I want to achieve. But at least now I'm on the right road to do so. So for all my artists who feel stuck in oblivion... try changing your own mind. About yourself, about your work, about your worth, about anything you need. Believe you are what you want others to believe you are. Just start living that way, and everything else will start falling to place. I hope this helps you!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sweet Melissa Haslam's work

Ah! I am getting inspired out of my mind whilst being snowed into my own house. My lastest fave is Melissa Haslam!

(Actually, I've known about her for a long time. But her new-looking website caught my attention. It's beautiful! L@@k.) I love her use of the media: realistic yet retaining that illustration style that so captivates my heart. Check her out yo!