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“Every artist is an ENTREPRENEUR and every entrepreneur is an ARTIST.” – Dr. ‘E’ (Dr. Elliot McGucken). It is true, both entrepreneur and artist create. With that being said, I cannot help but start a new business adventure. If you have been following my blog for any time now, you know that I value creativity and that helping people of all abilities create art is a passion of mine. How it all unfolds is in the works. If any of this sounds interesting to you then sign up and be the first to know when my new business launches. P.S. there will be some free art goodies once I get whole thing rolling.
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A common theme among many of my blog posts is experimenting-trying new techniques, subjects or mediums. I have not come across an artist yet that does not get bored with things fairly quickly. Recently I tried a tool called Scribbler. To say the least, I had some pretty scary drawings using Scribbler. Most artists create way more artwork than the public ever sees. In one of my recent posts, I displayed some of my bad artwork. It was torture for me. I want to be hide my failures from public view. Most of us do. Being creative is not about pure success. Being creative is about searching, practicing and not giving up. I don’t believe artists start out creating successful work, it is the result of much practice. Every artist I have met merely enjoys the creative process and is willing to do it over and over again. Art takes practice just like sports or math or woodworking. Be willing to experiment is part of that process. My goal is to encourage people to be creative, make mistakes and try new techniques. Here is what I tried recently, minus the really bad attempts (too painful to share). Portraits of my kids:
Creative friends, what have you experimented with lately? Send me a note about what inspires you. Creative challenge: google Scribbler and try it yourself.
“Your Dog Here” is about a new creative line of paintings I am doing. Commissioned Pet Portraits are so much fun. They capture your pet in a whole new light—fun and whimsical, real but imaginary. This first one is Chongo, my own dog. He is a poodle and shih tzu mix.
CHONGO: Watercolor on Yupo
Chongo was painted with liquid watercolors on “Yupo” paper which is a 100% plastic paper. At first I hated this recycled synthetic paper, but now I am learning to love it. First of all, the paper is not made from a single tree. Cool huh? On the other hand, the paper does not behave like any “tree” paper I have ever used. The paint sits on top of the paper. The pigment does not get absorbed or blend together, so the big problem I am having now is how to frame this art. The paint seems to remain tacky on the Yupo paper.
COCO: Watercolor on Yupo
I am learning to use Yupo paper. Below is my fifth pet portrait on Yupo.
LUCY: Watercolor on Yupo
I will keep experimenting with some fixatives to see if they help the paint set for framing. If you have used Yupo paper or have any ideas on how to set the paint for framing this medium/paper, please let me know. A couple of good photos of your favorite pet are great reference for a portrait. Eye level photos are best for reference and focal point. If you are interested in having a pet portrait created please contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer asked today, “what’s blooming in your garden?”
So what happens when a small town designer hits the city with her son to explore his education opportunities? For one, I remembered that there are buildings taller than two stories. Another, that book stores exist that cover the same square footage as our entire downtown. And finally, that I am a very small part of a much larger world. As a creative person it is so important to get out of your environment and see what others are doing, what’s current, and look for inspiration. It can come from anything—buildings, bridges, trees, sky, clothing, books, signage—man made or God made use it all. Get out and refuel. Go somewhere new, or go to your favorite spot and clear your mind so you will have room for some new fresh ideas.
Within the last year I have designed one logo that especially excites me. SOGA, the Southern Oregon Gymnastics Academy has a team that is really thriving. Before this logo, their identity was lost in a sea of generic images. Now, the team wears the mark proudly on the back of their jackets. The gymnasts have been working hard and have been competing better than ever. The gym is becoming quite well known in the western region of the US. I am proud to see the logo displayed in their gym, in flyers and on the team uniforms. I consider this one a success. See the photo below showing the logo applied to the team jacket.