Featured Blog Posts – July 2013 Archive (22)

Getting Started

I am so excited about being a member of Art Colony...I viewed the site one time and became completely hooked, by the art work, comments and groups.

I am an artist/studio instructor and a Public School art teacher!!!! Most of all I live to create art. Collage is my favorite media, I also create/enjoy altered books, Mural paintings, and textiles.

Happy Creating Everyone!!!!!

Added by Naima Abdul-Haqq on July 31, 2013 at 12:52pm — 3 Comments

How to choose subjects for your artwork? [Open Discussion] :D

So, stumbled on a thread where the author asked how one goes about to choose a subject: wheather by visual appeal, meaning, etc.

I thought about this and after a day of examining my working process, I came up with these hereunder (this is my personal opinion):



"How to choose subjects is a tricky question; personally it is very difficult to choose just one subject, since most of the time, I end up tackling different projects at the same time.

In…

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Added by Anton Abela on July 26, 2013 at 3:47am — 3 Comments

This place feeds the soul.

Ok,so Hi it's Marianne. I am one frustrated person about my art. My penils and brushes and oil pastels have barely moved in months. I have almost done anything all year.  Everday I want to use my oil pastels and design compositions in my head all day,yet I do nothing..  There  all my supplies are piled in the corner of my living room ,teetering almost up to the ceiling  They are supposed to be organized all neat and tidy in the cabinet below,however the supplies keep getting bigger than the…

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Added by Marianne Leo on July 20, 2013 at 6:40pm — 6 Comments

Leroy Neiman instructional paint video

I am looking for instructional painting video by Leroy Neiman or painting instruction  in the loose painting style like Leroy Neiman's painting style. I have contacted Neiman website. No videos. Any ideas?

Added by Jim Waligora on July 18, 2013 at 9:02am — 1 Comment

Got me thinking....

So I saw a few tutorials on Youtube last night of hand painted canvas shoes, and I really want to give that a try.  I think it would be fun to make my own unique pair of shoes to wear.

Than I got to thinking about what other things could be painted....sure, there's stuff like t-shirts, cushion covers.  But what about things like phone cases?  So now I'm sitting here thinking how that could be done. 

My brain is so hard to control sometimes. 

Added by Rebecca Medley on July 17, 2013 at 7:31am — 6 Comments

Rain

It has been raining here every day for almost two weeks now. I am not complaining because it keep our heart down in the lower 90s. My yard is now a sponge but I just went out and walked in it up over my feet. Guess that is why people say we have webbed feet.  Anyway, it is a good time to stay in and do art. Still working on my hippie/flower power. Even went out and bought me some wide leg jeans. Now I'm going to cut them and add a very large tri angel to each side just like we did in…

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Added by Darlene R. Businelle on July 16, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Decisions, decisions...

So I sold my first custom piece.  Took me just over a week to get it done (the weather was not cooperating for me to be painting out in my shed, so I had to drag all the items inside).  The customer was really happy with it which is great.

Also created a piece that will be used in an exhibition/silent with the proceeds going towards mental health.  That was a lot of fun to do, and also something I am passionate about (I suffer from anxiety, depression and recently some bad cases of…

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Added by Rebecca Medley on July 16, 2013 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

ART is my life

i'm a girl who hates school but , when i have art i feel so happy and when im sad i like to paint and draw, when i'm mad/angry i like to draw and paint ,when i am happy i paint and draw , i have been bullied and the only thing that…

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Added by monique coney on July 15, 2013 at 7:31pm — 8 Comments

Update on Sta-Wet Palette

07/11/2013

I am happy to report that about 24 hours after my painting session I returned to the pre-mixed paints that I had enclosed in the Sta-Wet palette, They were still fresh, moist and ready to use.  Besides cutting down on clean-up time, this allows me to mix a larger amount of paint without having to worry about it drying out before I am able to use it. I…
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Added by Jean Robbolino on July 15, 2013 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

How Art has Literally Saved My Life

I am a 29 year old woman from a small town in California.  I have always loved art (painting specifically), but didn’t have much time for it a midst a busy work schedule and my social life.  I would create maybe 4-5 paintings a year and I was moderately happy with them, but really didn’t paint as often as I would like to or have the time to develop my talent like I should.  I had a pretty great job with decent pay, full benefits,  401k, you name it.  I had been there for 5 years and it…

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Added by Astrid Lillian McKellar on July 14, 2013 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

First day in the Colony!

This is my first day in the Colony and I have enjoyed my leisure stroll though the site.  I am looking forward to getting settled and joining in on the fun.  Such talented people here!!  I have loved checking out all the art.  I am so glad to have stumbled across this little Art Paradise in cyberspace.  

Added by Patsy Perry on July 14, 2013 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

Coffee anyone?

OK. I said I was going to do it and I finally am. I got out some watercolor paper today and made my daily pot of coffee. I took yesterday's grinds and sprinkled them on a piece of the paper to get it started. I'm going to spend the next few days working on painting with coffee. Anyone want to join me so we can bounce some ideas off each other? If you've already tried this and have some tips please feel free to share them with me. I would hate to waste a good pot of coffee =)

Added by Stacy Woolsey on July 14, 2013 at 11:18am — 14 Comments

2nd Birthday for The Art Colony Swap

I have just finished my surprise ATC's for my 4 partners in this swap, I created 4 cupcake's, each one individual for each person and I had such a fabulous time making them.  I will be posting them off tomorrow, all of them to the United States. Sunday 14th July 2013 7pm Aussie time.

Added by Marion Kaye on July 14, 2013 at 4:57am — 4 Comments

I love it, but...

     Hi all!  I have a confession to make... I'm addicted to painting itty bitty repetitive designs like the one I posted entitled tiny hearts.  I honestly am never happier than when I'm sitting drawing & painting these cute little motifs & listening to something on TV.  Problem is... when I'm done with one of these cute little pieces, what do I do with them?  They aren't great works of art, they aren't…

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Added by Barbara Cimini on July 12, 2013 at 9:51pm — 4 Comments

How to turn THIS into art?

Got to my office building this a.m. and there were hundreds of people—and six police cars— outside.

“Fire alarm?” I asked one waiting person.

“Apparently some suspicious character has entered our building,” she said. She’d been waiting five minutes. After another ten minutes, the police let us in the building and I took the elevator up to the 10th floor. My co-worker was already there. She hadn’t heard about the excitement.

I had just finished recounting the story when…

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Added by Ev McTaggart on July 9, 2013 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Another Art Therapy

Can't resist adding to the other post about style.  When I hit a art block, I find that doing some cooking and baking is another great outlet for creating......so for today, you are all invited over for fresh hot peach cobbler!…

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Added by Peg on July 6, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

THOUGHTS ON ART II ... WHY WE KEEP ON DANG DOING IT!

 

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Added by Todd Sentell on July 5, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Some good news

So I actually got my first custom order yesterday, which is fun and exciting.  Someone wants me to paint up a canvas that promotes their business, and they will be displaying it at markets and things and helping me get more customers too.  

And then today my facebook page for my art work reached 101 likes.  Not bad for only being up for just under 3 months.  This is a really good confidence booster for me, as the last few days that black hole of depression has been looming again and I…

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Added by Rebecca Medley on July 3, 2013 at 11:57pm — 4 Comments

Summer

I am so thankful for air conditioning. Summer is the time of year I cannot get out much but having an art room and a/c is a blessing. I'm painting,  and making paper.

Can anyone tell me how to keep my paper smelling good. it starts out so good and fades so fast. Even my crab boil one does not smell any more. I'm going to have to star making book marks or something cause the pages are piling up. :-)

time to go

Added by Darlene R. Businelle on July 3, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments

Discovering Style

What style is your art?  (And, I have often heard people mistake medium for style.)  Granted, I am much better at discussing and recognizing art than actually doing it - maybe my style is verbal/written! HA!  But, I truly think that your style is something that develops over time without conscious manipulation on your part.  

I also think that "style" is a two part subject.....that is to say, for instance, "The style of the piece was…

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Added by Peg on July 2, 2013 at 5:45pm — 2 Comments

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