Featured Blog Posts – October 2012 Archive (23)

I have come such a long way.

Hi all.  I'm so happy to have found The Art Colony.  I am new-only 3 months- to posting and showing my work.  I have sort of found my style, but the funny thing is, I looked back at the first pieces of abstract art I did, and realized how far I have come.  Everytime I start to get a little bored, something else comes my way, and away I go with another style.  Belonging to this group of artists has allowed me to push myself and test new things and new styles.  When I first started, all I…

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Added by kip franks on October 31, 2012 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Dear fellow artists

  Dear fellow artists, I have never written a blog or tweeted. In "I'd rather be in the studio" the author encourages blogging and tweeting. I am usually a person with very few words and don't like to talk about myself much, always been an introvert and very shy. In addition, I realized that in the world of art an artist has to put himself/herself out there and roll with the punches. So I have decided to get out of my comfort zone and started to blog here first . As for tweeting , well it…

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Added by Ruwaida Yamut-Kamand on October 30, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Get Out of The Way

I may be speaking to the choir today or maybe not. When I write to someone with regard to my art, below my signature is -'Creativity leads, It does not follow.'



I think most artists have had the experience of seeing in their mind a finished piece and then, with all eagerness, we set forth to recreate that image. We collect the supplies, buckle down and begin. Whenever we look up again and take a step back we see that what has appeared on the page or screen bears little resemblance to… READ MORE

Added by CK Freeberg on October 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Artist-I Am

I have depression and there was a period of time in which I lost my art to the inertia of it. But one day in the fall of 2009, I was standing in my bathroom, looking out the window at a red oak tree we have. And I saw an image. Very clearly I saw an Indians's face in the leaves. It seemed to be comprised of the leaves. Like its spirit and the tree's had joined. For me, that was a sign of my art returning. It was the first image I'd had in my mind's eye for a long time.



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Added by CK Freeberg on October 28, 2012 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

Sharing my Art With the Colony and a look inside my little studio. I do love my little view the lighting is horrible though

I am attempting to share more recent art and also show you my little studio and share some of my goals with youall.

The problem I have, even though I love the view, is the lighting is awful, I don't know if you can see the carport but that is what I am attempting to get the funds to convert into a working art studio, I have so many things packed in boxes I know it looks bad, it is just so crowded, and I have cardboard boxes…

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Added by Joan Elizabeth White on October 26, 2012 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

Name that work!

I love that most artists on this site have actually named their works. I think it was Rita Mae Browne (may be wrong) who said that sending a poem out into the world as "Untitled" is like not naming one of your children. I feel the same about my paintings. I know that people will like/dislike/judge my painting by their own standards and may likely see things in it that I never see or ever intended, but if I have put a title to my work, people have a larger idea of what the work means to ME.…

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Added by Ev McTaggart on October 26, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments

Art Education

I just changed my major in college to Art Education. I've been in love with art since I can remember! I haven't been able to decide what grade I'd like to teach, but if anyone has any opinions or is an art teacher them self then I'd LOVE to hear from you. I'm just kind of interested in other peoples' opinions on the subject. 

Added by Crystal Hager on October 24, 2012 at 11:19pm — 4 Comments

Twitter Art Exhibit

http://twitterartexhibit.org/callforartists



I participated in the second Twitter Art Exhibit that took place in Moss, Norway. It is meant to benefit charitable organizations. The current one will take place in Los Angeles. The art work is done postcard size and this link will give you all the particulars. You must have a Twitter account and plan to interact with the exhibit account and utilize the hashtag.



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Added by CK Freeberg on October 24, 2012 at 11:06pm — No Comments

ART SPARK ~ Inner Voices

"Little One" Inner Critic

“Don’t let small minds convince you that your…

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Added by Sharon Gilbertson on October 22, 2012 at 12:50pm — 5 Comments

The Big Flush

I have had a rough couple of weeks made even more difficult (read hellish) by an unexpected and decidedly unwelcome discovery yesterday. I have to admit when my heart and mind are in turmoil I find it difficult to work. I wonder how other artists deal with this. Do you press forward despite not feeling it or do you let yourself go until you are feeling better?



My theory is a quiet mind is more open to the gift of creativity.

When I am calm and things are going well in other… READ MORE

Added by CK Freeberg on October 21, 2012 at 1:14am — 2 Comments

new member-

Hi , I am a new member and have just recently started painting Classes at an art league. This is my first effort. Any suggestions or comments will be welcome. This picture is my  favorite cat " Ziggy Stardust" .

Added by Claire m Israelson on October 20, 2012 at 6:45am — No Comments

Follow your bliss!

Dear fellow artiest,

My passion is life is to draw. It's the one place I know I'm safe to be my self. "It's not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom." I have been drawing sense I've been 5 years old and nothing fulfills me more then when I have a pencil in my hand. No other feeling compares because I become lost in my own world were life is infinite and I feel free! 

I've been married to the love of my life for 2 years. We love to go to movies and travel. His family lives…

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Added by Tiffany N. Smith on October 18, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

My Place

Have been working in the studio regularly since July. I had hoped it would increase my productivity. It has.



It is so much easier to focus in that dedicated space and I feel so fortunate to have it. After school lets out I have one little girl who waves as she rides her scooter by and I enjoy the little boys looking in the window at the dragon drawings displayed.



I feel like part of the neighborhood. I feel at home in that studio in a way I’ve never felt at home anywhere… READ MORE

Added by CK Freeberg on October 18, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments

It's backwards

Lately, I've been interested in revisiting my Civil War project. A guy in my office mentioned the new Daniel Day-Lewis movie to me, simply entitled "Lincoln" and suggested that maybe I could get a wider audience interested in my work after the premier of the movie. My husband is crazy about history and really wants to see this. So do I.



That being said, I poked around on the web, looking for new subject ideas. I landed on Johnny Clem, the "little drummer boy of Chickamauga" he was… READ MORE

Added by Melanie L. Wood on October 18, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Older Granddaughter Joined in Yesterday's Painting Session

Alexis, my son's older daughter (4 years old), dropped by yesterday while I was painting. She joined me in my crowded studio (crowded because my bathroom is  being slowly renoed and much of the bathroom gear is in my studio, grrrrr) and created this 5" x 7" painting on canvas board. Nana provided the board, the…

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Added by Ev McTaggart on October 14, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

What Goes in to Judging an Art Show?

I was asked to judge the art exhibits for an art show in my community last weekend. It was a gorgeous autumn day in the St. Croix Valley and we had 150 booths set up on the River Walk overlooking the St. Croix River.

We had everything from photographers to digital art, pottery, dichroic glass art, and abstract painting. There were gorgeous fabric collage handbags and hand carved stone tools. I wish I had taken pictures, but unfortunately there was no time. We just barely got through…

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Added by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on October 14, 2012 at 10:17am — 21 Comments

New to Art Colony

Hi everybody....

I just joined the art colony and I am looking forward to speaking with you, and getting your opinions/advice, ect.... 

It looks like there is alot to see here! Should be fun looking around!

I am a rubber stamp artist, but am currently working on my first book...so your critiques and advice is very much appreciated! Feel free to comment on anything!

I mostly enjoy creating fairies and mermaids! My book has  a mermaid theme to it...so you may see…

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Added by Tara McDonald Medrano on October 10, 2012 at 2:40pm — No Comments

I will not quit. I will not give up.

I have just finished 8 small acrylic paintings. Two 5x7 and six 5x6. This was my annual leaf series.

Every fall I go out and go leaf hunting. The goal is to create a new fall series that is totally different than last years. It is. I created these in less than 4 days for an event that was on Friday night. I was even sick that whole week and I was still able to produce these 8 works. I…

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Added by Danette Malerich on October 6, 2012 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

I had a decision to make, either confront the fear, walk through it, work with it or hang it up.

I looked my fear in the eye, got out a sheet of paper and the photograph of my dog Soozie,(who passed away in February.I hadn't been able to do it because of the grief) and began.

I started with the usual 1:1 grid ratio, this one being 8x8". Then instead of subgridding, I trusted my eyes, self and heart and just drew what my eyes saw.

OMG, what a freeing experience! the work…

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Added by Danette Malerich on October 6, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

New Art & New to Site

Today is the first time putting my artwork online, and it's very exciting! Just finished another painting today and will post it tomarrow. Very excited to get some feedback!

Added by Colleen Fullerton on October 5, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

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