These are all things Artists (successful Artists) say to those of us struggling in the muck of our creative juices and impulses. “If you aren’t living and breathing your art, then you are not a true Artists.” Unfortunately, in this economy, it is hard to “live and breathe”‘ that Art when you have bills to pay and be accountable too. You don’t want to just do things for the money, but society is truly set up to kill the creative spirit. That is how I’ve been feeling lately.
I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but my mom had surgery recently. She is recovering..luckily my sister was able to take some time off to help. But for the past week, it has been me with both parents and it can get very frustrating and stressful. Considering my own back and stress issues….yeah. Finding the energy and will to complete projects is difficult. Finding the time to really flesh all I want to flesh out is just vexing.
Below, is blast from the past. A vector graphic I called DJ Na-O. It has a lot of elements I enjoy. I like the colors a lot. It is like he is the DJ for spring or something or the DJ of the Dawn…LOL
Life is going. I’ve been doing more digital paintings. I am learning to enjoy it more. I still miss using watercolors and acrylics. Digital painting is convenient and less mess (no clean up). I am finding that my paintings a very “painterly” and almost sculptural in nature. Here are few of my latest works:
abstract painting by KBrown 2012
abstract painting by KBrown 2012
I’m considering entering some art contest. It is all part of having more confidence in my work. I do have to say that my ideas and my aesthetics have become more refined. I’m willing to take more risks.
What inspires us? If we write, why do we write? If we draw, why do we draw? If we take photographs, what makes us take that photograph?
These questions went through my mind over the Thanksgiving holiday. I’ve been feeling stagnant in my work and felt the need to sit and try to understand what I am missing my life that should be giving me a drive to create better works of art. To paint better more interesting subjects. To take more dynamic photos. To take more chances and really put myself out there. This life a lonely one. But I suppose it doesn’t have to be.
I present my most recent Artrage painting (done on iPod touch).
I’m happy to report I have been busy creating. Lately, I have been using Artrage on my iPod Touch. It is really a tool/resource of convenience. It is easy to expand on an idea or act on inspiration when on the go. On the fly art!
One medium I was just testing the water on before I left for Japan was collage art. I was especially interested in integrating rhinestones, sparkles, and glitter with my paintings and also using traditional Japanese/Japanese styled papers.
It was important for me to have a reason to use those items in the work. How does it help tell the story? I’m currently working on a series of designs that intergrate the rhinestones into the works. The first one is really quite pretty (although, I’m not quite done).
In regards to my Etsy shop, I have decided to sell my early jewelry. I wasn’t going to at first but I believe in the designs and the works. They have the quirky feel
I have just about finished my space themed year of the Rat ATC (artist trading card). I noticed I didn’t line the planet in the upper left corner. Other than that, it is done.
This next ATC I am having some issues with.
The main problem is deciding what colors to use. I want the star to appear iridescent like gem and rainbow will be the tail. I just know that the starry gem is going to take a while to do. I will have to build layers to get it how I want it. I am using gouche and acrylic on this ATC. The red and gold are working very well for me. The border will be gold leaf (using a gold leafing pen). I will definitely use those colors on the 3rd ATC I am working on!
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