Went to a store today that sells my works. We needed to do inventory, since it’d been too long, and no numbers in the system were right anymore. Was a bit tougher with a 4 month old in tow, but we did it!
Releasing 3 new pieces, the Elephant, Horse and Otter, so we’re prepping for that.
And, I’m going out to Galleries and new stores now as shows and Holiday buying happen now. (Any suggestions are welcome.)
I also did an Autumn 2016 plan on the studio whiteboard, shipped some orders and did some studio updating.
So, no art for yesterday, sadly, but a lot of the business of doing art…
Don’t worry, I’m still painting, just not blogging.
I’ve had a grumpy baby on my hands, so have been working without updating.
On the research side, I watched a number of youtube videos on Gustav Klimt, marathoned an art theft series on netflix, and sketched out a number of ideas. I’ve also joined a number of local art groups.
But, I have also been doing a lot of painting. It’s the thing that really informs me.
Of the art itself, I’ve been thinking of exploring my college theme more, “environments”, wondering how or if I want to include pattern. I’m continuing to delve into my understanding of color. The medium has completely lost its hurdle I have no fear of it… mostly, due to time. I let things dry or tack as needed. I have better brushes. I can’t believe what a difference that investment would have made. A good paintbrush is more valuable than gold. Simply said, they make the mark you intend… so i have more choices as to what I want and how to paint it.
So, here they are, in progress. I may toss the still lives as they’re not really my thing but we’ll see. They may surprise me.
I’ve also gotten the courage up to contact people about possibly having a gallery show. I have 30 gouache paintings ready.
Ok, so last night’s painting is too wet to get back into. So, I’m working on another floral, this one, a little more abstracted. It’s on hold for the moment as well, due to thick wet paint. Only one more canvas until the new ones I ordered arrive. Wonder what I’ll try? Been watching some spray paint artists and Chinese painting documentaries on Youtube. Maybe I’ll do a still life of some of Ross’s Brewery supplies?
When my husband, Ross, plays Sims, he generally chooses artist as his Sim’s vocation. He makes him or her paint day-in and day-out. He does very well with the character. They’re almost all Sim Successful, though exhausted. Maybe, just maybe, it’s true and it’ll be like that in real life. Or… maybe we are already Sims, per Elon Musk’s theory. Who knows, but to try?
I’ve decided to do an art challenge. 42 days of art everyday, no matter what. I made it up for myself, since I have 42 days, 6 weeks, before I go back to work from maternity leave.
Reason behind the challenge is, I want to grow more as an artist. And, I think the best way to do that is work… A LOT. Not that I don’t work daily on my animal pieces, studying patterns and lifestyles of the subjects, but this is more intense. I’m trying to push through to a next level. So, I’m disciplining myself to do art and study art each day. I plan to challenge myself with different subjects, different sizes, different media, etc. I’m creating a kind of curriculum. I’ll be trying to learn from everywhere. I’ll be working on challenging everything I think I know. Of course, I can’t spend 10 hours a day drawing and painting now, but I’m doing all I can. And, when I’m not drawing or painting, I’ll be reading, watching documentaries or observing works of other artists.
I’m very curious to see what will happen. Will I see noticeable improvement? Will I discover what I want to work on next? Maybe nothing will happen? I haven’t marathoned art in a good while.
Goal is to chronicle the process here. Hoping it’s fun. 🙂
Day one progress
Still life- impressionistic/traditional in oil.
18 x 24 canvas
My set-up. Rather nice, if do say so myself. Thinking of exploring my college painting style again, like the painting on the wall. Perhaps deepening my appreciation of “environments”.
Some exciting things are happening with Bellefonte Arts and NKS in the next few weeks!
Right now, you can get an exclusive NKS print for FREE!!!
Also, I will be Bellefonte Arts “Artist of the Month” Featured for the First Friday Wilmington Art Loop on October 2nd, from 6-9 PM.
Bellefonte Arts is located at: 803 Brandywine Blvd # 2, Wilmington, DE 19809 (302) 762-4278
Mark your calendars!
Many of you have asked me to get T-Shirts and Notecards made with my animal artwork, well, we’ve got them for you now!
Just go to https://www.nicolekristianastudio.com/koi-fish-t-shirt.html for the T-Shirt
Message me for notecards. Each notecard is $3.95
The next 2 weeks will be very busy as we show new works at the Bellefonte Arts Festival, travel to the New York Stationery Show and explore new areas like New Paltz, NY!
More to come!
We have 2 new stores!
Unexpected Interiors in League, TX!
Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia, PA)!
Part of the Serendipity Group of stores.
Opening March 2015!
ViX Emporium Go West Craft Fair (West Philly) 4/25
Dover Days (Delaware State Capital Lawn) 5/2 & 5/3
Bellefonte Arts Festival (Bellefonte, DE) 5/16
NY NATIONAL STATIONERY SHOW (TRADE ONLY FOR RETAIL STORES)
Javits Center Booth 1145 #fresh section
5/16 to 5/20
Quail Hollow Arts and Crafts Show, Woodstock, NY 5/22-26
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA 6/13- 6/14
More to Follow!
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I love this piece. The alligator’s strength and majesty really shows!