<![CDATA[Cheryl Wilson Art - myo͞oziNGs blog]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 07:16:16 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Making of a Painting.....]]>Tue, 27 Mar 2018 20:49:38 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/making-of-a-paintingMyo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Have you ever wanted to see how a piece of art is painted?  Here is your chance.  I have posted one of my acrylic paintings during the creative process.   This is an acrylic pour done with multiple colors of acrylic paint.  I use a hair dryer to move the paint around the canvas in lieu of a paint brush.  Art can be created in many ways.  I hope you enjoy this short blog and watch the video.    If you want to watch the video on You Tube, here is the link: https://youtu.be/OBX6IFKfIqs
12" x 12" "Every Sisterhood Has Rules"
12" x 12" "What's Wrong with Being Confident"
<![CDATA[An Artists Secret.... beyond my brush]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:14:01 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/an-artists-secret-beyond-my-brushMyo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
One of the ways I add texture to my art is with
what artist’s call, “mark making” tools. 

"Epiphany" 20" x 30"
Most that know my art, know that my paintings are not created with a single technique or process. There are so many kinds of painting techniques each with a unique way of communicating the story that I was feeling when I created my painting.

I have found that I can almost become obsessed with looking for these tools everywhere I go as I know each tool had a secret that I will use in my art, sometimes visual and sometimes hidden beneath layers of paint.  I look at normal things and think…. “how can that to make a mark in my art?”  I find I stop in my local thrift store and migrate back to the kitchen or tools section and dig through boxes of old forgetting utensils or antique tools for my newest treasure. 

Some of the best marks can be made with things you find in your house. In my art called “Epiphany” I used sponges, trowels, stencils, scrapes, Stamps, a comb through wet paint and I am sure much more that might not be seen easily.
I use mark making in the initial stage of my creation of my art, during my art and as finishing touches.  Many times marks made in the early stages are covered, but they were the inspiration for the next mark on that canvas.  Mark making is an almost secret tool for me.  It provides that step between a regular mark into the catalyst of the direction for the rest of the painting.

While the paint is wet, I scrape, scratch, stamp or mark words into the paint.   Here are some of the techniques I use:
  1. Scratching
  2. Random marking
  3. Patterned stamping
  4. Combing paint
  5. Brushing with feathers, nature, etc.
  6. Corrugated card marking
  7. Fingers (my best tool!!)
  8. Smearing
  9. Sgraffito - writing in the paint with a tool
One of the aspects of painting that distinguishes my art as an artist is my style of mark-making. As much fun that I have as an artist finding these tools, using these tools, I hope that you will enjoy looking for them in my art. 

Tell me what your favorite mark making tool is or what you'd like to see me use in a piece of art!!

<![CDATA[Black and White Show Stopping Room Ideas]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:32:59 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/november-14th-2017Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Monochromatic rooms are just Stunning! Using black and white creates a room that can be romantic and quietly understated or creates a dramatic pop for a fun experience when you enter the room.

Intense colors seem to be the “IN” look this coming 2018!!!  The pastels are taking a break!!   So what better way to make a statement than adding black and white tones into your rooms?

Another an incredible look this upcoming season is metallics.  Adding hints of metallics or iridescents to a piece of art provides the fabulous addition interest to the art.  As an artist that LOVES black and white art this new trends makes my heart sing.

How do you décor in black and white you ask me?  Read on……

1. Making your art your “statement piece.”  By using neutral fabrics in your couch, window treatments, etc. you can then add a statement piece such as a piece of black and white art that will make your room feel fabulous. 
“Strategy vs Purpose is a style of art that can stand alone or make the fab statement in your décor.One thing most people do not think of, but adding a piece of black and white art blends well with a wall of family portraits, or even a landscape.It will only enhance the room. In my piece “Strategy vs Purpose”, I used gold metallic paint to bring dimension to the piece.Layers of paint, crackle medium all add an incredible textured look that will add the perfect pop to your room
"Strategy vs Purpose" 24" x 24"
2.  Black and white art actually blends with browns and greys.  A piece of black and white art can also be a sharp background to pop other ascent colors as the seasonal colors change.  If the current fad is, faux-fur pillows, then WA-la, your art will look incredible.  Add in a glossy red table…. Oh so sheik!! 
"Vertigo Manic" 32" x 48" Hand Painted Giclee
Don’t be afraid to make a conventional space feel ultra-modern and sophisticated by adding in a few splashes of black and white art!!
Contact me for decorating ideas.  Send me a picture of your wall for a free consultation of
a piece of abstract art that will make your room pop with style!

<![CDATA[5 Reasons to Own Original Art]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:32:08 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/5-reasons-to-own-original-artMyo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
1.      Art actually makes you feel! Studies have shown that there is a benefit in being around art.  It can actually improve your mood and overall well-being.  Have you ever had to sit in a waiting room that has blank walls?  How did you feel?  Then remember how you felt when you were in a room with art; it made you feel so much better, right? 

Unfinished Symphony 9" x 12"

2.      You are supporting the artist you are buying from. Owning a piece of art that your local or favorite artist made really trumps something machine made. Knowing you owe something that is original and handmade is the good side of materialism.  You are also supporting the artist in so many ways. 

Come Home  With Me 8" x 10"

3.    Your space will love you.   There is this energy that is created when you fill your rooms with original art.  There are times people create their entire decor off of a piece of art.  Art can create energy and a mood that will made you just feel better.

I Just Wanna Dance  48" x 60"

4.    Buying original art is still a good investment.  Not only do pieces of original art increase in value over time they can be handed the art down through the family.  I have pieces from family members that I cherish.

5.    Original art inspires you and others! There is nothing like waking up in the morning and seeing a piece of art that you picked out that inspired you then and still does!!  Having a house full of memories of art you have picked out or art someone else bought for you will be forever a gift that keeps making you feel special.

Enigma 2  24 " x 24"

“Often the most unique, compelling work comes not from a concept or an idea but from a deep, wordless place inside the artist.”  Juliette Aristides

Thank  you for visiting me.
<![CDATA[Painting is my Diary.....]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:21:17 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/painting-is-my-diaryMyo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
I am often asked and have actually written before on what inspires my art.  I have thought long and hard at a good answer to this question and the answer is always the same, I am inspired by my surroundings, my feelings, my thoughts.   Normally by what I am experiencing at the moment.  Events in the world news often filters into my art, but will be for another blog!

So many times when I stand before my easel with my brush and colors... what I am feeling takes over from my heart into my brush strokes.  I thought for awhile at what word seems to express my inspiration and "feelings" seems to be more fitting than any other word.  I have been told my many artists that they paint with an almost instructional mindset, letting the rules of art be their focus.  While I understand that art that has rules hidden behind the meaning is more appealing to look at, for me as an artist, this has to be second nature and not the main focus. 

When my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's, losing my best friend was so hard.  If I look back on my work of art for that period I have told many people that my art reflected how I thought she felt as she was going deeper into this tunnel.  But now that she has passed, I know that much of my art was almost more of how I was feeling as I was losing her. I know this as I study my own art.

"Falling In Love At First Sight" has deep emotions, color and passion.  This piece has many layers of paint and the strokes are completed in many directions with an almost a chaotic emotional feeling.  To  me, deep emotions are not always sad, but give peace and relief.  When I look at this piece of art, the eye is drawn to the hot pink that almost pops out initially and then wanders to the quiet blues that seem to be withdrawn but still present.

I love this piece as it evokes in me the way life is, highs and lows and many times, all at the same time!! Right?

11" x 15" "Falling In Love At First Sight"

"Because I Said So" was one of the first pieces I painted after she passed. I look now and see an almost heavenly peek into the beyond with the yellows and transparency.  When my mother was in her last hours, I felt her free and happy almost like a butterfly flying instead of bedridden and unable to walk.  I know now that I was feeling her freedom from her earthly pain and hurt. 

So, in retrospect, is my art more about me? or my mother?  I have always thought that my current inspiration was from my mother's illness and her death, but in reality, I feel it is so much more about MY path of how I DEALT with her illness and death. 

24" x 30" "Because I Said So"

Painting is my diary....
<![CDATA[The Color of Spring.....]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:04:06 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/the-color-of-springMyo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
As we leave the cold days of winter, I embrace the warmth of the sun and the rainy days that will soon bring blooms. I long for the warm nights, long light days and the green of the grass as this only enhances my artistic mood. 

As we are starting to see the first signs of spring I find I fill my art with lots of color.  Each year new colors are announced by the Pantone Color Institute.  Fashion follows this authority and you will see this in your shops.  As an artist, I actually look forward to how I can add the new colors of the season into my art palette.

This seasons color is green, but not any green, it is Pantone 15-0343, but more know as "greenery."  If you follow the colors, you might know the Pantone colors of 2016 were Rose Quartz and Serenity. 

The season, I can pair Greenery with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and my ever favorite metallics.   I tend to enjoy the current colors of choice but still absolutely LOVE the palette of the colors from part of last year and they can be found in my most recent pieces of art.

As I enter into a spring, I look forward to including the newest colors in my palette.
cheryl wilson (c) "Be Still My Heart" 20"x30"
Of course, I am absolutely loving the palette of the MOODY BLOOMS:

cheryl wilson(c) "Intimate Ode to Secret Future" 30" x 40"
So what colors are you incorporating in to your world?
<![CDATA[My Canvas is Only the Beginning..... my Layering Process]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:40:47 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/my-canvas-is-only-the-beginning-my-layering-processPicture©Cheryl Wilson "Oceans' Poerty"
 Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson

A blank canvas is only the start of my art journey.  I am an initiative painter and my art is born through a transforming layering process starting with acrylics and inks. Each layer informs the next curve, arch, or brush stroke as each layer build a story. 
I feel freedom when I paint because if know I can paint over anything.  I start not knowing where I am going but I go there anyway. If I don’t know what to paint next, I just paint and each layer is a new beginning and a new direction.  I paint what I feel and how I feel. 
Laying paint in art is almost like a mystery to wonder what the layer underneath was.  If you look closely, you will see hints of each layer showing through perhaps in a corner or in a color.
Many have asked about my layering process and the best way to explain this is to show some art and talk about my process in each piece.
In the piece “Oceans Poetry” a 16” by 20” art on canvas, I added heavy molding paste through a place mat to get the raised texture.  I then used a base of paint dripping inks onto the canvas and the fluid links mixed with the acrylics to get beautiful layers of blended colors.

Picture©Cheryl Wilson "Kinetic Spirit in Aspect"
n the piece “Kinetic Spirit in Aspect,” an 18” by 24” art also on canvas, I added course pumice gel.  This texture added a course layer that gave the paint an extra heavy look.  By added many layers of soft body and heavy body acrylic paint, the layers add interest.  Fluid acrylics provided drips under some of the layers.  I added splatters to balance some heavier areas.  All these techniques provide interest for the eye to want to look around the canvas.  There are places for the eyes to rest and then find exciting.

 Techniques are another way to add texture in the layering process.  Many times I add paint with a dry brush and this creates uneven lines that do not blend but add hard edges in the paint.  You can actually see the movement of the brush strokes. 

Another technique I often used is washing.  By adding water or glazing medium the paint can be diluted to sometimes a translucent look.  When using a washing technique next to a thicker paint, the layers can be incredible.

Stippling is another fun way to add layers.  I use several brushes to create dots and texture that stands out in contract to the drips in my “Fugue with Silent Sentiment.”  In this art, I used a blunt brush full of heavy body paint to create the image of a flower.

©Cheryl Wilson "Fugue with Silent Sentiment"
Picture©Cheryl Wilson "Component vs Purpose
 One of my favorite ways to add texture to my layers is with my favorite tool, the palette knife.  This tool can either blend colors or can be used to add thicker layers of paint.  In my art “Component vs Purpose” you can see several layers of white and black paint added by the palette knife across the art.  It is layered on top of several undercoats of paint and then covered with drips and splatters.  If you look in the upper right region, you can see how the palette knife added an interesting white spot where some rough texture underneath created a higher level of white on top of raised texture.  In a left middle region, the palette knife blend the white paint with the black paint beneath it in a beautiful blend.

There are many more techniques I use in layering my art.  In fact, there are times I make up a technique with what ever I can find around me.  Anything is an option!  I think my best art layer is done without any planning and just an instantaneous thought!!

<![CDATA[Intuitive Painting.... the path I take]]>Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:42:26 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/myoozings-by-cheryl-wilson-intuitive-paintingMyo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson

To paint intuitively, means to paint what you feel as you paint.  When I paint, I actually let myself have fun by letting inspiration direct my brush.  Inspiration actually nourishes my creative soul.  Many times, this is when I let God talk to me about the direction I need to take my art in.
                  “Self-talk reflects your innermost feelings.”  Asa Don Brown

As I paint, I let go of any rules, habits, or preconceived ideas that might block my mine and just let my brush willingly go where it wants to go.  I feel there are no mistakes in initiative painting and therefore I do not need to hesitate if any inner voice tells me to paint a certain color or dripping.

I think one of my best tools are my fingers.  I bravely dip my fingers into a color and enjoy the freedom of moving the paint around on my canvas.  The canvas receives the emotions of my inner soul.  There might be in the beginning moments when I question the direction of the canvas, but I know that each layer of the unknown is the foundation for something incredible in the end. Each piece of art takes me to a new place, a new path and eventually a new discovery.

The find that this journey brings emotions as I experiment and explore.  As I seek for that final stroke of color or texture, I am each time learning about myself. Many times I release innermost feelings without even knowing what is happening until I exhale in the end as I look at my creation. 
On days I feel blocked or a bit stressed, I might start my day with this routine:
Daily 10 Minute Intuitive Inspiration
  • I start by lighting a candle, put on some music, perhaps classical, spiritual, new wave, something I am in the mood for.
  • I put out some fluid acrylics, fuller body acrylics, brushes, foam brushes, bottle of water, and scraping tools and what else I might have at arms length.
  • I chose a variety of colors, some cool, some warm  …… I chose what I am feeling my inner soul is telling me
I start painting, creating………….
Whimsical I.  Fluid Acrylics, Acrylics, Drip, Splatter an Watercolor Paper                       SOLD
"Limerence" 20" x 30" Acrylic, Inks, Splatter on Gallery Wrapped Canvas. No Frame        $850
"Mind" Liquid Acrylics, Ink on Watercolor Paper  unframed                                               $150
<![CDATA[Canvas in the Trash?]]>Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:29:14 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/canvas-in-the-trashPicture
Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson

Some people have asked me if I have ever thrown a canvas into the trash. What they are really asking is if I have ever created a piece of art that I hate so much that I want to just throw it away, put it out of its misery, deep in the trash, for no one to ever see it again.
The answer to the first question is no, I have never thrown a canvas away.  There is something magic in every canvas. The second question which is hidden in my first paragraph but it is there, do I love everything I paint?    
Let me answer that question with this thought:  As the paint starts to form a piece of art, it transforms from a blank white canvas into something that hopefully someday: hang on someone’s wall; a kitchen overlook a families daily breakfast, a child’s room watching as the little precious life grows up, or as one of my pieces, over the bathroom sink as a sweet little girl looking at herself every day as she grows into a beautiful young woman.  My painting will see her cry, hear her sing, be there when she first puts on her mascara.  My art will hear her inner thoughts she tells no one else.
Not every “first layer” on my canvas will be what the entire life of the painting will be about.  MANY times that first layer (or intuitive feeling) is the foundation for the rest of my thoughts to process through as I continue painting.  I am an intuitive artist, which means I express my art in various mediums of life’s experiences.  I cannot stop my expressions that show through into my art.    There are pieces of my art that are dark and deep, but I was incredibly happy when I painted them, but at that time my lens of life might have been driven by some unconscious reaction that pushed this expression of art into the canvas.
I know when a piece of art is in the middle of being created and when it is finished and ready for me to share with the rest of the world.  If the piece is not ready to be signed (my acknowledgement that the art is done) I look for that inner guidance, listen to God’s quiet voice, or feel that draw to pick up my brush, to once again add my inspiration into my art.
 I am not sure how other intuitive artists paint, or create their art, but I am sure they might experience some of the same.  Each artist has their own story of their path in their art.

Let me end by this story.  I had a dream of an angel handing me a tiny glass angel figurine.  I asked the angel what this figurine meant and the voice say, you figure it out, I am just here to give this to you, it is up to you to do something with it.  Then the angel placed the tiny fragile glass figurine in my hand and left.  I never forgot about this dream, but put it to the side.  One day as I was cleaning out my professional office to make room for my paint, and brushes and my art world, I found this little glass figurine that someone gave me one day sitting between some books.  She had toppled over a couple of time, one of her wings is broken, but she was there staring at me.  I know that she was there to tell me to imagine, create, and paint art, and that God will take care of the rest. That angel still sits among some of my most objects from my mother.  I also feel she has more to teach me.  

<![CDATA[Do you know what every artist has in common?]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:27:21 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/-do-you-know-what-every-artist-has-in-commonPicture
Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson

A Studio Pet!!  Ok, maybe not EVERY artist, but every artist I know, really!!  I think entire blogs could be written with stories of our Studio Pets.  They are a part of our art, they sit with us, take naps with us, take breaks when we do and even get covered with paint with us!

My studio pet is my cat Diva.  I got her as a stray when she was only 2 weeks old.  She was a rescued little kitten and took my heart away the first time I saw her. 

She got her name when she was left alone on my bed and wrapped herself up in my pearls.  She is truly a little sweet Diva.  One of her habits is to take things of mine in her mouth and run away with them if I am not paying attention to her.  I still cannot find some of my earrings and I am sure she has a special secret place she hides them in.

Diva is very intuitive and can read my emotions.    I actually know her moods and her meows too.  I once saw a story about a man that trained his cat to do sign language …. so I tried it on Diva and whenever she wanted a piece of turkey I made the sign of “to eat” in sign language.  And it WORKED!!  But instead of her putting her paw to HER mouth, she stretches her sweet little paw to my month when she wants her snack!!

She is also a talker and lets me know when she needs my attention with one of her many meows.  IF I ignore her she grabs one of my paint brushes in her mouth and feels it is especially a prize if she grabs the one I am using with fresh paint on it!!

So I am warning you now, if you call me in my studio around 9am, I will not be there; my studio cat, Diva and I will be having our morning snack together. 
<![CDATA[City Girl has "Ocean Daydreams"......]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:04:52 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/city-girl-has-ocean-daydreamsPicture
Most of you that know me know I am a city girl.  Hopping on the metro, stores that stay open all night and traffic that never stops is normal for me. My home in No. Virginia has been where I have lived for the past 30 years.  I love the city, the noise, the rush but many times, cannot wait to get away from all this hustle. 

So to get away, I retreat to the white sands of my favorite spot on my coveted beach. 

The peace that the ocean has to offer is without limits.  The smells, the sounds, the waves hitting the shore brings perfect peace every time.  The moment my manicured toes hit the sand, I know I can close my eyes and know I am safe.

So it is no wonder that I wanted to find a way to bring this white peace home with me to the city to remind me of moments of calm and serenity.  I had to find a way to have my “Ocean Daydream’s” whenever I needed to.

Painting from my art studio in Florida puts me just minutes away from the beach. I discovered the sand of the beach offers an incredible texture when I add it to my canvas.  While sand is hardly the focus in this series of art, the texture that it provides gives a depth for the acrylics and inks to blend in a way I could not create with other textures.  Adding texture to my canvas gives me another dimension in creating abstract art.


The outcome in many of the pieces are minimalist in subject, but electric in color and blends.  I hope you visit my collection, "Ocean Daydream's"
If you look at this piece of art "Memories of the Sea" you will see the depth and texture I have spoken to. 

I would love to hear from you and your experiences of your visits to the beach as they inspire me. 

<![CDATA[The "Muse" in Me]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 22:58:50 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/-the-muse-in-meThe day I decide to stuff my leather briefcase in my closet, fling my incredible blue high heels into the corner, and replace my Chanel black suit for a painters apron was the happiest day of my life.  I have to say, this day did not JUST happen, it actually evolved.
In fact, I laugh now when I walk into my once very neat, pristine office and see blue paint splatters on my white European chair.  My desk mat is no longer full of business cards but is replaced with watercolor paper with sampled color swatches. My pencil holder has more paint brushes than pens and my keyboard has paint dripping between the keys.  My bookcases that once held my textbooks and writings, are now replaced with paint bottles and canvases.

Yes, my life has changed, the "Muse" in me won, she fought and WON.

I recall when slowly my professional business card holder which once held my professional business cards was replaced by my coveted artist’s cards.  My social media where you could once read about the latest risk failures in projects are now adorned with my current art inspirations!!  Who reads those risk blogs anyway!!

In order for me to share my art with you, I have to share my story; from the corporate board as a VP room to a tiny art studio as an “artist”.  

This path that was NOT without tears and doubt.  But those that call themselves artists, know the power in the call, the passion that drives you to paint and the depth that this desire brings.  A desire that only a paint brush can satisfy.

I hope you will walk with me down this path so you can understand my art.

Pure and simple……. Art for me is my Muse and it saved my life…..

<![CDATA[There are NO Mistakes....]]>Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:58:31 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/there-are-no-mistakesPicture
Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson

When I sit down to create my art, there are many times my art directs me.  I might have an idea in mind that I want to create, but the brush moves on my canvas in a different direction. 
I have several choices, to paint over what I might view as a "mistake" or to let the art develop into its own creation. 

I wanted to share a piece of art, only part way created to let you into my mind of how I paint "intuitively."  As a piece of art unfinished might not be totally appealing, I wanted to share the process of how I feel that there are "no mistakes" in art. 
"Secrets" started as a painting for my new collection called "Ocean Daydreams."  While painting this piece, I started adding drips and writing and the woman with her heart bleeding.  As I created, I thought, I have made a mistake as my Ocean background was being overtaken by this woman and her life.  I even had a dream of a troubled woman that

woke me up in at 2am.  I felt her pain, her sorrow.

But I also felt her looking for answers, peering into her past at her secrets.  These feeling came out in my painting.  Her secrets became her path for healing and her pain was replaced with music and poetry. Could I paint over this art, no, as she is no mistake.
As an artist, there are times when I let my creative soul "create" and I take
potential mistakes as my lead to let my art show what needs to be told.

I am remind of one of my favorite quotations from Henri Matisse....
"Creativity takes courage"

<![CDATA[Inspiration Within Series:  Using an Artist’s Viewfinder]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:32:31 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/1"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ~Pablo Picasso

In my past blogs for Allurence-Art Galleries, I have talked about several tools we as artists can use in our artist arsenal’s to inspire us in the create of our art.

There are actually many tools out there that we can use as an artist and the places to find these is virtually endless. I wanted to share with you one tool/technique I use many times to get my inspirational composition juices started: the artist’s viewfinder.  The artist’s viewfinder is a little simple tool that allows the artist to crop or isolate a part of an area.  This tool is incredible.

Below is a photo of one of my art pieces: 

Hockey Art by Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries 24" by 36" Canvas
This piece has many colors, designs, textures, directions and mediums.  But there is a hidden treasure within this art piece that can only be found using the artist’s view finder. 

By using this tool/technique, we can see many additional possibilities for new art pieces.  I use a very simple view finder that can be used to look for square views or rectangle views.    

Below is the view finder highlighting two areas of interest that could be used for new art.

Below is another piece that full of color, texture, design and medium

Picture“Whimsical” by Cheryl Wilson 6” by 8” Acrylic on Paper

Below is an example of what an incredible piece of art could be done from the view through the artist’s view finder.
While this is a simple tool/technique, it is a very powerful tool that if you try it, will give you just another avenue for fun in creating your art.

abstract artist in Chantilly, Virginia
<![CDATA[Inspiration Within Series.... ]]>Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:19:12 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/inspiration-within-seriesPicture
“Inspiration comes from a determination to devote oneself to their own art journey of hard work”
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson

In a past Allurence-Art blog I talked about the word "Inspiration."  I wanted to take this concept a little deeper to tell you what is truly behind MY inspiration. To be totally honest, in my art pieces, inspiration does not just happen, it is created from other many other events. Events that have the earmark of hard work behind them!!
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but my hope is that I can help a little bit by sharing my journey with you in hopes that some of what I have learned will help you in your art journey.  No one told me this but when I start my art but when I seems to struggle with days between my inspiration, I decide to pulled what was successful from my business world into my art journey. 

So here are my art secrets.  Use any part of my art world or use none of it, I just thank you for reading my blog.  To give you my history, in my business world, one of my ventures was that I published a very large newspaper where I wrote almost half of the articles myself.  When I started this journey, I could not write very well and it was something I pretty much hated.  So I had to develop a routine that “inspired” me write. 

Routine One: I decided that each day, I would get up at 4am and either read a book on the topic I was writing about, or listen to my Kindle for about 30 – 45 minutes each day. Soon the thoughts started flowing and I could start writing my articles.  If I was still stuck, I would start typing sentence for sentence what I was reading or listening too and every time, soon I was putting down the text I was typing and I was off on my own and writing my own material. 

Routine Two:  I would type without correcting my spelling, etc., I would just type as the words come.  I think there is something about the different parts of the brain and by not stopping to correct my spelling, I was keeping the flow of creativity going from one side of the brain and not switching to the other side into a editing mode.

As I developed these habits each day, I soon started looking forward to writing and my writing increased in interest.  The writing became easier and more fun. 

“Transformation” by Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries
16" by 20"    Panel Mixed Media

When I decided to do art full time, I thought I would bounce out of bed with tons of inspiring ideas to paint.  Oh, the excitement was there, the motivation to create, but many times, the inspiration was missing a beat.
So I decided to incorporate my same habits from my business world to my art journey.   My art world now consists of a daily routine of a pattern that I have developed for myself that works for me.  I have had to master daily habits that roll into weekly habits that in turn give me my inspiration and motivation to create my art. 

Each day, I start the day with 30 or 40 minutes of reading an art journal, listening to YOUTUBE, or looking at new art from my art friends I have met in the art world. I enjoy others art and let my mind run wildly into my art journey.   I always have an art notebook next to me to jot down my thoughts as they come.  I read a book one time in the past about being in the “Present” and have adopted that concept.  I keep my mind focused on my art and what I am feeling and I do not let my mind wander to the bills I need to pay, or the phone calls I need to make, I focus on my art. 

Nearly every time, when I am done, I am already thinking of one of my pieces I am working on and where I need to go next.  I always have several pieces I am working on at one time.  If this process inspires me, I am ready to start working.  If I am still needing more motivation …. I open my art journal and start by doing a simple watercolor, or drawing, or painting.  By doing this, I am waking up my inspiration!!

If I waited for that creative “inspiration” to just strike I might still be waiting!!  You might wake up with tons of great ideas, and there are times I do actually, but if you do not, know that for most of us, motivation and inspiration come from the hard work prior to the moment we put our paint brush in our paint.  I truly believe those that do not exceed in their art, wait until they feel inspired or motivated and do not do any WORK” in their art journey.

Stop waiting for motivation or inspiration to strike you and set a schedule with some art habits.

<![CDATA[Your Blank Canvas]]>Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:44:12 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/your-blank-canvas Picture
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson, Artist

There is a sense of purity with a blank white canvas in front of us.  Many artists There is a sense of purity with a blank white canvas in front of us.  Many artists tell me, a blank white canvas is intimidating and there are days they walk past that blank slate afraid to start.  I look at the blank canvas in a totally different way; chances to over and over again create a piece of my soul.

Picture8" by 10" Open to New Possibilities
I hope this blog will motivate you to push past what might be blocking your creativity and put your brush to the canvas.

As an artist, a routine is almost nonexistent for me.  But, before each piece of art, comes a process that I want to share with you. 

Here is my secret. 

Each day, BEFORE I ever start a new piece of art, I warm up to loosen ANY creative block that might be lurking.  I begin by opening my artist journal and start painting whatever I feel the mood taking me.   It allows me to create without anything stopping me as this journal is MY place to play without fear of anyone seeing this art.  If I paint without any bias crying out in my inner soul, I find I create without any voice telling me NO, that is the wrong color, don’t add that line, I just create.  It allows me to begin my painting free of any distraction and totally full of creativity freedom.  This is the key, the freedom to create starts.

In other words, I begin my day with a blank white canvas.

I may paint flowers in my journal or draw lines with my left hand but what happens is I totally free my mind and open my creative soul to artistic possibilities.   I rid my mind and my artist brush of any negative vibs or issues that we all tend to harbor.

I painted this little art to remind me to start my day with a blank canvas that is without doubt, fear, or negatives voices.  This white canvas encourages me that my brush strokes are from within my soul. 

We are all unique artists with our own styles.  Try starting your day or your creative process with some “creative free time.”

<![CDATA[Packing Your Art to Deliver]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:18:05 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/packing-your-art-to-deliverPicture
  Many people have asked me my suggestions on packing and shipping art pieces.  From much research and personal experience, here are some of my suggestions.  Please know there are many artists with great ways to pack and ship their art and I would love for you to post additional or alternative thoughts. Many of my techniques come from selling art with Saatchi Art.

We work hard on our art and want our art to be protected from the moment it leaves our house to it new home.  Nothing is more disappointing than working hard on our art, finding that right buyer and having our art damaged due to poor packing supplies and techniques.  If you art is larger than 48 inches, consider packing it in a cart instead of the below technique.

First, here are my top 5 packaging requirements:

·       Acid free archival paper (Glassine)

·       Bubble wrap

·       High quality packing tape

·       Protection for your corners

·       Foam Board

Acid-Free Archival Paper (Glassine)
Acid-free (archival quality) paper is an absolute necessity when wrapping artwork for both shipping and storage. Archival quality materials are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts.  I find my archival paper by the roll from most art supply, craft, or frame stores.

Bubble Wrap

I feel you really need an adequate amount of bubble wrap for wrapping your art. Bubble wrap will provide a surprising amount of protection by distributing pressure and impact across a wide area. Bubble wrap does two important jobs: 1) cushions the art in the event of impact 2) fills empty space, preventing unwanted movement within your packaging. For these reasons, bubble wrap should be your padding and filler of choice.

High quality packing tape
Always buy good quality packing tape! Here’s why:

  • Sturdy tape ensures your outer package remains shut throughout transit.
  • When wrapping your artwork, high quality tape ensures fully sealed seams, keeping damaging moisture out.
  • High quality tape is easier to separate from the roll and usually comes with a more efficient dispenser, making it faster to apply

Foam Board
I feel a sturdy support is necessary for safe packaging and storage of all flat artworks. Foam board (also called foam core) is what I use as you can find it at most art supply, craft, or frame stores. Foam board comes in varying degrees of thickness (depending on the amount of protection needed for your work), and can typically be purchased individually or in bulk. I recommend you use foam board of at least ½” thickness. Archival quality foam board is also available from some manufacturers and it should be used if it will come into direct contact with the artwork.

Cardboard corner protectors
Corners of flat artworks are especially vulnerable to shipping damage, that’s why I use cardboard corner protectors. You can buy corner protectors ready-made at many art supply, moving supply, or frame stores, or you can construct them yourself. A quick search on Google will lead you to online resources offering instructions on how to make them.

Maintaining a professional image is very important for us as artists. Many times we sell out work through word of mouth or by others seeing our work displayed.  So here are a couple things that I recommend you avoid.

·       Avoid using anything in your packing that can shift around like those Styrofoam peanuts. These can settle and leave an area unprotected.  You can use non-archival tissue paper wadded up around your art in any empty space.

·       Avoid newspaper or store plastic bags as they just give an unfavorable impression from the start.

·       Never use non-archival paper to wrap your art as it is not acid free and could hurt your art.

I hope this post has given you some good hints for packing your art. Please feel free to let me know your helpful hints!!

<![CDATA[What Is  "Art Medium"?]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 23:22:10 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/what-is-art-mediumPictureObjective Spirit 16 inch by 20 inch
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

The art world talks about “art mediums.” The word medium can actually be a bit confusing as it encompasses both the object you put you art on as well as the material you use to do your art. So I thought I would do a blog on what the word “medium” means. This blog will more than likely be more than one blog to cover all that I have learned to share with you.

The word “Medium” means ALL the material we use to create our art. The singular term is for medium is ‘media’. 

Having said that, an art medium is different from an art technique such as the painting technique van Gogh used on his “The Starry Night.”  He used a technique call impasto which is a thick application of paint.  The media here would describe as the technique of using ‘impasto’ using the media of oil or acrylic.   

I hope this blog will help you know what a medium is.  I explore new media all the time!!  I will not be able to cover all of them here in this one blog, but I hope to blog often on this topic.  First, I wanted to explain how the term media is used for

1) “What you do your art on”, and

2) “What you use to do your art.”

This list is just a few media, there are so many more. An artist can use ANYTHING in their art.

“What you do your art on” This type of medium is what you use to put your art on.  For instance, paper (watercolor paper, mixed media paper, etc.) canvas, wood, material, etc.  All of these are media.  So how you will see this displayed would like this: 
    • Oil on Canvas
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • Watercolor on Paper and this same format for:
      • Wood
      • Board
      • Concrete
      • Materiel
      • Bamboo
“What you use to do your art”
    •  Oil
    • Acrylic
    • Ink
    • Watercolor
    • Gouache
    • Tempera
    • Charcoal
    • Graphite
    • Pencil
    • Chalk
    • Markers
    • Pastels (oil or chalk)
    • Pencils
    • Spray-paint
    • Marble
Many times you will see a term, “Mixed Media” which talks about art with more than one media such as
    • Paper
    • Plaster
    • Objects found (coins, twigs, cardboard, etc.)
    • Resin
    • Glass
    • Stone
    • Metal
    • Gold Leafing
    • Glues
    • Glosses
    • Collage
    • Glues
    • Glitter

By adding more that one medium an artist can add incredible visual pleasure.  Texture is added by using multiple mediums. The art I have shown in this blog is a "Mixed Media" art.  This means I have added the following multiple media in this piece of art:
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Tissue Paper
  • Molding Paste
  • Spray Paint

If I had not added the tissue paper, the art would have lacked some texture that adds to the texture of the lower part of the art. 

In follow-on blogs I will talk about how to use mediums such as Gloss Mediums, Glazing Mediums, and other exciting textures to add excitement to your art. 

I hope this blog has added some knowledge to your tool box!!


<![CDATA[Should Abstracts Say Something?]]>Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:40:47 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/should-abstracts-say-somethingPicture24" by 36" Uncertainty
 "Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say in any other way -- things I had no words for”  Georgia O'Keeffe

This art was created August 24, 2015 on the day the United States Stock Market created turmoil in the news.  The Dow plummeted more than 1,000 points at opening bell. 

I wanted to share with you the thoughts behind the creation of this art. It is not meant to be a blog you might agree with, it is just to share from this artist's view, the thoughts on this piece of art.  I started this piece with browns and rusts to go with another composition I am working on.  But the brush just took another direction.  The art told me what to paint and I created as I feel the brush and the paint taking me.  Is it the most beautiful art you have ever seen, I am sure not, but the shapes tell of the uncertainty of the events of that August day to me. 

The red took the story of the panic in the voices of those that were now uncertain of their stocks.  The blue was the hope of the news casters and their voices to not panic.  The black was the uncertainty of the two thoughts colliding.  The under painting shows the contract of one world moving into the other world.  The gold at the top portrays the hope of our future and that everything will be alright.  I did not paint with all these thoughts in mind, I painted as I felt the brush and paint taking me somewhere.  It is afterwards that I can now see what I was feeling and how it all took shape. 

Does every piece of art need to tell a story? Portray something? Mean something?  My thoughts are no.  I have done art my entire life, but in many forms.  I used to paint furniture in my room with my colors.  As I grew older, I would collect furniture from the side of the road and paint it. 

Painting was my voice, my passion and today it still is. 

<![CDATA[How should I title my Art?]]>Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:02:57 GMThttp://cherylwilsonart.com/myo862ozings-blog/how-should-i-title-my-artPictureFemale Attraction
By Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries
He Who Understands Has Wings”  Kathleen Carrillo 

I usually jot down thoughts of titles of my art while I am creating the piece.  If I am watching a movie, or reading something and a word I like, or even a title is triggered I keep a pad to jot the words down.  The title of your art will many times bring people into your art.  Many pieces of art are sold by the title alone.  I put a piece of art out into cyber space with two titles.  The one that appealed to most people got more attention than the one titled, “untitled, so I do not recommend naming your art “Untitled.”  People like to relate to their art and own it and this can start with the title.  They like to share their art with others and a title that speaks to them will allow them to proudly share with their finds.  Here are a few tips I have found that might be helpful in titling their art.

  • What is the art trying to say? Your goal is the best title for your art.  A title that is completely the opposite of your art might get someone attention, but if the title brings the viewers and its future owner into the art in some way, the art is irresistible. Do you want your art to be a political statement?
  • Creating words from the feeling of our art. First, look at your art you created and write down a couple words for you feelings.  Colors, short phrases, feelings.  If all you can think of is the word “Orange” then write that down.  Now think of how you feel when you think of the color orange in relationship to your art; perhaps you feel sad for some reason.  Write this down.  All this will help you develop a title.
  • Work with your words.  A couple places to go that will help you develop your title will be the Thesaurus.com or Abstract Art Title Generator. So, let’s say you are working with the two words, Orange and Sad.  By using both the thesaurus and the title generator and being open to the verbs, adjectives and the combination of words, here is how it works. 
    • Thesaurus:  Bittersweet, Flame color, gold, warm, ochreous, flame, hot, copper
    • Title Generator:  Glowing Knowledge, Creation of Dreams, Sphere Transformed, Feeling in Development.

Try out the combinations for unique words to develop your title. Here are a few I came up with:  Bittersweet Knowledge, Sad Sphere Transformed, Hot Feeling in Development, Warm Dreams.  Sometimes just one word will convey the art, like Sad. 

Ask yourself:

  • Is there a specific, central thing about your art that you want to portray?   
  • Do you want to provoke some deeper meaning, desire, suspense, intrigue, anger?
  • What were YOU feeling when you did the art?

I hope by working through these step, you can achieve what I feel is just as important as your art, the title.