Myo͞oziNGs" 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the eye is drawn to the hot pink that almost pops out initially and then wanders to the quiet blues that seem to be withdrawn but still present.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....
Myo͞oziNGs" 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?
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.
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.
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!!
Myo͞oziNGs" 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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…..
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"
"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:
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
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
“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.
"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.
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.”
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.
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:
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!!
"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:
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:
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!!
"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.
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.
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.
I hope by working through these step, you can achieve what I feel is just as important as your art, the title.
by Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries
“To be an artist is to believe in life” Henry Moore
I find a blank white canvas one of the most exciting things to face. But, that was not always the case. I remember when I would sit and look at my canvas with on idea of where to start. Where was my inspiration, what color do I use, should I do some texture? These are all the thoughts I experienced and I am sure at times you do to.
So, how do you get over that fear, that wall that stops you from taking your brush and creating?
Often people ask me about inspiration and I have blogged about that, but this hesitation is not really from a lack of inspiration, it is the insecurity of understanding your inner self and how to just let go and create. I wanted to talk in the next couple of blogs about ideas to turn your blank canvas into a masterpiece.
Ok, you have your white canvas, your brushes all ready, a handful of paint and a nice cup of green tea. What do you do next? I have some suggestions.
In this blog, I want to talk about the freedom of creating without a plan. Try to create without having an “End Game” in mind. Some of my best art was done when I just started putting paint on the canvas with no thought of where the painting was going. I created freely and just added color to see where I would end up. If the canvas (and yes, this happened to me) ended up mud, that is ok. Many times this mud is a great underpainting for the next try. Let that paint dry and start over. This time perhaps add some Texture Gel or Glass Beads medium to your canvas to add depth. While your paint is wet, scrap tools (whatever tools you might have in your house) through your layers of wet paint, and let it dry. I have used spatulas, forks, combs, etc. Continue adding color and texture until you feel like you have a design you like. Experimenting creates such incredible results that no one else out there will have in their art. I have added metal, sand, shells, splatter, and all sorts of spur of the moment designs.
In this art, I started with an underpainting of yellow ochre and orange. I added modeling paste and gloss medium to bring some depth to the art. I wanted some balance and added ink drips, spray paint with a stencil and repeated this process until I was happy with the results. If I had left the painting with the first flat under painting, it I would have missed the incredible texture. By adding some areas more texture than others this creates balance to the art. I did not have any idea where my end was going to be I just created as the paint took to the canvas.
Knowing when to stop takes practice. One of the mistakes many make is over doing the art. What is important is to NOT be afraid of adding paint and texture.
I hope this blog has helped you create. Send me am email of your creations.
by Cheryl Wilson, Artist Allurence-Art Gallery
“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.” Pablo Picasso
I have been told to put a canvas back to the side for a while (I call it my stink corner) if the inspiration is just not there. I often look at these paintings sitting in my corner and ponder what I could do to make it the painting I would want to hang in my space. There are times that painting will sit for days or months. I will even carry a painting room to room and let it sit as I do other things looking for that inspiration. It amazes me where that final inspiration will come from, a movie, a picture, a song, as I drive in my car, as I look at others work of art, I am open to where my inspiration will come.
One example is a mermaid painting I wanted to do. I wanted to capture the essence of a mermaid waiting for her human. My initial inspiration was a picture of my daughter in law (mermaid at heart). I wanted to capture her eyes and her look for that far away dream of finding her human she would change her world for, that deepest love. I also wanted to capture the water of the ocean around her face and the flow of the water of the deep sea. You see, this could not be any painting, it was what happened to her. She changed her world and I wanted to capture that.
I started with her face and the flowing hair. I liked the face and the angle of where she was looking, but the boldness of the water was missing; that pop of color and the depth of the ocean. I need inspiration, something that I had not done before, something to make her looking through water and yet not take away from her beautiful eyes looking for her human.
I added the blue hair, the glitter and then the creativity STOPPED. The painting went to the stink corner until I had that inspiration finish her. You have all been there, you wonder what to do with your painting and that inspiration is just not there. Many times we only have one chance to make it what we wanted to achieve in the end. Our minds know, our hearts know, but we want our brush to take that vision and complete it. I carried her around to room to room watching movies of water and would stare at her for hours trying to think of what I wanted to do.
As I blogged in one of my previous blogs, many times other artists give us that inspiration to unblock our minds, clear of us our own hesitation and let us explore their world for a while until we feel our own desires and passion happen. There comes a point where their work disappears and your style, your passion and your vision take over. I was watching someone do a pouring of just paint on a canvas with layers of paint upon layers, nothing to do with my painting. But it was the way she tilted the painting and the blues mixed with another blue and I left her world and entered mine own world of painting. I became the Muse and the canvas was mine again.
My final painting is called “Mermaid Looking for Her Human.”
In my final painting, I hope I have captured the vision of her looking through the deep sea waters for her love, her human. She lives in the ocean and the ocean is her home, her comfort but she is not complete without her one true love.
I hope you are inspired to not give up on a painting in your corner that you really want to finish. Wait for the moment you know what to do, wait for the flow of your muse!!
by Cheryl Wilson
Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
I have enjoyed a full career in my corporate world working as VP of my own company I started about 6 years ago. I built that career with long hours, hard work, and a network I build over the past 12 years. I also was a Publisher of the largest Project Manager Newspaper I started by my business partner. I was busy!
When I decided to transition in to an Artist full time, painting, I thought the creativity would be abundant and I would not have a care in the world, after all, art is fun, right? But I found, that creativity just flowing out of our minds is not true, in fact there are days when I just cannot create anything and everything I do just “stinks”. All paintings on that kind of day go the corner (you all know that corner) when we let them sit until we can come up with that creative breakthrough to bring that canvas to life. I wondered if it was a left brain, right brain thing doing its thing!!
I have to admit, there are days when every painting I do goes to the stink corner! They eventually come out of that corner and sometimes end up being my best painting and sells before I even post to my enter FB circle.
SO I thought I would blog about how I decided to make my art world not stink and how I break the funk.
In the corporate world, when I had to write 10 articles in 2 weeks, manage 2 contracts and keep incredible focus, the saying…. multitasking would have been easy, but I was aggregating around landmines just doing the things that I knew would blow up if I did not do that first. SO when I had to write, I was tired and many times just brain dead.
To energize my brain in the corporate world I set up a plan that WORKED!!
AND IT works for me in the art world, so I thought I would share it.
I have a list of artists that I love and I have bookmarked their page or You Tube on my computer. I get in a comfortable place with a cup of coffee and start by watching those artist create their work. I always have a sketch pad with me and while I watch, I let my brain filter MY ideas onto the paper sometimes within 10 mins I am already thinking of painting ideas and I take off. Other times it might take an hour or a couple hours. But I still sketch my thoughts as I see colors, hear words. I might see someone do something or say something that reminds me of one of the “stinky” canvas in the corner and I write it down. I might not even be fully focused on them but already off in my mind working through my ideas. The point here is, I unclear my mind (and my block) by watching others that inspire me and some MY CREATIVITY takes off and I can go into my artist zone.
by Cheryl Wilson
If you Google the word "Inspiration" you will get a definition like this:
" The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions or something that is inspired from an inspiring agent or influence."
What inspires each of us is different for each person and is actually quite personal in nature. A string quartet blaring in the background was actually what inspired me to create my "Vertigo" piece. For you, it could be reading a piece of literature.
I honestly feel that being inspired is a gift. I think many times we can be so busy that we block our minds to being inspired and miss out on the gift that is waiting to change us. Perhaps not a huge change, but enough to make us move from stagnation to creation.
An artist is not always inspired when they start to create on a canvas, but as soon as the brush hits the paint something magical happens. The brush takes on our personal signature.
I have been told people know my work by my brush stroke. I feel that is one of the greatest compliments an artist can receive is to have their art known by their brush.
Each piece of art I create is unique and created from a depth within. But your journey you might feel from my art is not mine, it is how YOU are inspired by my art. What does each piece inspire you to do, feel and accomplish? How are you moved? If you can feel your inner inspiration come alive, then you have connected with that art piece and you are inspired within to react. Your soul knows what it needs to grow or heal. Do not let any explanation of my inspiration speak your voice. Your inner voice will tell you what you need. Only then have you connected with my art. Only then can you grow and perhaps change.
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"