"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.
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"