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