I’ve been thinking a lot about my New Year’s Resolution—where I see myself going in 2018. In August, as you guys may recall, I was suddenly blown away by this unimaginable urge to create, and for the last five months, I’ve actually considered art my part-time job. The month just before, I had officially decided to give up after attempting to reach an audience with very depressing looking line-drawings. Since that day five months ago, I’ve had one driving force, and that is to see my art hobby become my art career. Hobby is a weak word, though; I’ve been creating art since I was a small kid.
I want to push harder for you guys in 2018. I want to produce content that inspires and reaches you all. I want 2018 to be the year where I get to see the small beginnings lead to something bigger. I want 2018 to be the year where I actually can sit in front of a camera where you guys can see me and hear me. They are big goals, but I know that they are possible with all 180 of you as my support.
I started the year out with 50 people who saw something in me and my art, and ended the year with 20 shy of 200. I know in the realm of social media that 200 is pretty much equivalent to nothing, but mine has meant the world to me. That is 180 people who have connected with me somehow. 180 strangers saw something in my art and related to its unusual nature. Just know that you all have meant the world to me, and seeing you guys respond to my work is the biggest source of inspiration I have ever felt.
Thank you to everyone who has given me a chance in 2017! I wish for nothing but the best for all of you in 2018!
Love you, darlings!
Another ocean illustration/painting. I can't seem to escape the adoration for art that is water themed. I actually have another planned for January. I have a goal of two paintings next month, so I definitely hope that is possible. As I continue to use oils, I find that each pieces takes me longer and longer than the next....
So, for the one and only December piece, here is "Birth of a Siren". I wanted something a bit more eerie with this one and something with a limited color palette. Overall, I'm really happy with how this one turned out, and I can't wait to glaze it so I can see the actual colors of the piece.
Remember the two pieces that I created for November? They have officially dried and ready to be photographed. I had the hardest time getting them to dry (was it the birch wood or the muggy southern weather?)
The word "Nyctophilia" refers to a love for the night and darkness. I thought it was particularly fitting for these two pieces. Both the boy and girl are in a deep sleep, cradled by mushrooms as they are carried to their next lives.
Both pieces are done on cradled Trekell coffin panels.
As you may know, if you follow my social media accounts, I planned on creating two oil paintings this month. I just finished the first today, and the second piece is maybe three days away from being finished. I really like these two pieces, but I am stumped as to what to call them. They are my typical, whimsical pieces with minimal realism. Both pieces are painted on Trekell coffin panels, so obviously, they revolve around death somehow. ;)
One piece is a girl, and the other is a boy, so I want a name that represents that, as well, but it's definitely tricky!
Uhm, so October was a success! I planned on creating at least three oil paintings, and I did! I created some time-lapse footage, as well, so that made me super excited.
For November I plan on upgrading what I give to you guys, as well. As you may remember from last month, I created a Patreon and also fully launched a YouTube account. For both of those platforms I hope to bring you guys more interesting content. For YouTube, I would like to start doing voice-overs, but that makes me nervous because I hate the sound of my voice. I can't be the only one that has this problem. The other thing that stops me is that I don't know what I would talk about. Are there any topics you guys would be interested in hearing me cover?
Let me know in the comments!
Anyway, I hope you guys have a booming November! Chase your dreams and don't stop running until you have them in your grasp!
I love you, darlings!
I recently finished the third and last piece of October after quite a bit of work! This piece is called "Adolescent". It depicts an adolescent male surrounded by stars, flowers, and a lone moth.
Each flower represents youth and purity, things that will soon die away with the coming of adulthood. The stars symbolize the space beyond him, endless paths and lots of unknown. The look on his face is uncertain, but not entirely afraid.
I may or may not take a small break from painting today to update my website and to conjure up some ideas for a new project.
Do you want to know what the project is?
Well, big news, I will be starting video-making for YouTube! If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have a channel already, but they are only digital speed-paintings because I have had no ability to create other content. That's about to end!
I'm really excited to be able to share this with you guys as I continued on my journey to become a professional artist. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible and kept me going in this endeavor!
Yes. I am only three days late welcoming October. Sorry about that. I was really busy with work when October decided to show up.
I have a lot of things planned for October, so I am really excited about what it will bring. September beat me up a bit when I ran into an artwork that decided to challenge me (in a good way.)
Blondusa took WAY longer than expected to create, so I fought the urge to rush the remaining pieces in order to make the deadline. I didn't rush, in the end, though, which is good.
The last piece I ended up creating for September was a hit, though, which blew away my follower-number goals for two months! It doesn't seem like a lot for most people, but to reach 170 followers is a big deal for me. I have worked so hard to create art that speaks to people, and I feel like my art style has a small, but very focused audience.
I have already planned out the three pieces I want to create for October, so now I just have to focus my vision an get these things sketched out. I also have a piece from last month that didn't turn out, so that one may be finished this month, as well.
The third piece of September is finished (waiting to be varnished) and I have just one piece to go before I reach this month's goals!
This one was done on complete impulse. I was simply doing concept sketches for a painting of a male, sketched the nose, and ended up creating this brunette beauty! Yes, she look similar to the woman in most of my other paintings, but I can't help the face that I love her so much.
I was really unsure what I wanted to do with the background, so I thought about keeping it a pretty, solid blue. But, after painting her face and long hair, I decided to busy the border of the painting with clouds (my favorite things to paint.)