I'm so excited to announce that this month we reached 400 followers! I am overjoyed to see how much we've grown since the beginning of the year. I know that, in terms of social media, 400 is like...nothing...but to me, it is literally everything! To think that there are 400 people who like the same things I do is so amazing!
Also, this month is Mermay, which I can't participate in, sadly, but I did manage to create an adorable mermaid illustration this month, and hope to do at least three more! If you are interested in watching the piece come to life, I will have the video posted below.
Was April missing? I jumped from March to May without even saying a word, so let me quickly explain. I spent April brainstorming and creating ideas for upcoming gallery shows, so everything I needed to do (like post on here), I simply forgot to do. My journals were all empty, which is really sad to see.
At the end of the April, I realized that 9x12 frames are nearly impossible to frame, which put me in a rush to get two pieces of artwork finished for a gallery submission on May 3. Stress, stress, stress. I did, however, manage to finish and frame the pieces before the deadline, so it all magically worked out.
On to current news, I'm going to get back into posting here regularly, so keep an eye out for updates!
Thanks to everyone for their patience!
March has honestly come in like a storm. I feel like I've been able to be very productive. It's funny that, when you can see yourself make progress, you can push yourself harder. I've began three new oil paintings this month, which probably won't be able to be finished this month, but they will be finished at some point (I hope).
I've submitted more art to another gallery, and I will hear back April 10. I'm very excited. Alongside that, I have also posted some more videos on YouTube, which also has me super excited, but that isn't rare. PLUS --- are you guys ready?--- I started the year out with 180 followers, remember? Well, on March 1, I officially reached 300! We are growing, guys, and I'm so happy to see that I'm connecting with people somehow. I could honestly go on for days, so I'll stop here before this becomes a love post.
Annnnd, yes! Here is piece number two for the month! This one has actually been entered into the self portrait competition for Jerry's Artarama, so I'm super excited about that! This one followed the same color palette that I used for "Red Clover", and I found the results for this one just as enchanting. The warmer cool colors all work well together, which I love...
Send in a vote for me? - http://www.jerrysartarama.com/contests/self-portrait/2018
I finished "Red Clover" on the 1st, but I just haven't able to get around to writing a blog post about her.
I was playing with color theory when I was painting her. I've never paid very close attention to my color palette when painting, but I tried with her. I tried to keep all of the shades very cool, but on the warmer side of cool. Lots of warmer purples and warmer blues. I honestly loved the result.
Maybe I should focus more often.
I have finally finished the first piece of January! This one is titled "Emerald Lily" and will be a submission for a gallery in May. I'm super excited to have at least one of my three goals met for this month. The two other paintings are close to being finished, but are going a bit slower than planned because I switched which oil painting medium I've been using.
I was originally using Liquin, which I still use on occasion, but am now loving the solvent-free gel medium by Gamblin. 👈
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!