I am often asked questions about being an artist or about my artwork. I thought I would answer the top five.
How can I bear to part with my paintings when I sell them?
I feel like I haven't painted my best painting yet. I always feel like my next painting will be my best painting so I am able to let go of a painting to make room for the next!
How do I know when a painting is finished?
For me a painting is finished when I don't see anything else that I want to change. But that doesn't mean in a month or two or a year later, that I won't put it back on the easel and give it a face lift!
How long does it take to do a painting?
I paint 6 days a week and have for many years. When I am in the zone and painting well, I always say paintings fall right onto the canvas. It can be a day or two, three days, a week. Those are my most successful paintings. Spontaneity can equal magic. There comes a point where you are working it to death. All the life of the painting is gone. It would behoove me to stop sooner!
Was I ever a dancer?
I love to paint the human form. Most buyers of paintings cannot wrap their head around putting a figurative painting on their wall that is someone that they are not related to. Even though if you walk into any art museum you will see tons of figurative paintings where the subject matter is the artist's lover, mother, muse. However, I have found that dancers cross over that mindset. No, I was never a dancer unless you count one semester of ballet, freshman year at college. But I do love to paint ballerinas. So it is often assumed that I dance.
How do I decide what to paint?
I never run out of ideas of what to paint. I have so many things that I want to paint that I am always looking forward to finishing what I am working on so I can start my next painting. Starting paintings is my favorite part of the whole process.
If you have a question you would like me to answer, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to answer it. Maybe even feature it in a future blog!
I have painted many ballerinas and dancers over the years. I love to paint them. In my opinion, there is no more beautiful figure than that of a dancer. I have done photo shoots with dancers that I have hired to model. I also shot 2,000 photos of the Cincinnati Ballet. But I need new material! I am about to take a figurative workshop in Portland, OR and I would love to have new dancer photos to work from. If you are a dancer, know a dancer, married to a dancer, mother of a dancer, whatever, I would love to see your photos. You can email them to me here. I encourage you to forward this post to other people you may know who dance. I will post my work after the workshop and give you photo credit! I can't wait to see your pics!
My new favorite app isn't really an app. It's a Chrome extension. If you're like me and you have the best intentions to stay up with deleting your email, but don't and day after day, the emails pile up, this is the app for you! Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I am now using the email game to sort through and quickly eliminate emails. You can do up to 100 at a time and the little emoji will let you know with it's facial expression when you are taking too much time. I'm still whittling mine down. But I started with over 4,000 in my inbox!
Headspace is an app that you will love if you've ever tried to get a meditation routine into your life. Even if you only use it at night to go to sleep. There are different meditations for health, relationships, performance, etc. I think you start off with a free version. I have upgraded to the paid version which is a yearly subscription.
I also like Sleep Fan if you need to turn your brain off and go to sleep but you are hearing the neighbor's dog bark, ambulance sirens, house settling, whatever. You can set a timer for it to turn off. It's a free app. There are lots of them for sleep. This one is considered pink noise instead of white noise. Pink Noise is random noise having equal energy per octave, and so having more low-frequency components than white noise. Yea, I looked it up! Another pink noise you might like is Rain, Rain.
For my artists friends out there, you might like value viewer. It's a paid app - $4.99 but it's worth it. Whether you are a pleine air painter or a studio painter, it comes in handy to see a notan (black or white image of your photo), a full value view and a view in 3 values. You can take the photo with the app or upload one from your phone or ipad. It's a great way to check a composition, start a painting or to take a photo of your painting to see where you have the values wrong! It's a few years old and every time I open it on my iphone 6s, it says the app needs to be updated. But it works just like it ever did. Mark Putnam, if you are reading this, time to update!
My Husband and I live in an area of Cincinnati with a lot of restaurants within walking distance. Whenever we don't have plans on the weekend, we walk to a local restaurant, sit at the bar and watch sports. The TV Guide app has a great sports tab that not only tells you what time the game is on, it lists all of the stations by cable company. Very helpful!
From time to time, when I have another group to add, I'll blog about this again. What apps do you love? Leave me a comment, so I can check them out.