From The Artists' Palette....(scroll down to see the newest posts)
June 29, 2017
"As a long time painter finally pouring more time into my craft, with a life long dream of being a self-sustaining artist, I am most inspired by the amount of positive feedback that I am getting from painting subjects that I want to paint in the WAY that I WANT to paint them! There’s nothing more rewarding than finally feeling like your own view of a blank canvas is welcomed by others that don’t even respectively know you! They just appreciate it in their own way, and truthfully it only makes me want to paint more!! And that’s exactly what I plan to do!"
August 7, 2017
"Straight to Art is an online gallery, as well as a studio management service, for artists. Their team enables artists to spend more time in their studios, and less time managing administrative and marketing tasks. This local Charleston business couldn't come at a better time. Charleston is brimming with creatives and we all share similar struggles: how to produce at our highest level and how to make our work accessible to potential clients. Straight to Art is offering a wonderful solution to this problem...." Click here for more.
See more of Julia's work in her gallery.
September 16, 2017
Sally Bunting (Sally B Art)
"A lot of people tell me that they don't understand abstract paintings. Understanding abstract art is easy: all you need is an open mind and a big imagination. I can remember the first time I presented an abstract painting in my college class. I was so nervous. It wasn't what the professor assigned, but I took the risk anyways. One of my favorite things about this class is that you always turned in a painting prior to the class starting. Our professor would then line them up and we would go down the line critiquing each one. You didn't know who painted it or the meaning behind the painting until after you heard from your peers. I was scared to death when I first heard about this, but it turned out to be so liberating for me as an artist. When we got to my piece, I couldn't stop staring at my professor trying to guess his reaction. My painting was full of color and was essentially the "odd ball" of the group. After the critique, my professor told me that I took a risk and did something different, but that he appreciated my courage to step up and be myself. He asked me to continue "doing my thing" for the duration of the semester. Needless to say, I found a new hip in my hop.
I love painting abstracts because of the freedom, the feeling, and the experimentation that I get to incorporate on the panel. I spend a lot of time on these paintings. I find that it is so important to jump right in and play with my paints and brushes, but also know when to step away and come back with fresh new ideas. I love hearing from viewers how they connect with the work, what they see, how they feel, etc. There is never the same perspective seen by two viewers, and that, to me, is the beauty of art!"
"Abstract paintings and drawings tap into a fundamental, primitive part of our existence - the part of us that experiences life without words, beyond language, transcending definitions. By utilizing the pure elements of form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process, abstract artwork allows artists freedom and flexibility in expressing their world views and inner realities."
See more of Sally's work in her gallery. The artwork shown above is "Felicity."
October 16, 2017
As an emerging artist, the majority of my income comes from commissions I receive from friends, family, and now referrals (YAY). People who are close to me and my career have an understanding of what goes into their custom pieces, but not everyone is exposed to the "art world". Clients who just stumble across my work on Instagram or are referred by a friend often have no idea what it is to be an artist or create pieces of work. So here it is (only speaking from my experience of course).