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Holy Cow!!!

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I am baaaaaack!!!  I have not posted any new blogs in over three weeks…and for that I apologize.  I have been struggling a bit (well actually, I have been struggling a lot) and have not had the gumption to sit down and blog.  I have been forcing myself to paint….even IF I am lacking the necessary and vital inspiration to do so.  I am in the midst of churning out a few paintings that I hope you will enjoy.  Holy Cow is one of those paintings.  It is really not entitled “Holy Cow”.  I labeled this piece that title just for this post.  I have no idea what it will be called but I think it is a pretty cute, and hopefully interesting, abstraction of a sweet little calf.

This painting was initially created by sketching the image of the cow in a lavender pencil.  I chose lavender because it is soft, moldable and rich.  It is also one of the presiding colors I envisioned for this particular piece.  Once I did the sketch, I moved onto to doing the background.  This background has three different layers.  I used a lime green color for the primary base.  I then made an orange color from mixing cadmium red and Naples yellow oil paints.  Lastly, I mixed in some Alizaron crimson, wet-on-wet, into the already added bases.  After the background was completed, I did something I  have never done before…..I used acrylic as base in which to create texture to the base of the cow.  I have only just begun to explore working with acrylics and I decided to try my luck as use it as a foundational base.  I LOVE the way it turned out and I am thrilled I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried it!  I am now gradually adding abstract colors onto the coat of the cow to create a vibrant painting….I hope!  I will be sure to post the finished product once it is done.

I hope all is well in your world.  Thank you so much for being faithful to my blog and continuing to read even when my posts are somewhat lacking and few & far between.

Cheers!

k  i  m  b  y

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Updated: “Fractured Nude”

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Good morning.  It is currently 3:10 a.m. in San Francisco and I am profoundly insomniated (that is not even a word, but adequately describes my current state of affairs).  I have been painting for most of the evening and wanted to share my updated photos on the progression of my “Fractured Nude” painting.  It still has a long way to go but for those of you who saw the initial photographs, I thought you might like to take a peak at what I have done thus far.  I am still unsure of where this painting will ultimately end up; however, I am relatively content with its’ journey as of this morning…relatively.  

At the risk of sounding redundant, have a wonderful Monday and upcoming week.  The way I see it…we can ALL use a little extra positivity in order to better endure Monday mornings.

Ciao for now….

k  i  m  b  y

 

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“Meadow House”

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Hi there!  I wanted to share my latest completed painting. I need to say first off that I have had some technical difficulties with this post.  I am still learning how to use WordPress, as I am still a newbie, so I apologize.  I wanted ALL of these pictures to be in a descending order; however, for some reason I had ‘issues’ with this particular post and there are two different formats for my pictures.

I have been working on this piece for several days and just finished it very early this morning.  As I began….starting with a sketch…I took progression photographs so you could join me on the journey of this piece.  I always find it fascinating to begin with a void…a white, blank canvas…and then progress systematically from sketch to final work.  Often, I will complete a painting and pause to ask myself, “How did I get here?”  It is perplexing and sometimes strange to me that I can produce any scene at all.  I wonder if many other self taught artists feel the same way sometimes?  If you are self taught, perhaps you want to share your experience regarding this ‘phenomenon’ with me?  I would love it if you did.  When I have photos, such as I present below (and above), it provides me with the answers that sometimes evade me.  It is interesting (to me at least) and helpful to see the steps that I took in order to reach what I view as a ‘finished’ painting.  I hope you enjoy the journey.

Have a super Weekend,

k  i  m  b  y

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“Emanation”

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Good evening!  Below are several pictures from my newest painting.  It is oil on canvas and the dimensions are 18″ x 14″ inches.  I am pretty much finished with it however I may do a little glazing when it dries more. It is entitled “Emanation.”  I named it this because I was thinking about where we all come from….the source of humanity…which is from the one true light of the universe and for me that is God.  The small pieces in dark colors and various reds surrounding the central light represent pieces of our spirit before we come into this dimension and inhabit an earthly body.  These pieces also represent the subsequent fragmentation that we as humans endure…..the mistakes, the failures, the sadness, the fear, the joy, the happiness, the hopelessness…..basically all that encompasses the ‘making of a life’ while on earth.  The center core of light represents that which we ‘come’ from as well as that which we ultimately ‘return to’ thus the title:  “Emanation.”  I hope you enjoy viewing it.  Have a super rest of your weekend.

Sending you peace from San Francisco….

k  i  m  b  y

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Tips for new artists: How to Improve Your Art and Live Your Passion!!!

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I am writing this post because I am a completely self-taught artist and I want to share what I have learned thus far.  I started oil painting in 1999 and enjoyed it only very sporadically for 3-4 years.  I then put down my brushes for seven years until I decided to give it a whirl again.  Since the beginning of 2010, I have not stopped painting.  I try to paint at the very least five days a week, for several hours at a time. 

I have spent countless numbers of hours painting and learning through trial and error.  I have also spent an untold amount of time researching oil painting techniques on the internet.  I have also indulged in many oil painting tutorials on the web….most of which are free by-the-way!  I am thrilled to say that I am selling my work and have recently completed two commissions for clients.  I have created my own website as well as this blog.  Everyday I do something else to learn more about painting and different mediums (right now I am experimenting with watercolors and acrylics) as well as expanding my online presence.  I have just begun to enter juried art competitions.  

I am a firm believer that you do not need an expensive bachelors or masters degree in fine art in order to be a successful painter.  I also know that if I had had the luxury of having a mentor help me….I would perhaps be much further along in my career…or at the very least…I would have saved a TON of time!  I cannot underestimate the value of being involved in the ‘art community’ be it with a mentor and/or like-minded artists that have your best interest at heart.

What follows is a list of some things I found….and STILL find….helpful to advancing your art career.  It is simply my stream of consciousness about becoming a successful artist.  If I can be of help to any of you reading my blog, do not hesitate to contact me.  You can reach me on this blog or visit the ‘contact’ page on my website:  www. FairesFineArt.com.

Art & Painting Tips, Suggestions, Motivation, and Truths….

You CAN do this without four years in fine art school!  Take classes and local workshops in your area…or in another city.  Try using different mediums.  Research, research, research.  Take photographs of the world.  Learn to see the world differently.  Pay attention to distance/perspective, shadows, light sources.  Notice the fine details in your environment.  Look at art on the internet/museums/galleries.  Go to gallery openings, open studios, and museum events.  Copy and imitate styles you like.  Take classes online for free…or for small fees.  Read art books.  YOU CAN BE REPRESENTED BY GALLERIES WITHOUT A FINE ART DEGREE!  Art is subjective and there are many different types of art markets.  Fine art is all about creativity and technique.  Creativity is natural in kids but we tend to forget about our God-given gifts as adults….but trust me, it is still inside of you…we just need to dig a little deeper.  Technique is about having the ability to utilize the media; therefore, it is imperative that you understand your medium.  Join an art club or your local art league.  Start your own local and/or online art group for emerging artists or beginners.  Get advice and critiques from established artists.  Do not be afraid to ask for feedback from others, including friends and family.  Look at your art in a mirror and/or take digital photos of your art to see what changes you want to make.  A different perspective can make a world of distance.  I find digital photographs to be the most helpful for me.  Take progression photos as your work(s) advances.  Read instructional art books.  Learn to draw.  A great book is:  “The Natural Way to Draw:  A Working Plan for Art Study” by Kimon Nicolaides.  There are many instructional books that are related to your particular medium.  Search and study WordPress.com art blogs….follow the blogs you like…comment on other’s blogs and artwork….this will aid in establishing your very own personal art community.  ***THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO IMPROVE IS TO PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!  Spend large amounts of time perfecting techniques.  Paint the same painting over and over again.  Experiment with different subject matter, techniques, and media.  TIME TIME TIME spent in the studio will absolutely improve your abilities and raise your confidence.  Most people did not become good, great, or famous straight out of the gate….they devoted untold hours to perfecting their craft!  Find motivation in books, online, and magazines.  Keep an art journal.  I bought a black, hard-backed, blank page, journal.  This is where I write down ideas I have for paintings or projects.  I also write down notes or paste printed instructions or images in my journal.   I also cut out any images that inspire me and I paste them in my journal for future reference, inspiration, and motivation. DISCIPLINE-PERSISTENCE-CONSISTENCY….THE TRIAD FOR GUARANTEED SUCCESS!!!  Extend  yourself to others in the art community.  Attend open studios in your area.  Go alone so that you can actually MEET people.  If you go with a friend, more than likely, you will end up only talking to the friend you are with and not work at introducing yourself to others.  Step beyond your comfort levels and boundaries….you just might surprise yourself.  BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!  Utilize color theory charts.  Take classes at the local community college.  Try plein air painting (painting outside while looking at the scene in front of you).  People respond to COLOR-STRONG DESIGNS-SKILLED TECHNIQUES-CREATIVITY AND THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX!!!  These fundamental qualities shine through whether the art is abstract or highly detailed and realistic.  NEVER FINISH LEARNING NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU BECOME!!!  BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!  Say, “I can!” instead of “I can’t.”  PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE…..hours, days, weeks, & years of practice….your work will only get better and your confidence will sore!  PASSION to devote the time and the energy.  Sketch anything and everything.  Draw what is in front of you.  IGNORE the pretentious people.  Art comes from the heart.  Draw and paint what you like.  The difference between a talented beginner and an untalented one is that the talented beginner WANTS to do it!  Art is about learning how to interpret and SEE the world differently.  Learn to pay attention to what you see.  Now…..shut off your computer and go paint……JUST PAINT….or draw….or sculpt….JUST DO IT!!!                                                                             

“Fractured Nude”….update

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Greetings new and old friends!  My current oil painting is coming along…slowly but surely.  Interestingly enough, this is one of THE most difficult paintings I have ever done.  It requires distinct precision and a very steady hand to create each ‘puzzle piece’…of which can be rather challenging due to the amount of Diet Coke I consume on a daily basis, ha ha!

I view this painting as a metamorphosis of sorts….a gradual unfolding.  Just like me, it mirrors some of the process I have been going through for the last two years.  I don’t know, it may end up being a complete mess when all is said and done; however, it is THE PROCESS that I most value.  I sincerely do..  This painting puts me into a serious meditative state and forces me to be quiet and introspective (which can be a bit scary at times…and fun!).  

May beauty find you, in some way, shape, or form today!  May we all be granted the gift of BEING PRESENT…even if only for a brief moment in time.

Peace,

k  i  m  b  y 

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“Fractured Nude”

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Below is the gradual progression of a painting I started working on yesterday.  It is obviously a work-in-progress and there are miles to go; however, it is on its way.  I was at work on Friday when suddenly an image appeared in my mind.  I am hopeful that the end result will turn out the way my mind see’s it…more shall be revealed.  The photos that follow show what I have worked on thus far.  I still have no idea what I am going to do with the background or remaining white space.  Typically, I do an underpainting and/or the background of my oil paintings first.  This painting is a bit of an experiment.  It just might end up being a beautiful disaster…we shall see.

A friend asked me last night:  “What was the inspiration behind this painting?”  The answer is an intimate one for me, but here it goes:  It is about being violated and fractured and putting the pieces back together again.  In the end, it is ultimately about maintaining that which is sacred and defining of the inherent sexuality and sweetness that all women possess.  

Stay posted for more photos as the progression continues.

Happy Saturday night to all…..

k  i  m  b  y

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