May
12
2010

I'm A Cheater! by Heather Goldstein

Yes, I said it, I'm a cheater! I am a young artist and I have only been studying the figure for 3 years, but I have found that if it is something you are passionate about, you will do the work. Any figure painter will tell you the difficulties of proportions. In school we learn a basic canon (i.e. an adult is 6 1/2 to 7- sometimes 8- heads tall, the eyes are half way down the face from the top of the crown to the chin, the nose is 1/3 of the way down from the end of the nose to the chin, etc.). Unfortunately, most people do not fall into these perfect proportions and so we must use them as a baseline but be ready to improvise. My paintings from 2009, below, show the unpredictability I have had...
Wallflower
Oil on Canvas
58"x72"
I had a lot of issues when I measured this painting. Often times, we make the head too large and hands too small. The best question to ask yourself is, "could they stand up?" I personally work from photographs and then turn them into life-size figures. The method I used here was a grid. I drew a grid over my photo (printed on computer paper) and then the same one on the canvas. I then sketched out the figure with charcoal and continued my painting. Anyone who has worked like this knows that the gird is not fool-proof. There is a lot things that may go wrong and sometimes its hard to see.
Hey Girl Hey!
Oil on Canvas
58"x72"
I of course, have to put in an example of problem proportions. This is a great example of the head being too large for the body.
Sienna
Oil on Canvas
58"x72"
Of all of that measuring I did with the previous two, here is an example of a free hand large scale drawing (NO MEASURING!!). Art can be unpredictable and you need to be prepared for failed paintings. And know that sometimes you will regress before you progress.

So...why am I a cheater? I use what many artists before me have (in some form or another) and I cut out what is sometimes hours of frustration by using a projector! I love the Artograph MC 250 and the Prism Series!

Keepin it Gangsta!
Oil on Canvas
36"x48"

American Dream
Oil on Canvas
36"x48"








With the projector, I am able to save time and get it right the first time.

May
12
2010

My Creative Process from The Me Nobody Knows (TMNK)












Salt and Pepper

18"x24"
Mixed Media on Masonite
2009

I was asked recently about my creative process as though I had some formula for coming up with my paintings. For me, each painting is a unique journey, a planned, yet unexpected accident. I knew where I was trying to go, but how did I end up here? The only thing I know for certain is, if you are to get anywhere at all you must begin walking in that direction.

And so it is with the art I create. I seldom have a picture in my mind of what the final painting will look like. I merely have the seeds of a thought, an idea, and an emotion that I allow to consume me. One thought leads to another, and another. And so it is I begin my journey; my slow deliberate walk somewhere, yet never knowing quite exactly where. I simply begin. Sometimes I work from sketches in my notebooks, yet the finish works seldom look anything like the sketches. Sometimes I simply begin building layers of textures and colors, until something in my mind says stop, enough. And there are yet other times when an unwritten poem in my mind, becomes a painting; where words are translated into visual hieroglyphics.

Today I stare at empty canvases, scattered scraps of paper, paints and brushes and again I begin that maddening conversation, the one that begins with me daring to call myself an artist. No set formula, just an urge to create something that wasn't before. Perhaps today's journey, today's walk in the urban jungle of my mind will lead to a beautiful discovery. Or perhaps, like many days, I will find myself staring at a wall lost.
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May
12
2010

Three Artist Must Haves by Angeline Marie Martinez

 


There are three items that I always have with me and I would like to share them with you. Most are curious about how I can work as an artist but not be obvious about it. Here are my "must haves" as an artist:

1. Observation Skills
The first item is what my boyfriend Andy refers to as the "Shiny Thing Syndrome." I just have to walk around looking at everything and anything! It doesn't matter if I'm at a hardware store (it's really an artist toy store) or at a park. My head does the 180 degree swivel and my pace is a stroll. Observing the environment is source of inspiration for me. Sometimes I do not know where I get my ideas. But some ideas have to be from looking at "shiny things!"

2. Camera
I try to always have a camera with me. Sadly, it is not always possible to linger observing an interesting scene, place, person, animal or item. It can be impossible to stop and sketch, too. Since the existence of digital cameras, it is super easy to build a reference photo library where YOU own the copyrights. If you can't build one for any reason, Wetcanvas has a free wonderful priceless library. A photo library is a great place to look for ideas for your next project.

3. Sketch Book & Pencil
This is very simple to do if you are fine with a small sketch book. I have three sizes of books all over my home and studio: 8 x 11 inches, 5 x 7 inches, and 3 x 5 inches. All of them are hardcover book binding, not spiral bound. The last sketch book size, 3 x 5 inches, is my favorite! Tuck in a #4B pencil, throw the book into my purse, and I am a happy sketcher! Who says an artist has to lug around a big, heavy sketchbook? You can find my favorite, Reflexions Sketch Books

Got a comment about one of my blog posts? Feel free to post a comment! I have fun reading your comments, & will respond.

Smiles!
Angeline-Marie of
Angeline Marie Fine Art
ammtz2008@gmail.com

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