A day in the life of an artist

 

Have you ever wondered how a day of an artist looks like? What they do all day? What they think or what are their everyday tasks. Today I decided that it would be a great idea to write a post about how the day of an artist looks like.

My day usually starts around 9-10 am. That’s because when I go to bed previous night, I usually don’t fall asleep immediately. In fact there are 100000 thoughts in my mind. It’s very difficult to just mute everything in my mind. Most of the time I get the best ideas for my paintings when I’m in bed at night. I keep a little notebook and pen next to my bed so that I can write down all the great ideas.

So, after waking up I eat the breakfast. Usually it contains green or black tea with sandwich. I also like to eat cornflakes with milk. I’m not very hungry when I wake up.

I quickly go through all my social media channels to see what’s new and reply to comments and also comment other amazing artists whose work I like. I love to meet other artists and interact with them. I believe creative people should stick together instead of competing with each other.

After I’ve finished going through my social media and checking my emails I go to my room, set up my easel and start painting. Actually there is something I need to do first. Before I start painting I need to get in the right mood. I put on my Youtube list which has many nice and positive songs. Basicly I sit there, listen to the music and sing and then one moment : BOOM! Something happens to me. I feel so inspired and in the flow. That’s when the magic starts to happen.

I start painting. First of all I just look my painting and try to understand if there is something that I need to change. I believe every day we see art in a different way so that’s why maybe today I might want to change something.

After I’ve made changes or if there is nothing that I want to change about the painting, I will continue where I left off the previous day. Usually I totally lose the track of time when I’m in the creating mode. Haha. If there wouldn’t be my stomach who starts sort of screaming that it needs food to function, I would continue painting till the late hours.

I go and fix something for myself. By that time I’m already so hungry I feel like I’m gonna run down all the walls and doors. That’s probably because sometimes I can’t finish immediately and that leads to low sugar level in my body, which makes me cranky. I need to finish painting a rock or something like that. I wonder am I the only one who gets very mad when hungry.

When I have finished eating, I continue painting and I usually paint about 2-3 hours. After that I start doing other things. This includes cleaning the brushes and my room. It takes a lot of time to get the brushes clean.

Once I’m finished with cleaning, I relax for a little bit. By relaxing I mean body and mind. When my body is sore, then I do a quick yoga session to stretch my body. Yoga helps to unite body, mind and the breath.  When I’m in harmony, I’m calmer and happier which means I will have more productive painting sessions. Besides, painting in the same position for hours is not good for my body.

I like to have things planned ahead. I start brainstorming ideas for my next social media posts. Sometimes I like to plan few weeks ahead, sometimes just 2-3 days. I get my ideas from google or Pinterest.  Also I make pictures ahead because not every day I have something to post on social media. It’s always good to have some images in folder.

When I have finished planning my social media posts, I sketch out ideas for my new paintings. Sometimes it takes just 15 minutes, sometimes it takes for hour.

Around 9pm my brain refuses to collaborate so I need to do something else for a while. I love to watch Netflix. I’m a huge fan of tv series.

Not all of my days are exactly the same but most of them are. Sometimes there are days when I need to do shopping, run some errands or visit a friend. Then I will plan my day accordingly. 

Occasionally I like to take a little breaks from painting and go on a little vacation to recharge and get inspiration for my new artwork. The last thing I want is to overwork and end up having a burnout.

This is how my everyday life looks like. I hope you learned something new about me and my artistic life. If you have any questions then I would be happy to answer them. Write them in the comment section.

 

 

What you need to start oil painting

 

If you have been thinking about starting to paint then you have come to the right place. In this blog post I will tell you what you  need to start oil painting. So get comfortable and take notes.

I remember when I first started. I had so many questions. Which oil colors to use? Should I use canvas or canvas paper. What on earth is medium? If you’re having any of these questions right now then I’m here to help you. I can’t say I’m an expert but I will tell you what I’ve learned throughout the years.

  1. Oil paint. There are so many different brands of oil paints. I would suggest starting with the oil paints created for students a.k.a beginners. They are cheaper and perfect for practising. When the time goes by and your skills get better, you can invest more money in oil paints.
  2. Brushes.  There are brushes for watercolor, oil colors and acrylics. Pay close attention to the signs so that you won’t buy the wrong brushes. Brushes come in different shapes. Each one of them has a specific stroke. When it comes to oil color brushes, they are made of bristle hair and sable hair. You can use bristle brushes to complete your whole painting but when you need to make finer details then you need to use sable brushes.
  3. Turpentine. It can be used to thin oil paint and effect the flow of paint onto the canvas.
  4. Newspaper ( to clean the brushes) Or you can use some kind of old clothes to clean your brushes. Whatever works better for you.
  5. Linseed stand oil.  It is a painting medium which will make oil paints more fluid, transparent and flossy. I use it a lot. The thing I love about linseed oil is that it is odorless. It’s not healthy to breathe in poisonous mediums.
  6. Charcoal pencil or pencil. They will come in handy when you start the painting. You can use them to sketch out the basic outlines for your work. This will make the whole painting process easier.
  7. Palette. You can buy a palette from the local art shop or you can buy it online. I personally have used one time use plates, also discovered that the glass from a picture frame can also be used as a palette.
  8. Comfortable clothes. Yes! Its very important to wear clothes that are not your most favorite ones. There is a high possibility that you might end up ruining your clothes when you spill some oil colors on it. I have personally managed to wash the oil colors out but it all depends on the material and fabric of the clothes. Also, you should consider getting yourself rubber gloves. It’s not good for your skin to get covered with oil colors.
  9. Easel or table.  I personally love to use both of them. With easel you have an opportunity to paint either by standing or you can use a chair. If you would prefer to have all your oil colors in hand, then you can paint on the table. Personally I can’t always paint on the table because I tend to get the neck pain when I spend too much time behind the table. So if you are a person who is suffering under neck pain/ back pain then probably this isn’t the right choice for you.
  10. Canvas. There are so many different brands who offer canvas in different measurements. When you’re just getting started with painting, I recommend you to start with smaller canvases. Personally I think it’s easier.

I hope this blog post was helpful and you learned something new.

New art: beautiful little paintings in the etsy shop

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Lost in time
Oil on canvas paper
32,5 x 28,5 cm

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So far away
32,5×32,5 cm
Oil on canvas paper

I got the inspiration for this painting from a movie: The pursuit of happyness. I likes the par where Chris told his son: “Don’t ever let somebody tell you “you can’t do something” not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you “you can’t do it”. If you want something, go get it. Period.

The waves in this painting represent all the obstacles and criticism that you might face your journey while you are moving towards achieving your dream. But don’t let these waves scare you. You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf. In other words all these obstacles will make you stronger.

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Awake my soul
32,5×32,5 cm 
Oil on canvas paper

This painting is about finding your purpose. What makes you smile? What are you passionate about? What makes you eager to get out of bed every morning?
Do what you love. The world needs more of that. You only have one life. So make it count, make it special.

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A moment to remember
Oil on canvas paper
32,5×32,5cm

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Harmony
Oil on canvas paper
32,5×32,5cm

The emotion that I was trying to capture with this ocean painting, is harmony. 

 

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My etsy shop launch

 

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I have some very exciting news today. Probably many of you already know that I finished my painting series “Waves of life” and recently I opened my etsy shop. I’m so excited.

For months I wanted to open my shop on etsy.  Since I was busy with finishing my “Waves of life” series, I didn’t have time for that.Today I’m happy to announce that you can find all my paintings on my etsy shop.

I have paintings in many different sizes and I ship worldwide. I’m also planning to paint watercolor paintings as well. I want to have as many different sizes paintings as  I can, so people who can’t afford my biggest paintings, can give a home to some of my little painting.

Feel free to take a look.

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Waves of life series launch

 

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Wow, finally it’s the day of my Waves of life launch. . Are you ready? I am. I’m so excited. This has been a long and interesting journey for me.  I hope that you connect with my paintings some way. When I look back I can see how much I have grown and learned thanks to this series. The series has 14 paintings.

The series is all about life.  It will concentrate on many situations and experiences that almost all of us experience.

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Power of love
55x46cm
Oil on canvas

The ocean in this painting represents the powerful force of nature. Ocean finds the way through and around rocks.. Just like the ocean, love is powerful. This painting is to remind us that love always finds it’s way.

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Happy vibes
60x50cm
Oil on canvas

This ocean represents happiness. This painting is all about positivity. I want this painting to inspire and motivate us to be positive and good to each other. Because what we give, we get back.

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Tranquility
60x70cm
Oil on canvas

This ocean and clouds represent the peace. It’s important to find peace in the world we don’t always understand.

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Follow your way
65x54cm
Oil on canvas

This painting is to remind us that being different and unique is good. Don’t care what people say. Just follow your own way. Trust yourself, trust that everything will work out. Believe in yourself.

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Moment of bliss
55x46cm
Oil on canvas

I got the inspiration for this painting when I was at the beach in Latvia. Sometimes watching ocean helps you put things into perspective. Often we live in the past or are worried about the future too much. Our everyday life is so busy and we forget to take a moment and enjoy the beautiful things in life.

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The last day of holiday
65x54cm
Oil on canvas

This painting is a memory of my holiday. I went to Latvia in summer and I had an opportunity to visit a beach there. It was so beautiful.

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Waves
65x54cm
Oil on canvas

With this painting I wanted to capture waves. I like the way they move around little rocks.

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Forgotten place
60x70cm
Oil on canvas

This painting represents the beauty of the earth, an abandoned place. A place where people don’t come.

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Wave
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

There is something very fascinating about the movement of the ocean. With this painting I tried to capture the spirit of the water. I love the way ocean moves. It’s like a dance.

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The beach
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

I got the inspiration for this painting when I went for a walk with my friend on the beach. I stopped and observed the movement of the ocean. It was so beautiful.

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Return to the paradise
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

I dream a lot. The best part of it is that I remember my dreams. This painting represents my dream where I spent the most beautiful day in the beach. The dream felt like I was in a paradise. The beach was so beautiful. I tried to capture the feeling of this dream.

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Waves of change
81x65cm
Oil on canvas

There is one quote that inspired me to paint this ocean:  “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf”  In life often something unexpected happens. We shouldn’t let things knock us down, maybe we can’t do anything about it but we can control how we respond to the things.

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Afterglow
55x46cm
Oil on canvas

Afterglow represents a day when it’s silent and there is no wind. Moments after the storm.

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Just a dream
40x40cm
Oil on canvas

Just a dream is a 2 piece oil painting set. This painting is from a dream that I see often. In my dream I see a huge wave that is coming to me and I’m trying to escape. I wanted to paint this dream so that I could face my fear which is deep water and remind everyone the importance of facing their fears.

You can buy the prints here.