I’m so happy that I finished my new painting series Pure Shores. It took me a while to finish it. Painting ocean has been very calming and interesting at the same time. I have received some very positive feedback about my ocean paintings and it moves me deeply. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart that you like and enjoy what I do.
Pure shores: behind the scenes
As you can see I really enjoy drinking tea while I paint. Sometimes I totally lose myself in the painting process and accidentally put my brush in the tea cup. Oops! I try to keep my desk organized ( most of the time), although sometimes I fail.
My favorite part of this painting was to paint the beach waves, I did it by using my painting knife which has lately been one of my favorite tools when it comes to painting ocean. I think I might buy more painting knifes in different sizes to play with. Also I have found some new favorite oil colors.
Ever since I started using Newton & Winsor oil colors, I have started to love them! They have so many beautiful colors and high quality. What more could I possibly want!
The downside of loving oil colors so much is that I want to buy so many colors, even if I don’t need all of them. You know the feeling when you go to the shop with empty stomach and you feel like eating every possible thing that seems delicious. In fact, in my opinion everything seems delicious then.
I like to paint and then take a moment to observe it from the distant to decide whether it needs some more paint or not.
I would love to know which one of them do you like the most from my new series pure shores?
Are you an artist who loves to create and has a lot to offer to the world? Being an artist also means you have to have art supplies to do that. Sometimes for some reason we might not have an opportunity to buy new art supplies and spend money. I will tell you how I made a new palette for myself.
When it comes to painting, the palette is really important thing for an artist. I personally have used quite little palettes and plastic plates. Recently I have been thinking that I should get a bigger palette. I have seen many different palettes for sale:
clear acrylic plastic
“Stay wet” palette
Disposable palette paper
Since I wasn’t planning on spending any money on a new palette, I decided to take a look around my house. Suddenly I got a feeling that I should go to kitchen and see maybe there is something that I can use. At first I thought that this is crazy! There is no way I will find something from the kitchen. But I was wrong! I found an old refrigerator’s shelf which was left behind after we got a new refrigerator. It was perfect for my palette because my old one was too small and I needed more space for colors.
I’m so happy that it’s so big and it should be quite easy to clean. So if you are thinking about getting a new palette and you don’t want to spend money on it, then you should see maybe there is something you can use as a palette in your home.
Here are few pictures of my palette:
Comments are always welcome and encouraged. Please let me know how you made your palettes. Would love to know!
Maybe you have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve had a pretty tight schedule lately. A lot of commission works and beside that I felt like I needed to take some time off and recharge my batteries, so to speak. You know the moment when you feel like you are a sponge which is left in the sun to dry. In this post I will talk about my new small seascape paintings.
Throughout all these years when I have painted, I was kind of looking and trying to figure out what it is that I love to paint the most. I painted trees, landscapes, animals and I even tried to paint people, the last of them was probably a really bad idea. Turned out I’m not very good at painting people. Oh my! Finally I realised that I love to paint the seascapes the most.
There is a meaning behind the colors. Each color affects us differently. Blue is reliable and responsible. According to google blue symbolizes trust, loyalty wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth and heaven.
Color blue also reduces stress and creates a sense of relaxation. Perhaps that’s the reason why painting seascapes is like a meditation for me. It helps me quiet the mind.
I feel like this year has a lot of things in store for me. I have so many ideas for new paintings. Since I happened to have canvas paper, I started to paint small seascapes and ocean. Besides these little seascape paintings, I will do a series of bigger paintings. I will paint tropical seascapes and oceans series.
I got the inspiration from my favorite places in the world. I have always wanted to travel to: Bahamas, Bora Bora, Maldives, Mauritius, Thailand etc. So far I haven’t had an opportunity to do that, so I thought that If I can’t travel right now, I will paint these beautiful seascapes and oceans and this will make me feel like I’m already there. Because when I paint them then I sort of lose myself in them. It’s kind of hard to explain.
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream”- Vincent Van Gogh
I had so much fun with these little seascape paintings. I realised that little paintings dry so much quicker which is a good thing because sometimes I am very impatient person. It seems like you will see many more small paintings from me, so stay tuned!
“The waves of sea help me get back to me”
Here are some work in progress pictures of my paintings:
Hope you like my paintings.What is your dream travel destination?
Wayne Dyer is one of my favorite motivational speaker. Unfortunately he passed away in august 2015. He is also a self- help author who’s first book Your Erroneous Zones, is one of the best selling books of all time. I like his videos and books. He is humble and kind. His movie “The shift” made me actually realise what is really important in life and gave me courage to pursue the artist career. I have learned many things from him.
The world is in a constant change. There is so much rivalry everywhere. Sometimes we forget that the most important thing isn’t to be better than anyone else. I learned from Wayne that I should focus on being a better artist than I was the day before. Whether it is about learning some new painting techniques, drawing techniques or something about marketing my business. Thanks to him I don’t get discouraged so much as I used to in the past. Personally I think every artist should come up with goals that they want to achieve and then start working towards these goals.
” My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I was yesterday” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Sometimes when I paint, I suddenly get frustrated because I realise that the painting is not turning out the way I wanted it. Usually that’s the moment when I feel the urge to just throw the brushes away and do something else. I learned from Wayne to change the way I look at things and everything suddenly worked out. I decided to surrender to the situation and when I got rid of the resistance, then I suddenly got the inspiration and motivation to continue painting.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change”- Dr. Wayne Dyer
Often times people get carried away because they are so desperate to achieve their goals fast. Wayne Dyer taught me that it’s not the destination that is important, it’s the journey to the destination. Sometimes when I have achieved something after a long time of trying, I see everything clearly. I understand that each step was important and beautiful. Each step had something to teach me.
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way”- Dr. Wayne Dyer
Being an artist hasn’t always been so easy. I believe every specialty has its positive and negative sides. There have been days I’ve struggled with finding new ideas. Artist block is something that every creative person has come across. I learned that it all comes down to one thing- belief. You have to believe that you can do it and the way will present itself.
“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles”- Dr. Wayne Dyer
During all those years I have been artist, I have got so many critical and negative comments. People who do 9 to 5 job every day, have hard time understanding that what the heck is going on in my mind. They don’t understand why I want to risk like that because they don’t think it’s something which would bring me income. Wayne actually encourages people to follow their passion. Passion is this fire inside of you which makes you feel like you can do anything. It’s such a powerful feeling!
“Passion is a feeling that tells you; this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy”- Dr. Wayne Dyer
These are some of the things that I have learned from Wayne Dyer. I’m so grateful that I discovered his books and his videos.
Have you watched Wayne’s videos and read his books? In which way has his teachings impacted your creative career?
Here is a fifth interview of my artist interview series. I interviewed Melissa Karen who is a zentangle inspired artist.
Tell me a little about yourself. What got you interested in art? Did you take any classes?
I have been interested in art since third grade. I remember always making greeting cards for my family and friends. My dream job was to work at hallmark cards. I never took art lessons growing up. I just would draw everyday. After graduating high school, I decided to attend art school instead of going to a traditional college. The idea of taking only art classes and no math really appealed to me. I took 93 hours of art with a double major in jewelry making and drawing. It was a three year program that offered a certificate of achievement upon completion.
What is your preferred medium and why?
My favorite medium is color pencil. I love the colors that can be made blending them together. My favorite brand is Prismacolor pencils. My second one is Faber-Castell colored pencils.
What is your most important artist tool?
My most important artist tool is a light box
How did you build your confidence early in your career?
I would always surround myself with art books. I would look at different ways to draw. I always wanted the latest and greatest art supplies. I subscribed to lots of magazines.
Do you make living off your art?
I made my living off art for 15 years. I was a designer for a major department store. Once again with the changing times and mergers and more computers coming into the workplace, art changed. I enjoy drawing as a
form of relaxation. It is something that is mine and no one can take that away from me.
Do you have a favorite artist? What do you like about her/him?
My favorite artist is degas. I love the ballerina paintings.
Where do you get most inspiration for your artwork? My inspiration comes from children’s books. I love approaching art through a child’s view.
How did you go about getting your work out there? I bought this book called Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market by Mary Buzlaff Bostic. Great help there. This book tells you who buys freelance artwork. Also I created a Flickr page that have people following my work called Kreative Karren.
What is the hardest thing about being an artist? How do you deal with it?
The hardest thing about being an artist is that people call me and ask can I do their portrait in a day. They never understand what actually goes into creating a piece of art.
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future is to open an etsy store and sell my work there. I also want to start a blog and a website. I would like to do some art shows around town too.
What advice would you give to yourself the artist you were 10 years ago?
I would tell myself to get a degree. That is the biggest mistake I made by not getting a degree. Even though I can draw, the degree is what people are interested in. It is a different world out there today.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
I think you do this if you truly love it. Do not go into thinking you will make a bunch of money at it. There are a lot of people out there doing the same thing. Companies now are very selective due to the Internet. It’s harder to prove that it is your actual artwork and not a copy.
What are those things you have learned as an artist? As an artist I have learned there are no mistakes and so go with it. It is an interpretation of what you see. Don’t be afraid to just jump in and put something on paper.