I’ve been soooo busy, yes like a crazy person as usual. I’ve been on a drive to get my art out there and I’ve been…as you know…doing allot of acrylic abstracts but now I’m doing allot of miniature acrylic abstracts. They to have been so much fun, so I’m totally enjoying myself. The only challenge is time. I’ve been feeling extremely rushed and anxious because when I want to be painting I’m at my other job. But that pays the bills and my art doesn’t, at least not yet, so I can’t push it aside. Anyway, let me tell you about the great few weeks.
I say God is good because although I had that weird week of accidents. I visited my favourite art supply store again….yes again and who happens to be there? One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most amazing artist Jackie Hinkson. I love his work and I kinda got star struck. He taught one of my art classes way way back, so I didn’t think he would remember me. I was oh so polite to him but he did catch me drooling…so embarrassing. I built up the courage to go talk to him and reminded him of where we met and he remembered the class. (BIG SMILE). The best part was, when he was leaving, he asked if I still painted and I said yes, but I’m doing some acrylics and less watercolour. However I intended to restart on the watercolours. He said yes watercolours are difficult but keep trying. He also offered to critique my work. Well people, I’m not one to waste or lose an opportunity. I definitely GRABBED that one. The same afternoon as soon as I returned home I sent him an email and 3 of my pieces to critique.
Do you know he really responded and his feedback was so great and made me feel sooooo resolved to continue my painting and to know that I wasn’t on the wrong track. It confirmed me and now I’m off and running. The great thing is, we continue to correspond as I’ve sent him another watercolour and an abstract to hear his thoughts about them. He encouraged me to do Plein Air, which I know I need to do more often but I tend to avoid. Plein Air is hard, especially as the paint dries so quickly as you’re painting. Below is the Plein Air I attempted once and didn’t like, but I will take his advice and do one that is simple and see how that one turns out. Its a painting of the Haynes Manor by the savannah. See what I mean?
OK Guys I gotta go, talk soon and I will tell you more next week and don’t forget…CHECK MY WEBSITE http://www.triniartstudio.net and buy what you like.
Hi everyone, first I must apologise for not posting on Monday as usual. Why? Because I’ve been in a trance and I only just got out of it….Hmhmhaha….seriously, it felt like a trance and it isn’t over. I’ve been on an abstract painting journey. As you know, I discovered acrylic abstract painting and I’ve been semi obsessed…..well it’s true and it’s still happening.
I posted on instagram one or two of the new pieces and I even did a piece to place on Redbubble’s / Australian Library Victoria “Create Art History” competition. So I hope you forgive me, especially when you see the pieces I created. What I discovered is that abstract painting is creative freedom. You can’t plan the piece because things change as you go along. It’s based on what feels right to you at that exact moment. It’s sooooo addictive and that’s why I can’t seem to stop. But a friend of mine (who isn’t really a fan of abstracts) asked me…. “so when are you going to do more watercolours? I like your watercolour scenes”. People I suddenly felt guilty….I haven’t painted a watercolour in months….I kinda know that I’m hiding or avoiding the watercolours because watercolour isn’t the easiest medium. In fact most people say it’s the hardest medium as you can’t control it and it isn’t as forgiving as acrylics. But at least the Redbubble competition piece was a mix medium – watercolour, pastels and ink. (It’s the first one)
I also feel to some extent that doing the abstracts will help me become looser. Being loose is a must with watercolours if you want to be a realism impressionist. The week has been great as I’ve been able to paint today as I didn’t have a client in the afternoon. So I rushed home, stopping at the art supply store (of course) to pick up more canvases. So this afternoon I finished a piece for our Art Societies’ Exhibition “REBIRTH”. I hope you like them and don’t forget
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Hi Everyone, sorry I’m writing so late but it’s been a very busy day with me running around with my mom then passing in the office etc..you know how that goes. So we are having another holiday on Wednesday. HA HA HA!! In Trinidad and Tobago we have lots of holidays, we had one last week and we have another one this week. Wednesday is “Divali”, an East Indian Celebration. It’s also called the Festival of Lights. This is like Christmas for the East Indians. We have a very mixed culture of races here and its the best.
There are lots of preparations of Indian dishes and candies, with these treats being shared and given everywhere you go. We also fill small clay like cups called “Deyas” with oil and they are lit outside of homes and in parks on stripped bamboo. The bamboo is bent into different shapes and the deyas are placed on varying spots of the bamboo. Its a great sight and the food shared is delicious. Everyone looks forward to driving through different areas to view the variety of designs made by the deyas. There are also shows with indian dancing and singing, all forming part of the festivities.
I’ll be wearing my East Indian outfit tomorrow, I really need to get a Sari, but maybe next year. So while you are working on Wednesday, I’ll be home relaxing eating the delicious Indian candy and having curry for lunch.
Take a look at this drawing I did of two East Indian Dancers a few years ago. And remember – Go check my website: http://www.triniartstudio.net and see more of my artwork.
Hi Everyone, didn’t mention this, but I’m doing an online course on how to market your business. As with every course, you get homework and we were given homework this weekend to approach 3 people to talk about our product (my art) and get them interested. Well I didn’t even try doing that because, firstly I couldn’t think of who I could approach that I didn’t know and then having to tell them about what I do!!!!! Urrrrr!!!! Please note I’m not shy and it’s not that I’m anti-social. I just didn’t want to approach a friend. But low and behold I happened to go into one of our popular art supply stores “Arnim”, with my daughter and as we purchased our item, a gentleman who came to collect some paintings (they also do framing and matting ), as we were leaving he called out to me. I was a bit wary as I didn’t know him and wondered OK what was he up to. He asked if I painted? I said yes. Then he suggested that I become a member of a group called “Women in Art”. Well I was thrown, because my art teacher moved to Canada, the art group disintegrated., so I had no other artists to bond with.
I was looking for a group to join so I could learn and join in the activities that are so enjoyable in this art world. This gentleman, out of nowhere, suddenly answered my need. He gave me all the details of who to contact and I thanked him profusely. What timing…Ha Ha HaHaHa…so of course I called immediately, arranged to pay and become a member and was invited to submit 5 pieces for an exhibition they were having in Tobago. Yea!!!!! You must understand….the more your work is out there, the more people will recognise you and you build a client base. So I immediately went through my work to pull out 5 pieces that fit the criteria and wrapped them up and they will be on their way to the exhibition on Monday. I can’t wait to get feedback from the gentleman……get this……. who happened to be the Gallery Owner that was hosting the exhibition. Huh!! Just Amazing!!!! I don’t meet gallery owners or other artists, so this was blow mind for me. Soooo excited. Even if none of my pieces sell at least they were on display and all of this is a great learning experience for me.
These are the pieces I submitted. Hope you like them as well. So I’ll tell you more next week. Hope I have good things to share.