Another productive path is adding a story to your artwork. Painting Peonies as an example
Telling a story with your artwork is invitation for a dialogue with a viewer, asking some questions might help to describe feelings or mood. There are seven emotional expressions universal to people over the words – happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, anger, disgust, contempt. Which one you would like to receive from a spectator?
Example of painting that telling a happy story🙂
Do you like reading and flowers? Would you like to add some fresh and relaxing look to your room? This painting Red peony will accommodate your needs. Imagine a peaceful comfy evening, a cap of warm cappuccino as a friendly hug, adding fluffy peonies to your room and do not forget your favorite book. Voilà
A series of images are often indicating your moments in a story, or by choosing a personal moment to stand for the whole narrative. Narrative art works often demonstrate well-known or historical, sometimes mythic tales or your imaginary story 🙂
One of the creative paths is making a name to your artwork.
According thinker Aristotle there are five main senses. They are hearing, seeing, touching, smelling and tasting… and poets add one more, a sense of beauty.
Well, let’s start from a name for an artwork. It should activate one sense or imaginary few of them:) Example is one of my painting’s name Floral Jewels, associated with flowers’ beauty, treasure, joy, dream or maybe plum?:)
or my next watercolour artwork named Waltz of flowers, that releasing emotions as swirling couple at the ballroom, rhythm, ballet or maybe lace?
The influence of the art name and picture itself on the emotional mood of a viewer helps releasing an emotion.
For my artist colleagues and students. Workshops. Innovative approach to describe artwork. Trademark:)
How do you describe and prepare paints for your artworks? For example if you need a bright or light yellow colour, a brand, a particular paint? I usually do test paints from my selected colors before painting . All artists would agree that watercolors from different brands with the same names for paints give us various colour’s views. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish and choose a paint even with the same name
For example, PWC watercolor yellow ochre and Winsor yellow ochre paints look differently. Paint of yellow ochre you would describe as something in between from yellow to brown, opaque and raw sienna is mostly yellowish brown, transparent. At the same time, using yellow ochre or raw sienna, they might look very similar for a viewer, who does not care about a name of paint and a brand. They need emotion.
And if you describe a bright yellow color in your artwork as a juicy banana – it would give a clue and bring a memory about a ripe fruit that brings you to summer and you might feel energized. So I created my own cool way to describe colors with names from nature and food, berries, veggies and fruits colors TM 🙂
I pick paint from my watercolour collection of paints and choose the name of one of my favourite berries or fruit, depending on the season and time of year. Some examples of artworks from my recent series of Iris flowers.
… juicy plum, blueberry and peach colors, long stems of mustard colors with background of corn and turmeric colors, little red ladybugs with dripping raindrops are on leaves of colour of green apples …
… of juicy banana, strawberry and blueberry, long stems of colors of cappuccino and kiwi with vanilla background of ripe corn, little red ladybug with dripping raindrops are on milky leaves
Are you feeling the taste and smell of juicy bananas?:)
We are using watercolour paints Cotman cadmium red and cadmium red pale paints as combination, for green colour we used Cotman Sap green and Van Gogh Hoocker’s green deep, paper album Fabriano Acquarello cold pressed 300 g/m2.
Technique was advanced, glazing with 3 layers. I am so proud of these master pieces! Will continue to create workshops, already have several ideas.
Recently I discovered that creating your own design for an artwork frame at home, depending on the style of the interior and painting, is great and fun. Besides, nobody knows about your painting better than the author:)
Watermelon and violet grapes in summer with a city and sea view as background.
My painting is meant to be adding some calming look to a room. At any time of year you might feel the midday relaxed atmosphere of a southern Mediterranean city. There are juicy pieces of watermelon on a table with violet grapes in a glass. From a window and a balcony you might see a southern European town somewhere in Italy with red roofs and blue sea in the background.
Painting a frame for a specific interior style is a really interesting creative process;) A stylishly designed frame for a picture can emphasize the interior design, provided that the colors and shades are correctly selected, which can also be traced in the design of the room.
There are some steps to create a unique frame that will be part of your original art and I will share many tips for artists using my experience. More fun is coming in my future posts:) If you would like to learn, please join my monthly art lessons’ club subscription.
Recently there are some questions came from my colleagues artists. How you are presenting your art to the clients, with or without frame? Adding a matt to a watercolor painting or not? Are you buying a frame before presenting it to a client? Standard inexpensive or hand made from a baguette store? At Target, frames are often less than $25. But custom framing is a lot pricier. Frame is always an architectural feature plus preserving an art and integrating it into a design of room. There many questions about framing and artists are looking for the best solution in every situation.
I am going to share my experience of modernization of a standard frame for art, completely immersing in this interesting and creative activity. Well.. various techniques and secrets can be used to update the frame. Which ones? Let’s find out together, thanks to which the process of painting a picture frame at home will be contunuing creativity process.
Please share your experience in comments. Let’s exchange 🙂
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