Acrylics have always been my strong suit. However, my style requires a lot of time and patience and recently I’ve had little of both. So in order to make me feel productive and challenge myself, I’ve picked up watercolors. Turns out, nice quality liquid watercolors are WAY more fun to use than the little crayola disk watercolors we got as elementary students.
I’m excited to see the progress I’ve made in such a small amount of time and how drastically different my watercolor technique is compared to my acrylics.
My first piece. San Juan Columbines 2017
Pitkin Campsite 2017. My 2nd watercolor
Portland Headlight 2017
Madison from Monona 2017
Madison from State Street 2017
Flatirons I. 2017
4th of July Trail 2017
CO Mtns 2017
Gore Lake Camp 2017
Pitkin Camp 2017
I also realized that making cards with watercolors is way more fun than trying to buy one from the store.
Seattle thank you card
SF thank you card. 2017
Cow Retirement card. 2017
Dream Lake. 2017. Acrylic on canvas 4×5.
I’ve realized the best way to get out of an artist’s block is to think small. So I bought a bunch of little canvases, gathered up photos and ideas from recent trips, and then poured myself a bunch of coffee. So expect a bunch more little paintings.
Portland headlight II. 2017. acrylic on canvas. 4×4
My mom special requested a small painting of Portland headlight (one of the best pictures I took while in Maine last October) so I used one of my mini 4×4 canvases and happily obliged. Once again, quick small paintings helping me out of my painting slumps.
Sam’s Aspens. 2017. 48×36
My friend (and former roomie), Sam, bought a condo a couple months ago and asked me to help fill her walls– which I obviously said “yes!” The first spot to fill was, of course, above the fireplace. She gave me a target canvas size, color preferences, and “aspens” and the rest was up to me. It was really great to work on my largest piece to date and it was my first piece to paint entirely without photo references. It may have taken me a long time (at least 39 hours) but I’m really glad with how it turned out.
picture for size reference
After the Jackalope Art fair was finished, I got a lot of people asking, “so what’s next?” Good question. Even though the first show went really well, I’m still really nervous about putting myself out there. It’s a big investment both emotionally and financially. But as I sit here typing this, I have 4 applications for art shows and art residencies in the works. Whether or not I actually send out the applications and their fees is another story.
In addition to potentially participating in summer art fairs, I’m also working on setting up an etsy account to make it easier for people to purchase prints/paintings. Once that account is up and running I will spread the good news.
2nd day of Jackalope with my biggest cheerleader/booth engineer
Resolution Bowl. 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 8×10
The best part about the Jackalope Art fair was the feedback I got from people. I got a lot of great responses for all of my work, but the pieces that people liked the most (and that sold best) were my black and white mountain paintings/prints. That made me incredibly happy. My black and white mountains have really been my true style, but I began to doubt if people would be receptive to these pieces. After seeing that strangers actually do really like my mountains, I can get back to working more on these pieces in the new year. It was almost fitting that the first painting I completed in 2017 is of Resolution Bowl at Copper Mountain.
Time to go on even more trips to the mountains!
In the months leading up the Jackalope Art Fair, I worked on an array of ornaments to sell. Below are samples (not all) of the ornaments that I sold at the fair. Ornaments were a hit since it was the holiday season, they were cheaper price points, and each was hand painted originals.
The Square ornaments were painted canvas superglued to little wooden polaroid-looking frames. I then used holiday washi tape to cover the backs. I think they turned out really well, but probably should have reinforced the tape with superglue as well.
Can’t wait to work on more ornaments for next Christmas!
2.5×3 canvas ornaments
The wooden round ornaments were directly painted on with a label, year, and signature on the back.
round wood ornaments
December 10-11th from 10am to 5pm I will be manning my very first art booth! I was accepted to participate in the Jackalope Denver Art Fair. I’m really excited about this event as it should be a really great place to find unique gift ideas and best of all, it’s free! You can find out more information, including info on all participating artisans (myself included), at http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/denver.
It’s less than a month away from the show and I still have so much to do! Most of my ducks are starting to fall into line, but I still have my biggest project to figure out and complete; building my booth. Since it’s my first show I decided to rent the cheapest spot available, however that only leaves me 6×6 ft to work with so I’ll have to get creative. Luckily I’m dating an engineer so he’s decided to make this task his special project. Bless him. Meanwhile, I’ll pour myself more coffee and get back to painting.
Wish me luck and I hope to see you there! Look for me on the 3rd floor, booth 106.