Art help?

2 years, 11 months ago

One day on a whim I wrote a few coffee shops in town e-mails asking if I can put some of my paintings up, with a link to my work. I got one response which was awesome and I proceeded to bring about 5 paintings to sell in their store. Now, a couple weeks later another shop wrote back saying they’d like me to bring some paintings and choose a couple to go up. The problem is I don’t have any left that aren’t done on cardboard. :)
I’m supposed to meet them this week so I need to do a lot of paintings fast. Do you guys have any idea for a theme, setting, color scheme, or design, or anything I could go with? I really want these to be good because I’m trying to get my name out there. But I kind of get "painter’s block" when I know I have an opportunity that may not come again. My favorite style to paint is a mix of abstract/realistic.

March 20, 2012 at 12:27 am

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Profile photo of FeralOne FeralOne (@paradoxone) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

A mix of abstract and realism, that sure sounds interesting. I’d love to see your work sometime. As for that inspiration, hmm, I can seem to think about anything right now, sorry.

You could look around on http://www.deviantart.com

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Paint fighters! Or pick up an anatomy or histology book and paint that stuff. It’s real but often looks very abstract.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

You should paint a realism painting of a sailing ship or some people, maybe some mermaids that’d be cool.. I’m sure any abstract paintings will look good just start off with what comes to mind.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Thanks guys. Feral I have a link to my webpage on my HE profile if you want to see some.

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Profile photo of Kevin Kevin (@bigred) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Maybe play around with some abstract colors in the sky, mixing with some nature scenes for realism?

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Profile photo of Kevin Kevin (@bigred) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Or better yet. Find your-self some sacred fungi for inspiration.

I learned on this site that creativity comes from mixing points of view. and psychedelics do offer great inspiration.

I usually put out GREAT stuff after its worn off and Ive taken the whole trip in mentally.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Kevin, i like that idea… What first comes to mind is some type of desert scene, possibly including cacti and vivid colors. Or somehow making maroon and turquoise go together in a desert scene, along with orange and yellow. Idk, looks good in my head.
Sacred mushrooms would probably help a lot but I’m broke and the connection doesn’t come around often here.

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Profile photo of Kevin Kevin (@bigred) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

A desert sunset sounds great. you could probably play with the greens of the cacti to have some good contrast to match the sky.

I want to do something like this for one of the backgrounds of my signs. How would you do the sand?

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

I would do the sand light gold and do some shading or strips of bright yellow and orange in there… like orange where the shadows would be in the hills of sand and yellow to highlight the tops of the hills. I wish I could transfer my mental image to you, haha.

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Profile photo of Kevin Kevin (@bigred) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

You must have, because ive got a perfect image on this end.

Ive got all those colors as well. Ill deffinatly try something like that, no idea if i can pull it off. :P
Went out and got like 20 cans of paint for the project the other day. Ive been preoccupied with fixing up the town since though.. :P
But ill make some signs to show soon.

Ive noticed a rise in creativity between peers internationally lately. i like it. :)

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Well that would be positively badass if we both went off of this idea and swapped pics of the end result to see how different/similar they are!!! You down?

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Profile photo of Jared Edwards Jared Edwards (@jaredwards) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Your stuff is really great from what I’ve seen. Most of your works seems grand in perspective. I think you should get baked and spend the evening in a planetarium. Maybe something like lights fading through cities or states or countries or galaxies. Just my thoughts!

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

I love the planetarium idea but I don’t smoke anymore. :) I haven’t been to a planetarium since my 4th grade field trip to one.

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Profile photo of Dom Dom (@dominickjohn) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Ocean. :P

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Profile photo of Woodsy Woodsy (@woodsy) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

don’t worry about it. If you can make it happen, then bring some over. If not, oh well. It really is not a big deal because your ability is there and your mind is there and really… you can make a tonn more. The opportunity will be back plenty of times. Keep making them for your own pleasure and don’t worry if working under pressure doesn’t really work out this time.I’m always in these situations with contests and shows. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, but life goes on and so will your art making. New opportunities will come up on the horizon if you keep en eye open and get out there when ready. Don’t cage yourself in, keep going as how it feels most natural. Keep an empty room inside of yourself (there are not “painter blocks” there) and inspiration will always hang out there and drop stuff off.

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Profile photo of David David (@zeitro) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

@Ellie whenever i want to get inspired or to think of what to do next for an art piece, i follow these following steps, and they always work for me!

1. empty your mind
2. ask “existence” something like: “what has to be done?” (it usually helps if you say it out loud, you may look weird talking to yourself, but trust me)
3. empty your mind again
4 since you asked before, images and/or ideas will naturally show up inside your head

this has worked for me so many times and i always feel very fulfilled by it :D
have fun and good luck!

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