Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I finally got my website set up! I have been working on it for a couple days and I'm quite happy with the way that it has turned out. There are a few things that I'd still like to add, but it's pretty much done. If you'd like to see a portfolio of my work I suggest you check out my website. My website address is: http://www.angelabishopart.com
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Here is my first watercolor ACEO for Etsy. All the others I've done were delivered to the gallery this past weekend. Now I'm working on some for my website. I think it's important to have a range of pieces (and different prices) available for people to choose from.
This little paintings are highly collectible and affordable original pieces of art. "Red Rose" was completed on 140lb watercolor paper. This mini painting is listed for $20. I also have acid free white mat boards available for them. They're 8 by 10 with an opening of 2 1/2 by 3 1/2. These fit very easily in an 8 by 10 frame.
Have a lovely day!
Monday, February 21, 2011
This kitty was so much fun to paint. I have to thank Nancy Rose again for allowing me to use her photo as a reference. I'm not sure I did the photo justice, but it was fun trying. :)
This painting was completed on pastelbord with mostly pastel pencils. It is available in my Etsy shop for $50 and free shipping.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Here is a photo of two of the little watercolor paintings that I framed and hung in the gallery. I really like the way these look framed like this.
I spent the day at the gallery yesterday and I am feeling very inspired. Now that my hand is healed I'm looking forward to spending more time in the studio painting.
I hope you had a nice weekend.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Ah, it feels so good to be painting again! I was worried that my hand wouldn't heal properly and that I would need surgery. It's not 100% healed, but I am able to write and paint so I am happy. :) And this is my 200th post! Blogging has been a great way for me to share my art with everyone and to receive feedback as well.
I actually started this painting before I hurt my hand and it was difficult to get back to it after almost 2 weeks. I usually like to finish a piece within a day or two so this was a bit of a struggle to get back into, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I originally began this painting thinking that it would end up in the gallery. I'm not sure quite yet. Have to see how it will look framed. I used all Winsor and Newton paints on 140lb cold press paper.
Have a nice afternoon!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Since I hurt my hand and have not been able to paint, I've been thinking about something that I've always been interested in, writing. I have always been a reader and I used to write stories all the time when I was a kid, just for fun. As I got older I began to write poetry. I tried to dig out some of my old poems and stories but only found a couple. I wanted to share them with you but the poem is about love and is kind of personal, and the story I wrote when I was in elementary school. It's called, "The Haunted House." It was terribly written but it brought back the love I had for story telling.
I actually have to thank the person who told me that my artwork has no emotion because their comment is what got me thinking. I was admiring an illustration done by an artist I really respect and I had an intense emotional response to it. I began thinking how I wished my work could have that kind of impact on others. When I go into the studio in the morning I think, "What will I paint today?" It's more about creating a pretty picture than anything, but I still consider it an emotional outpouring because I love it.
Anyway, I was thinking first about illustration and then I began thinking about writing. I think as creative beings we're always trying to find new ways to express ourselves. I picked up some reference material on illustrating children's books a few years ago because it was an interest of mine but never looked at it. I've let the fear of failure keep me from trying many things. I've decided that I have to at least try it because I will never forgive myself if I don't.
There are so many reasons why I am interested in writing and illustrating children's books. First, I don't think children read enough today with all the video games and other electronic means of entertainment. Secondly, I think children can learn a great deal of life lessons from books. I so enjoyed books as a child and I love the thought of creating something that a child can enjoy and learn from at the same time.
Initially I had decided not to share this idea with anyone, except for close family who I knew would be supportive, but then I thought that I had to share it with everyone else because I'm just so excited about it. I know I probably do enough considering I have quilting, photography, decorative painting and fine art, but I'm not going to hold back because I'm already involved in so many other things. I've let people make me feel bad for having so many interests and I realized that that isn't right. People can be great at many things, I've seen it, and that's what gives me encouragement.
I in no way intend on quitting painting, I just plan to work some writing and illustrating in there too. I will certainly share my work with you as I go along. I have so many ideas and I can hardly wait to get started!
I hope you have a great weekend, and happy early Valentine's Day!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Regarding my painting style, I am learning that you cannot choose your style, just like you cannot choose the style of your handwriting. You can force yourself to paint a certain way for a while, but eventually you will fall into something naturally. I never thought that I would be a realistic painter but the more that I paint the more that that’s what I’m leaning toward, and I’m learning to just except it and embrace it. People have suggested to me that realism is “taking the easy way out” and that it’s not an artistic expression at all, it’s simply copying. I say of course it’s an artistic expression. Something that I’ve noticed is that the people who make such comments paint very loosely and I’d like to see them try to paint realistically. It’s not easy and I enjoy the challenge to trying to paint something exactly the way I see it. How can you criticize someone for painting what they see? There are many artists whose work I don’t particularly like, but I still respect them and their passion for what they do.
Regarding my work showing no emotion, I think that has been among the most hurtful comments that I have gotten. I believe that all art is an emotional outpouring. A need to express ourselves and the way we view the world in a creative way. All art is emotional. You may not see how painting a still life of peppers, for example, is an emotional outpouring, but it is. Just because you may not have an emotional reaction to a piece or art doesn’t mean that it didn’t come from an emotional place for the artist. I paint what I love, what brings me joy and what I find unique.
Art is very personal. When you criticize someone’s work, you’re criticizing them. You don’t have to like my work, but really if you don’t have anything kind to say, please don’t say anything at all. Most of you have been so kind and supportive and I thank you very much for that.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Today's painting is this little magnolia blossom. Those shadows just drew me in. I'm a little disappointed because these mini paintings don't seem to be scanning very well. They look so much better in person. In fact that's something to always keep in mind with art that you see online; it will always look better in person.
This little magnolia painting is reserved for the gallery.
I hope you have a nice weekend!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I'm having way too much fun with these little watercolor paintings. The scanner doesn't seem to be doing the best job at obtaining a good image of the painting though. It's so much cuter in person. I can't want to get these framed. I have these white 8 by 10 mat boards with a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 opening and these little paintings look so nice with them. I've always liked the look of a bigger mat with a small painting.
Anyway, this calla lily was a joy to paint. I have never painted a white flower before, so the shadows made me a bit nervous. However, took out some of my "cobalt's" and mixed just the right colors. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out and I will definitely be painting a calla lily in a larger size in the future.
This little painting will be available at the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery in a couple of weeks.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Another little mini watercolor painting today. If you've been following my blog you may recognize this because I did it in pastel a few months ago. I think I like the watercolor better.
I'm having so much fun with this little mini paintings that I think I'll start doing some for Etsy. This little one will be going to the gallery in a few weeks.
A calla lily is next on my list. :)