I know pretty much every artist has faced this affliction at one time or another. Staring at that blank piece of paper or canvas and wondering where in the hell to start.
I found this meme that I keep on my inspiration board. It has helped me SO much. I now buy watercolor paper and sketchbooks on sale and use them to play and experiment. I am gradually encountering the blank canvas phenomenon less and less.
I hope it helps you.
This month has been a whirlwind so far! I put my foot down and told myself this is the year I’m going to really market my art and man, has this shit kept me busy!
Since the first of the year: Painted almost a dozen paintings; applied to be selected to attend my first show (jury selection – yuck – and still awaiting an answer) in May; submitted three paintings for display/sale at a local show (accepted – yay!); sold an original on Etsy (yay!) with a possibility for custom commissions; had a separate custom commission request which I’m currently working; overhauled my Etsy shop (again); and almost completed filling another sketchbook (which I just started in November).
I also began keeping a spreadsheet with a list of my paintings so I can remember sizes, mediums, what originals have been sold and when I painted them. It’s really been a big help, but it’s also a bitch-kitty to keep up to date.
And lastly, I’m involved with two community projects — one is for a public street (pavement) mural project and the other is with my local art association – volunteering to help get them current with their website and social media.
If I keep up this pace, I am really going to earn my vacation this year.
Happy creativity to you all!
Ravens with Hearts. © 2015 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor painting on paper.
Dove with Flowered Crown. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor painting on paper.
On Etsy, that is. I’m going to take the plunge and start offering instant digital download art for printing at home. I’m still not convinced that Etsy is where I really should be, but if I can generate some money to help tide over between original artwork sales, it would be welcome.
I’ve already started with a few of my digitally altered photos and will work on getting some of my watercolor and mixed media sketches online.
These Boots – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
Number 33 – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
Hawk’s Hill – ©2013 Aprille Lipton – digitally altered photo
I also have an idea for a series of child-themed initial art that would translate well to instant download.
What are your thoughts? Have any of you tried selling instant download works? If so, what has your experience been like?
Took a break from the series to mess around in my sketch book and with some acrylics on paper. I did one in my sketchbook with horses negatively painted out of a background. I liked the effect and so went on to do Blue Appaloosa on paper (9×12). I’m sure I will be doing more of these and expanding upon the concept.
Blue Appaloosa. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
Blue Appaloosa – Closeup. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
And yet again, I neglect my blog. But it’s for the greater good! I’ve been painting. Still trying to ferret out my style but I think I’m on the right track.
I’ve been loving my sketches but not so much once they make it to canvas or paper and I paint.
Some came out better than others.
Then I tried to loosen up… and LOVED the results. Here’s Peace and Dove II – 8×10 acrylic on canvas. More in this style to follow.