Posts Tagged ‘artist’

Rodeo Clown Face Art

Rodeo Clown Face Art

Painting portraits in pointillism is a challenge.  While I want to stay true to the process, I also want my buyers to see “the life” of the person reflected on the canvas.  When I have onlookers watch the portrait process, I wonder what they are thinking? When you just paint one color at a time over the whole canvas, it tends to make the subjects look like monsters to start.  Does my audience say,”What the hell is she doing?  That doesn’t look like the person in the photo…”

If they stayed around long enough, they would see how each new color adds more depth and personality.  I actually love seeing my “Face Art” come to life.  Pointillism is perfect for showing that special “twinkle” in the eyes.  There is an energy that exudes from the work.  Sometimes it makes me feel comfortable and sometimes it makes me feel uneasy.  I currently have my portrait of a Rodeo Clown hanging in my bedroom.  Last night, my husband said, “That guy is creeping me out!”  I don’t think it is a fear of clowns but simply that “energy” that pointillism brings to life.  What do you think?

Any rodeo enthuisiasts out there want to buy him?  He needs a new home.

Yes,  I do commissions!  In fact,  painting for others is the primary way I sell my artwork.  I always start from photographs.  I prefer taking the photos myself but when a client has a special memory related to their own private photos, I will do my best to create a painting that reflects the energy and personality of the subject(s).  Frequently, clients will want a Landisworks painted portrait from a wedding, anniversary, vacation, or another special event that  yearns for more drama that only paintings can inspire.  My pointillism style is popular because “no one has Pointillism Portraits!”

I thought I would share some of my favorites.

Consider a Landisworks Pointillism Painting for your home or office.  They make great gifts too.

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B & W Photo

B & W Photo

Completed Portrait

Completed Portrait

Pet Photo

Pet Photo

Completed Pet Portrait

Completed Pet Portrait

Original Photo

Original Photo

Completed Landscape

Completed Landscape

Original Photo

Original Photo

Completed Portrait

Completed Portrait

Altered Photo

Altered Photo

Snow Grazing  24 x 36"

Completed Pet Portrait

Last night I attended a soiree at the Pinetop Contemporary Fine Art Gallery where I have a number of my pointillism landscapes exhibited.  The gallery’s Friday Night Culture Club opens it’s doors to local musicians, poets, actors, etc. to entertain the crowd of creativity enthusiasts.  As I was wandering a bit, introducing myself to other attendees before the entertainment started,  a man approached me saying, “Oh you’re the artist!  You’re the reason I’m here!”  (I had an article in the local paper just that day describing my paintings).  He said, “Who would have thought?  Pointillism in Pinetop (AZ)!”  He was quite engaging.  It turns out that he himself is also an artist.  He was enthusiastic about his artwork which is always fun to hear.  We spoke of how artists market themselves today so I shared with him that I use the LinkedIn Social Network.  He exclaimed “So do I!”  Our conversation immediately turned to just “LinkedIn”…  www.linkedin.com

This was the first time I actually met someone “new and in person” affiliated with LinkedIn.  We discussed how I use it to promote my art to galleries.  It has allowed me to exchange ideas with art dealers and other artists all over the world.  Just this week, I conversed with people from New York, San Francisco, London, Argentina, the Netherlands, and more.  He laughed and said, “My son was one of the original people using LinkedIn.   He encouraged me to try it too.”

LinkedIn is designed as a competitive environment.  You make connections with people as you exchange thoughts.  Your number of connections can either promote more connections and/or readers, as well as, a lack of connections can dissuade others from reviewing your profile and taking you seriously.  So you have to keep building connections.   I also read & respond to the discussions of various  LinkedIn Professional Groups I’ve joined.  I am frequently motivated to “move” on ideas they promote.  I have done more to market myself since LinkedIn than I ever would have imagined prior to joining.  The Pointillism Painters Group on LinkedIn was my brainchild.  It currently has a meager four members of pointillism artists whose works are diverse but I anticipate many more will surface, and soon!  I also read what my actual “real-life friends” are doing on LinkedIn.  They motivate me to action too.  I want to stay “up on what’s happening” and not let others pass me by;  thus, the competition.  It’s healthy though!

So, when my new “Soiree LinkedIn Friend” said “I haven’t spent enough time on My Profile“, I knew he needed some motivation to get the most out of LinkedIn.  It’s obvious that he also knows the competitive nature of this social network.  Thus, the implied apology…  So, this whole blog is for “you”.  I’m glad we met in person and I hope to “connect on LinkedIn” in the future.  Good luck!

Wanted to share an article in today’s local paper.

http://www.wmicentral.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20329941&BRD=2264&PAG=461&dept_id=509345&rfi=6

Wanted to share this article about Daniel Doherty, a Pointillism Painter in San Francisco.  He painted a mural inspired by Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  Great homage to Seurat!

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2009/05/seurat_francisco_sf_artist_get.php

The Pointillism Painters Group Logo

The Pointillism Painters Group Logo

Today, I started a social networking group on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) called The Pointillism Painters Group.  If you are an artist and not familiar with LinkedIn, I highly suggest that you take a look at it and become a professional member.  There are a number of art related networking groups that allow you to participate or start a discussion about a pertinent topic.  You can also promote your artwork and get feedback on your finished products. LinkedIn has brought plenty of activity & interest to my website.

I began the pointillism group to hear from others about their individual processes whether physically, emotionally &/or  spiritually.  I can not wait to hear how other artists benefit (or not) from painting in pointillism.  I plan to share my process from start to finish and hopefully, much of this information can inspire a published book on pointillism.

My 1st Pointillism while in college painting class  Circa: the 70's

My 1st Pointillism while in college painting class Circa: the 70's

Last night I went on a First Friday Artwalk in Phoenix, Arizona. There were young adults everywhere.   I had no idea that there was so much excitement in downtown Phoenix!   As a middle-aged artist,  my anxiety level escalated from one art studio/gallery to the next.   What was I thinking?  I could have stayed home and just painted.  So, unfortunately, ageism abounded as I did my best to experience each piece of art.  I tried to imagine what kind of minds could create such complex and “crazy” pieces.  It wasn’t working.  I felt old so therefore my personal artwork must be old.   I wanted to bolt!

However, at one of the last stops, I found a huge warehouse-type room full of sculpture. There were experiential pieces; “Step on this!” “Look in here!” I followed directions not because I wanted to but because I was instructed to.  It had been a learned behavior from my years of directed primary & secondary education in a small southern town. Being socially appropriate was most important, more so than any specific educational course work. “Do what is expected!”    Whatever that is…

This gallery was filled from top to bottom with sculpture of all sizes. I couldn’t even identify half of the art mediums.  There were also visitors of all ages in the room.  Small groups, here and there, clustered around individual pieces. They appeared to be totally involved with the art processes and concepts. The audience was also confident, much more so than I felt.

I noticed a photographer “working” the room. He was an unpretentious, middle-aged guy.   Obviously, he had a clear motive for taking such careful shots of the art, artists, & visitors. I approached and asked him if he knew any specific artists. He replied, “I know all of them. They are my students”. He was a professor at Arizona State University and this gallery space was filled with his sculpture class; all there to share the excitement of their class projects, individual artwork, and mutual feelings of success.

After our momentary exchange, the room took on a different “color and feel” for me.  It no longer was threatening but inviting.  I was reminded of how I felt as a young art student; I had acquired skills that the average student didn’t get in non-art related classes.   I had perceived myself as special and gifted.

I now could see the actual personalities and relationships of this unique gallery audience. They were college students, their parents, singles & couples, grandparents, and siblings co-experiencing their art student’s success.  I was reminded of how much art changed my outlook as a young adult.

Last night, this small group of college students re-reminded me to take more personal risks. “Step on this!”  “Look in here!”  These are creative invitations to think and feel young and embrace life and fear. Learning to simply follow directions and do only that which is expected can breed lifelong fear and anxiety.   WE DON’T HAVE TO DO WHAT IS EXPECTED!

I went home with a renewed feeling of being special and gifted being an artist and peer to these young minds.  Learning to be & think creatively is vital to today’s educational curriculum and the well being of men and women for years to come.   We must  keep art in the classroom.