Art & Design
Practicing for the Pet Project Fundraiser
After the dedicating a lot of time to acrylic painting for a while, I am starting a pen & ink project.
My husband and I recently started volunteering and fostering animals for the Hawaii Humane Society, and although we had to give up on fostering kitties for now we will definitely continue the volunteering at their facility whenever we have the time.
As well as 'donating' our time I wanted to test ways of fundraising as well, and the Special Events coordinators for HHS pointed out that animal portraits are usually a great way to go. I believe the next big event they have for auctioning of big-ticket items is their "Tails and Tuxedos" event early next year - so I'm starting to practice early to show examples that might draw high bids from pet enthusiasts!
If you would be interested in having a hand-drawn portrait of your pet done between now and the end of 2011 ( with part of the price going to help animals at the Hawaii Humane Society) , I'd love to hear from you!
But if you would rather help the Hawaiian Humane Society directly on your own, I'm sure they would appreciate any donation or your spare time for volunteering or fostering...
"COLOR HARMONY COMPENDIUM" - how basic is 'too' basic?
Finding new ways to work with color and making exciting color combinations that work for either designs or paintings is an important part of keeping my vision fresh and renewing the inspiration to make art. That's why I make an effort to review books on color, art, design or software to update and complement my methods.
Van Gogh alledgedly used strands of differently colored thread that he braided together to test new color combinations for his paintings. Now-a-days, there are many software options for your computer, online or apps for devices that can mimic the same basic concept in a high-tech fashion. Adobe's Kuler.adobe.com website for example let's you combine up to five colors, mix-and match according to various concepts and also review palettes that others have composed. I am sure there are literally dozens of ways to incorporate these programs into your creative routine.
Now, the 25th Anniversary edition of "Color Harmony Compendium" by Terry Marks, MINE, Origin, Tina Sutton is a color guide, featuring each color and its complementory/ analogous/ monochrmatic/ primary relations, perceived psychology and application in design. There also is a moveable color wheel in the front of the book and a CD with a basic color combo program included.
There are a few problems I have with this book: One is that the combinations are showing more of a symbolic representation of the theories rather than working design choices (they are in many cases very crass, gaudy and not up-to-date). But more importantly, the program on the disk is outdated because it only has a limited, internal use. The functionality of the interactive controls is clunky and badly designed. Moreover, the combinations are not transferrable to other programs and only applicable to the designs featured in the book. Any artist or designer that works digitally already has programs that are the primary software to create, change, and enhance all aspects of a design - there is just no need to switch to the artificial, non-integrated program on the disk.
This book is very highly rated on both Amzon and Barnes and Noble - and I'm not quite sure why. It has a visual catalog of basic color schemes but is otherwise not really necessary for a designer or artist that has a basic understanding of what they are doing.
"Color Harmony Compendium" by Terry Marks, MINE, Origin, Tina Sutton
(2009) Rockport Publishing ISBN-10: 1-59253-590-9
My Entry for the Schaeffer Portrait Challenge 2012
"Jaguar Spirit" 2011 CJ
Let me introduce a portrait of my husband Ray, the "Jaguar Spirit" in his defiant roar, showing him as the Punk-personality that he is! It was so much fun working on this painting, the colors and pose came together perfectly to show him exactly the way I wanted.
Unfortunately, my painting wasn't picked for the next round this time, although in my (biased, naturally) opinion it was one of the more 'eye-catching' pieces from the small number of entries a had the priviledge to get a sneak-peak to. The only negative feed-back the coordinator communicated to me at pick-up was that the 24"x20" size was just not large enough to get the point across. Other than that the colors, pose and execution seem to have been generally appreciated - and it definitely seemed to have left a memorable impression!
What does one take away from experiences like this? Contests are usually a great opportunity to get an un-biased opinion on your art. It gives you a chance to take inventory of your creative State of the Union, so to speak.
Bearing that in mind, it is always good to remember that the juries are made up of indiviual people - and as such are highly subjective in their artistic aesthetic and backgrounds. And, representing a Gallery or group, it is their perogative to set visual guidelines and norms to make their exhibit a cohesive collection that represents their views and aesthetic as harmoniously as possible.
This experience has really just re-inspired me to take my own direction, I have no intention to change my style ( although refining it is always an option ). But I'll definitely take the advice: Next time don't just go bold - go BOLD AND BIG! :)
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.