Ordinary Objects That Look Like Expressionist Paintings

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Marisa D. Aceves. Crimson Rectangle. Digital Photography. 2018.

To view more of my work, please visit acevesart.com .

Chilly winter weather sent us to the camping section of our local superstore. After traveling down a few isles, we found the perfect material to cover our windows to keep out the cold. It was thin, lightweight, reflective and easy to transport. Once we got it home, we had to unfold it and trim to fit the individual areas we wanted to cover. During that laborious process, I spotted the perfect opportunity to take a shot. The light was breaking on it’s shiny surface as it collected the many colors of the room. After a little bit of strategic photo editing, the secret life of this object emerged. The end result looked like a colorful, heavily textured abstract painting. New additions to this series will be added in the weeks to come. Be sure to check the my website for more details.

A New Year, A New Series/ Thank you to my readers

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Marisa D. Aceves. Whimsical Geometry: Symphonic Creativity. Mixed Media Digital Painting. 2016  

To view or purhase more of my work, please visit acevesart.com

Creativity unbound finds purpose

Embracing the segmented city with a playful wave of color

It fills the void, laying out possibility

I finished 2016 by combining geometric abstract graphics with my abstract photography to create unique mixed media digital artworks. At the start of 2017, I will be launching my new Whimsical Geometry Series, which adds additional expressionist texture and an unexpected dash of whimsy to modern geometric abstraction.

* Aceves Art has a new modern look 👀 ! Feel free to check it out and tell me what you think! I’d love to get you feedback!

For all the patient viewers who have visited my blog, thank you for your interest in my work!

Wherever you find yourself in 2017, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎆 🍾 🎉

 

Digital Artwork That Uses Abstract Photography 2

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Marisa D. Aceves. Imaginative Intergalactic Transparent Interior Model. Digital Art/Photo Manipulation. 2016.

To view or purchase my work, please visit acevesart.com .

Unfortunately, due to illness, I will not be posting any poetry to go along with the image. This last week I indulged in some evil, lactose free, vanilla bean ice cream and as a result, entered into the land of many tummy troubles. Things are just beginning to settle down health wise, but who knows if I’ll be able to enjoy the coveted Christmas morsels we nibble on once a year. Big sigh…. This is just a glimpse of the new series I will be working on in 2017. It combines digital graphics and abstract photography to create an inter-dimensional, intergalactic, otherworldly feel.

To all my readers, have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

If you do not celebrate Christmas, have a Happy and Blessed Holidays!

Color Field Digital Art That Looks Like Quilts

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Marisa D. Aceves. Improvisational Electric Sunset in Blue. Digital Painting. 2016

To view more of this series and the rest of my work, please visit acevesart.com.

Evenings quiet, ultramarine blue bathes the mountain tops in the blanket of fading memory

The world is a dangerous place for small men

Anxiously hiding beneath the coat tails of their superiors

They wait for a light shower of rain that never comes

Except in twilight dreams

Where gold crusted streets lick their heels

Each city light meets their pallid faces

With a mothers welcome warmth

Lingering there in subtle admiration

Before the weight of their hearts pulls the wealth of existence to them

by Marisa D. Aceves

 

This series was created in the midst of technical difficulty and software incompatibility. I subtlety layered photography, graphics and color fields to create its liquid, quilt-like appearance. I felt that though certain parts of the piece were celebratory, they like the poem above, hint at better, more affluent times that are sadly not as accessible as they used to be. While we still see parts of our world as beautiful and worthy of preservation, we find ourselves surrounded by a sci-fi utopian horror of a society that if it continues the way it is going, will unapologetically eat its youth, growth and innovation. However, this piece like the others in this series are dedicated to the hope that we can one day come together in our humanity, lovingly respect each others differences, and take back the world that once was ours to celebrate.

“No Ma’am I Didn’t See You Playing With Your Paint Brushes”

Colors In Flight Series

Colors In Flight Composition 2: What The Future Holds

Sometimes frustration and a healthy dose of restless boredom leads to the kind of experimentation we always told ourselves we wanted to do on a good day, but couldn’t be bothered.

The weekend I created these small paintings on paper, I was so tired I just didn’t know what to do with myself.

I noticed a small piece of paper I had smeared paint on as I was cleaning my brush and I reached over to pick it up, but it had paint on it.

I accidentally painted my thumb!

Trying hard not to curse out of frustration, I lazily grabbed some heavy weight paper created specifically for mixed media work and smeared my acrylic covered thumb on it.

The small thumb jab dried quickly before  I committed to taping off the edges of the paper in anticipation of a finished piece.

I used direct and indirect applications of paint to produce ten small paintings on paper that evening and following afternoon.

This sudden explosion of creativity helped me to plan the series of large, narrow paintings I am currently finishing utilizing the same methods.

Here are a couple of examples from the completed series.

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Colors In Flight Composition 3: The Age of Maturity

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Colors in Flight Composition 5: All Things Coming Together

A Tale of Two YOUs: Should You Create Art In More Than One Style?

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Artwork by: Marisa D. Aceves. Figurative Landscape 1. enamel on canvas

Article by: Marisa D. Aceves 

It’s true that many artists choose to communicate exclusively in one particular style. 

This common practice is often suggested by many an art professor, gallery owner and online art marketing expert. 

In fact, they are right (well, in a way); your unique style is your brand.

It distinguishes you from other artists competing for the attention of the same established galleries, but what if after years of creating art in your chosen style, you realize that there is something missing?

When your normal burst of creativity seems unfulfilling, should you dare to consider the possibility of another style or medium?

You know instinctively, that you must succeed in marketing one style of work before you proceed, at least that is what the majority of us are led to believe.

An undeniable fear that often creeps up when considering this possibility is the question of wether the art that you are presently creating will suffer as a result of taking that scary but exciting detour.

I believe the answer depends on your answer to a simple question: Are you self-represented or are you gallery represented?

Gallery Representation

If you are gallery represented, the gallery where you signed your exclusive agreement may not want or permit you to sell or even create work in any other style than the one you have been producing. Remember that style together with content/subject matter equal brand.  The gallery uses your brand to sell your work to specific clients.  If the gallery is successful at selling your present brand of work, then they probably won’t share your passion for creating work that is unfamiliar to an established audience. In this case, it becomes a financial issue, as galleries only represent artists whose work they feel they can sell.  Many commercial galleries must make a certain amount of sales to stay open. Your work then is only relevant if it remains “recognizable” and “profitable”.

If you are currently represented by a gallery, I would advise you to check with your gallery to be sure that you understand the terms of your contract.

Self-Representation 

If you represent yourself, you are already becoming aware of the “jack of all trades” juggling act that you face as you have to take on both the advertising and marketing role of a gallery and the creative output of a productive artist. 

 As a self-represented artist, having to market two different styles of work, poses it’s own unique set of challenges.  It means that you have to do twice  the amount of advertising work as well as create significant bodies of work in each style.

Whatever choice that you make, whether you seek gallery representation or you decide to represent yourself, if you plan to create in more than one style, do your research.

So should you take on two markedly different styles?

8 Steps To Increasing Productivity In Your Art Business

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Many many weeks ago…

In the land of salsa and tumble weeds….

I felt I had made an artistic breakthrough.

I was going to combine both texture and glazing techniques to give my pure acrylic paintings a more mixed-media look and feel, but then something unexpected happened,…

It started to rain.

This of course slowed the drying time of the acrylic paint. Ever the optimist (yeh, right), I decided to be patient.

Surely, this little bought of wet weather would change the moment we all chose to blink as it always does in South Texas…but…nooooooooo…

It rained again and again.

At this stage, the paint remained tacky. It had an elmer’s glue consistency that when pressed slightly, released the wet paint from the bottom layers to the semi-dry surface.

Darn, I thought, this is going to take a week to dry….and it did.

Despite this annoying setback, I plodded on trying to make the best of the crazy weather conditions that were beyond my control. Still, I longed to finish the painting that I’d started and stepping aside to let the sucker dry was more than my limited patience could bear.

If you have ever found yourself in a similar situation and you are wondering what the heck you are going to do with all  that time on your hands that you would have spent painting, drawing, sculpting etc. then consider these helpful common sense suggestions:

1. Become A List Maker

Yes, I know… plopping down on your bottom and writing a list of all the things that you would like to accomplish with your career for the week is a boring and tedious exercise, but it also helps to relieve the anxiety you feel when you are just “floating” through the day with no structure or plans for getting things done. When you know were you are going, you can take the necessary small steps to accomplish larger goals by meeting smaller ones.

2. Organize Your Studio Space

While you are waiting for the paint to dry, the plate to be printed, materials to cure etc., try cleaning up areas in your studio that you will need to use to complete your latest body of work. Even though the thought of meeting hidden dust bunnies and mutant roaches that take up their home in that dark, damp, abandoned corner of your workspace is both scary and at the very least unappealing, the benefits of a clean, uncluttered working environment far outweigh the temporary inconvenience of a much needed “spring cleaning” session.

3. Make a Sketchbook/Artist Book For Each Series / Body of Work

Literally set aside a small economy sketchbook for each series of work that you want to produce. Be sure to sketch out all your ideas for individual paintings, sculpture, ceramics etc. that you want to include in that particular series. Add any comments or information about what inspired you to produce the work. If you are a photographer, you can create a photo journal to help you plan your next photo essay.

4. Research Materials and Content For Your Current Series / Body of Work

Sometimes, it helps to do research on certain topics that you want to discuss with your work. If you are a multimedia artist, and you plan on using materials that you might not ordinarily use that are connected to the subject matter of your series / body of work, you may also wish to do research on
how to properly use these materials. This practice will help you and others to better understand your artistic process. You may also want to add this information to your sketchbook/artist book to refer to at a later time.

5. Look for Galleries and Alternative Spaces to Show Your Completed Work

If have already figured out the style and subject matter of your work, you can begin actively searching for galleries and alternative spaces that are marketing artists creating similar work in the same genre. For example, if you are an artist that produces academic realist paintings of street scenes, you may want to research galleries that sell and promote academic realist paintings. The more specific you are in describing the type of work that you do in a gallery search, the easier it will be to target the gallery that is right for you and your work.

6. Market Your Completed Inventory

Make a list of all of the inventory that you have completed that you would consider selling or exhibiting. Clean and prepare the work for display. Make sure that you have good quality pictures for all of your work. Research juried shows, competitions and online exhibitions to gain exposure for you work.

7. Take Time to Visit Local Galleries and Museums

Apply for membership to your local museums. Make sure to subscribe to the mailing lists of both museums and galleries so that you can be notified of upcoming events that you can attend. This will help you to become a part of your local art community. Often we underestimate the need for contact with other artists and art business professionals.

8. Write an Artist Journal

Write an artist journal addressing the things that you believe are holding you back. As you mention each problem, try to acknowledge you feelings about that particular problem. Then, try to come up with possible solutions to that problem. If the problem is something that is beyond your control, maybe you can think of an alternative activity to pursue or a different way of viewing your situation.

Even though temporary setbacks annoy us because they keep us from working on a piece of art that we want to complete within a certain period of time, sometimes these setbacks force us to deal with other aspects of our career that need our attention. This is especially true if we have been taking the “path of least resistance” approach to our art, avoiding or ignoring these issues because we don’t believe we can be successful at marketing our own work. However, if we want to see progress, we must take risks.

*If you have any comments or questions about this article feel free to contact me, I’d love to hear from you.