5 ADDITIONAL ARTIST RESOURCES: How To Package and Ship Your Paintings and Photography and Art Prints

5 ADDITIONAL ARTIST RESOURCES: How To Package and Ship Your Paintings and Photography and Art Prints

At some point in your career as an artist, you may have to ship your paintings to both clients and to galleries. If you are at this point or you simply would like to take advantage of these posted links, please feel free:

1) How to Pack a Painting for Shipping –

2) How to Ship Oil Paintings –

3) Safe Handling and Transportation of Acrylic Paintings –

4) Shipping Your Photographs –

5) How to Pack Art Prints for Shipping –

The Duration of a Painting: A Slow Progression, A Fast Progression

The Duration of a Painting: A Slow Progression, A Fast Progression

Sometime in our artistic development, many of us are conned into believing that all painting styles and painting processes will inevitably lend themselves to quick completion. However, in my experience, this is not the case. In the past I have worked on paintings that I have completed within a short time span (like this particular painting in enamels entitled “Summit”), while others may take weeks or even months to finish. While the slow development of the series of paintings that I am currently working on has tried my patience on more than one occasion, I am determined to slowly plod my way through the series with the faith that eventually each piece will come to fruition. In order to come up with a solution that would somehow satisfy my growing sense of urgency while working in a slow, time consuming painting style, I decided to lay my paintings out assembly line. I am working on five paintings at once in order to both kill the monotony of a slow, painstaking process, and to keep the work consistent within the series. This is simply how I have chosen to attack this particular problem and still maintain interest in my work and its’ overall theme.
Please feel free to share your experiences with a similar situation! All comments are greatly appreciated, as I strongly feel that we can help to encourage one another in our artistic growth.

Experimentation Can Be Quite Rewarding If You Are Willing To Take Chances

 Experimentation Can Be Quite Rewarding If You Are Willing To Take Chances

Sometimes, people are afraid to try out new ideas that might in fact add depth to their work. They believe that it will just be a waste of time or money. They worry that it will keep the work they already have from having an overall consistent look. When I started the series that included this painting, I did not worry about these things, I just went for it. I quickly bought the canvases and enamel paints that I would need. Then I went to work. When I was finished I had succeeded in painting both the canvases and the surrounding porch(we scraped this and repainted it later). The solo exhibition that included this work was a success as I was able to sell several works from this particular series. The painting above is “Gulf 1” from the Satellite Series that is also featured on my website. I encourage all of you to caste your fears and worries aside, get into your artistic zone and just create! If you’d like to share your experiences with experimental techniques or experimental works that have inspired you, feel free to make a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

You can check out more from this series at: http://www.acevesart.com/

Tunnel Vision: Cutting Through Distraction To Get To The Source of Your Inspiration

Tunnel Vision: Cutting Through Distraction To Get To The Source of Your Inspiration

I decided to illustrate this article with a picture that I took of the center of a line of staples. It looks like a mysterious tunnel leading from a place of darkness to a place that is bright and clear. If we think of the tunnel as a metaphor for our artistic journey, we begin to realize that along the way to achieving our goals we will stumble, learn and grow. If we can see a clear vision for our art, the message we have chosen and keep focused on this, we feel like all of our temporary frustrations will eventually result in success. Sometimes, artist’s struggle with a clear and definite vision for their work. You can read countless art history books and magazines searching for other artist’s to both influence and inspire you. The search online for websites that feature hot up and comers who are presently making waves in the art world with their unique style is a constant and arduous one. Feelings of irritation arise as you struggle to define yourself and get a handle on the marketplace. You try to figure out where you fit in and who is looking to purchase the type of work that you are producing. While getting a degree in Art (a Bachelors in Fine Art or a Masters in Fine Art) has it’s advantages in that you are made aware that you need your own website, a bio (biographical information about the artist, your particular style of work and who influences you to create the work that you do), curriculum vitae (where and when you got your education, training etc.) and portfolio, it does not necessarily help you to decide what you are passionate about or what message you want to convey through your chosen medium. Unfortunately, this is often a solitary journey that you must take in order to find out who you are and what is important to you. Some people may have a mentor to help steer them in a certain direction during the early years of their career; however, this does not guarantee that they will stick with this message or genre. People may get many ideas, but not feel particularly tied to any of them or they may have significant success in painting or photographing landscapes, floral, or figurative work then find out mid career they are bored and want to move on, but they don’t know where they want to take their work or what they want to do. These kinds of experiences can wear at your creative spark leaving you feeling directionless. Although the shot gun approach never works for anyone, you shouldn’t have to corral yourself to the point of being limited by perceived or self enforced limitations. If you ever get to this point and some of us inevitably will, consider some of these suggestions to help you out of your creative situation. In formulating your own unique vision, it is necessary to discover who you are at this point in your life…:

1. Make a List –
Try making a rough list (hint: don’t edit yourself) of all of the things that you like and don’t like. If you are incredibly patient, write this down in your list; if your are impatient and bore easily, make sure to take note of that. It is necessary that you discover your true creative personality because this will eventually determine which style is best for you to work in.

2. Look at other artist’s that you admire and that have inspired you recently-
What is it that you like about their art?
Why does their particular style or subject matter appeal to you? What inspires them to create their individual brand of work? What are they trying to say with their work? Is this the type of work you might aspire to? Ask yourself why?

3. Take an honest look at the causes you are involved in as a source of subject matter or inspiration for your work-
For example, maybe you like to contribute you time to an animal shelter and would like to help find people to adopt stray animals. You could use this as a reason for producing expressionist portraits of the animals that need homes. Perhaps you contribute your time to helping the elderly or homeless and would like to make paintings, sculpture, photography, etc that addresses these issues.

4. Do research into specific schools of painting, drawing, sculpture,or photography-
Perhaps a certain philosophy or style appeals to you and you believe you can expand on that.

It is important to know why you create the art that you create because then you can set your own artistic goals around this information as well as tailor you style to the overall feeling that you are trying to convey in your work.

I hope that this helps you in your creative endeavors. If you have any ideas or suggestions about how to help others or how to give them direction in this area please feel free to comment.

Stop Fighting Your Art and Your Art Won’t Fight You! :) Wrestling With Your Art – Advice on Inspiration and Art Making Frustration

 Stop Fighting Your Art and Your Art Won't Fight You! :) Wrestling With Your Art - Advice on Inspiration and Art Making Frustration

When we are searching for that one object to photograph, that one object that will give us a small slice of momentary joy upon it’s discovery, we often forget about the places most overlooked in our home, at the local store, or perhaps in our neighborhood. So it was when I stumbled upon this small object. I had photographed it several times before, but I never really felt that I truly captured it’s hidden beauty. Then, upon the upteenth examination, a watery aerial scene with small land masses emerged. Parts of the teal surface of the object shimmered, bubbled and folded like the ocean; it was at that moment that I knew I had to take a shot.
Inspiration, although welcomed with open arms, does not always come easily. I remember earlier in the week having a conversation with my mother about being frustrated with my paintings and how the constant problem solving and correcting of the images I was working on caused me so much stress that I almost didn’t want to paint. She gave me some very good advice. She told me that constant stressing about your work and project deadlines is a creativity killer. Before I had significantly reached the point of extreme exasperation, I should just put the work aside and start on something else I had planned to do earlier in the week that is either related to my art (composing a new post, working on another project, market research etc.), or non-related (mundane household chores, etc). In this way, I could come back to what I had previously been working on refreshed and mentally ready to approach and solve the problems that I had in my work. Wise woman. Sometimes, mothers really do know what is best! On a similar note, it is when we “sweat the small stuff” hem, haw and worry about what other’s think, that we lose the childlike joy we once had when we approached our art making. Art shouldn’t become a chore; it is one of many ways that we use to express ourselves and share our experiences and point of view with others. When art is a chore it becomes painful. However, this difficult experience has a beautiful lesson for us, because it helps us to reevaluate why we create art. What are your reasons for creating art? What inspires you? What causes you frustration and hampers creativity? What are some ways you might plan to resolve this issue? Please feel free to share thoughts, ideas and experiences! I’d love to hear from you.

Check out more of my work at http://www.acevesart.com

Satellite Series: Winds 1

Satellite Series: Winds 1

If you have ever visited this blog before, you will note that I take everyday objects like tinfoil, plastic containers, plastic parfait glasses etc. and I try to take them from a different angle or in different lighting so that the viewer may experience them in a new and unexpected way. In some of my paintings (example: the Satellite Series which I have currently posted on my main website http://www.acevesart.com/), I use everyday objects to create a variety of textures. The everyday object is still an important part of the painting, but instead of functioning as the main subject matter or star of the show, it has more of a supporting role. The texture that the object leaves behind is used throughout the composition to create or add interest to the subject matter. I like to think that the mark or texture that each object leaves behind is evidence of the overall personality of the object; it is what makes each object unique, special. For instance, wash towels leave a decidedly mottled, grainy texture, while rubber jar grippers leave a playful, painterly, checkerboard weave. There are a number of objects that can be used; and these objects if used properly, give the work it’s character.

Satellite Series: Untitled

Satellite Series: Untitled

I always like to try working in other painting mediums besides the two most popular mediums, oil and acrylic. I feel this practice is both humbling and exciting, because you never know what you will learn or where a particular medium will take you. When I first created the abstract paintings in the Satellite Series, I wanted to not only get a feel for working in enamels, but I had a strong desire (although an unrealistic one) to become proficient in the medium on the first try. Proficiency takes time and patience to learn a variety of techniques. What I did find out from this experience, was that if you fail to prepare your area with plastic or cloth before you paint (using plastic table clothes as ground cover is another affordable option), you will inevitably end up painting yourself and the rest of your surroundings. Working in a cool, dry, well ventilated area and wearing the proper equipment is important to preserving your health and the health of your friends and family. For additional information on how to paint with enamels and enamel safety, check out these articles:

1. Enamel Paint Safety -http://www.ehow.com/about_6685718_enamel-paint-safety.html

Please Note: Enamels can be very toxic if you are not careful about how you use them. Here is an important link to an article with special measures you can take to protect your health while using enamels – http://www.ehow.com/about_5723435_toxic-effects-brain-enamel-paint.html

2. Properties of Enamel Paint-http://www.ehow.com/info_8197296_properties-enamel-paint.html

3. How to Work With Enamel Paint: 5 Steps – wikiHow

4. How to Troubleshoot Enamel Paint

Abstract Paintings: Satellite Painting Series: Storm 1

Abstract Paintings: Satellite Painting Series: Storm 1

I have had the privilege of experimenting with photography for the past couple of years; photography influences all of my work. Yet I can clearly remember a time when this was not the case. Although I received a BFA concentration in painting, I longed to express myself in other media as well. The solution to this problem was clear, I become a multimedia artist. Since I have no desire to stop painting, I have decided to revisit old painting series and create new ones. My paintings, like my photography, use everyday objects as their subject matter and source of inspiration. My multimedia paintings are separated into three groups:

Texture Series: Works in a series that use everyday objects as a form of surface texture in the creation of a painting (the featured painting, Storm 1 is an example).

Impression Series: Works in a series that use everyday objects to create deep impressions in the surface of the paint. This creates an almost sculptural feel to the paintings.

Simulation Series: Works that use a picture of an everyday object taken out of context as source material for a fairly realistic simulation of that picture.

The painting which I have chosen to share, Storm 1 was inspired by satellite pictures taken from above the earth. This painting, like others in the same Satellite Painting Series, was created before the satellite digital photography series and has since been exhibited in a solo show.

If you would like to see the rest of the series, check out my website at http://www.acevesart.com.