Archive for July, 2009

Goth Art

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I had someone ask me if I could do Goth style art. I’m not generally a Goth person, but I can research. I found that Goth style seems to be loosely based on 1500 to 1800 Christian mourning styles.  So I gave Goth Art a shot.

The art includes the winged death head, representing mortality. The wings are  designed as part of the iron gate. Gates were meant to stand for the gates of heaven, or eternal life. There is the broken column, which means the loss of the head of the family. The hourglass shows the passing of time. The urn stands for an occupied grave or mortality. The ivy vine also has meaning as eternal plenty for a soul through eternity. The weeping cherry tree  represents mourning. The cross is an emblem of faith, the rose for sorrow. Butterflies also stand in as an example of the brevity of life, or early death.  An open Bible commemorates a Minister, or the Resurrection through scriptures. The blood red moon, as mentioned in the Christian Bible, presages the return of Jesus Christ.

This is not a painting. It is digital art. Did I catch the right flavor of Goth style art? If I get enough positive comments and requests, I’ll turn this art into a free screen saver.

Goth Art

Red Umbrella with Beach Chairs Oil Painting

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

I finished up another painting, Beach Chairs, late last night. I’m pretty pleased with it. Maybe I like it because the colors are all my favorite hues. I hope you like it, too.

Red Umbrella with beach chairs oil painting.

I need to let this one dry, then varnish. It will then go up for sale. To be notified when that occurs, please become a fan of mine on Facebook.

I will next start work on another painting in the Adventure series, this one a gift. In fact, since the planned Adventure painting is a bit involved, I’ll likely blog about it as a Work In Progress (WIP) over the next weeks. After that, I’ll begin work on holiday paintings when I’m not working on commissioned work.

10 Ways To Enjoy Art Collecting (When You’re Out Of Wall Space)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I had recently participated in a thread that asked what we liked about the poster’s shop above our post, and why we would not buy. As it happened, a couple of people commented about my shop. What an eye opener. Apparently the reason my art hasn’t sold on Etsy is because people are out of wall space. Whew! I was getting worried it was the art.

YourTimeBodyTreats, seller of luscious bath and body treats, wrote:
Cindy, your Melbourne oils are incredibly beautiful! The only reason I would not buy is because I am pretty much out of wall space.

Pumpkinpye517 , seller of adorable polymer clay jewelry and accessories, wrote:
Cindy Douglass- wow, your artwork is gorgeous! The ONLY reason why I wouldn’t purchase form your shop is because I have no space.. im crammed and if I had my own office room/craft room, id definitely scoop up those shoe paintings and perhaps a firework painting!!! I can’t paint like that and always appreciate other artists paintings!

Are you also out of wall space? Here’s ten ideas to perk up your home or office and your mood!

1. Rotate your art with the seasons.  Use colors that are complimentary to your current decor and art that doesn’t require frames,  for minimal cost.  Sometimes a new view of art is all it takes to make the room feel fresh.

2. Host an art swapping, or art selling, dinner party with friends and family. Make the party large enough to raffle off  a door prize of a new piece of original art by an emerging artist.

3.  Commission an oil portrait of your loved ones to replace wall photos. Likely everyone in your family has photo albums filled with copies of the same photographs you currently display. Step up to class and have an oil portrait created. Oil portraits give a home a bit of flair and cachet.

4. Walk on it! Art is for more than the walls. Ask your favorite artist to create art on a  floor cloth.

5. Look up. Art can be done on nearly any surface, including ceiling tiles. A room can be safe and boring, or it can have a touch of whimsy for those who look up.  Imagine the conversation your art would generate if you owned a collection of custom painted ceiling tiles by your favorite artist in the subject of your choice.

6. Gift it. Many artists are willing to make a similar piece to one that is admired. If you know someone likes a particular artist, that artist’s work makes a nice gift. Make it an extra special gift by asking if the artist will make a similar piece to one that has been admired by your gift recipient.

7. Collect, trade and store art in a sports card binder. Artists often will create ACEOs. These are small art cards that are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches in size.  Created to allow art lovers with little space the opportunity to collect art they love, ACEOs are great for collecting and trading work from your favorite artist. Or, you could collect by subject matter, or by the medium of art (oil paint, mixed media, colored pencil, etc.), or any other criteria you desire. The best part is that these are easily stored, and easily viewed for your enjoyment.

8. Reuse the art. Just because original art often comes on a stretched canvas over a wooden frame doesn’t mean you can’t cut the canvas off the frame and decoupage it to your kitchen or laundry room cabinets. Sure you can! Just make sure the art is not a Monet or other classic masterpiece or the whole art world will want to hunt you down. By the way, if you want to use my art in this manner, please let me know. I could probably save you on shipping fee if I’m not shipping a rigid piece of art. Art rolled in a tube is usually quite a bit cheaper.

9. Buy to resell for a rotating art gallery. Hang the art in your restaurant or service business space, and offer it up for sale. When it sells, buy another. The reason is that if you love the art, your enthusiasm is likely to sell it without a hard sell. Be sure to talk to your favorite artist about a repeat sale discount.

10. Don’t buy the art, buy the rights to use the art. Sometimes you don’t need the art on a canvas. Sometimes you might want the right to use the art in a project of your business communications or advertisement. Talk to the artist.  My art, The Unruly Heart, graces the pages of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association’s website, and is used in their conferences with doctors around the country.  The original art was an ACEO that sold as a fund raiser for the HCMA.

There you have it. Ten ways to enjoy art collecting when you don’t have wall space. There’s a reason people collect art. Art nourishes the soul, evokes a mood, and beautifies the space it is in. So don’t let the lack of wall space prevent you from enjoying the beautiful art you desire.