3.05.2015

Steal Like an Artist (I Even Stole this Title)

Are you still trying to FIND YOUR VOICE AS AN ARTIST? Maybe you've even joined THE{100} ARTWORK CHALLENGE?  But you are stuck. There are so many great artists out there, how can you compete? Where in the world will you ever come up with an original idea? 

By now you must have heard that nothing under the sun is new. We take from what we know, have seen and heard, and all that has seeped into our subconscious and turn it into what we call “original.” We creative types especially suffer from stealing from one another without even realizing it. I don’t think I have said anything new in the nine years I have been writing blog posts. In fact, I may have begun to repeat myself. But I know one thing: whatever I have managed to soak in and spit back out, I’m doing it on my own terms and in my own voice with the intent to connect with you and hopefully share a little bit of something wonderful about life in the process.
Also, I’ll admit, I’m stealing a bit from the “Original Thief,” Austin Kleon, who wrote the book Steal Like an Artist. It’s simple, but powerful enough to help anyone make their next creative step. Come to think of it, this isn't the first time I have “stolen” from him. Remember when I wrote THIS blog post when I decided I would just “fake it until I make it?” Yep, saw it first in Austin’s book. Also, of the ten ways shared in the book about being creative, I would like to point out number two: “Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.” I’d probably die waiting, so I am grateful for this reminder. It's a great book and I think you should pick up a copy for yourself so you can get going on following your dreams already! 


Ok, go out a steal something today, but make it your own. And then share your creations with others. Now let's get to work!


Enjoy the journey!

Kellee




6 comments:

  1. Kellee, I'm very interested in trying abstract art. But I don't want to just paint doodles on a canvas. Is there a way to think about abstract work, or do you really just go with the flow and see what comes of it? Are there any books I can read, or "how-tos" I can follow to get started? Any advice you can give me is very appreciated!!

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    1. Julie, abstract art is hard despite looking like paint is just thrown on canvas. Why? because you have no tangible objects to make a great composition, only your mind. So I would suggest that you find information online or in a book that will reinforce good fundamentals about art: color theory, design, composition, etc. And then I would spend a lot of time studying abstract art. Use Pinterest and look at the abstract art that catches your eye - why does it work? What elements did the artist use? colors? shapes? textures?...you get the idea. The best way to learn of course is by doing it. So keep practicing and train your eye to look at your work for good composition and color harmony. You know- do it 100 times and you will start to get a good feel for it. I would recommend a book, but I'm not sure if I know of a really good one for abstracts. Ask the group, they might have a favorite!

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    2. See my comment below, too! :)

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    3. I spent some Time on YouTube watching Jane Davies' videos. One thing I think that makes an abstract (or any painting) interesting are layers of colors. I'm trying to decide if now I should work in acrylics instead of oils because of the drying time factor. Do you think on our challenge we can switch back and forth on materials used, as long as the overall subject we choose is what we are striving for? (Like, abstracts, or, nature, etc). Does that make sense?

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  2. Julie, I too am trying abstract. I've even taken a few online courses . I did Trompe 'loeil and murals for 11 years and painting how something exactly looks is a lot easier then abstract. I just really have a hard time thinking that way . So if you find a way please share. I would be very interested

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    1. Hi Lynda, you can read my reply to Julie. Also I would add, one of my favorite artists to learn great composition and techniques from is Jane Davies. She has tons of free videos on you tube.

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