Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Colorful Poppies in the Winter!

Last Saturday, in the middle of the cold, gray, winter at The Art Museum in Idaho Falls, a group of ladies gathered to paint some luscious, brightly colored poppies on Yupo paper!  The colors were so uplifting and they turned out so beautifully!

Lovely work, ladies!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Who Do You Paint For...?

As I am starting the new year with goals for my paintings I ask myself :

·         What do I want to paint?
·         What methods, techniques do I want to use?
·         What mediums do I want to use?
·         Do I want a limited focus of my painting or do I want to explore new territories?
 In all these questions I come up with one common factor, who do I paint for?
 Let’s look at three possibilities……Show-Sell-Self

Shows and Competitions    
I so enjoy the opportunity we as artists have to show our work. There are endless possibilities for local, statewide, national and international shows, galleries and other venues that are available to us. I consider where my paintings fit for a particular show or entry. What is best for the venue? Who is the judge? What gets into shows? I need to know the rules and regulations of materials, size of the art, surfaces, framing or other finishing for my artwork. Keeping these factors in mind helps me stay focused.

When painting to sell I am thinking of my potential customer. I consider the subject, price, size and who my customer is. When I have a commission I plan carefully to meet the expectations of my client. I may consider trends in color and fashion.  

When I am painting for myself it is also a great challenge. My world of painting is wide open and can be overwhelming. But this is where I think I have the most freedom. I can set out one way and come up with totally other ideas that take me off into a new series, a new style or perfecting my current work. Over the years as an artist I actually found I am getting better at painting to satisfy myself (which is a hard task). I am my toughest critic. 

By working in my passion and being a little less concerned with the “Show and Sell” I find my paintings still sell and make it into shows. I believe this is because when we paint for ourselves we paint with more emotion. Most of you have found, as I have, that the paintings that sell or get into a major shows are those that express emotion, passion, creativity, imagination, interesting subjects or views of the subject. Often the paintings in competitive shows that receive acclaim are outside of the norm; the artists took risks. 

Whether you paint realism, abstractions, loose or detailed - paint your best and you will thrive. I so enjoy seeing it all. Express from your passion…paint on and share your success by allowing others to come into your world. If you are currently showing your work – great! Keep it up! If you have yet to show your work, please let us see your creations and we will applaud you.

ãLinda Aman    
Published in the Idaho Watercolor Society Newsletter January 2017         

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Christmas Gifts Workshop Raises Money for College Students...

...Supporting the scholarship program for the Eastern Idaho Technical College!

December 1st, I taught the pen with watercolor workshop for an evening of art, refreshments & fun.

This workshop's end products were a paperweight and several magnets with the artists' own artwork inside!

All the proceeds from the workshop supported the Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation Scholarship Program, raising $850.00 for future students.

Christmas Wreath Making...

Ruthie (my daughter in law) and I want to share our Christmas wreaths we made. We had so much fun. Love her....!

Foothills & the Federation...

I am pleased and honored to be able to announce that my recent painting "Foothills" juried in the Western Federation of Watercolor Society (WFWS) exhibition to be held in Eugene Oregon. I was one of the 100 selected from among over 869 entries from 11 watercolor societies by nationality known juror Jeannie McGuire. Last year I received signature status. What a blessing. There are over 6,000 members in the WFWS. 

Congratulations to all who entered and to those accepted. Each of you are fine artists. I am honored to be along side you. Keep painting!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Abandonment & Determination...

I have been on a new adventure in my paintings over the last few years. I continue to enjoy painting my traditional style, while at the same time I also have the creative drive to move on to experiment and permit my skills to be challenged. In my abstracted work I create with abandonment, meaning I give up some control or influence, surrender or relinquish my expectations taking risks. I work with determination to have intentional purpose working toward resolution to discovery. I don’t give up on a painting until it is to my satisfaction and / or has a high educational result.  

Abandonment and Determination are somewhat opposite, which works great with the left and right brain decision making process.   

I start with an idea, either a theme or subject, and let it develop and change along the way often with more drastic measures. The paintings are generally more toward abstract. I take the inspiration, often a photo, and apply a few steps I have developed to alter it, pushing me to a creative and bold direction.  
Design Suggestions--

1. Choose composition start
2. Choose color pallet- limited to 3-4 colors
3. Theme or subject matter
     Organic, Geometric or combination
     Organic- subject starts like nature, birds, flowers, shells, ferns, etc.
     Geometric- subject starts like circles, squares, irregular shapes. etc.
4. I choose a couple of Elements or Design principles, See list below...
5. Size- Small, Medium, Large-  Areas in the painting
6. Value- Light, Medium, Dark- Variety of value is important
7. Layers- transparent and opaque, add interest plus can increase mystery
8. Finishing and embellishments
9. Review using elements and principles check list...see below
10. Correct problem areas
11. Critique
12. Sign and review educational results

By working with determination I keep the experiment going…working with abandonment I try new things. 

”Sticking with it” is a key element in the whole endeavor.

I have taught a number of three day experimental art retreats with this method and have found artists grow both in the abstracted as well as in their more traditional paintings. 

I look forward to hearing you are continuing your personal education no matter what your style. Make it your own and have a great time creating the next masterpiece.     

-Elements - color, line, shape, form, value, space, texture

-Principles - direction, balance, proportion, emphasis, variety, movement, harmony, rhythm

ãLinda Aman    
Published in the Idaho Watercolor Society Newsletter October 2016           

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Nampa Art Guild Fall Show!

This year, the Nampa Art Guild's Fall Show was again, another lovely grouping of art from some very talented artists.

I was pleased to have won the Gold Award for one of my newest paintings, "Sure Foundations".  

This painting was created from the emotions of my travels between Oregon & Idaho.  Mount Hood and its misty skies and Idaho's high desert rocks & warm colors.

Such a great honor!