Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Christmas Time! And...Fall Leaves?

Last weekend, I taught a couple of my seasonal workshops at my studio in Star, ID; they were a bit out of order, but it was a success none the less!

On Friday the 3rd, we gathered to create little works of Christmas-y art to give as gifts (or to keep for ourselves!) at the Christmas Gifts workshop.

They all turned out so fun and festive!


The next day, we painted fall leaves on Aquabord, an absorbent clay surface. They had a great time painting glowing leaves while learning the tricks of lifting, glazing, adding textures, etc. to their artworks.

Very nice job, ladies!

More Rust in Oregon, with Some Tiny Abstracts...

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Oregon and taught a couple of my newest workshops to some very excited artists who were ready to learn some new techniques!

First up, was the Tiny Abstracts mixed media workshop, where artists used acrylic and other media to create small works of art. They were all so good!
Here are some examples:

After finishing them & placing them in frames, they are ready for hanging and look wonderful.


The next day, I taught my new Rust & Corrosion workshop, which focuses on creating the look of rust with different color combinations.  

They all turned out looking so good and so...rusty!

                                                             Excellent job, all of you!  Keep up the good work!

Look at Me! Did I get your attention?

With “Visual Pollution” as I call it, we may need to rethink our art game. We all have an overload of visual stimuli. With the constant interruption of the internet, voicemail, texts, emails and other social media we can have way too much to see and respond to. I like to have the concise information in an email as most of it will not be read. I may lose a few of you in this one-page article. J
So I will try to be brief.

Even in the grocery store the visual choice for something as easy as toothpaste can be crazy, how many choices of the same brand do I need? I just want clean teeth and fresh breath.

How does this effect the artist? I believe to get someone’s attention to actually stop, view, enjoy and possibly have interest to purchase our art takes a lot more work and creativity than in the past.

How do we answer the challenge of getting attention? We can be bold, subtle, imaginative, colorful, textural, compositionally creative etc. in our paintings. I have a number of directions I have changed my work for this dilemma…one is having a series of new works. Some of my new art is large 3 feet by 4 feet and some is tiny art 4”x4”. Capturing either the bold or the need for a tiny space of viewing.

One of my new exciting series is addressing the thought of quietly getting attention. Without concern for sales, more a quiet statement.

It is a series titled “A Breath of Fresh Air” that is purely dedicated to the idea of slowing down for beauty.  Paintings that their purpose is to interrupt the viewer just long enough to take a breath, sigh and enjoy! One such painting is at the Carr Gallery in a show in Idaho Falls right now. It is 3 feet by 3 feet and in calming colors and movement (see above). Titled “Whispers”.

I would love to hear of some of your inventive thoughts.

Keep painting and creatively entice the public to see your art!!!

 © Linda Aman-Aman Arts– November 2017 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

4 New Paintings, 2 New Shows!

"Surfaces Abounding"

My painting, "Surfaces Abounding” which is a 3' x 4' mixed media abstract painting, was selected by juror Richard A. Young to be part of the 10th "ART Idaho" biennial statewide competition to be exhibited at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho (TAM) November 18, 2017 – February 10, 2018
The opening reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, November 18 at 6 pm at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

I also have three paintings accepted into the FINE ART IN MINIATURE Show at Finer Frames, in Eagle, Idaho. The show will feature 40 popular area artists.
The show's opening day will be Sat. November 18th, 10am – 4pm & the show runs into the new year.

"Thermal Lines"

"Autumn Meets Winter"

I feel so honored!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Newest Workshop!

On Saturday October the 14th, I taught a very successful and fun workshop, "Rust & Corrosion";
it is one of my newest workshops, learning to create the look of rusty metal & these ladies aced it.

They look pretty pleased...they did a good job!

Next, on October 28th, the Oregon ladies will get a turn to try their hand at painting rust!
I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fresh from the Studio...

Two of my latest paintings above, "Underwater Fantasy" & "Underwater Reach" created from the one below...check out the step-by-step process!

After working on this painting and not being satisfied, I put it away for a year. After bringing it back out, I saw it with new eyes.  It worked great when I cut it up and created the new pairing! 

Watch for more paintings and their development.

Thank you for joining me in the adventures of art...

(Email me with your thoughts, does the process interest you?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Meeting with Art Graham

Every couple of years, Art Graham (of M. Graham Fine Paints) and I visit for hours in person about 
M. Graham's fabulous paints and products.  

          This time we took a couple photos to show off the paint being made...

Thank you Art!
 Milling at the time was:  
 Ultramarine Blue Oil  
                                  Cadmium Yellow Watercolor