Friday, March 10, 2017

CREATIVITY BEYOND THE BRUSH

......Creativity beyond the brush started out with my passion at a young age, taking classes after school and investing in what I have loved for many years there after.  
      Investing in what I love and sticking to it.
I have been an artist for 44 years and have no plans of retiring from the brush anytime soon. I just keep learning as I'm never too old to learn more brush techniques and the use of new mediums out there.

      I have enjoyed trying out other creative venues, but I found out that painting was my true love and so I just focused on that with taking more classes to better myself.

..................... I think my advice to anyone, if you find your passion, don't let your life pass and putting off your dream, because the older we get the faster time passes. 
         When you find your passion or dream, stick with it and invest in it because you are investing in yourself and that's what creates who you are, and your passionate soul.  It  also helps get you through tough times. Your passion will never leave you.

......To be a creative can often feel like a choice that is both insane and thrilling in equal measure when I’m in the studio.  My art has been a balance with all kinds of the normal ups and downs of emotional challenges in any normal life.

........What many artist have in common, is an excruciating sensitivity to their surroundings.


........Nature is at our attention and takes a deep hold on us while we observe it quietly and intensely. The artist visually describes the scene through a brush, but the viewer completes it by what is personally meaningful.
          When painting for a show and making sure I have enough art to display for a solo show and not displaying art I displayed at the last show, can be long hours painting in the studio, I depend on putting feeling in everything I create with the brush and painting new works if I have a show back to back.
          I must find a way to live in the uncertain, wild space between what success looks like to others and what success feels like to me.  Choosing a creative career is not something for the weak-willed, the comfort-chasers, the ones who need to know how their life will splay out ahead of them for years and years to come.
          Being an artists since I was 19 years old, I have always worked a full time job, besides going to college.   Art was a luxury passion that was costly with saving extra cash so I could buy my art supplies, and save for classes to better myself.  Once in a while I was lucky to sell a few pieces of art and make a few dollars.   The "little" extra cash and I mean "little" was a way to help pay for my art supplies.
          Taking time to paint was limited even later with being married, working a full time and having a family, but I continued to paint and display my art where ever I could just to get my name out there.
 ...... Most of my art has been created from places I have been and that has  had an impact on my emotions.  The daily life of people in local pubs, public markets, the beach landscape, gardens, landscapes and cityscape's all play a part on my emotions with creativity in the studio.

         I frequently hide the steps that lead to my masterpieces and if a watercolor painting,  I have had to paint it two and three times to get it right.  
 I would rather create the work that inspires me most.  My best kind of art comes from a place of empathy and compassion, from an inherent curiosity around the human experience.
 Highly creative understand curiosity around humanity is what brings me to the art work, the instrument, the canvas, the laptop, the camera, and the drawing board.    

It takes a certain degree of  an empathic view of the world and artists understand that at the core of their work is a desire to move people with their art.   This means they have a high level of respect for whoever will meet  their work.

        Creatives know that their empathy, their compassion is at the heart of their work.




.............All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
                       Eckhart Tolle
..............Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight
-                      Orhan Pamuk

..............I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
                        Andrew Wyeth

...........You cannot find what the poets find in the woods until you take the poet's heart to the woods.
                       John Burrougs



Friday, January 16, 2015

WHEN IS AN ARTIST'S WORK FINISHED?

When is an artist’s work finished? 

Part of being able to know when you're finished is not putting too much pressure on yourself. 

Once my painting has left my studio, I consider it finished. 
    
When the final correction to a manuscript, when the composer writes the last note of a symphony, or when the painter puts the last brushstroke on the canvas.

    My paintings are painted upside down for at least 40% of the time while working on that painting. 
    For some artist it may take years before a work seems ready to leave the studio.

    I paint at least five to six paintings at a time to keep from getting stuck on one painting due to many hours in the studio.
     Having a fresh painting keeps me on the move and never get lost in a painting. 
    Unfinished paintings waiting to dry for the next coat, are hung on the walls in my hallway.

   Starting a painting after I sketch, then apply a thin coat of primer 
for the values. I then let that dry for a couple of hours before I start the next layer.  
 I paint some detail on most of my oil, then I go back and paint the impressionist brush style.

   I love to use bright colors on most of my work.
Some of of my paintings are more on the softer side with natural colors for landscapes.   

Here is the stages of "SIRENS" in image I took from Port Townsend while having a glass and listening the Irish music from this band. They play on Tuesday nights there at the Sirens pub. We became friends when I shared and gave them prints on my next visit. Still friends today and they play at the Global Bean in Silverdale, WA.

        "SIRENS, Port Townsend, WA

        First primer and sketch.


Here is the second coat about a week later, due to drying time.

 Slowly coming together very nice.



Here is the finished Painting and a fun painting to paint.
Sold
Prints available on Fine Art America
Information on my website
MartiGreen.com


CINQUE TERRE
Here is another painting . with displaying images of my progression.

  Oil painting 30x40  1.5 inch sides with mirror painted sides.
Painting available for sale.
Contact me through my website email.
MartiGreen.com 

















Sunday, January 11, 2015

MOVING BEYOND MY COMFORT ZONE

Comfort Zone

....... You've heard it before. "Move out of your comfort zone" is the familiar phrase spoken by many entrepreneurs. gurus and mentors. I've come to appreciate the sage advice from my instructors, artist friends, viewers. and clients. to move beyond my comfort zone in my artwork.

    I had to get through some fears and concerns about making the move to start painting portraits.....

......"The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears......"Dan Stevens


    Learning a new medium and not knowing your paints, how the paint moves, blends and dries can set you back in your painting skills for several months. When dealing with gallery contracts and commissions, time is very limited and to be taking a risk that could set me back several months in my work, is always a consideration. 
    I have been reading about painting portraits in oil for the last several months while working on other paintings. Taking that challenge to start has been a great move forward. I'm glad to have broken that barrier to a new adventure. I feel I have a long way to go yet, but with me staying focused and pushing my limits will keep me moving in the right direction to be a better painter.
    Images below are the very first portraits I have done. I will always study to improve my work....  

......Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risk in life that seem worth taking. The ride may not  be as predictable if you'd just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting. Edward Whitacre, Jr.


.... Posting my paintings in stages on Facebook helps the viewer understand the process artists go through getting the painting completed. Posting also inspires the artist with the next stage of the painting and helps motivate the artist with keeping focused in the studio.
I thank each and every one of you for all your support. You all are the reason to push my passion to be better.


This painting is still in the works and much more to do on other art in process. This is a study only..... Thank you for viewing...
You can also follow me on Facebook as Marti Green Artist..
martigreen.com and on "Fine Art America"  marti-green.artistwebsites.com       


Kristin Portrait






Richard Sherman Portrait
from start to finishThis Painting is finished and prints are for sale on Fine Art America       marti-green.artistwebsites.com








    

Monday, August 25, 2014

MARKETING AND ART STRUGGLE

Marketing and Art Struggle

(What if I’m not good enough?)


This is probably the number one fear of any creative professional.  After all, we are not creating necessities but luxuries for the most part.  As much as our art enriches our life and the lives of others, it remains something that we (at least as consumers) could probably live without. 
When money is tight, luxuries such as purchasing books, music, tickets to performances, and artwork are often the first to go.  We are not doctors, teachers, or even farmers–we don’t create or provide a service that people can’t live without. As artists, we are well aware of this fact which only seems to fuel our sense of self-doubt. At times we can’t help but feel well. . . expendable

The cure for self-doubt is surprisingly not success. The world is filled with famous and successful artists, writers, and musicians that are still riddled with depression and feelings of self-doubt.  Unfortunately, for the majority of us, this is not something that ever completely goes away.  Instead we have to find a way to live with this doubt and value the creative process as much as the work itself.


I’m not original enough (someone else is doing it better)


While it may be true that all the great themes in art and literature have already been done before a thousand times over, it’s always possible to bring something entirely new to the process.
Let’s face it, writers and artists have been borrowing from their creative ancestors since there has been a thing called art. Even Shakespeare borrowed almost all of his work from other writers, but in the end, there is little question that he made them distinctively his own.
" Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing." 
~Salvador Dali
 Trying to constantly reinvent the wheel.  Instead use it, we learn from it, model it, and then create our own version of it. Don’t worry about being seen as an imitator.  We have all learned our art from those who have come before us. Embrace it and create a version of it that is true.
People won't take me seriously as an artist
"Art is a hobby and not a real job"
“I’m afraid that my friends and family will be disappointed in me”
The truth is that your career as an artist is only as serious as you take it.  Do you work at it as your “job” or do you only work at it occasionally as your “hobby”?  How much work do you really put into it daily?  If you were your boss, would you pay yourself for the effort that you are currently making?
Having to deal with you friends and family (especially parents) can be particularly tough when it comes to them seeing you as a working artist.  The bottom line however is that they will take you and your art as seriously as they see you taking it.  In other words, if they see you putting in 10-15 hours day after day working not only on your art, but marketing your art as well, they will begin to see you as a “working artist” rather than just their kid who does art.
People will steal my work or my ideas
One of the biggest fears that artists have when I ask about them selling their work online is that they are afraid that people are going to steal their work or their ideas.  While there’s no doubt this does happen, far too many artists are using this as an excuse to stay out of the online marketplace all together.
Yes, people steal ideas all the time.  You do it, I do it, and every artist under the sun has done it at some point.  We look for ideas that speak to us and then we use them to spark our imagination.  We’re not talking about these people, however, we’re talking about the real thieves who simply take stuff off the internet and pass it off as their own.
Although this is certainly a real problem, you also have to realize that these artistic parasites are a very small minority of the online population. 98% of the people looking at your work online have no intent of stealing your work, they are simply enjoying it and maybe, just maybe, they might be interested in buying it.
My work is never as good as I imagined it would be
No artist is ever completely satisfied with their work.  Some pieces you will always like better than others but the pursuit of perfection is only a mirage that keeps you from moving on.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” ~Leonardo da Vinci
At some point, however, you have to let it go and move on.  You have to accept the fact that even the greatest authors, composers, musicians, and artists were still unsatisfied with their masterpieces in some way.  Perfection is an illusion that will eventually consume you if you let it.  Think of each piece that you create as a stepping stone on a much longer journey.  You will never get to the next stage of development as an artist unless you are willing to set that piece aside and move on to the next.
Just let it go,    Live your art.

       “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”  ~Salvador Dali











Monday, February 25, 2013

LIFE IN A PHONE BOOTH


A feeling like your space is closing in on you when you are on overdrive in the studio.

You’re here but you’re not.
 
 
 
 
 
Art and Creativity bring with it a certain sensitivity and emotional package. After all, to be able to bring things you imagine to live there’s a toll.
 
We pay for the privilege with passion, emotion, sometimes even tears and intense drain on the energy. In reality everyone who exists pays some sort of toll in life, good or bad or a mix of both.







Spending too much time in the studio and a feeling of being alone


 
 
 
 
Sometimes feeling overwhelmed with art demands and right brain not working....

 
 
 
 
 
A feeling that I'm not producing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A feeling I need more space when I don't
 
 
 
 
some long nights in the studio when it's just not working
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    When I'm away from the studio, it's still there
 
 
 
 
 

When the right side of the brain is in full gear, I need to take advantage of my creative side.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sometimes when the inspiration is not there, we need to find it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 When the left side of the brain hits, the art is just not working at all. I take advantage on computer work, such as writing, bookwork and marketing.
 
 
 
 
 
Finding the balance to produce art is a must, as not for the art, I would not have customers, galleries, commissions, and my profession as a fine artist would end up in the ditch.

 "The stress part of any job is it took you a long time to get there , it’s even harder to stay there…"
 
Over all... I love my passion for being an artist, it's just a job like anyone else and we just happen to love our job.
 
 I love my "Phone Booth"
 
Cheers.......
 
 

 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MY ART PASSION AT AN EARLY AGE IN LIFE


  MY ART PASSION AT AN EARLY AGE IN LIFE
 




    My passion for art has always been deeply rooted when I was young, at the age of 4.
I can still remember sitting down with a pack of crayons, and bursting at the seams to fill
that blank white paper. I also found that by blending them together I could create a color that I did not have. That was a very exciting thing for me.

     I was always doodling with sketches and I spent many hours over the course of time in grade school sitting outside the room in the hall for not focusing on my studies.  I did learn, but my passion was always focused on art.


    I continued to sketch only in my art classes during high school. I did not want to waste my time with having to take beginners art classes or intermediate, so I told them I had taken these classes so I could get into the advanced art class.

    While in my senior class in high school I had painted two paintings and entered them in the fair and won 1st and 2nd place for both paintings at the age of 19.
 
"Old Iron Sides"
Painted Feb 28 1974
1st place ribbon won August 1974
 
 
"Homestead"
Painted May 1974
2nd place ribbon won August 1974
 
 
     My parents were very supportive of my art, but in hopes I would grow out of it, and focus more in business during college.
    I then later went to college at Evergreen State for Commercial art business and advertisement while working at the Credit Union.
After I finished college, my first job was the K2 ski company on Vashon Island in designing ski tops.
     The art design that was created for the ski tops, were all done by hand as we did not have computers then. After the image was created by hand, it was all hand cut out and transferred to a silk screen for printing. Each color was done on a separate screen.
I helped designed the“mids”and the “comps” during the late 70’s and early 80’s.
 



 
      
 
    I continued to paint paintings while on Vashon and sold them local in restaurants and offices.
    After getting married, then moving to Port Orchard I went back into the banking business, as the graphic art industry was not an easy time to get a job. There I worked in banking using the left side of brain for next 25 years while raising a family, but my right side was always my passion so I continued to study art and take more classes while working at the bank and continued to sell art.
 
     After kids were older I started to have open studio art shows from my home once a year in May. I had my original art sent to New Jersey and had prints done. I was now able to sell numbered prints during my open studio show.  I continued to do that for 10 years. Until commiting to more galleries.
     Today I paint in the mediums of watercolor, acrylic and oil and I work in an office and studio from home. I continue to study watercolor, acrylic and oil. I invested in a giclee printer a few years back, image my own work and now print from my home.
     Running an art business from home, I spend more time doing bookwork,  imaging art work, photo shop, marketing, and still I have to make time to paint. Keeping up on my art productions to maintain good with the galleries in providing new works and to maintain my artist clientele is very important for an artist career.
    I find my art business,  going to work a 9 to 5 job and sometimes longer, I get up at 6am in winter and 5am in summer. Hours can be long depending on orders, commissions and galleries. I also take advantage of travel and focus on getting photos for my next inspiration for new works. I go to bed and wake up sometimes at 3am and have an idea of a painting I want to paint or when I’m stuck, I have the plan on what to do to make it work…..
 
For more information check out my website at martigreen.com
  “Passion in life” … do your passion as life is short.