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Digital Artist?

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Creating an audio download product with music

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Indivual or Organization

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Selling art through an agency?

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Comment by Deby Dearman on April 1, 2012 at 3:40pm

You can blend your blues to come up with a unique color, but blend several different shades. Each inch of your painting should look a bit different than what surrounds it.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on April 1, 2012 at 3:38pm

Hey Chris, don't give up! Try mixing your paint before you put it on canvas. A sky can be difficult. In my art class we are encouraged to layer the paint, so the sky may start out as red or orange. When that dries, using a palette knife,  scrape the blue over the orange and bits of orange break through. It's really cool. You can paint several coats that way if you let the layers dry in between. We also are taught to 'lose' the corners. Which means to make the corners a bit darker so the focus stays on the 'star' of the painting, which would be your car.

Comment by Chris Callen on April 1, 2012 at 3:11pm

Does anyone on here know how to blend acrylic paint like when you paint a sky? Is liquid white the key or is that just for oils only?  I've really been getting discouraged lately when it comes to creating backgrounds for my cars. Please help :)

Comment by Chris Callen on March 29, 2012 at 8:09pm

Timmery, I'm giving acrylics a try. I like the richer colors and it's easier to cover up a mistake . 

Comment by Timmery Clark on March 26, 2012 at 6:46pm

Well I'm definitely admiring your ability with watercolors!  They scare me.  When I tried it before I was always worried because I wouldn't be able to remove anything, or even cover it up very well.  Mainly I just didn't know what I was doing!

Comment by Chris Callen on March 26, 2012 at 4:23pm

Thanks Timmery!  Yeah I want to try some new angles to keep things interesting. I'm trying to get braver with my backgrounds .  Sometimes I have trouble with composition and things just not looking right.

Comment by Timmery Clark on March 25, 2012 at 7:57pm

Oh wow Deby--your painting looks so vibrant and full of joy and life!  I can't wait to see more progress!

Thanks for the info Jim.  It sounds like you're putting a lot of energy into your art and your plan.  I think that's great since you clearly have talent.  And Chicago seems like a place that encourages the arts.  How exciting.

Nice truck, Chris!  I like the way you did the grass at the bottom instead of just covering all the white space down there!  Have you ever considered another profile or vantage point?  Keep going man, I love to see your progress!

Comment by Chris Callen on March 25, 2012 at 7:52pm

1954 Chevy truck.  I tried to add a simple blue sky and some grass.

Comment by Chris Callen on March 25, 2012 at 7:51pm

Comment by Jim Harris on March 25, 2012 at 7:51pm

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Timmery, I self promote.  I've almost got my web site completed. I want it up by my first show this year.  I started art shows last year and found it to be productive, if you get in the right one.  I'm staying in the local Chicago area to try and become known more locally and regionally. I also do oil painting and I'm doing them in a smaller format and trying them on ebay. I'm not sure if I want to go the gallery route. My goal is for this to be my career within 3 years. Here's the link to Jack White's books; http://www.senkarikstuff.com/books.htm. The one on the Mystery of Making it is his first and he recommends reading them in order.  I've read 3 and have found them very helpful.

Ed, the art shows are great, but you have to find the right ones.  I'm trying to steer clear of the craft shows and aiming for the fine art shows and the more high end ones that attract the higher income earner who is still buying art.

Bonnie, the 2 posted are basswood (horse head) and butternut.  I also carve in maple, mahogany, walnut, and cherry.

Debbie, I'm trying to link up with some of the local equistrian clubs.  There are quite a few of them in Chicago.  I was quite supprised.  Thanks for the tips and the link.


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