Monday, April 24, 2017

Bad Art

18 x 24, oil
A recent commission that I love... with the reference photo below
Isn't she adorable?



So why did I title this blog post "Bad Art" ??

Last week, I worked on a 30 x 20 painting of some beautiful purple irises that my mother brought me from her garden.

You will never ever, ever see that painting.


At a recent workshop I was teaching, I was being asked questions while painting my demo.  With the easy questions, I can keep painting and answer.

"What size brush are you using?" 
 "How did you mix that color?"  

But every now and then, I get asked a question that makes me stop and think about what to say.

"Gina, do you think there is such a thing as BAD ART?"

Hmmm.

I kept painting probably for about ten seconds, buying time.

And this was my answer.

"Yes.  And a lot of it is in my basement."

And here's something else most people are surprised to hear:


"I have destroyed hundreds of paintings." 

That painting that you only see the edge of above... with the setup of purple irises.  BAD ART.
Some paintings I thought were pretty good at one time, I no longer like them.  I found a painting one day that I remember being so proud of after I finished it... and believe me... Oh, it's horrible.

I think that's what keeps me going.  I want to keep getting better. And I think most artists will agree with me.  It's so exciting to finish a painting and be happy with it.  And those "bad art" paintings that I still produce make the ones I'm happy with even better (like the one at the beginning of this post... I love that painting!)

Even though I'm now teaching workshops, I still try to take a workshop every now and then from an artist I admire.  Not to learn to paint like them, but to learn from them.  To be inspired.  To become a better teacher.  And to be around other artists trying to get better.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thoughts on Commission Work

"Price and Jax" 18 x 18, oil



This is a painting I just finished up last night... I've taken my time with it, as it is a commission piece. When taking custom orders, I feel it's very important to communicate with the customer to find out as much about his / her vision as possible. One last minute detail I found out was that the steps were important to include. I was planning on making the steps more like an uphill path, to simplify the composition and put more focus on the boy and dog. I told my plans to do such and then was asked to please include the steps, as this was a special place that the family visits.

A note to my artist friends who read my blog:  In teaching my workshops, I've found that one of the questions I receive often is about mixing my colors.  95% of the time, I only use four tubes of colors plus white.  Those colors being cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow lemon, ultramarine blue, and cerulean blue. If you notice the colors in the steps on this painting, you'll see all the different combinations of gray.  I like this effect in paintings, and is the reason I don't just use a tube of gray paint.... rather, I mix my grays and therefore have subtle variations that I believe add to the painting.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Made in His Image

To me, there's a fine line between confidence in one's abilities, and confidence with humility. I really struggle with the whole self promotion as an artist. I'm constantly putting myself out there, and sometimes it seems awkward, as if I am saying, "Look at me, look what I can do," and I hate that feeling. But then one day, I read this verse in Proverbs about the virtuous woman... "she sees that her merchandise is good..." Proverbs 31:8.  And I realized, this ability is given to me, and I can glorify God in using it. I am able to make money doing something I love, while also sharing the joy and beauty of God's creation. We are made in His image, and He is the Creator of all. I believe we all have that desire to create... decorating, writing, cooking, sewing, woodworking... There is a great satisfaction at the end of the day to look at a day's work and say, "It is good." Just as He did at the end of each day of Creation. So that is my aspiration that I am sharing with you, that I strive to live a quiet life, working with my hands for His glory, not mine.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Time to Love

"A Time to Love"
36 x 36, oil

"To everything there is a season..."  And yes, there is a time to love.  So make time to love.

I speak to myself as much as to you. We can get so caught up in this world and the business of it. The trends. All the hype. The politics. All the worry. Rush here. Don't be late. Don't forget. Make lists and lists and always carry your calendar.

But make sure, you find the time to love.

Find someone today that needs a little extra love. Call them, text them, email them... just check in. I have found it's pretty hard to have a bad day when I'm thinking about others and not myself.

Slow down and smell the roses.  And find a time to love.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hello Again

"Hello Again"
30 x 30, oil on gallery wrapped linen canvas
Available here:  www.GinaBrownArt.com

One of my resolutions for the new year is to get back to writing.  I love to write and share stories, but somewhere along the way a small voice told me no one is reading, no one is listening, no one wants to hear your stories.

But then, a few days ago... at a workshop in Columbus, Georgia, I shared a story from a blog post in the past. To see and hear the reaction of those who were listening, I realized, I need to keep sharing. If not for anyone else, I need to share for me.  That is, I need to share because of the blessing I receive from writing.  Because writing my thoughts down reconnects me with Jesus.  And hopefully, I can help someone else feel a little closer to God today with my simple little words.

This painting was a little journey for me. I sometimes push myself with different brushwork, or different color combinations... trying to grow as an artist.  Always trying to grow.

Much love from this Alabama girl to whomever may take the time to read this.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Quiet Day

"A Quiet Day" 48x48 oil original
Available www.GinaBrownArt.com

I love Sunday afternoons.... definitely a quiet day for me each week.  Another painting in my show currently at the Gadsden Museum of Art.  If you have Facebook and Instagram, and want to see my work more frequently, please follow me by clicking here:


Thank you so much for following my work and for the continued encouragement!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Upcoming Show

My Upcoming Show:  A Quiet Life
Over 30 Original Paintings
Opening Reception September 2, from 5 PM until 7 PM
at the Gadsden Museum of Art

Hope to see you there!!!
Thanks for visiting and for following my work!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Find My Heart

 
"Find My Heart"
24 x 18, oil
honored that this painting has been juried
into the 2016 Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition

Upcoming workshops in August, September, October and November.
Please visit my website for more info!  

Thanks for visiting and for following my work!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

All My Love

 "All My Love"
24 x 18, oil
honored that this painting has been juried
into Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Show 2016

Upcoming workshops in August, September, October and November. 
Please visit my website for more info!  

Thanks for visiting and for following my work!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Upcoming Workshops

All workshops $300
Workshop Description: This 2 day still life oil painting workshop is for all level artists, beginners to advanced, that want to learn a new style of painting that results in loose and free paintings. The focus will be learning to apply fresh bold strokes while painting with confident intention (fearless). Learn to paint in a more simple, childlike way, while learning to enjoy the desire to create within. The workshop will consist of demonstrations with step by step explanation and exercises that will support this style of painting. Plenty of painting time will be provided with one on one instruction and assistance.
AUGUST 8 & 9 - Rome, Georgia
Contact Kathleen Smithson to register
horseleg@comcast.net
828-200-1304
SEPTEMBER 22 & 23 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama - (FULL)
contact Ann Foster to register
annsbrushstrokes@gmail.com
205-657-0199
OCTOBER 3 & 4 - Gadsden, Alabama
use contact tab on my website to register www.GinaBrownArt.com
NOVEMBER 10 & 11 - Cumming, Georgia
Contact Jeanne Matey to register
http://www.soulfulartstudios.com
404-403-8334

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sunshine in Georgia - workshop demo

"Sunshine in Georgia"
12 x 12 workshop demo


Upcoming workshops in August, September, October and November.  Please visit my website for more info!  

Thanks for visiting and for following my work!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink
36 x 36, oil original
Available at www.GinaBrownArt.com
Upcoming workshops in August, September, October and November.  Please visit my website for more info!  

Thanks for visiting and for following my work!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Apple Green

"Apple Green"
48 x 48, oil original
Available at www.GinaBrownArt.com

Title by my sweet Mama whom I'm sitting on the back porch with along with my Dad at this moment.... she's singing "Don't the world look apple green when you're seventeen and in love?"

Upcoming workshops in August, September, October and November.  Please visit my website for more info!  

Thanks for visiting and for following my work!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pepper

"Pepper"
30 x 30 oil original dog portrait

Workshops posted, click here.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Only You

"Only You"
16 x 16, oil
Available at www.GinaBrownArt.com

I've been busy as a bee lately and I've failed miserably at keeping up my blog, and I apologize.  If you're on Facebook or Instagram, and would like to keep up with my work, please follow along as I post on both of those regularly.  I just returned back from two workshops in Georgia, where I had a wonderful time teaching in Tucker and Watkinsville. 

Also, I got news that my painting was accepted into the OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition. 

I'm taking the rest of this month and July off from teaching to prepare for an upcoming show in Gadsden at the Museum of Art.  The opening reception will be the first Friday in September.  (YIKES). 

Below I'm listing the remainder of the workshops this year.  To find out more about my workshops, please visit my website.

AUGUST 8 & 9 - Rome, Georgia
Contact Kathleen Smithson to register
horseleg@comcast.net
828-200-1304
SEPTEMBER 22 & 23 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama - (FULL)
contact Ann Foster to register
annsbrushstrokes@gmail.com
205-657-0199
OCTOBER 3 & 4 - Gadsden, Alabama
use contact tab on my website to register
NOVEMBER 10 & 11 - Cumming, Georgia
Contact Jeanne Matey to register
http://www.soulfulartstudios.com
404-403-8334