Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Creativity and Artist's Life As a Painter of Landscapes, Puget Sound

"Puget Sound"
5 x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board

Reading this afternoon Ali Edwards' book, "Life Artist", which my two creative daughters are sharing with me has my focus again on creativity and the lives of artists. Ali's premise that it is OK to express yourself your way in art (she started in scrapbooking)takes me back to the days when my girls were little and I was doing creativity workshops and writing articles to encourage women to "paint outside the lines" in art and life. I guess Ali's book was a bit of deja vu, and I felt like saying, "Now, that's what I meant!"

Then I watched Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday video for today. Oh, what fun! To see watercolor painting used with a creative flair that most found hard to envision back in the time of my creativity workshops.

I find Ali Edwards and Donna Downey to be artists who have blended craft and fine art into truly creative works that can't be defined as one or the other designation. That is so refreshing!

My contribution for today in the blurred boundary lines of creativity in craft or fine art is a small landscape painting. I developed a composition from a variety of personal experiences of our typical Puget Sound marine landscape. I used archivally prepared gessoed mat board not canvas. The paints are professional quality acrylics. Acrylics have had a reputation as "craft" paints. I used them for the strong, clear colors that dry very quickly. I painted in a representational style rather than the impressionistic abstract look in my new greeting card series.

My painting is available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rural Landscape Painting Original Small Canvas Art by Artist K. Joann Russell

"Beyond the Dikes"
5 x 4 x 3/4" acrylic on canvas, gallery wrap

"Small is beautiful", some say. Small paintings can be colorful jewels. For me, they are a big challenge.

Painting small format art brings out my detailed drawing skills. As I paint in dimensions less than 9 x 12" I find it hard to stay with the large color shapes that I'm accustomed to using in larger paintings. It becomes challenging to stay with large brush strokes rather than fussy detail. Details can't substitute for structure of a composition.

I grew up drawing very detailed drawings. My dad majored in architecture and gave me lots of drawing materials and books and critiques. To this day I sometimes draw realistic, detailed sketches just for the fun of it. It is rather therapeutic for me, I guess, because I get lost in line associations. But, often I'll just want to cut loose with some free wheeling action drawing "outside the lines".

I've worked hard at loosening up my painting by painting on larger surfaces and with a variety of media. Maybe my struggles with this painting are similar to what I experience doing ACEOs. They are so small.

This painting comes from my time spent in southern Oregon. This is the 6th in a series of paintings, mostly oils, of the Swan Lake ranching area. This rural landscape painting, entitled "Beyond the Dikes", shows the acres and acres of farmland which uses the waters of Swan Lake at the base of the mountains by the same name for irrigation. Dikes with paths and roads separate parts of the area. I omitted the fence posts and wire to give a more spacious feel to this vast region.

You may purchase the painting in my Etsy shop or contact me by e-mail.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bright Colors Small Painting Greeting Card Original Art

"Color Chord #12"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

Bright colorful small painting on a greeting card! What a unique gift of original art for a special person on a special occasion! This is a one-of-a-kind hand painted greeting card in beautiful colors, a small original painting, "Color Chord #12", in an abstract style.

The bright blue, reds, and yellows remind me of bursts of color in a summer flower garden. Subtle touches of grayed greens add to the impression of floral art.

This is one of a series of abstract impressionistic cards I'm making available after two years of color explorations in my artistic journal. Each card is one of a kind, not a print nor a copy of previous work.

The images are 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" on a 5 x 7" single fold greeting card. The image is signed by me, the artist, and the back of the card has information about my art. The inside of the white card is blank. A matching white envelope is included.

The card can be easily framed in a standard size frame.

Give a gift of an original greeting card, small painting art, with your original personal greetings.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Buy Prints of Artist K. Joann Russell Colorful Original Paintings

"Many Though One"
16 x 12" mixed media on watercolor paper Original SOLD
Prints & Greeting Cards Available

Today I made it easier to buy prints of my original colorful paintings by using one page on my website rather than three or more. The many people coming to my website looking for either an original painting, a decor print, or a fine art print find it confusing once a painting is sold.

One page now has all the information for the painting. The description of the original painting, the purchase information and link are there. The decor prints that are signed by me have information and a buy button.

The new page, in addition to the above information, has information about fine art prints with a link photo of the painting that connects the buyer with my online shopping cart catalog page for prints, accessories, and greeting cards of that particular painting. In addition, the catalog shows a variety of sizes, a framing selection function, a color matching code, and links to more news and views about my artwork.

The new page on my website includes a handy link for subscribing to my e-mail mailing list. No more having to send an e-mail request to me. Finally, the page has all the links you need to visit all parts of my website.

This is only the first page. Please see if you find it easy to use. I have many more paintings waiting for pages to be developed.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Small Painting Original Greeting Card Red Violets Blues

"Color Chord #6"
4 1/4 x 6 1/4" image on 5 x 7" greeting card
acrylic on watercolor paper

Red violets, blues and subtle purples make this small painting on a greeting card unusually bright and stunning against a white background. The color purple, one of my favorites, is between warm blue and a red violet which tends toward a cool red. Click on the image to see the many color nuances of these color combinations.

When you need a card for an exciting celebration consider this abstract impressionistic card to add to the fun. Bright colors for everyone to enjoy.

The greeting card is an original painting suitable for framing. Give a gift and a card all in one!

Click here for purchasing information in my Etsy shop.


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