Some weird things I do as an artist..

Some weird things I do as an artist

*I only started using a journal in 2009, I had never used or made one before..above is one of my first pages in my first handmade journal..Lolol..!

*I only use mixed media paper for my palettes..for cleaning my brushes. I dont use glass or any substrate because I dont want to waste any paint, and the papers I can use as backgrounds, collage papers, or journal pages

*I buy only cheapo brushes because I dont clean them or keep them nice..I just leave in the water dish until they are useless, then I buy new ones. The big bag of brushes for like $9.99 at Michaels or on Amazon.I have really good brushes that I dont use.

*I spend money on quality paints and paper because I feel that is most important. I buy bulk canvas and stretch my own canvases, I always have done that unless there is some great sale on canvases, then I buy those too.

*I used to have an obsession with frames and framing my work, now I dont like frames at all and would rather just have it on the wall in a gallery wrapped canvas or white matte.

*I am very bad at commissions. When someone asks me to do one..I get anxiety and obsess for days about it. It almost puts me in a non creative coma, where I can not possibly do the piece that they request, and I usually dont like the outcome.Ill do them but it is rare.

*I used to be so obsessed with line design that I took 2d Design 1 and 2, two times at art school. Now I love it as I incorporate it into all my other projects.

*I started, years ago out only creating art with a fountain pen and india ink,  I did that for years then found that I loved Sharpie, Faber Castel and Sakura, which is what I use now.

*I sold my first huge canvas 36 x 42 on Ebay for $20 in 2007, and I thought that was amazing. I gave free shipping and spent $36 to ship it, so I was actually negative $16..but I didnt care at all..I was so happy to sell a large piece. My first sale of art ever was an art card 2.5 x 3.5  inch, and it went for $20 also..that was the beginning of selling over 180 of those little cards..then I realized I wanted to open an Etsy shop and thats how it all began.

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8 thoughts on “Some weird things I do as an artist..”

  1. Hi Robin!
    I remember most of this. We started blogging at about the same time. The years have flown by. So happy to see all of you successes! Keep doing more art, Kimberly

  2. Thanks for making your list of what you do as an artist….then sharing it with us. I think sometimes, many times, I am too rigid in trying to stick to the “rules.” Many times those rules of art practices are nice guidelines but can inhibit freedom of expression.
    Several years ago I took an acrylic painting class and forgot my brushes. The instructor said…”no problem!” He told me to use a clean rag…..of which there were many in the studio…. I wound a rag over my hand dipped in color and applied it to the canvas for large areas. At times I used the rag bound to my finger for a linear or smaller area or pattern.i remember it to be a freeing experience. The painting is one of my favorites.

  3. Wow great to know all this about you! Your amazing and I’m so glad I’m signed up to receive your emails of your blog now! I love your first journal page! I’ve never seen you draw girls before, I like them. 💜 Thanks for sharing!

  4. i hate doing commissions for the same reasons. glad to know i’m not the only one. i like your idea about using paper as a palette. i don’t like wasting my precious paint, either!

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