Welcome back to my Process bog: a journal / accountability tool / resource for my pursuit of a career as an artist. This was one of those weeks that felt like a whole month. That could be because I started a new job or maybe because I binged multiple seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills… I’ll let you be the judge.🎬 Let’s recap the week!
Meme Of The Week
The Week in Review
Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications
On her instagram story earlier in the week Sari Shryack recommended the book,
Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications, as a quick but thorough look into the subject of Color Theory. Color theory is something I’ve been putting off learning about for quite a while now, so I decided to buy the book and educate myself on the subject. While the book is a quick read, there’s lots of photos and examples which make this topic (that I’ve been daunted by ) clear and exciting–and it’s affordable!. I’m looking forward to finally finishing my color wheel (lol) and allowing this new knowledge to inform my artwork going forward. If you’re interested in learning more about color theory or just want to have some good reference material on the subject grab yourself a copy!
The Create! Podcast: Painting The Feminine Spectacle: Interview With Ingrid V. Wells.
This week I listened to The Create! Podcast interview with Ingrid V Wells. In the interview Wells talks about her journey as an artist with candidness, stressing the importance of getting your artwork out there and the truth behind how much effort it takes. Wells talked about the massive volume of galleries/grants/exhibits/ you name it she’s applied to and how this determination helped lead to the success she has today. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it already, check out her joyful and vibrant work, every time I do it makes my day!
More important aspects of thriving as an artist she highlights are being part of an artist community and writing about your art. I have not been proactive about these (outside of using instagram), but inspired by Wells I finally stopped dragging my feet and joined my university’s art club. I was just in time to enter the club’s exhibition for the end of the year and wrote a small piece about my submissions! Thanks Ingrid for the inspiration! If you’re interested in working as an artist or want to hear more about Ingrid V. Wells’ art and background check this episode out! (Spotify and Apple Podcast links)
The Jealous Curator: ART FOR YOUR EAR podcast: NFT WTF
Another podcast episode my ears were blessed with this week was by The Jealous Curator with guest Trey Speegle talking about the new craze that is NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens). If you’re an artist on twitter especially, you’ve probably seen lots of hype about NFTs and artists posting teasers of their work. Speegle talks about what NFTs mean for the future of art, where they fit into the art world today, and gives insight into the recent NFT auction of at Christie’s of Beeple’s “Everydays — The First 5000 Days” which sold as $69 Million. The premise of NFTs is that they exist on a blockchain, which is also the underlying structure of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. One of the upsides of NFTs for artists is that every time an NFT is resold, the original artist gets a percentage, which challenges the way most art is bought and sold now. If you’re interested in learning more about NFTs, how you can make your own, or Trey Speegle’s work check this podcast out! (links to Spotify and Apple Podcast)
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
I know I’m a bit late to the party watching this movie since it was released in 2012, but it was still incredible. The documentary follows Marina Abravovic’s 2010 performance, The Artist Is Present as well as diving into her life and career as an artist. I think for anyone interested in or working in the arts this film will spark a fire in you that’s difficult to explain. Perhaps more than that, this film will give you a greater appreciation for humanity and shows you how Abramovic, someone who truly loves the world, moves through it.
Paintings of the Week
The theme of this week is … well there really isn’t a theme actually.