Here’s a tutorial for how to teach (or just paint) one of Artistic Abandon’s most popular paintings, Solace. Enjoy!
I just realized that I uploaded another instructional painting video about a month ago and never posted it here. So guess what I’m doing? Posting it here. I know. You didn’t see that coming, did you? I’m just full of surprises. Anyway, sit back, eat some nom nom, and watch a painting happen. Or grab a paintbrush and paint along. Either way, enjoy!
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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a smashing Thanksgiving yesterday, and are now lazing around with bloated bellies until it’s time to dig into your leftovers. To give you an excuse to avoid getting into another political fight with your crazy Uncle Albie, here is another instructional video for one of Artistic Abandon’s paintings, Blue Window.
If you’re interested in licensing our paintings (all of which are copyrighted) for your own paint and sip business or classroom, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re a budding artist and just want to paint along at home (not to teach or to sell as your own painting or financially profit from in any way), you are welcome to use this video free of charge. Have fun!
I’ve created videos for how to teach a few of Artistic Abandon’s paintings! I’ll be releasing more over the coming weeks. While these videos are meant for instructors, and give tips for how to avoid the pitfalls of teaching them, individual budding artists are welcome to paint along at home. If you’re interested in licensing our paintings (all of which are copyrighted) for your own paint and sip business or classroom, please contact us at email@example.com. If you’re a budding artist and just want to paint along at home (not to teach or to sell as your own painting or financially profit from in any way), you are welcome to use this video free of charge. Have fun!
At my studio, we offer pet portrait classes, and people often struggle with how to make their painting a little funkier than a traditional portrait. I realized that I didn’t have any samples that really gave them an idea of how to do that. While a traditional portrait can look great, and I still get people commissioning pet portraits from me in that style, I really do love when I get to play with color to bring out the personality of each person’s pet. So I decided to whip out a couple quick paintings as examples of how to do that, and I played with my new GoPro while I did it so that you could watch the process. Here’s the first video (the link is below the picture):
To learn more about commissioning a pet portrait in either style, visit http://www.emilypageart.com/pet-portraits.html.
Yesterday afternoon, while waiting to hear back on our due diligence request from the house we’re hoping to buy , I was fooling around looking at other homes for sale online. Flipping casually through pictures and…I stopped short. There, hanging over someone’s fireplace, was one of the paintings we teach at my studio, Artistic Abandon. Ha! I flipped through a couple more pictures, and there, again, was another of our studio paintings in their dining room. Double ha! I feel slightly famous because someone who lives about a half hour away is clearly one of my customers, lol. Triple ha! I don’t know what that last ha was for, but it’s been an exceptionally crappy day thus far, so I’ll take all the “ha’s” I can get.
To recap my day so far: slept on the sofa most of last night because sweet little Satch kitty was not feeling so well and I was worried. Called the vet this morning and they said they could see him if I could get him there in 10 minutes. I grabbed him and raced out the door and discovered that I had a flat tire – the same flat tire I had patched 2 weeks ago. Called AAA, they said they could get someone there within the next couple hours. Ugh. So called the vet and cancelled. Luckily, the vet called back and said they’d had a cancellation at 2pm, so I could bring him in then. The AAA guy came, and he was using someone else’s truck and the bed gate was stuck and it didn’t have the right tools, so it ended up taking him almost an hour to take off the flat and put on the spare. Hell, I could have done that. The good thing though, is that he did not lock his keys in the truck like he thought he had. Nothing like calling AAA to help out AAA. Took Satch to the vet. Things are not looking good and we’re upping all his meds and crossing our fingers and elbows and toes and knees and anything else that will cross that he improves. Please, think hungry thoughts for him so he’ll start eating again. Then, came to the studio and discovered that the air conditioning was not working. And it’s 90 degrees today. Called the HVAC folks and they came out and fixed it. And charged us a lot of money. Still sitting here with fans on me and hoping it cools down enough to still hold the fundraiser planned for Make a Wish tonight. Am heading home for dinner in a minute, and a thunderstorm just started and I just realized that the umbrella, which I carry with me at all times, is at home. We’re talking gulley washer rain (say “gulley washer” a bunch of times outloud. It tastes delicious.). Really? Please, powers that be, make this day end better than it started.
I think this is my 4th post today. Geez. Someone tell me to shut the hell up already! Or don’t. Maybe wait until after I finish this one, then tell me to shut my bourbonhole.
Tonight at Artistic Abandon, we were doing our quarterly pet portraits class. Normally, I dread the class, because it’s a shit ton of work for me prior to class (tracking down everyone’s photos, getting them sized and color corrected and printed, sketching them onto the canvases, etc), and it’s kind of organized chaos during class, especially at the end of class when everyone needs us to fix what they’ve done and make them look like they have eyes instead of black, soulless, pits of despair. Tonight was no different, though it was a nice, low maintenance group at least. But at the end, when most of the painters had gone, I started working on one woman’s painting putting the finishing touches on it to make it actually look like her particular pup. I heard sniffling behind me, but kind of ignored it and kept painting and bringing out the dog’s personality. When the sniffling didn’t stop, I turned around and saw that she was crying. Apparently, the doggy had passed away about a month ago. So I gave her a hug and started asking questions about the dog, and making little changes to the painting as she talked about it that weren’t really visible in the low quality photo we were working from. The other girl that was still finishing up her painting said that her first pet portrait with us a few months ago had been of her kitty that had died, and that she and her husband both cried when she brought it home. She’s done several paintings with us in memory of pets that have passed on since then, and it’s really cathartic to pay tribute in this way.
Sometimes in the clamor of people demanding more and more of me in exchange for less and less, I forget that what we do at the studio can be a real gift. Whether it’s just a fun night out to ease some tension and get a break so a mom doesn’t throttle her kids, or giving someone a loving way to honor a furry family member, we get to help people tap into something they don’t normally get to tap into (sometimes they just tap into a beer, but still, there’s creativity involved). And tonight we did that. The woman we were helping showed me the honor of letting me see a vulnerable side that I’m sure most of the public doesn’t get to see, and I got to validate that and let her know it’s not only okay, but right and good because it comes from a place of love. Tonight, I feel very lucky to do what I do.
Please remind me of that tomorrow when I start bitching again.