Wednesday, June 11, 2014

HOW TO BECOME A WORLD FAMOUS ARTIST

On the surface just the sheer idea of becoming a "World Famous" anything seems like a fantasy or a delusion. However, in today's digital world, to attain that title is not as far fetched dream as it once was if one has the will and the ambition to do so and if all the criteria below are met. It certainly helps exponentially if you have food and shelter taken care off by either your family member, a rich relative or a supporting spouse. Examples include Van Gogh who was supported by his brother, Degas who was supported by his family, Durer who was also supported by his family and Barnett Newman who was supported by his wife. I am quite certain there are a whole lot more who were given the basic necessities like food and shelter which freed them to reach their potential as an artist.



1. You first need to have an IDEA or the DESIRE and it has to be specific to become a world famous artist. Decide which genre of art it is that you are most passionate about. Is it en plein air, portrait painting, figure drawing, abstract art, modern art, contemporary art, outsider art, folk art, graphic art, impressionist art, expressionist art or epicurean art? Pick the one that resonates with you the most and stick with it. If you cannot commit to any one in particular, then commit to a theme that can implement multiple genre but still keep the work coherent and consistent. Want more details? You can read it in my book 'A Strategic Painter: Mastermind Your Craft'.




2. You need to have the TIME as well as SPACE free of distractions (children, noises, friends, TV, lovers etc) to implement the idea. Without having the time and space, you cannot achieve your goal. We only have so many hours in a day. We are more productive at certain hours than others and if other activities take up our time when we are most alert and productive, we cannot progress as quickly. Without having a dedicated studio to create art, you cannot have the peace of mind to go and do your thing day after day. Ideally, you need a room for yourself that you can convert into your art studio.


Frida Kahlo at work in  her Art Studio


3. You need to have the TALENT to utilize the time and space. If you don't have the talent to convey your message, time and space then are of no relevance. It is something that you are born with -- a natural aptitude or a flair for doing things. It takes years of practice to perfect your craft and that gives birth to craftsmanship. However, talent and great craftsmanship are not enough. You also need to develop a certain signature style that separates you from the rest of the other artists. In the art world we call it 'branding'. The earliest you can form a unique signature style, the better chance you have to reach your goal for the world fame. Theme also plays a major role if you can incorporate it in your work.



Tamara de Lempicka in her Art Studio - Where talent meets the Will to Succeed.



4. You will need to have the proper TOOLS or MATERIALS to achieve that talent. I am a painter and if I don't have the proper tools to work my magic -- no amount of time, space or talent would help me manifest my desire to become a world famous painter. My tools are of the highest quality that I can afford and they include Paints, Paint Brushes, Canvases, Easels, and Mediums. Tools are not cheap nor should you invest in cheap materials as it will have a huge impact on your branding.




5.  You need to have TEMPERANCE to use the tools. One has to be present in the mind and the body to make the best of the time, space, talent and tools available. Indulgences of sorts can keep you from achieving optimum performance to manifest what you desire. Another word to use for temperance is one's will power. We can achieve anything we put our minds to if we have this one basic thing in us. It is easy to get into hedonistic lifestyle with alcohol and drugs to give you a fix. But if you give into these indulgences, you certainly don't have the fortitude to earn the title of becoming famous or world famous.


Newsletters are Great Marketing Tools.


6. You need to MARKET your art once you have created at least twenty five to thirty high quality paintings. Create a facebook and Google page. Open up a Linkedin account. Start a Blog where you can post your images and talk about your art and why it is relevant to you or anyone for that matter. All these social media channels are FREE and there is no excuse not to take advantage of them.


Roopa Dudley in her 13'x13' Studio in Severn, MD

Furthermore:
- Publish a Coffee Table Art Book on Blurb or Lulu. It looks highly professional.
- Print out a Calendar by using your art on Zazzle. Use it as a Give-Aways (Gift) to collectors, and friends.
- Send out Quarterly Newsletters (above) to everyone who knows you and everyone you know. Talk about your accomplishments, achievements and future plans. (Accomplishments: Series Completed and Art Sold.  Achievements: Awards Received and Works Published.  Future Plans: New Series and Inspirations)
- Join a local Art Organization. I am a member of MFA. (Maryland Federation of Art). ME & MY ART - MFA
- Compete in juried shows and competitions including the ones in art magazines.
Art magazines like ArtAscent (above), Professional Artist, Fresh Paint, Sasee and Studio Visit are the prime examples of such art magazines that will publish your art if they deem it to be a good fit for their publication. Imagine your work in a glossy coveted magazine for millions to see. Now that is exposure!


Frida Kahlo and I - Both Born On The 6th Of July - With An Artistic Eye!


If you have met all the above criteria , there is nothing that can keep you from  achieving what you seek. Okay maybe unfortunate events and death may damper your plan, but you get the picture. It is true that LUCK has a lot to do with success as well and it does exist. However, there is no substitute for consistency, hard work and innovative ideas. It can take some of you ten years and some twenty five to get the desired results. It all depends on how badly you want what you seek and how willing you are to make certain sacrifices to get there. You got to have "An Eye Of The Tiger". Good Luck!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

MAGICAL PAINTINGS OF GWENN SEEMEL - An American Painter

I stumbled upon Gwenn's paintings on G+ and immediately wanted to know more about her as a person and as an Artist. I find her art to be magical because she takes what we know and paints it in such a way that it brings out the hidden qualities of that person or an animal which the viewer would otherwise would not have seen or appreciated. Words simply desert me when I try to describe her work to my friends as her work has to be experienced by themselves. I call it magical because I cannot describe magic either. She is an author & artist of the book: CRIME AGAINST NATURE. Like a brilliant cut diamond, Gwenn has a lot of facets that makes her remarkable. Initially, I planned to publish this interview on Groundhog's Day but because of the Superbowl event, I thought I rather wait and publish it on St.Valentine's Day week for it seems much more fitting. Gwenn Seemel's paintings are a delightful treat for the eyes that can be enjoyed with or without a box of chocolates and fine wine.





1. When did you decide to become a Professional Artist? At what age you discovered that you enjoy art?

I never had a moment when I chose -- not that I remember anyway. I simply began pursuing a career as I finished up my undergraduate studies. I did so with a certain amount of trepidation, which I dutifully recorded in my journal, but I never seemed to think I'd do anything else. And maybe that has something to do with my first art-making memory.
My brother and I were 9 and 6 and we'd pulled the bed out of the couch in the living room, arranging the cushions in such a way that we were on a Starship. While my brother piloted us around  the universe, I drew in markers on scraps of paper, nestled in a corner of our space machine. I don't even remember what I was drawing, but, at some point in our journey, my brother looked over at what I was doing and informed me that it wasn't half bad. Coming from my idol/nemesis, this was huge. To this day, I still feel buoyed by the compliment.


2. How would you like to define the artwork you create?

It's been called "saccharine" and it's been called "dangerous". It's also been called "plaid".  All that sounds about right. 


Gwenn Seemel "Self-Portrait"

3. What is your favorite color and why? Your favorite music? Do you listen to music while you paint?

All colors are good! I tend towards the brighter and more saturated ones in my work, but I love every nuance and shade of every last color. Along those lines, I also adore exploring the personalities and possibilities of pigments I've never used before. It's like making a new friend.  As for music, at the moment I'm listening to Santigold. She and other sometimes serenade me as I paint, but more often than not I work in silence or with the background noise of old BBC mini-series or Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. The rhythm of music can sometimes be distracting as I put brush to canvas.


4. How many art pieces have you sold as of today? Do you sell by size or the amount of time it took you to create the artwork?

I'm not much for counting my artworks. To me, it feels disingenuous somehow to assign a number or count two very different pieces in the same way. What I can say: I've made my living as an artist for a decade now, and my income is mostly from grants, commission work, sales of open market art, and sales of my art books.

I price my work based on size for the most part. In my commission work, I also factor in complexity, the number of subjects and other elements in the composition. My price list is here: http://www.gwennseemel.com/index.php/your#price 





5. Do you have a designated Art Studio? Do you have this Studio in your house or do you rent it? The web-address if someone wants to send you correspondence.

I work from home, and the whole main room of our apartment is my studio. I love living on top of my work, for the ease of the commute, of course, but for less obvious reasons as well. A vital part of my  process is spending long moments staring at my work, and, since my studio life and the rest of my life exist in the same space, I can get a lot of staring done even when I'm not actively painting.

I can be contacted via my home on the web: http://www.gwennseemel.com/


6. What past experiences (good and bad) have influenced your work?

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with endometriosis -- a disease which has no cure and whic affects the reproductive organs of millions of women. My experience with this chronic and debilitating disease helped me to open up, both personally and artistically.  In fact, it was my endometriosis and the infertility that it often causes which spurred me to create my book CRIME AGAINST NATURE. This project is both on series of paintings of animals and a book. The various species featured in CRIME AGAINST NATURE have one thing in common: their behaviors deviate from traditional notions of gender. They've single moms or stay-at-home dads, aggressive females and colorful males, animals that struggle with infertility as well as homosexual and transgendered species.  CRIME AGAINST NARURE laments the misinformation we've been fed about what's natural and what's not, but it's also a celebration -- the true diversity of behaviors and expressions. The book can be read online here for free, or you can purchase a print copy: http://www.gwennseemel.com/index.php/pages/from/category/nature_book/





7. Who are your favorite Artists? Which of the Artists have influenced your outlook and work? Who do you identify with the most?

Louise Bourgeois has been my art hero ever since I read her writings in university. In fact, it was seeing her art in light of  her words and her stories that helped me to understand how important context is to t he experience of artwork. She inspired me to embrace context-making as part of my art practice. A lot of that context-making happens on my  blog, which can be found here: http://www.gwennseemel.com/index.php/blog/


8. What is your favoirte media? (Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors). Which brand and why you choose this specific media?

I work in Golden Acrylics exclusively. I often say acrylics raised me as an artist because it's their quick drying time that prompted my style of distinct marks layered one over the other.





9. Is there something you would like to share about yourself with potential Art Collectors? 

I've shared plenty about me already in this interview! The only thing left to say to a client would be: "How about you? What is YOUR favorite color?"


10. Your nationality and Birthdate? Languages you can communicate in?

I was born in 1981 and I'm French-American. I was raised mostly in the USA but also in France, and that's why I speak French with a fluency that sometimes lacks fluidity.



Thursday, December 19, 2013

SURREALISTIC WORLDS OF JEFF FAUST - An American Painter (Interview)

A few months ago, as I was sitting in Books-A-Million at Columbia Crossing MD, enjoying my Caramel Macchiato and peacefully browsing through a glossy artsy magazine, I came across an image of a painting called "Song of the Coast" by Jeff Faust. I was thunderstruck by the beauty of it and could not get that painting out of my mind for days. Finally, worked up some courage and decided to contact the artist (and demanded an explanation of disrupting my peace). I had the information noted down on piece of napkin so I googled his name up and like magic I was led straight to his website. So, I shot him an email that I loved his painting and if I could write a blog about it.  Even though his paintings are out there literally in the mist of clouds, the painter himself is as down to earth as one can be. He gave me the permisson to use his image for my blog post and that blog http://americanartreview.blogspot.com/2013/08/song-of-coast-painting-by-jeff-faust.html was later featured on Speaking on Art (November issue) https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingOnArt?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser . At that point I wanted more from him -- an interview with the man, the myth and the legend. He agreed and here it is for all to enjoy the amazing paintings and an awesome interview of Jeff Faust -- the Cloud Voyager. 




1. When did you decide to become a Professional Artist? At what age you knew that you enjoy art?

I had started painting at an early age around 10 or 11. My parents  had a nice art library and they always had various supplies around. When I was a freshman in high school, while waiting for my English class to start one day, I made the decision that art was what I wanted to do with my life. Never looked back from that point on. 





2. How would you like to define the artwork you create?

It's been a solo journey for me. I never went to an art school and a loose definition of my work is what I call subtle surrealism. It's a realistic approach but I give myself the freedom to create my own worlds.


3. What is your favorite color and why?  Your favorite music? Do you listen to music while you paint?

I can't really say what my favorite color is. I fall in love with a new color with every change of the tide. I use greens and blues a lot so those are the ones I probably think of most but favorite is tough when there are so many choices.  

I listen to classical music all the time when I paint.  Thank goodness for KUSC -- sometimes I'll listen to Pandora and listen to a variety of stuff but not nearly as often as classical.





4. How many art pieces have you sold as of today? Do you sell by size or the amount of time it took you to create the artwork?

I have sold untold numbers of  paintings.  I don't tend to keep a track of actual number of pieces I have sold so far so I don't know.  The sales out of the galleries now are typically by size. Perhaps I'll change that soon.


5.  Do you have a designated Art Studio? Do you have this studio in your house or do you rent it? The address if someone wants to send you correspondence?

I have always worked at home. I love being around my work all the time.  This way I can run in and out to get something I need.  The best part is having no commute when I get up as the studio is right down the hall. I can look at something just before ending the day and I love that.  My website address is http://www.jefffaust.com/





6. What past experiences (good and bad) have influenced your work?

One of the main concepts of my work is how fragile life is. That can mean actual breathing life, friendships, a marriage.  Years ago a good friend was killed along with his daughter, mother and an unborn child in an automobile accident. His wife was the only survivor.  Over in an instant! From that point on, the fragility of life has always been near my work. But good also.  A leaf blowing in the wind has a huge emotional appeal to me.


7. Who are your favorite Artists? Which Artists have influenced your outlook and work?  Who do you identify with the most?

As a youngster, I was astounded by Miro more than any other. Then Magritte, Dali, Picasso and a lot of the regulars. That was my education. Looking at the books and reading art biographies. Now, I don't pay much attention to the art world but I still get tremendous value from looking at works of art even though most of the artists have been dead for many years.





8. What is your favorite media (Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors)? Which brand and why you choose this specific media?

I have always used acrylics. I used oils once for about half an hour and I knew right then that it was not for me. Acrylics let  me paint the way my mind works -- changing my mind constantly about the piece. I am always rewriting my paintings. Always. Acrylics are good for that kind of thing and the paints available these days are great. 


9.  Is there something that you would like to share about yourself with a potential Art Collector?

Not really. It is either there in the work or it isn't .





10. Your nationality and Birthdate? Languages you can communicate in?

I am an American. I was born in New England on October 30th, and raised in California. I speak American English but can order a beer in Spanish.





Wednesday, November 27, 2013

EUPHORIC PAINTINGS OF SANDRA (KIKI) THOME - An American Painter (Interview)

Through Facebook, I discovered yet another delightful artist Sandra Thome. Her paintings make me feel joyous and euphoric each and every time I look at them. Each one of her paintings shouts out "I am not an accident, I am created with love". As for me, I am in love with her style and composition and I believe that goes without saying. The world that she creates is joyous, warm and beautiful. I really want to be a part of it. How about you?  "And I think to myself what a wonderful world...what a wonderful world". 



 1.When did you decide to become a Professional Artist/Painter? At what age you knew that you enjoy Art? 

I have never really considered myself a professional artist. I have just always been doing it. It is my therapy and escape. I grew up in a house surrounded in art --mostly subdued pieces I think I developed my love of color in contrast.




2. How would you like to define the artwork you create?

I consider myself a colorist. People often ask me what my style is and I tend to ramble out some sort of incoherent answer. I paint what I want and let it evolve on its own.


3. What is your favorite color and why? Your favorite music? Do you listen to music while you paint?

All color! No favorites. Favorite music is also an open question. I prefer instrumental so my thoughts can wander. I do sometimes paint with music but I like my mind to be immersed in my painting and music does tend to sway my thoughts and control my emotions. I also enjoy silence.




4. How many art pieces have you sold as of today? Do you sell by size or the amount of time it took you to create the artwork?

Not sure how many -- my initial instinct is less then when I really think about it...about 25. Unfortunately, with the economy being so poor size and time are no longer a factor. I price to sell. (Interviewer's Note: This may be a great opportunity for collectors to make those purchases NOW.)




5. Do you have a designated Art Studio? Do you have this Studio in your house or do you rent it? The address if someone wants to send you correspondence?

I work from my comfy, sunny living room in NJ when nobody is home but my furry companion Bear. I can be contacted at: kikithome@gmail.com




6. What past experiences (good and bad) have influenced your work?

Many of my older pieces like the Florals were commissioned. Now that I am older, I am painting versions of my childhood memories. I enjoy art that evokes happy feelings, dreamy feelings and a sense of deja vu. So I guess you can say "Good Experiences".






7. Who are your favorite Artists? Which artists have influenced your outlook and work? Who do you identify the most with?

Hands down Van Gogh. I love the old impressionists, the Scottish colorists and the Group of Seven. 


8. What is your favorite media (Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors), which brand and why do you choose this specific media?

I dappled in Oil in my twenties and then when I was pregnant with my son, I switched to acrylics to avoid the toxins. I have never gone back. Love the color I can achieve and the fast drying. I use mostly Liquitex due to it's affordability and availability but do try other acrylic products here and there.





9. Is there something you would like to share about yourself with potential Art Collectors?

It is always nice to sell a painting of course. However, I mostly paint for the reward it gives me. I paint because I have to, and I can.


10. Your nationality and Birthdate? Languages you can communicate in? 

Originally Canadian, now a naturalized American. I was born on February 20th, 1970. I can communicate in English. 



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NOSTALGIC PAINTINGS OF JOHN PAYNE - An American Artist (Interview)

The summer past is when I came face to face with John Payne's painting "Crossing the Thames" in McBride Art Gallery located in Annapolis, MD. What a sight to behold to say the least. I have seen thousands of photo-realistic paintings and drawings throughout my artistic career. What separates Payne's paintings from the rest is how he combines vintage photography and modern day color in his crisp, painstakingly detailed and evocative paintings that teleports the viewer back in time as if the viewer has already been there in his or her past life. The experience is intensely mesmerizing and nostalgic. He has taken photo realism to a whole new level and it is wonderful. Welcome to the realm of John Payne.




1. When did you decide to become a Professional Artist? At what age did you know that you enjoy Art?

I decided to become a professional artist when I was still in high school. I went to MICA and majored in Illustration and Graphic Design, as I believed that it would allow me to create art and earn a steady paycheck. I was employed as a illustrator with Riggs National Bank for five years. At the same time, I was freelancing and advertising agencies in MD, DC and VA areas. I started to dislike doing illustration work because the image was used only once in the advertisements and then disposed of. I yearned to paint images that would be appreciated for the long term. I have been self employed as an artist and selling my work in galleries for over fifteen (15) years.

I was in kindergarten when my fascination with art began. I loved to draw, and it always came naturally to me. My classmates would egg me on to draw images for them. I remember being surprised to learn that drawing didn't come easily to everyone!



2. How would you like to define the artwork you create?

The subject matter that I choose to paint is vintage scenes. I feel it creates a nostalgic feeling and produces good memories of moments in time that strike a chord in many  of us. The artwork I create ca be defined as a visual recalling of these moments and how wonderfully wholesome they were. As an artist I strive to rekindle in the minds of others what I deem as fascinating.


3. What is your favorite color and why? Your favorite music? Do you listen to music while you paint?

My absolute favorite color is turquoise. The greenish-blue shade connects with my soul. If I had to view the world through one color lens, this would be the color I would choose.

The favorite music of my youth is Steely Dan. Currently, my favorite musical artist is Chuck Wildes Liquid Mind. This sound has a soothing meditative vibe. My body instantly relaxes once I start listening to this music. I recommend it to anyone for stress release.

I used to listen to music while I painted. The last seven years I have been listening to audio books that I borrow from local library. I enjoy having someone tell me a story while I paint. I always try to listen to an audio book that relates to the subject that I am painting.




4. How many art pieces have you sold as of today? Do you sell by size or the amount of time it took you to create the painting? 

I have sold over 100 paintings to date. The price place on a painting is determined by both size and by the time I spent painting it. An average size painting of 28"x36" would take three to four weeks to complete. (40-50 hours without factoring in the research that is involved).


5. Do you have a designated Art Studio? do you have this Studio in your house or do you rent it? The address if someone wants to send you correspondence.

My studio is my home. I have rented commercial space in the past, but found that I had more distractions and got less work done. My studio/home address is 7 Donagh Court. Timonium, MD 21093 should anyone want to send correspondence to me.




6. What past experiences (good and bad) have influenced your?

I remember being a child growing up in a row home in Edmonson Village in Baltimore County. We had a back alleyway where we would build go-carts without engines that we would race. We also had a milkman, Good Humored ice-cream man and a colorful horse drawn carriage (an Arrabber) that sold fresh fruit and vegetables. I fondly recall these memories and they are happy and comforting. They reflect the uniqueness of my youth and this type of imagery is depicted in my art.


7. Who are your favorite Artists? Which Artists have influenced your outlook and work? Who do you identify with most?

My favorite artists are Norman Rockwell, Boquereau, and Thomas Eakins. Norman Rockwell has had the most influence on my art. I identify with him and his art because of the way he concentrates on people interacting with one another. Rockwell enjoyed capturing those moments in time that strike a chord in our hearts. His art is wholesome and genuine.




8. What is your favorite media (Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors)? Which brand and why do you choose to work in this specific media?

Hands down, Oil on canvas applied to a fine tooth canvas is my favorite medium. I prefer Winsor Newton brand mainly because of it's slow drying time. I have all day to blend the paint to achieve that realistic look that I want the viewer to take in.

The very fine tooth canvas I use has the perfect surface for my imagery. I like the way that particular texture of canvas grabs the paint off the bristles of the brush as I paint across it's smooth canvas surface.

An average tooth canvas does not allow me to achieve a realistic look as it is too bumpy on the surface. Painting on a smooth panel is just too smooth.




9. Is there something you would like to share about yourself with potential Art Collectors? 

As an artist who paints documented photographic images from the past, I would like the art world to know that I often use a number of various photographic references when creating a single composition. The photos I use are almost always in black and white and are diffused and grainy. A lot of my time goes into researching colors and details as well as deciding what to add and what to remove.

In some cases, I decide not to alter or remove anything as it would only take away the historical accuracy of the image I am painting.

I also accept commission work that includes a variety of subject matters. Word of mouth keeps me busy doing portraits. Painting portraits has always come easily to me. I enjoy portrait commission work but my passion remains to paint Vintage Realism.

Following galleries exhibit my work if you are in the area and want to experience it:

McBride Gallery  215 Main Street, Annapolis  MD 21401
Chasen Gallery  3554 West Carey Street, Richmond  VA 23221
Gallery on Merchant Square  440 A Duke of Glouster Street, Williamsburg  VA 23185

My website johnpayneartist.com


10. Your nationality and Birthdate? Languages you can communicate in?

I am an American. I was born in Baltimore, MD on October 13th 1962. I wish I was bilingual, but I only speak English.
NOTE: I love to travel and am married to a Flight Attendant which allows me to travel often. I have enjoyed touring museums and historical cities mostly throughout Europe. I believe this has helped me grow as an artist and become more open minded about history and humanity.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

GRAPHIC ART OF MLADEN OLJACA - A SERBIAN GRAPHIC ARTIST

I came across Mladen Oljaca on Google+ connections. I looked at his cartoons which to me looked like stunning graphic illustrations so I investigated further. Usually I am preoccupied with painters and like to seek out creative Painters in general whose artwork I believe to be of high caliber especially where creativity is concerned.  However, Mladen's cartoons not only made me laugh but they made me think and wonder which was kind of a new experience for me. That is why I decided to do this interview with him as there is much more to Mladen and his cartoons than what meets the eye.





1. When did you decide to become a Professional Cartoonist or Graphic Artist? At what age did you realize that you enjoy drawing cartoons?

I decided to become a Graphic Artist/Cartoonist during my school years. In College, I took courses in Mechanical Engineering but dropped out before completing my degree in 1988 when I was presented with an opportunity as a Newspaper Illustrator (Cartoonist and Comic-strip Writer). I can confidently say that I never regretted dropping out as my heart was not in that field. I was around 5 or 6 years of age when I knew I enjoyed art - especially comics and illustrations. I have often dreamed about becoming a Cartoonist someday. 


2.  How would you like to define the art/cartoons you create?

I personally don't consider my cartoons "art" but rather "craft".  I take the job (the text or scenario that is to be illustrated), read it, and then contemplate about it - how to present it graphically. It is more like a job I believe not much "art" in my opinion. To answer your question of what kind of art I create, I would say illustrations, cartoons for comic and caricatures. I enjoy drawing for Children's Books and relish in illustrating the images in a fun and humorous way.  Humor is my prime motivation - even in art (smile).





3.  What is your favorite color and why? Do you listen to music when you work?  What is your favorite music?

I don't have a favorite color come to think of it.  However, I do like the dynamic combination of Black, White and Red.  For years I only illustrated in black ink for comics.  Colors came in later.  Yes, I do listen to music fairly often when I am working. It keeps me going and energizes me when I am feeling tired.  My favorite music is Rock, Hard Rock and some Punk (Rock). 

4. How many illustrations have you created and sold as of today? How do you go about doing this business?

I have not kept an exact count since I have been working as a Graphic Artist for over fifteen years.  I have produced over 4,000 images which includes illustrations, caricatures, comic strips and panels for clients of all walks of life. I do not have an accurate statistics on that (laughs). 
I sell illustrations which is different than selling paintings in a way because I sell them in quantity (of images created). Each job is different and sold in accordance with how much time and effort it took to create the whole project.





5. Do you have a designated Art Studio?  Do you have this studio in your house or do you rent it? The address physical or email if someone wants to send you correspondence.

No,  I don't have some special place where I work. I work in my house and do not have an Art Studio. If someone wants to send me correspondence, they can do so by sending me an email at: oljacaml@gmail.com.


6. What past experiences (good and bad) have influenced your work? 

Well, I can say that everything that has happened to me, around me, things I saw, heard, read etc. have influenced my work. I don't live in isolation. Everything around me has some meaning and significance of course. I was born in Serbia - former Yugoslavia which as we know is disintegrated now.  We lived through a horrible civil war that lasted for almost 4 years. That experience has influenced and marked all of our lives permanently. The art we create naturally has that influence in some shape or form. 




7. Who are your favorite Artists/Cartoonist? Which Artist(s) has influenced your outlook and work? Who do you identify with the most?

I don't have any particular artist that I can say "favorite".  However, throughout my life I saw many different artists and their works that I liked.  I suppose that has influenced my work I am sure. I would like to add that there is no bad art or artist. Every single piece of art one can learn something from I believe. I don't like any kind of idols and don't like to identify with one. Every artist has something unique to offer and we should respect and support that.


8.  What is your favorite media (Oils, Acrylics, Markers, Watercolors, Computer). Is there a specific brand you like and why?

I started out in Pen & Ink (Black Ink).  I used to make pencil drawings first and then go over with the black ink. Later on I moved to computer 100%.  I can draw in ink and fill it in with color by using Wacom tablet. I like it because it is faster, cleaner and it provides me with possibilities to temper with in many ways without the fear of ruining the drawing.


9. Is there something you would like to share about yourself with potential clients? 

Well, if someone wants to know something about me, it is all over my drawings/cartoons. Everything is written there (wink) for the world to see.


10. Your nationality and birthdate? Languages you can communicate in?

I am Serbian. My nationality is Serb. I was born on January 31st, 1970.  I can communicate in Serbian and English.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTS OF SUNITA KHEDEKAR - A BRITISH ARTIST (Interview)

Sunita and I connected on Facebook a few months ago. She is one of the most expressive and versatile painters I have gotten to know so far. From traditional South-Asian style to Contemporary to Geometric Abstract. Her work is authentic and original to say the least.

Sunita Khedekar painting her Geometric Abstract 2013

1. When did you decide to become a Professional Artist? At what age you knew that you enjoy Art?


When I was in 4th grade, I participated in Rangoli competition (Dry painting with powdered colors). In Rangoli, I painted a swan with lotus in the water and won the first prize. It is at that time I realized that my painting stood out from the rest. I did not however decide to actively pursue painting till I graduated high school.  I got accepted in JJ School - one of the most prestigious Art School in Asia and earned my degrees in Fine Arts and Applied Arts.




2. How would you like to define the artwork you create?

My paintings are the reflection of moment and memory. Something that engages the viewer and establishes a memory that remains positive. It is timeless. It is like a bridge which connects to the past and the future. It summons the viewer to contemplate each time it is viewed.  It expresses the intensity of my experiences with nature, people and dreams.


3. What do you enjoy about painting and why is it the media of choice to you?

I love to paint. I am inspired by the whole concept of creativity. The idea that a blank canvas can be turned into something that someone will cherish is very exciting to me. I also enjoy the fact that a painting can mean different things to different people. I have been very content painting with acrylics for a long while.  




4. What is your favorite color and why? 

I love all bright colors but most favorite is Red. I like it because it is energetic and vibrant.


5. What is the music of choice for you? Do you listen to music while you paint?

Classical Indian music is my favorite perhaps because I grew up listening to it.  Sometimes I do listen to the music while I am painting but not always.





6. How many art pieces have you sold as of today? Do you sell by size or the amount of time it took you to create the artwork?

I have sold over 300 art works to date. I usually price each art work depending on the amount of time spent creating it however, I do factor both - the size as well as the time.


7. Do you have a designated Art Studio? If you do, is it in your house or do you rent it?  Your e-mail address if someone would like to contact you or correspond with you directly.

No. I do not have any designated studio but sure would like to have one. Currently I work from home. I can be reached at sunita@khedekars.com  I have a website as well www.khedekars.com





8. What past experiences (good and bad) that have influenced your work?

Bad experience I would say dealt with my love for a brighter palette generated some strong comments here in UK as people favor and are usually more receptive towards pastel palette. However, over time my same bright palette is now in vogue so now it receives a much favorable reception instead of criticism. I did not change my style or palette because of how it was received by the public. In that regard nothing has influenced me.




9. Who is (are) your favorite Artist(s)? Which Artist has influenced your outlook and work? Who do you identify with most?

People have told me that my style is similar to Paul Klee.


10. What is your favorite medium (Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors)? What brand do you use and why? 

I like Oils and Acrylics. I use Winsor & Newton Artist's Colors including lots of texture mediums like glass beads, sand, modelling paste and black lava. I prefer Acrylics because it dries fast and is best to create textures.





11. Is there something you would like to share about yourself with potential Art Collectors that they may be interested in?

I am born a dreamer, an idealist, an imaginative and a spiritual person. Akin to a sponge, I absorb emotions from my environment which always reflect through my colorful work. My paintings are sublime and have significance on multiple levels. They elucidate simplicity, peace, harmony, vibrancy and fun. My ideas originate from intuitive process and symbolic conceptual thought process. On this planet people communicate with words, but I feel fortunate to have this dialogue through my creations inspired by nature and environment. I believe that whatever one is looking for can be found inside of us and that peaceful feeling is what one can experience looking at my art. Please visit me at my website at www.khedekars.com  I have been passionate about music since my childhood  and now I am taking classical voice lessons which I believe are adding layers to my creative process and experience in the field of arts. I teach Art and Music to children and adults. I also host dozens of holiday workshops for children.


12. Your nationality and Birthday? Languages you can communicate in?

I was born in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), India on February 23rd, 1970.  I am an Indian (Hindu) by heritage but a naturalized British. I have been in England for the past fifteen years. I can speak Marathi, Hindi and English.