Artwork

This is my artwork, older (some so old they’re from high school) and newer. These were done in pencil, charcoal, oil pastels, watercolour paints, or even markers. I actually really hate a lot of these, especially the older ones that are so bad, but I’m posting all of them anyway because if I go through them I’ll only end up posting about five of them. Many of them are clearly bad. Those are likely the ones I did when I was younger or first starting out with a specific medium or style. A friend (and a real artist) once told me not to disregard my older work that isn’t so good, but rather to let it show my progress as an artist. A few of these are also incomplete, and one of the incomplete ones has been altered in the middle with a photo-editing tool because I had an idea for it that I just never got around to. I may never actually finish the incomplete ones.

The first painting is mine, but the image I painted is not my own. I was never able to find the original artist, but I loved the image and wanted to paint it.

The last painting is the most recent. I painted for my girl for her birthday. That is the only one done in oil paints.

 

So here’s my artwork, the good, the bad and the ugly!

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Artwork

  1. Oh my god. You did these? Are you serious? They are just…amazing! Holy shit, I didn’t realize you had so many…these are absolutely beautiful. I’m like, flabbergasted and I can’t even comment right. I have three favorites. Guess which ones.

    • Wow…. You are too kind!
      Really, you are.

      Which ones? I’ll tell you their titles. 🙂 I have have titles for all of them, but to go through and put names on each in the blog would have resulted in me backing out of even posting them. Haha.

      • Ahaha! Alright, let’s see… Most people like the yellow woman (appropriately titled “Woman”), the one of the man in the tunnel with the light at the end (which I call “Hope”), and the colorful one with the black tree (“Solitude”). My personal favorite is the orchids (“Orchids” obviously).

        Did I get any right? Haha

      • I do love all of those! But those aren’t the ones I chose, for some reason.

        I like the one of the white figure holding a cymbal.
        I like the yellow figure sitting under a tree.
        I like the woman with her bony back facing us.
        And I like the cloaked figure with the black around it.

        Are any for sale?

      • You are totally blowing my mind here…

        Okay, the first two you mentioned are literally “doodles” that I did randomly in colored pencil while feeling inspired to be creative. They are actually untitled and just barely made it into the blog at the last moment.

        The third one has a title, but I’ve forgotten it. That was was done in oil pastels.

        The fourth one was done in charcoal. I’ve also forgotten that one’s title. I think I’ll remember them later when my mind isn’t so blown.

        Sure, I’d sell any of them, but I have no clue how to do anything like that. I wouldn’t even be able to price them. I’ve only sold one piece of art before. I got a dollar for it. I decided I wasn’t good at sales.

        The only one I’m not sure about selling is the first one because it’s not my own image and I don’t even know whose image it is. I don’t think it would be right to basically copy someone else’s work (even if I’ve added my own style to it) and then sell it.

      • Well they are the best damn doodles I’ve ever seen. Do you have a paypal account? I can transfer money to you from there. (Unless you really don’t want to sell them, then tell me ok?)
        Unfortunately, you do have to price them yourself. 😉 The key is to highball me at first, then I’ll counter. Haggling is a good thing to know. I really want the white figure with the candle and the yellow figure under the tree.

      • Sorry… mind blown, again.

        No, I don’t have a PayPal account, but I suppose I could get one. I certainly don’t mind selling my art. I just wouldn’t even begin to know where to start with pricing. 😦

        Wouldn’t it be wrong to sell you something that you’ve only seen online? I could just send you the ones you want so you can decide if you really want them.

        …. okay, clearly I’m no good at this.

        You have to understand, I live in a very small town that barely makes it onto a map. The most I get here for my artwork is a hesitant “Nice, but what is it? It’s pretty, but I don’t know what I’d do with it.”

      • I’m sorry I’m just writing this now, honey. I got a little caught up in some household drama..you’ve seen the shit I’ve been dealing with. But no, it’s not wrong for me to have just seen it on the internet. You don’t have to send them to me first. Now you know we’re friends. So you tell me honestly what you think I should pay for them, and that’s where we’ll start 🙂 Don’t be shy, you know I won’t balk at whatever you say. I like you.

      • I understand and I’m sorry you have so much drama going on!

        Exactly, we are friends, so I feel bad charging anything. That’s how I ended up selling a piece of work for one dollar, hehe. The woman who bought it was sweet neighbor of mine and she misunderstood something and thought all the art was a dollar. She was a friend so I couldn’t tell her it wasn’t supposed to be a dollar.

        Since you mentioned $25 in your other comment, we can start there if that’s okay…
        The two that you like the most are about 10″X6″ on regular sketch book paper. The figure with the candle was done in mostly good colored pencils. The yellow man under the tree was done with some good colored pencils and some cheap ones. Each one took about 4-5 days to complete, maybe longer, but I was also just taking my time as they really were doodles and experimentation. I did them both a year ago.

      • $25 dollars is a steal for each one! The other possibility I was thinking of was sending you cash in the mail and then when you receive it you can send me the artwork then. Whatever you are most comfortable with is fine with me.

        Oh, also…you need to tell me how much shipping is for each one (roll them up into those poster things from UPS- tell me how much those are too) so you can charge me for that stuff. I won’t have you paying for shipping- you’re the artist!

      • You are so kind! I’m perfectly comfortable with sending you the artwork first. I would feel better doing that, in fact, because then I could know for sure that you know what you’re getting and that it is what you want. Plus, I can send it out before I move. Anything sent to me has to wait until after my move so I have a permanent address, and also because it’s still quite flooded out here and even the mail carrier is having trouble delivering. Bills and such have arrived late and some haven’t even arrived at all. I’ll be moving next month, though. 🙂

        I’ll check into the poster things and everything. 🙂 Thank you so much!

      • You definitely have talent, my friend. But you need to use more canvas. Those are easier to sell. You should open a shop on Etsy…I’ll bet you could sell them for sure. Kristen says she likes them, too. Her favorite is the man in the tunnel.

      • Thank you very much. I was planning on getting some canvases after I move next month. I had considered trying to sell on Etsy, but I really am completely clueless about pricing things. :/
        I’m moving to an artistic community, so I was hoping I’d be able to ask some people there for suggestions on pricing. It’s embarrassing, though, because I don’t know which ones are good and which ones would get me laughed out of a place.

        Tell Kristen I said thank you! 🙂

      • My suggestion would be to overprice, and as you see demand rise or decline, adjust your price accordingly. So for example, say you price a painting at $25 dollars. If no one buys it, just lower the price a little. If everyone and their mother wants one, tack on some dollars.

      • I don’t know about other artists, but it’s always been really hard for me to sell my work. On the one hand, I think most of my work is pretty bad and I don’t feel right charging someone for something that’s not very good. On the other hand, almost every piece is deeply personal in some way or another- kind of a piece of me- and it’s hard to put a price on that because it’s like I’m telling someone how much or how little “I” am worth… it’s a bit awkward.
        I look at other people’s artwork and I see how amatuer mine is. I’m very self-conscious about it because I’ve never taken art classes (except in high school- maybe that counts), never been given direction or anything, and so much of my work is just abstract and “different.”
        I never, ever take requests. I get a lot of pet-owners wanting portraits of their animals, and I could probably draw them normally, but as soon as I get a request it’s like I hit a wall and can’t even begin. It’s rather unfortunate because I’ve been offered $45 for a portrait of a neighbor’s dogs. I got as far as the rough outline and I’ve never been able to finish. If she hadn’t requested it, I probably could have done it on my own. I don’t know why I’m like that.
        Now that I’ve rambled completely off-topic… Thank you for the suggestion. I will definitely do that. I don’t know if other artists do this, but I think I should take into consideration the quality of art supplies I use for each, including the paper or canvas, and the amount of time each one takes to complete. I’m pretty sure that’s what my sister-in-law does. She’s a real artist. She has spent most of her life in art school and she’s trying to get to the point where she can live off of her art. She’s an excellent artist. 🙂

      • Well you are an excellent artist too. The art supplies themselves shouldn’t matter much, but canvas is easier to hang, easier to take care of so those are easier to sell. Watercolor paper is good too.

        I can understand it being hard to put a price on something that is a part of you. It doesn’t mean its what you are worth AT ALL, but I know it can feel that way. I’ll ask Kristen about it (when she starts talking to me again lol)

      • Thank you so much! 🙂
        I’m not sure if it’s just easier to create something nice with the good supplies, or if they actually hold up better and last longer. I used to make and sell beaded jewelry, but I realized later that the beads I was using were fading when they got wet. I felt really bad, like I’d sold people something crappy. I don’t want to make the same mistake with my art. I guess it also depends on how people take care of it.
        I’ll definitely have to pick up some more art supplies soon! 🙂 I hope you know what a confidence boost you’ve given me. Haha

        Thank you again, and I really hope things smooth over with Kristen and Blake soon! What a roller-coaster ride you’ve been on lately!

    • Mostly paper. The one of the hearts that I painted for my girl is the only one on canvas. Someone gave me the canvas for my birthday a few years ago and I’d been saving it for something special. 🙂

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