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Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art

Orange and Turquoise Personal Overview

Today’s color combo is Orange and Turquoise. I’m personally a fan of this set of colors because it reminds of the American Southwest. I grew up here in Arizona, and these two colors remind of the heritage of both Arizona and this region as a whole.

Color Analysis

ORANGE

What I think of Orange Personally

Orange reminds me of the desert, sunsets, and citrus – 3 things we’re commonly known for. It makes me think of how vast and arid the desert is, but also its innate beauty. It reminds me of beautiful sunsets, which Bob Ross said we have some of the best of (Season 8, Episode 10). And of course, our orange trees, which we use to have a lot of, but I don’t see that many of these days.

Some Interesting Qualities of Orange

Orange gets its name from the fruit. It tends to convey feelings of joy, vibrancy, and warmth. While it stimulates action, it is less aggressive than red due to its calming yellow additive. It is commonly used to portray changing seasons (especially fall), good health, hunger, heat, and caution. Orange tends to be used to grab attention, but not command it like red does. Orange is usually loved or hated.

TURQUOISE

What I think of Turquoise Personally

Turquoise reminds me of the gem, which was mined here in AZ, and Native Americans used heavily in their jewelry, making some of the finest pieces in all the US. I didn’t really use to like Turquoise when I was younger, but after studying it, and using it, I’ve grown quite fond of it. It’s a beautiful color, really.

Some Interesting Qualities of Turquoise

Turquoise is named after the gem of the same name. Because it contains both blue and green, it tends to have a calming effect on its viewers. Turquoise tends to be linked to prosperity, tranquility, and healing (in all senses). While commonly labeled as a “feminine color,” it also has many properties that remind folks of the ocean itself.

Orange and Turquoise Combined

I really like Orange and Turquoise because, for me, it encapsulates the feel of Arizona as a whole; this color scheme represents many of the things we’re known for.

I also really love Orange and Turquoise because it’s a nice blend of action and reflection. The orange grabs your attention passively, and the beauty and magnificence of the Turquoise keeps that attention.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art For Sale

If you’re looking to buy abstract art, you’ve come to the right place… sort of.

I sell abstract paintings here, but I can’t guarantee that I have any in these colors.

But below, I listed some of the best places that I know of to buy abstract art pieces – regardless of colors. The sections below will talk about where to get originals, then prints, then other objects.

Whether you buy from me or not, I hope that you find what you’re looking for.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art
Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art

Where to buy Original Orange and Turquoise Artworks

If you’re looking to buy original abstract artworks, I’ve listed some great websites a little further down.

Buying an original artwork – as opposed to some sort of print – is great for the artist because it usually tends to make them more money, which means they can then invest that money back into making more art.

For most artists, selling original artworks makes them the most money – more than a print would, simply because of the uniquity of the item. Of course, that also means the buyer gets a one-of-a-kind item.

The following list is a list of websites where you can buy original pieces of art, abstract or otherwise.

EBay.com

If you’ve never heard of eBay, have you even used the internet? EBay is the internet’s oldest, most widely used auction house. And it’s got almost anything you can think of, including original abstract paintings.

Since EBay is so vast – second only to Amazon – it serves much of the world, and has everything from tiny, inexpensive items, to houses and planes.

But many artists have found eBay to be a great place to sell their art. Due to its low listing fees, vast global reach, and plethora of available items, some artists use eBay exclusively to sell their art.

Since the emphasis for eBay is not on art, it’s a great place to find items on sale, but not always the best place to get original paintings, drawings or sculptures.

Etsy.com

Etsy is like an Amazon/eBay hybrid for art. Sellers can upload anything that was created by hand or that is considered vintage. Etsy is great because it’s narrower than either Amazon or eBay, and many, many artists tend to use it.

What’s really nice about Etsy is that you can find a wide array of art-related items, from artworks themselves, to home décor, clothing, and even toys. We’re a fan of Etsy for its ease of use and wide array of available listings.

One thing to note is this: While Etsy does have a lot of original artworks from around the world, many artists do sell prints of their work here, as well as print on demand type products, so the focus is not on originals. Doesn’t mean you can’t find them – but you will find a lot of processed pieces amongst the unique ones.

SaatchiArt.com

Saatchi Art is an online gallery that sells art exclusively – nothing else. Only paintings, drawings, sculptures –things of that nature.

Saatchi Art is sort of like an upscale gallery – it’s got that kind of feel to it. The site is modern, they offer curators, and the art is not usually what most would call “cheap.”

While SA does offer prints, the majority of their items are original pieces.

Even though the prices for art tend to run a little higher here than elsewhere, you get what you pay for.

Saatchi Art is the full gallery experience, and the buyer is taken care of. Artists must ship according to strict standards, and their Trust Pilot rating is very high. You can find some really nice orange and Turquoise art here.

Artfinder.com. ArtFinder is similar to the aforementioned; it’s an online gallery strictly for art. While not as big as SA, it does have its own niche audience. ArtFinder (AF for short) also has a great selection of art available, and tends to be a bit more affordable.

Another cool thing about AF is the tabs they have the top of their page.

“Daily Finds” helps random artists get more attention, and “New” lets you see what has been recently added. “Sales” can help artists sell more of their work at a great price, and “Editor’s Picks” gives a little love to the artists that are already established.

Zatista.com is similar to the two above, and is kind of a hybrid. The site is newer and less established than either SaatchiArt or ArtFinder, but I’ve been seeing more of them lately. The sites is clean, has a huge price range available ($50 to $10k artworks), and has a heavy emphasis on selling original works. A viable option that will probably only gain popularity over time.

Saatchiart.com

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art On Canvas

I’ll talk more in a few minutes about where you can get abstract art on different types of materials, but first let’s talk about canvas art.

Below are a few websites where you can get canvas prints of art. Some of these sites do offer things other than canvas, but it will be the focus.

A quick note: The specialty of these sites is NOT their vast selection of works available – its more for uploading your own pictures and getting them made on canvas as prints. If you want bigger selections, skip down to the “Prints” section.

GreatBigCanvas.com (GBC) is a site that specializes in canvas art. You can get various sizes and configurations, such as split canvas sets. They also offer poster prints, wall peels, and framed art.

My gripe with GBC is their selection. When I searched for Orange and Turquoise, I didn’t really find that many results. Literally a handful.

GBC does allow you to upload your own photo to become a print, but unless you already have the image of the art, it does little for someone looking to buy a print of art they’ve seen before.

ICanvas.com is another site, very similar to GBC. ICanvas has a little bit bigger selection (from what I’ve seen), and offers about the same options as GreatBigCanvas did.

Orange and Turquoise Quilts and Quilt Patterns

Alright, so I’ll be honest here…

I didn’t do a whole lot of digging on this topic, simply because I didn’t feel like there were many options.

My searching led me back to major outlet websites like Etsy, EBay, Overstock, Amazon, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Although, I did find one website from an actual artist that WAS selling abstract quilts; Terryaskeartquilts.com.

It seems Terry Aske has a good selection of quilts with cool abstract patterns on them. Many of them have these hypnotic circle patterns in them, while others are etched with crisscrossing lines. Very cool. Check her out if you get a chance. (Tell her Coty Schwabe sent you. She doesn’t know I am so itll be fun.)

Where to get Orange and Turquoise Art Prints

So here’s where we get into the websites I recommend for getting prints of artwork. The reason? The selection is vast. There’s no dearth of great abstract artworks to buy as a print from these sites. Many, many artists – big and small – use the following sites to sell their artwork replicas.

The cool thing about these sites is this: They’re “Print on Demand” (PoD). Not only can you get prints of artists work on things other than canvas – like metal prints, wood prints, and posters – you can get that artwork on other items like phone cases, handbags, towels, shower curtains and more.

FineArtAmerica.com is my go to PoD site. I have personally sold items on it, and have had a good experience with them.

Their selection is the biggest out of all the print sites, and they even own Pixels.com, which was more based around photography, and combined them.

My wife also bought me a phone case with my own abstract art on it, and said that the site was easy to use and buy from.

Below is a picture of the phone case she bought me with my painting Monochromatic Dream printed on it, so you can see if for yourself.

I love it.

What I like about FAA for buying prints is how many options they have for buying prints. Not only do they have a HUGE inventory of artists’ works, their customization options for buying that art is INSANE.

They have multiple color options for the frame…

…you can buy the print with colored sides or mirrored…

…you can get it matte or glossy…

And they have many different sizes to choose from, based on the size of the photo itself.

Again, this is my go to.

There are some other great sites, but all of them are very similar, so there isn’t much to say that differentiates them. Each site has its own strengths, but it really comes down to taste. Here they are:

  • RedBubble.com
  • Zazzle.com
  • Society6.com
  • DesignByHumans.com

Where to Find Orange and Turquoise Home Décor and Wall Art

While many of the print on demand sites listed above have options for printing on things like clocks, shower curtains, and bedding, sometimes finding actual modern furniture and wall art can still be a challenge. Sometimes you gotta go with the big guns.

Below, I’ve listed the bigger outlet stores if you can’t find what you’re looking for at any of the online outlets I’ve listed up to this point.

Amazon.com. I don’t think I really need to explain the world’s biggest marketplace, do I?

Overstock.com is site dedicated to selling quality goods at a discount. Everything that is available on their site is some sort of deal, usually 50% off. They have a large variety of things available, and the quality of the items is usually pretty high.

The only thing I have against Overstock is simply that it’s not just for art, or even just home goods in general. They tend to have cool items, and sometimes you can find abstract art related items, but it comes and goes.

Wayfair.com is the internet’s largest home décor outlet. They tend to have quite a bit in the way of art pieces, but I’d say their specialty is home goods, like décor and furniture. If you’re looking for a piece of abstract furniture – like a dresser or table – you might find it here.

Allmodern.com is actually owned by Wayfair, but what’s cool about AM is that it’s niche specific, meaning its results are tailored to modern styled furniture and décor. I really like their tables and chairs. Now, the styles are probably considered more modern or contemporary than abstract but I often find that people who say that, mean something other than what they actually said.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art Online

If you’re here simply to research more about Orange and Turquoise, then I’ve got a few resources for you. In this section, I’ll list out some places where you find this color set online.

Orange and Turquoise Backgrounds and Wallpapers

One thing that a lot of people like to do is to get colored backgrounds for their phones or tablets; or wallpapers for their computer or even website.

There are hundreds of these sites out there, so I’m just going to list a couple here:

  • Unsplash.com
  • Freepik.com
  • Canva.com

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Designs

While I’m not sure what you would look for if you were looking for designs of this color, but if you were looking for some images of designs for these colors, I’d recommend some stock photo sites.

These stock photo sites tend to have high quality images, no matter what you’re looking for. Whether it’s as a background, a wallpaper, or simply for inspiration, you can usually find what you need by searching the sites listed below.

And regardless of whether your abstract art designs are for personal or commercial use, you can generally find some really good pictures here.

The first three are sites where you can download many of the images for free. The second set of sites all require you to buy some sort of license. The free ones usually have great photos and images, but it also means the selection is more limited; more so than a site where people get paid to use those photos. Keep that in mind.

FREE STOCK PHOTO SITES

  • Pixabay.com
  • Pexels.com
  • Unsplash.com

PAID STOCK PHOTO SITES

  • Shutterstock.com
  • Istockphoto.com
  • GettyImages.com
Shutterstock.com - premium stock photos

Orange and Turquoise Styles

There are two things that come to mind when thinking about styles for Orange and Turquoise:

Apparel and Color Schemes

What do I mean?

Well, if you think about it, nothing escapes the fashion industry. It’s quite possible that you could find clothes bearing these colors. In fact, I’m 100% positive there are clothing and/or accessories out there with this color set.

In all honesty, I’m not a fashionista or fashion guru, so I couldn’t tell you if these colors were good in fashion or not. I also have no personal recommendations as to where to find clothes that would match these colors.

The only thing I can think to recommend is to search for Orange and Turquoise on Pinterest or Instagram and see what kind of results come up. Both of those sites are highly visual-based websites, and I’m sure there are a lot of advertisers on both selling clothing and accessories of said color(s).

Now color schemes.

If you’re thinking about painting or decorating your house using these colors, it’d probably be a good idea to look up some color schemes with these colors first BEFORE investing in them.

Personally, I go to my local paint store (represent Dunn Edwards – why won’t you sponsor me? Lol.) and look at color schemes in the little booklets they have there.

But not everyone wants to do that. Some people simply want find some colors that go with the ones they have in mind, and they’re off to the races.

Respect.

The main place I’d recommend to find color schemes, again, is Pinterest. As an abstract artist myself, I tend to use it all the time to find quality color schemes really quickly.

However, there are a couple of other sites I use and I’ll list them here:

  • Colorpalettes.net
  • Schemecolor.com
  • Colorhunt.co
Colorpalettes.net for color scheme ideas

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Artwork

Earlier, we talked about some places where you could buy original art. Then we covered prints and even home décor. In this section I wanted to talk about Orange and Turquoise famous examples, but it was tough for me to find any.

On top of that, finding Orange and Turquoise abstract art through history was as equally challenging. There are tons of paintings that use Orange and Turquoise, but most of them tend to also use other colors as well, so simply didn’t include them here.

Orange and Turquoise Abstract Art DIY

In this final section, we’ll talk about the process of making art. We’ll go over some of the methods themselves, and places you can find more information on making your own abstract art, if that’s what you’re looking to do.

Orange and Turquoise for Beginners

If you’re looking to start making some Orange and Turquoise abstract art of your own – especially paintings – I’ll share with you some common techniques.

Pouring

The first is pouring. This is exactly what it sounds like – literally pouring paint onto a surface – usually canvas, but sometimes wood or paneling – and tilting it until the paint makes a design that you like.

Normally, this is done with water based paints, like acrylic or latex, and more often than not, the paint is diluted slightly to allow movement. Sometimes the artists will apply a thin “skim coat” to the surface first to help the next layers slide around a little easier.

Most people call this “fluid art” and the general practice is to pour the paint from a cup onto the surface, tilt the surface until it’s evenly coated and has the desired look, then the piece is left alone to dry.

Gestural Abstraction

Gestural abstraction is simply a fancy way of saying that you use your body to create a piece. This is also commonly called “action painting.”

Probably the most famous action painter is my hero Jackson Pollock (the man that got me into painting). If you’ve seen his paintings, you’ve seen the technique I’m talking about.

Pollock dripped, splashed, poured, and threw his paint on the canvas. To him, the act of creating the painting was as much a part of the art as the finished piece itself. He also believed that artists needed to look no further than within themselves to find inspiration to create, which is very counter culture to what was believed in his time (that we must draw on the world around us for inspiration).

My painting Southwestern Samba is a Pollock inspired piece that uses colors like orange and Turquoise. I created it by slinging trails of paint across the canvas.

Large copper orange red turquoise southwest abstract

If you want to see more on how I create Pollock style pieces, read this post.

Scraped

This is the type of painting I’m most know for now, and it’s a style I picked up from German artist Gerhard Richter. (Which is funny, because I too am German… not that it matters much, just thought it was interesting)

In order to create scraped abstract paintings, you simply scrape the paint across your surface with some sort of flat object.

Sometimes I will use rubber squeegees, sheets of acrylic, or even corrugated plastic to scrape the paint across the surface. You simply pour the paint where you want it on the canvas (or onto the tool itself), then scrape it across the surface with solid, even strokes.

My painting, Chasing Sunsets is an example of a scraped painting I did with Turquoise and orange and red.

Large unstretched southwest inspired orange red turquoise art
Chasing Sunsets

Below is a video of a full painting I did in my signature scraped style.

Orange and Turquoise videos on Youtube

Whether you’re looking to learn more about making art or buying it, a good place to check is YouTube. YT tends to have information on almost anything. There are hours and hours of videos about Orange and Turquoise abstract art step by step tutorials and instructional content. There are a lot of great artists out there.

Orange and Turquoise Lessons

While YouTube is great for finding videos of people creating art, it’s not always the best place for learning it, step by step.

For this, I’d check Google for lessons on how to make art from scratch. Many artists teach courses, webinars, and workshops on how they make their art, from beginning to end.

A few that I have found on YT that I have followed are John Beckley and David M Kessler. They both show how they make their art with tips and suggestions, and offer courses you can take to learn from them.

I also find that Udemy.com has some decent courses for not that much money. I took a course for about ten dollars, and it was worth it. It was by a guy named Andy Morris, and he teaches some simple abstract techniques that I’ve used and some good results with.

Conclusion

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you did, please consider leaving a comment below, or sharing this article on your favorite sharing site.

If you’re looking for a piece of original abstract art, consider visiting my shop and picking up yours today.

If nothing else, have an awesome rest of your day.

All the best,

Coty Schwabe

18h3,8m0s by Blake Hughes Interviews

Artist Interview: Blake Hughes

Artist Blake Hughes
Artist Blake Hughes

Today’s interview is with illustrator and oil painter, Blake Hughes .

Can you tell me a little bit about your background?

I was born and raised in a fairly small town in WV, graduated from Marshall University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Fine Art, and I am the first person in my family to graduate college. I currently live and work in Columbus Ohio, trying to grow and pursue an art career.

What type of work do you normally do?

Drawings and oil painting are my main go to mediums. I have taken up digital drawing/painting recently and love the flexibility and experimentally the digital medium provides. My work tends to be abstract expressionist with strong hints of cubist deconstruction of subjects and exploration of linear space.

How do you work? The process, the tools, the ideas, etc.

I tend to think in either broad themes working towards a cohesive series of work or with a more experimental and free form, steam of conscious approach. These two main approaches are also demarcated by the typical sizes I work in, when focused with a series I tend to create larger works, 2×3 feet or there about is typical on the small size for series work; whereas 8×10, 9×12, and 11×14 are go to sizes for more experimental work. With either though I tend to turn to oil painting, pencil, pastel, and radiograph/micro pens as my main tools.

What got you into doing this?

I think it all stems from my grandpa telling me how he was approached to work for Disney as an animator back in the day but he turned them down because he didn’t want to move his family away from WV. My grandpa was a good drawer and always made sure I had paper and pencil when I visited, but as an adult I do question that story about Disney, but regardless it fostered in me a love of art and a desire to draw since before I can really remember.

When did you start making your art?

I drew since I was a small kid, I would copy just about any cartoon character I took an interest in but my first proper class to learn to paint was when I was 14 with a local oil painter and antique shop owner.

Why do you make what you do?

I have a fundamental need to explore space, color, and form. To me these three elements represent the primordial constituents of art and it is my hope by focusing, omitting, and exaggerating each I can create new perceptions of emotional states and subjects.

Do you care to tell me about a recent project, or what you’re currently working on?

I am currently doing a series of 15 portrait drawings in a cubist style, each a member of the current White House administration.

What is your proudest accomplishment or most signature piece?

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus El Savior Christ as Seen by an Outsider, a large scale painting I begun at the very end of my undergraduate studies and finished afterwards, it was purchased in 2012 by a collector in Alexandria VA. I really took a chance with this piece and drastically changed subject and style after creating my capstone series and the result is still one of my robust works; incorporating a strong style that I am still cultivating and a deep metaphorical symbology that captures my own beliefs and idiosyncrasies.

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus El Savior Christ as Seen by an Outsider
The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus El Savior Christ as Seen by an Outsider – oil on canvas, 5’x5′

Who are your biggest influences?

Not to be cliche but Picasso did influence me, as a teenager studying Guernica for a class made me really developed an interest in modern art and his cubist works propelled me to explore Braque, DuChamp, and Winifred Knight as my appreciation of modern art deepened. I also turn to Impressionist painters, most especially Degas and Cassatt as I develop my figurative work, and modern artists like Barnaby Furnas and Larry Rivers.

Do you have a favorite artwork that you’ve done?

Probably The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus El Savior Christ as Seen by an Outsider, I have a fascination with the iconography of Christ and the people around him, so that piece really kicked off a subject exploration that is still on going and informs a lot of my experimental work.


Failure is important, don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zones and try different things, if you aren’t making some pieces that suck then you aren’t making enough.

Blake Hughes

Do you have a favorite artwork that someone else did?

Guernica will always hold a special place in my heart but I think my favorite piece I’ve discovered organically and have had a chance to see in person it is Larry River’s The Greatest Homosexual.

What art do you most identify with?

Abstract expressionism and most any contemporary abstract art that conveys a strong sense of purpose, subject, space, and/or color.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Decent pencils and a good sharpener, I really do find drawing to be the basis for most of my skills and working on preemptive sketches and drawings helps the entire process.

18h3,8m0s by Blake Hughes
18h3,8m0s by Blake Hughes – oil on canvas, 4’x4′

Why this kind of art?

It is the most natural way for me to express myself, through the color and texture of oil paint I can find ways to convey space, movement, and emotion.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Just keep creating, no matter what, even if no one sees it or likes it keep creating something, keep developing your skills, keep experimenting and trying new things so long as it makes you happy.

Finally, what’s an important lesson you have learned while making your art that you’d like to pass along to others?

Failure is important, don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zones and try different things, if you aren’t making some pieces that suck then you aren’t making enough.

To learn more about the artist, or see more of their work, you can click here to visit their site.

You can also click here to see his work on SaatchiArt.

If you like this article, considered leaving a comment or sharing it on your favorite social media platforms.

All the best,

Coty Schwabe

Creativity and Originality the Same Thing? Art Questions

What is the difference between originality and creativity?

I answered this on Quora, but thought I’d post it again here.

So, before I answered the question, I looked up the definitions for both. Here they are from Google:

Creative: Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

Original: Present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest.

Since the first relates to artists, and incorporates the second, on the surface, it’d appear that there is no difference. One just relates to artists; one does not.

However…

Original is a base word, while creative is a derivative of create – a verb. Typically they go hand in hand, but they are two different things, and it comes down to a state of being (NOUN) versus action (VERB).

Another definition of creative from Merriam Webster states it like this:

“Marked by the power or ability to create…”

Meaning?

That if something is original, it’s unique or one-of-a-kind. But if something is creative it makes things that are original.

I’ll give you a few examples to illustrate my point:

Let’s suppose that you have this original idea, but do nothing with it. You just have it. It sits in your brain but you do nothing with it.

You have the original thought, but that doesn’t make it creative. But you, yourself, were creative enough to have come up with the thought.

In other words: You as a person are ORIGINAL (one of a kind), but that doesn’t make automatically CREATIVE. But if you ARE creative, you will create ORIGINAL ideas.

Now, let’s say that you do something with that idea, but you just do what everyone else does, or what is expected of you. You do nothing abnormal or unexpected or extraordinary with that idea. You don’t do anything creative with that idea.

But then let’s suppose that you have that idea, but don’t know what to do with it. You get the desire to do something with it.

This creates a problem that needs to be solved.

Now we’ll assume that this a problem that you’ve never faced before, so you have no immediate answer to solve this problem. You can’t rely on past successes in order to overcome this particular obstacle (again, this an original idea we’re dealing with).

But you can’t come up with a solution. You’re stumped.

How do you solve this problem?

You get creative. You create a solution.

  • Maybe you find pieces of information and stitch them together to create a solution.
  • Maybe you try a bunch of things (attrition, trial and error) until something works.
  • Maybe you transform a solution based on something that doesn’t have to do with the current issue, but worked for something else.

You are being creative by exploring options and making choices to do something different.

I guess the easiest way for me to sum this up would be to look at it this way:

Originality denotes a noun (person, place, thing, IDEA). Creativity is the use of those original ideas or actions to create original things as a result of ideas.

Now, of relating to objects (nouns).

Case in point: You could have an original object that invoked very little creativity.

For example: I could create a simple plate out of clay. Very basic, but the object was original, not mass produced. But the idea creating a plate, really isn’t an original idea, and the act of creating it invoked very little creativity.

That object might be one-of-a-kind, but took very little active brain power to come up with. I didn’t have to exercise problem-solving skills to make it unique.

It was original, but not very creative.

TL;DR

Creativity is simply marked as having the ability to create original things, and originality just means a state of being unique.

Hulk Comic Cover is etched glass Interviews

Artist Interview: Sherry Brown

Sherry Brown, etched glass artist out of texas
Sherry Brown, etched glass artist out of texas

Today’s interview is with Sherry Brown out of Texas.

Can you tell me a little bit about your background?

My name Sherry Brown. I am from Texas. I have a husband of 27 years, 3 children and 2 granddaughters.

What type of work do you normally do?

I etch glass with a Dremel Rotary Tool.

How do you work? The process, the tools, the ideas, etc.

I use a Dremel 4000, a Flexshaft attachment and various bits. I etch on extra thick glass. In my area, it’s called Hail Glass.
I first get the picture printed the right size to fit the glass. Look at all the colors and shading carefully. I etch the brightest color first and change the tips to do up to 4 shades.

What got you into doing this?

I started by accident really. I got the Dremel for Christmas and intended to use it for woodworking. I read in the Owner’s manual that one of the bits was for etching. So I found an old frame that I had and etched a giraffe. I thought it was good so I etched my son’s dog. I asked my, then, 3 year old granddaughter who it was and she said his name without hesitation. I figured that etching was good, if the toughest critic passed it. A friend came over a few days later. A swan etching, I had done that day, was on the table and he asked to buy it. So, my business, Granny’s Grazed Glass was started.

8x10 in. etching of an Incredible Hulk comic book cover

8×10 in. etching of an Incredible Hulk comic book cover

When did you start making your art?

I started in January 2017.

Why do you make what you do?

I think that it is beautiful and unique and people seem to like it.

Do you care to tell me about a recent project, or what you’re currently working on?

Most recently, I made 3 sets of 12, 3 1/2″, round, glass ornaments. Each one etched with a different day, from The 12 Days of Christmas song.

What is your proudest accomplishment or most signature piece?

It was an X-Men comic book cover on 36×28 in. glass. I bought the comic. Took it to a printing company and had them blow up the cover to the size I needed to fit the glass. It took several days to complete. It was a commissioned piece for someone in L.A.

Do you have a favorite artwork that you’ve done?

A circus carousel that I made from a light fixture with a beveled glass shade.

Do you have a favorite artwork that someone else did?

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

The Dremel Rotary Tool and it’s attachments.

light fixture with beveled glass in the shape of circus carousel

Why this kind of art?

I used to draw and paint. I painted glass Christmas tree ornaments, mostly. I have Lupus and it started to affect my hands. I can no longer control a paintbrush or a pencil. Holding something that small makes my fingers cramp and twitch. The Flexshaft is larger than a big magic marker and large enough that I can hold and control it, on most days.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Wear a mask.

Finally, what’s an important lesson you have learned while making your art that you’d like to pass along to others?

Everyone has some kind of gift to give to the world. Cooking, building, game programming, sewing, art. You just have to try new things until you figure out what it is.

To learn more about the artist, or see more of their work, you can click here to visit their site.

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All the best,

Coty Schwabe

"Aquila Smokes" - multiple 2x3 prints mounted on acrylic pieces and secured to 12x12 acrylic sheet at varying heights Interviews

Artist Interview: Steve Gracy

Artist Steve Gracy
Artist Steve Gracy

Today’s interview is with Steve Gracy. He was born in Germany in 1975 and moved to the states in 1977. He grew up and currently lives in Wichita, KS where he runs his studio, shooting primarily Boudoir, Erotica and Abstract photography.

Can you tell me a little bit about your background?

I actually started in the music world. Classical and jazz trombone. Then I got into writing, recording and producing. After about 25 years I got pretty burned out. I enjoyed it but it was a huge struggle to make a living with. A few years later I found myself enjoying photography as a hobby, and after my son was born I really started to catch the bug. I stumbled onto a video about lighting and something really clicked. I became obsessed from that point on. Not too long after that I was able to start earning income from it. The funny thing is that I had more success in the first couple years of doing photography than I did the entire 25 years of my music career. Best decision I ever made.

What type of work do you normally do?

I’m a boudoir and artistic nude photographer, so most of my work is on the risqué side.

How do you work? The process, the tools, the ideas, etc.

I usually start with just little nuggets of ideas. Very rarely do I get a clear image in my head beforehand. Everything is inspired by the subject. I build everything around her and the outfits she brings in to work with. I spend a lot of time on the lighting, getting everything just the way I want it right in the camera. Lately I’m keeping in mind what I want to do with the images after I print them, leaving space to play with resin and paint. That’s where the real fun begins.

"Bettye Resin 01" - resin, acrylic paint and alcohol inks on mounted 6x9 print.

“Bettye Resin 01” – resin, acrylic paint and alcohol inks on mounted 6×9 print.

What got you into doing this?

I’m constantly looking outside of the photography realm for inspiration in my work. I stumbled onto some artists doing acrylic pours and my brain instantly started looking for ways to incorporate that into my work.

When did you start making your art?

The last couple years I started looking for ways to make my photography more unique and interesting. First I experimented with turning an image into multiple pieces and creating a 3 dimensional collage with them and that has evolved a bit since I started. But more recently I started getting into resin coating and embellishing prints with acrylic paint and alcohol inks. There are so many avenues to take with this, I’m really excited to keep exploring the possibilities.

Why do you make what you do?

I’m always after that “wow” factor. That’s something I’ve always loved giving my clients. And I’ve always been the type to keep pushing the envelope. I got obsessed with lighting and finding creative ways to use it, now I’m becoming obsessed with creating more dimension in my work after it leaves the camera. Photoshop just isn’t that satisfying to me. I did that for many years and I feel like my body has suffered from all the endless hours of sitting in front of a screen clicking a mouse. I feel more alive and creative working with tangible items, moving, making a mess.

Who are your biggest influences?

Originally, Zack Arias is the photographer who really opened my eyes to the possibilities of photography and all the things you can do with just one light when you understand how light works. But as far as abstract art I’ve been recently obsessed with John Beckley’s work. And there are numerous pieces that have inspired me that I’ve never found out who the artist is.

Do you have a favorite artwork that you’ve done?

I think I’d be hard pressed to pick just one. I currently have a folder with about a hundred of my all time favorites from over the years.

"Aquila Smokes" - multiple 2x3 prints mounted on acrylic pieces and secured to 12x12 acrylic sheet at varying heights

“Aquila Smokes” – multiple 2×3 prints mounted on acrylic pieces and secured to 12×12 acrylic sheet at varying heights

What art do you most identify with?

Probably erotic and abstract. I tend to gravitate in those directions.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Foam core board and Pringles cans. They’re great for creating interesting lighting. In fact, in one of the pieces I sent if you look close you can see that 4-barreled light contraption is made out of Pringles cans with colored gels on the ends, secured to my strobe. I love that kind of stuff.

Why this kind of art?

This has just been the natural progression my work has taken. My one goal has been to create the kind of work that I would want hanging on my walls to look at every day. And here we are.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong”. This actually comes from my trombone professor, Russell Widener, who I studied with from the age of 11 all the way through college. I’ve found that advice applicable in so many areas of my life and it’s had a tremendous impact on how I approach my work. Once I started taking it seriously, I was all in.

Finally, what’s an important lesson you have learned while making your art that you’d like to pass along to others?

The sooner you can abandon tradition the better. Yes, it’s important to learn the fundamentals and the history behind whatever skill you’ve chosen as your mouthpiece. But for crying out loud, just create whatever the hell you feel like creating. If you break some kind of rule, so what. As long as you are creating something meaningful to you and it satisfies your urge to create, that’s really all that matters. Time will refine your technique and you will be much happier. And you’ll naturally connect with people who resonate with your work. Those are the people whose opinions matter. 

To learn more about the artist, or see more of their work, you can visit their site by going to http://www.stevegracy.com.

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All the best,

Coty Schwabe


5 great Sites to Buy original Abstract Art Online Art

5 Great Sites to Buy Original Abstract Art Online

There are a lot of places to buy original abstract art online, but where do you go? What sites are reputable, safe, and most importantly, affordable?

Well, of course, budget is going to vary from person to person, so we’ll go over that a little more later, but today I’d like to share with you 5 of the best places I’ve found to buy original abstract pieces online.

If you want, you can scroll down to my first result, but before you do, I’d like to establish the criteria I avoided when I picked these five. (Quick word: This list is based off of the US, where I live. I know very little outside America.)

Sites I Avoided

First, I ignored the two biggest marketplaces in the United States; Amazon and eBay.

I skipped these two for a few of reasons:

  1. They’re not niche specific. Since these two sell anything and everything, I felt that they weren’t the best places to buy art. Yes, they do sell it, but it’s easy to be distracted with ads and links to other things. I feel it’s not as great a user experience as a site that JUST SELLS ART.

For me, it’s a little distracting to search for art, and also be able to buy a new radiator and some cat mugs all at the same time. I don’t know, maybe you’re into that. I looked for websites that were SPECIFICIALLY for art, that way all my results were aimed at art buyers explicitly.

  • These sites don’t treat art the same way that a site that deals with only art would. By that, I simply mean that they treat buying office supplies as they do buying expensive, limited edition artworks.

There’s no “reverence for the craft” as I like to say.

Pretty much as long as you get the art there, the order would be considered finished. But with the art selling websites mentioned below, since they specialize in the selling art, their quality for the transactions that take place are higher. How you buy (and sell) the art matters much, much more.

  • You’re more likely to find what you’re looking for. When you go to a marketplace like Amazon or Ebay, the results are mixed in with everything else. Sure, you can narrow the results with filters, but why do that when you can just go to a website that sells art, and KNOW that you’re going to find… well… art. (LOL)

When I look for art supplies, I tend to buy from art stores and art sites, rather than general sites – unless I can’t find what I’m looking for. Point? I go to “niche specific” stores to buy it those items. Why? Because the people there are more knowledgeable, the items are more catered, and they’re more likely to have what I want.

  • Higher quality items. Since you can literally find anything on Amazon or Ebay, the quality could be questionable. I’m not saying that the quality is automatically bad, but if you buy say abstract art online from one of these sites, it’s more likely to be of higher quality, it tends to attract higher quality artists and buyers.

People who tend to shop on eBay and Amazon are looking for “deals” and “discounts” and oftentimes want cheap art. Well you can only make quality products at such a low cost. It’s like the difference between going to Wal-Mart and Target. You don’t go to Wal-Mart for quality, and you don’t go to Target because it’s the cheapest in town.

If you search an art-targeted website for art, you’re more likely to find more quality products since the price tag is higher. That’s not to say that QUALITY = PRICE every time, but more often than not, it does.  You get what you pay for.

Aside from the giants, there were actually several smaller sites that I didn’t include here. They included but weren’t limited to:

  • Single galleries that “resold” artists paintings
  • Print on demand focused websites (RedBubble, FineArtAmerica, Society6)
  • Sites with little reputation or seemed questionable and/or cluttered

 I’m sure there are several other great websites out there that I missed, but I really wanted to promote websites I was comfortable mentioning.

FINAL DISCALIMER

I have not personally used all the sites I’m going to talk about. I will specifically state which ones I have and have not, but I just figured I’d throw that out there.

Saatchi Art sells premium artworks and prints online
Saatchi Art Website

#1. Saatchi Art

SaatchiArt (SA) is exactly what you’d expect of a gallery in real life – online.

The whole site has a sense of austerity to it. They have curators, exhibitions, and artist spotlights. It feels like a modern gallery, if not a little uptight. It’s not for everyone.

What I’ll say in their favor is this: they do have strict standards – which is great.

I have used it as an artist (though I have yet to sell on it – sad face), and while they’re easy to list paintings, they’re very strict on the shipping standards. It must be shipped certain ways in order to be sent out or they won’t ship it. They also don’t pay out right away – they keep the funds until the order is complete and shipped and received.

While this is a pain for the artist, it’s actually a great thing for the buyer. This ensures 1) that your painting (or sculpture or whatever) arrives at your home in one piece, and 2) that you’re satisfied with it.

The only thing to watch out for are the mark-ups. Since SaatchiArt doesn’t charge listing fees to the artist, you (as the buyer) typically spend a little more for a piece than you would other sites, simply because the artist has to raise their price to recoup the cost.

But in all fairness, if you’re going to buy a piece of art, and you want the premium experience, this is the site to buy abstract art on. Or pop art. Or surrealism. Or whatever you’re looking for.

Last thing, they’re customer satisfaction ratings with TrustPilot tend to run high, which is only another plus.

You can visit Saatchi Art Here (affiliate link)

Art Finder is a good mix of premium abstract art and affordable
Artfinder Website

#2. Artfinder

Artfinder (AF) is similar to SaatchiArt.com, but with less pomp. It too is an online gallery that sells direct from the artist. I haven’t used Artfinder, but from what I’ve read and seen, it’s a little simpler than the aforementioned.

One cool feature that AF has is a “commission” feature. If you see an artist with work you’d like work from but just can’t quite find that piece that fits, you can use this option to have the artist create something for you – without having to track down the artist and get the commission made the hard way.

I personally like the atmosphere and the attitude of Artfinder’s website. The layout is clean, easy to browse and has that “every day artist” feel.

Another cool feature that Art Finder has is their “Daily Finds” option, which helps unknown artists get exposure. This is nice, because I have a hunch that most of the items on the front pages of both AF and SA are catered to showing specific artists – probably the people with the most notoriety, publicity or sales.

This isn’t a problem – I fully believe decent artists deserve recognition – but Daily Finds helps the little guy get a chance at being seen, so that’s pretty cool. They also have a Sales tab, so you can find even more possible abstract paintings at a great price.

You can visit ArtFinder Here (Referral Link)

Etsy sells everything from art to handmade goods. Good for average priced pieces.
Etsy Website

#3. Etsy

You’ve probably heard of Etsy. I like to think of it as the eBay of the arts and crafts world.

It used to be that you could only sell handmade items on it, but I think that changed a while back, where they started allowing craft materials, or partially handmade to be sold as well (Or something like that, I honestly don’t remember).

I have used Etsy, but I have never sold anything on it.

I do like Etsy as a sales platform. Buying stuff is pretty simple, and they do allow the artist a couple of options for selling variations of the work. Their fees are low, which means the artist doesn’t have to inflate their prices.

I find Etsy is good site for buying abstract art for more casual buyers. Many of the pieces that I see sold are ones that the average person would buy.

That’s not to say that don’t have really good pieces, or even expensive ones, but much of what I’ve seen sell is art that can be accessed by anyone; kind like background art. Or pieces that are more decorative in nature than ones that make a statement.

Another reason I feel this way is because they don’t just sell art on Etsy; they sell apparel and toys as well. While this isn’t a huge deal, once again, it’s the same problem I have with eBay, only a little more narrowed on the selection.

You can visit Etsy Here

Zatista is good balance between Saatchi Art and Art Finder, but with less reputation.
Zatista Website

#4. Zatista

I’ll be honest here: I only recently found Zatista, so I don’t have much experience with it.

From what I can tell, it’s like a cross between SaatchiArt and ArtFinder. It’s got a high TrustPilot score, which is nice, and some of the reviews I found online were favorable, but again, I can’t say for sure personally. I’m not sure if the site is newer or just isn’t that established yet or what, but again I’ve only recently heard about it.

So why am I even mentioning it here?

Well, the site does seem reputable, and it does seem like a legit place to buy art.

One reason I say this is because you have to apply in order to be represented, sort of like Artfinder. That makes me take it a little more seriously.

Also, the variety on this site is good. Stuff ranges from like $50 to $10k. And, it’s got a little more variety than SA and AF, but not overwhelming amounts like Etsy. It’s a good mix.

You can visit Zatista Here

Artsy.net sells high valued art online for people who want to make statements with their art pieces.
Artsy.net Website

#5. Artsy

I’m gonna say this site is for what I call the “Heavy Hitters.” Many of these works are expensive. Or statement pieces. But they’re also from reputable artists across the world. Heavily publicized or highly represented individuals reside here.

Artsy is like a Museum/Gallery/Auction House. It’s like an online version of Sotheby’s and MoMa combined. You can browse art, buy it, and even join in auctions.

I haven’t sold here, but Artsy is where you go if you want something above “normal.” Or beyond “average” (and I don’t say that to downplay any artist, I even include myself in that).

Not better, just… different. Like stuff you wouldn’t normally just buy for hanging up in your dining room.

If it feels like I’m not explaining it well enough, I don’t honestly know HOW to explain it. You can just click here and see it yourself.

Cotyschwabe.com is this website, where I sell and talk about abstract art.
Cotyschwabe.com Website (Hey, that’s me!)

 (BONUS) #6: Artist’s Personal Website

So I wasn’t going to add anything like this, but I felt compelled to as I wrapped up this article. If you find any work online, by an artist that you like, I would say that if that person has a personal website or social media page, check into buying from them directly via that.

Here’s why:

For example, I have a Saatchi Art profile, with available works right now. But, if you buy any piece, I have to sell it for more on that site, than I would here on my own personal website, due to fees incurred by their services.

Also, if you buy a piece from me directly, not only is less due to less fees, but I can also control the price. If I want to discount a piece that I no longer want in my possession, I can do so. I can just throw a discount on it, and still control how much I make from the sale.

But if I sell on another site, and lower the price, it cuts into my profits.

Now, generally, the advantage of buying through a major website gives some sort of customer satisfaction guarantee; there’s buyer protection. This is where some of that extra mark up goes – to protecting you as the buyer.

But if the artist is a genuine person that actually cares about the work or their business as an artist, then it really shouldn’t be a problem.

In full transparency, I’ve sold everything via my website and social media channels. Buy in the way that’s most comfortable to you.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the choice is yours, of course.

If you’re going to go the route of buying from one of the sites listed above, go for it. Check them all out if you want. Do some additional research.

I’d probably recommend Art Finder out of all of them, but they’ve all got great works, just depends on what you’re looking for.

But if you want to support an artist as much as possible, buy from them directly, IF POSSIBLE. If not, then I’m sure a sale from a gallery site is MUCH BETTER than no sale at all for them. It is for me.

I wish you the best in finding the right abstract art to fit your needs.

All the best,

Coty Schwabe