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I have this habit of not titling paintings, which (among other things) eventually led to using numbers for identification purposes. Most buyers are perfectly fine with that. But when one of my biggest supporters mentioned it being a bit of an issue, I had to give it some thought.

What’s in a name? After all, “a rose by any other name…”.  Many of the “master artists” left their work untitled. If you wander around any art gallery, you’ll find many works titled “Untitled”, or with titles given by collectors and curators so the work could be more readily identified in records.

But what else does a title do? It gives the viewer a clue when interpreting an image. It can be a hint or confirmation of the intended message. It can add impact.  After all, without its title, The Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living would only be a dead shark, preserved in a fish tank– still visually interesting work from an interesting artist, perhaps, but the title makes it more thought provoking.  Plus, without a title, it would probably have been just a little less marketable.  Just imagine if he’d gone with a name like “Pickled Shark”… or “Someone Killed This Just So You Could Come Look at It”.

And, without its title, Onement 1 is just a stripe on a background.

Personally, a part of me still feels like the work should be able to stand on its own, whether it has a name or not.  I find myself wondering, how many things would we still buy if not for the poets who bestow names and flowery descriptions?  Part of me objects to titling, partly because it resembles a sales pitch.  However, it does give the artist an additional tool, and another way to influence viewers.  It’s another way for artists to express ourselves, or to clarify what we are expressing in the artwork.

I’m still undecided about the value of a title.  But, for the sake of everyone else, I think I will name my work more often from now on.  If nothing else, it will save collectors and gallery curators the trouble of inventing names when I am gone.


a place in the cosmos, by s.lynnette

Abstract expressionist painting in layers of reds, violets, and yellows, against deep blues and black. Original fine art painting by S.Lynnette.

This one hasn’t been posted on the “art for sale” page yet, but you can already order prints of it in the Soulbearing zazzle shop.  If someone doesn’t claim the original painting before it’s posted at soulbearing.com, it will be available for purchase there in a couple of days.

Meanwhile, doesn’t it look great on this phone case??


The new layout for the “art for sale” section of soulbearing.com is under construction. Here’s a look at the new listings and new layout.

Each painting will now have its own page, with slideshow, detail photos, and description, along with the “add to cart” button to make browsing and purchasing easy.

 

patchwork quilt original art painting by S.Lynnette

patchwork quilt original art painting by S.Lynnette

 


Here’s a glimpse of the latest original abstract art painting, titled Severing Entanglements. (I might offer deeper explanation later; I might not. I think this one mostly speaks for itself.)  This one hasn’t been added to soulbearing.com yet, but it will be soon!!

Severing Entanglements, Signed Original Abstract Art Painting by S.Lynnette

Severing Entanglements, Signed Original Abstract Art Painting by S.Lynnette


As promised, the latest floral painting has been posted for sale via soulbearing.com.   At this price, it’s a steal!!  (Also, this reflects the new format on soulbearing.com, in which each painting will have its own page with detail photos!!)

Pink Rose Floral Painting by S.Lynnette

Pink Rose Floral Painting by S.Lynnette


Usually when flowers are my subject, photography is the medium of choice– but the response to my floral photography has been so positive that I decided it was time to do another floral painting. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the new signed original fine art paintings, not yet listed for sale on soulbearing.com

Pink Rose Floral Painting by S.Lynnette

Pink Rose Floral Painting by S.Lynnette

…a pink rose bud, larger than life in acrylic paint with gloss finish on 24×30 inch stretched cotton canvas, gallery-wrapped on solid hardwood frame, one-of-a-kind and ready to hang in the home of a flower lover or art fan.  (The “S.Lynnette” watermarks are not part of the painting.)

It should be posted for sale in just a couple of days, so get your credit cards ready!! :-)


The new shopping cart has been added to the art for sale pages!!  Purchase items with secure checkout using credit card or PayPal.  Patrons now have the option to use the “Buy It Now” button to purchase just one item, or the “Add to Cart” button to purchase multiple items. 

An error caused an issue with some of the text on the contact page; it has been resolved and the page is functioning properly again.

Due to recurring issues with the embedded blog at soulbearing.com, the original blog will most likely be deleted soon.  Some of the more popular posts have been re-posted here, and this blog will eventually (hopefully) be integrated with the soulbearing site.  For now, the newest entries will be listed on the artist’s blog page using a feed, and the original blog will still be viewable (temporarily).

New art has been added, too!!

Silver Beach by S.Lynnette

Silver Beach by S.Lynnette, Acrylic Painting on Linen Canvas

Private Plane by S.Lynnette

Private Plane by S.Lynnette, Acrylic Abstract Painting on Linen Canvas

coming soon: more new art!!

The short answer is “neither is better or worse; they’re just different”.  For a longer more biased answer, along with some tips for beginning acrylic painters, read on. :) 

While some artists insist on using traditional oil paints, there have also been many very well-known artists who have worked with acrylics.  If you don’t believe me, “google” it!  Personally, I prefer working with acrylics for several reasons.  

Once upon a time, acrylic paint was used almost exclusively for commercial painting, and because of this it was specifically formulated to have a short drying time and low cost.  Over the years, it has evolved, and now several manufacturers are making fine art quality acrylics in a wide range of pigments and consistencies, with slower drying time than the commercial-use acrylics– and a higher price. 

Since acrylics are still relatively new on the art scene (only 50-60 years), it’s hard to say what acrylic paintings will look like in another 200 years.  But, so far most acrylic fine art paintings seem to endure without the cracking seen in many oil paintings of comparable age, they maintain color as well or even better, and acrylic paints seem to be more versatile than oils.  They come in smooth body, heavy body, extra heavy body.  You can thin them, thicken them, pour them, brush them, embed objects, use texturizers, etc. etc. etc.  And, wet acrylic paint cleans up with soap and water, which means no need for turpentine! 

Many oil painters complain that acrylics dry too fast, but this is one of the qualities I like most.  A thick coat of oil paint can take many weeks to thoroughly dry, while the same work in acrylic is dry within hours or even minutes.  If acrylics dry too fast for you, my initial advice is “paint faster”.  However, there are steps you can take to slow the drying process. 

For starters, you can make your own palette using a shallow plastic container, a damp cloth, and a sheet of wax paper.  Place the damp cloth in the bottom of the container, with the wax paper on top of the cloth, and put your paint on top of the wax paper.  This can keep paint useable for many hours.  And, if the container also has a lid, this can keep acrylic paint useable for days, as long as you keep the cloth damp (only damp, not dripping — too much water on the cloth will make paint runny!).  You can also buy special pallettes for acrylics at most art supply stores. 

To keep paint wet on the canvas surface for “wet on wet” painting techniques, you can add water.  However, this can make paint too thin, cause drips, and it causes the paint to have a matte finish when it dries.  Plus, even with water added, acrylics still dry fast.  An alternative is to use blending mediums, or even a combination of water and blending medium.  Liquitex makes a product called “Slow-Dri Blending Medium” which works well.  It comes in liquid and in gel form, so you can slow drying time and increase transparency without changing the consistency of your paint.  You will still have to work faster than when working with oils, but the drying retardant can buy you some time for “wet on wet” techniques.  

Whether you use oils or acrylics, the key to mastery is practice, practice, practice.  Practice and mastery are what will eventually create great works of art, regardless of the medium chosen.  

For examples of some of my acrylic paintings, visit the art for sale page.  Good luck, and happy painting!

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com, January 13, 2011 at 10:40 PM EST)


I enjoy photographing floral still lifes, rural scenery, and so on; I’m sure it shows in the quantity of these types of images in my collection.  I also enjoy painting and illustration, particularly abstracts.  This combination of interests eventually led to the question:  Can a photograph do what a painting does? (If you’re not an artsy type and don’t get it, read on anyway.  No, I’m not really going to explain, but there are important insights and links to buy stuff so I can keep painting.)

Digital photography and image editing software have made it incredibly easy for artists and amateurs alike to create attractive pictures; as evidence of this, there are literally billions of nice looking images on the internet. 

But, as an artist who prefers painting abstracts, making pretty photos can sometimes become mundane.  My solution for this has been to seek unusual angles, unusual subjects, macros, and other techniques which result in images that appear more abstract.

It started a few years ago with a photographic tribute to Jackson Pollock’s artwork.  Viewers stared curiously at the tangles of light and dark, wondering what was the inspiration for choosing to photograph these particular things, then grinned at the moment of realization that it wasn’t really about the things (It rarely really is.).

This led to more images done in tribute to other abstract painters, like images inspired by Rothko’s glowing squares:

Minimalist Skylight by S.Lynnette

Minimalist Skylight by S.Lynnette (This image is available on a variety of products.)

Heavenly Light in the Loft by S.Lynnette

Heavenly Light in the Loft by S.Lynnette  (This image is available on a variety of products.)

Or, more recently, more images reminiscent of the abstract expressionists like Pollock:

Trees in the Snow

Trees in the Snow by S.Lynnette  (This one is available in large prints on canvas! and a variety of other products.)

Of course, I haven’t given up the floral and rural photography.  I do still like pretty pictures:

2011 Floral Calendar

2011 Floral Calendar by S.Lynnette (Nature and Rural Calendars and other products are also available.)

And some images are even available on jewelry now:

Owl Necklace by S.Lynnette

Owl Necklace by S.Lynnette

So if you see the abstract art and photography, and think to yourself “What on earth is that?”, don’t panic.  I still haven’t completely given up making pretty pictures.  If you’d like to see more, you can shop for merchandise printed with my images, or better yet, shop for original art.

(Originally posted by S.Lynnette on soulbearing.com, December 29, 2010 at 06:00 PM EST)

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