Becoming The Artist

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Columbia City, Indiana, United States
As an artist, my biggest competitor is myself. I am the only person I need to surpass, all the while taking in inspiration from Artists before and after me. Constantly looking for new ways to grow, I look to share not just the visual but also the little things that make up the artist as a whole in both skill and success.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Artist Of The Month (August)

Artist Of The Month
Alyssa Monks

Smirk 48x64, oil on linen, 2009


Rain 72x48, oil on linen, 2008


Ever Since I stumble across this amazing artist I have been in complete awe of her ability to paint with such ease and accuracy and still keep her own personality evident in her brush strokes. I want more of the world to see the caliber at which this artist Alyssa Monks creates her work. Check out her site


Gasp 2010, 48x72, oil on linen
Risk 2011, 11x16, oil on panel


The Race 72x96, oil on linen, 2007


Monday, July 9, 2012

Implementing Patience in Active Practice

As an artist It is often frustrating implementing patience in active practice, but I've found that it has greatly strengthened my work and form as a whole. The rush of taking that unique mind-bending idea and bringing it to life on paper or canvas is a great feeling. It is the learning curve where imagination is four steps ahead of actual ability that often makes me want to bang my head against a rock.

As You look through my older bodies of work, many of which consist of college assignments, you will see how creativeness and natural ability may still shine through in a less desired project. It is through practice and yes even class assignments and exercises that you can still find your strengths as an artist, all the while learning something new and bold to add to your repertoire.

Design Diversity, a simple class assignment; a self portrait collage made up of black, white, and grey construction paper. Naturally because of my creative nature and desire to go to the next step I broke instruction and made it out of magazine articles. I thought it would make for a more interesting and personable work. More importantly I wanted to be set apart from the rest of the student body.

Summer Breeze

"Summer Breeze"
24'in x 30'in. Oil on Canvas

Buffy The Vampire Slayer & The Master

Buffy The Vampire Slayer & The Master
Watercolor on Paper
Spring-Summer 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sketches

 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sketch#1)
"Sarah Michelle Gellar"
Pencil and Paper, 8'in. x 10'in. 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sketch#2)
"Sarah Michelle Gellar"
Pencil and Paper, 8'in. x 10'in. 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sketch#3)
"Sarah Michelle Gellar"
Pencil and Paper, 8'in. x 10'in. 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sketch
"Michelle Trachtenberg"
Pencil and Paper, 8'in. x 10'in. 2012