Getting Started Painting The Canvas

Craig Meklir Jackson Pollock, www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrVE-WQBcYQ

Although it may seem I have this painting all planned out and can execute it flawlessly, it will evolve in terms of colors, shapes, and brushstrokes.  I’ll make mistakes, make changes on the fly, and get frustrated. Fortunately, because I am doing the work in an art class, my teacher will offer excellent guidance along the way! Even still, I’ll continue to fear my painting …

Transfering A Composition To Canvas

Craig Meklir dickblick.com

My previous blog post provides a way to save time and money by creating a prototype.  This post describes how using an overhead projector can save time transferring shapes to a large canvas.    Manually transferring shapes from a smaller prototype to a large canvas can take hours.  This is because each shape must be drawn with precision in terms of size, line angles, and placement on the canvas.  The larger …

Creating A Prototype

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

My previous blog post offers a tip to simplify selecting colors and buying paint. This post describes how working out a painting’s details on a small scale can help reduce time spent painting a large canvas and the costs associated with using unnecessary paint. To create a prototype (I actually created two), I took a picture of my composition and printed several copies from my home computer printer.  …

Looking Outside for Color Inspiration

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

My previous blog post describes how I moved from concept to composition, offering a framework others can follow when unsure how to carry out their own artistic ideas.  This post describes how nature photographs informed my color choices and, more importantly, offers a tip to save time and reduce stress when choosing colors and buying paint. Because art stores offer an …

Moving From Concept To Composition

Craig Meklir Uncategorized

Although, as discussed in my previous blog post, selecting Hawaii as the concept behind my painting was an important accomplishment, significant work remained to execute the idea.  This post describes my next steps, including performing research and composing sketches into a composition.  More importantly, this post also offers a framework others can use when unsure how to carry out their …

Choosing A Meaningful Concept

Craig Meklir Hawaii, horchow.com, houzz.com, pinterest.com

Although deciding what to paint can be a difficult task, a few simple steps I took to choose Hawaii as my painting’s concept can help solve this artistic conundrum. As instilled in me by a childhood friend turned accomplished interior designer, artwork should be rooted in a meaningful idea.  Therefore, deriving a concept for my painting was my first task, …

Do You Want To Look Behind The Canvas?

Craig Meklir #art, abstract, artist, CMMDesignSolutions, creative, design, houzz.com, http://www.houzz.com/photos/3877842/Traditional-Living-Room-With-Modern-Abstract-Art-traditional--other-metro

Do you wonder how artists come up with ideas for their art or what they go through when making it?  Are you interested in making art but do not know where to begin, possibly because you (like me) do not possess formal art training?  The aim of this blog is to provide art enthusiasts an increased awareness of the creative …