Art adventures on the coast of Maine!

Living on the Mid-Coast of Maine has been a wondrous experience.  If you haven’t visited or stayed awhile, I do urge you to! Outside of my window,  the red and yellow leaves are falling almost as fast as snow flakes.  The shadows from the trees in the bright sunlight cannot be ignored.  You just have to go out on the porch & take in breaths of cool, crisp Fall afternoon air.  A bit woodsy, yet close enough to the shore to get the hint of sea salt in the air.

That is only one of the things I adore about Maine.  That is why as an artist and photographer I seize every available moment to capture the landscape, seascape and people on canvas, or through the lens of my Canon Rebel! I once went to the coast without my camera or even a pencil and sketch pad, so sad!

At Pemaquid Point loop, on a sunny afternoon were hundreds of traveling Monarchs, stopping to feast on the blue flowers not far from the lighthouse.  I was sick at the thought I had nothing on me to capture this scene! That was the last time I have been without a camera, even a simple point & shoot would have been better than nothing! So now I carry a couple of point & shoot cameras, and if I’m going on a shoot trip I carry my big stuff! When I did go back to that spot the next day, there were but two flittering monarchs left to take photos of.  Lesson learned.

Learn How To Be A Successful Artist

Many people have the talent needed to paint and draw beautiful scenes and pictures. Most of them though do not know the best way to become an artist.

There are many individuals who have the talent to be able to draw a portrayal of someone or to paint a pretty picture of the landscape. Having this talent is not constantly enough to make a career from it. You must have the drive and the smarts required for business. Fortunately, these are things that you will have the ability to learn through experience and some good advice.

The best way to create a name for yourself is to have your own artwork that is unique to you. Everybody has talent – but frequently we should enhance that raw gift and extend upon it. Search for universities in your region and go for an undergrad program in art. You should be taking studio classes and address any technical info that will aid you to understand new techniques.

Accumulate slides of your best artwork. Try to bring along an assortment of paintings, drawings, and photographs if you have them. Many undergraduate programs will want you to bring a portfolio with the application to the school.

When you are in school try to make yourself known and look at other more ordinary artworks. Visit art openings and look at what people love the most. Look at the colors, patterns, and landscapes. Apply this to what you do – but make it original to you. Continue reading

Art & Artist Crossovers

The flow of talent between the music and film industries is steadier than ever before. As performers gain celebrity status, they look to expand their presence in the entertainment world, with agents and executives only too happy to indulge them. Knowing that their existing fan base will follow them into a new genre, these stars are considered safe investments, at least safer than an unknown.

Elvis Presley was one of the first stars to successfully negotiate a change of genre in the middle of his career. His good looks, fine voice and universal appeal made the transition easy. Early roles demanded little in the way of acting ability, allowing Elvis to ease into the film industry. Eventually, he took on slightly more challenging movies, although the critics were never really convinced of his acting chops. Still, his movies were huge commercial successes and established a precedent for musicians hoping to become actors.

Several years later, Barbra Streisand proved that women could successfully bridge genres as well. After taking the music industry by storm with her 1963 debut, she was an Oscar-winner five years later. Her talent as a performing artist has allowed her to excel in theatre and on television, as well as in the music and film industries. Continue reading