Artist Spotlight

Be Patient With Yourself, Painting with Roben-Marie

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INTRODUCING ROBEN-MARIE OF @ROBENMARIE

An artist, instructor and woman of faith from Florida, Roben-Marie’s mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Roben-Marie’s own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and heart happy.

Don’t wait until you think you know enough or have enough supplies. Be open to learning and experimenting and be patient with yourself.
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TAKE A LOOK AT ROBEN-MARIE’S PROCESS:

Roben-Marie says she tends to be a slow creator. It is kind of hard to explain, but the more she creates, the more obvious it becomes. There is something that she just "sees" once it is finished. Sometimes it’s essential for Roben_marie to set things aside and come back to them at a later time when she can revisit the work with fresh eyes. At that point it is usually more obvious. She also often has more than one project going at once so she can bounce back and forth when the inspiration strikes. ⠀⠀

It sounds cliche but truly inspiration is everywhere. Roben-Marie’s favorite sources are magazines, catalogs and a spirit of curiosity. She stays focused and motivated by her love of experimentation. She is always open to adding new mediums, products and techniques to her work, while at the same time Roben-Marie also loves to find a unique spin on the tried and true.

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A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ROBEN-MARIE:

  1. Roben-Marie would go short of crazy without lip balm. They are located in all rooms of her house and she sleeps with one under her pillow.

  2. Ever since Roben-marie was 15 she has wanted to learn American Sign Language. She knows the alphabet and a couple dozen words, but it is still on her bucket list.

  3. Roben-Marie is is an avid reader and especially fond of psychological and military thrillers. She loves learning the meaning of new words when reading British authors.

  4. Her friends call her the app queen, because Roben-Marie loves testing out new software and apps. She knows it is a bit geeky, but it completely fits her “tech-savvy” artist persona.

  5. Roben-Marie says she needs good lighting, a ceiling fan, a Hallmark Movie, coconut water and a bowl of Pirate’s Booty to make her studio complete!

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ROBEN-MARIE HERE: www.robenmarie.com

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YOUR TURN: PICK A FOCUS

One of the drawbacks (if there are any, really) of being a mixed media artist is that you want to play with all of the techniques and all of the supplies - but that is not a time or cost effective way to create, particularly if you want to transform your creative practice from hobby to business.

Roben Marie suggests that at the start of each month, pick a focus. This could be a theme, or a particular technique or even a specific color palette. Use that focus to select the ideas you’re going to try first and then see where you can go from there!

A few favorite supplies:

UHU Glue - best to make the collage stick!

Caran d’Ache Neocolor II - watersoluble pastel

Prismacolor Nu Pastels

Velum Pack of Paper - 100 pages

Newsprint Paper to make your own collage pages

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ROBEN-MARIE ART GALLERY

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Paint What You Love, Painting with Regina Lord

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INTRODUCING REGINA LORD OF @REGINA_CREATIVEKISMET

Regina currently lives in southern AZ with the love of her life and her two beautiful boys. She is strongly influenced by the warm weather, bright sun and the Mexican colors, style and architecture that are predominant in the city where she lives. 

Creative Kismet Art came about because of Regina’s desire to share her art, ideas and a little bit of sunshine to as many people as possible.

Paint what you know and love. When you do, a part of you becomes a part of the painting. This gives it life! People will see it and feel it when they look at your art.
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TAKE A LOOK AT REGINA’S ART PROCESS

Regina believes that a creative life can change your outlook to become more positive…more open. Her creative process starts first by looking for inspiration then eventually, her heart and soul begins to see it everywhere without even trying. On a walk, going to the store, dropping off the kids at school–it is everywhere she looks. It is in the Southwestern mountains, the desert, in nature, in the streets, and in the people too.

When quiet, Regina recalls these beautiful fragments caught like photos in her mind. Her style is the unraveling of a woven mixture of her Hispanic heritage, her deep rooted love for folk art and her enchantment with magical whimsicality. The actual art making begins with putting ideas down on paper, making doodles and sketches, finally pulling out her paints, papers and any other medium that calls to her at the moment. With her paintbrush and the boldest colors, Regina puts together ideas in ways that makes her heart sing. Always bright, always colorful, always pure of heart.

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A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REGINA

1. Having been interested in art since she was very young, Regina wanted to be a painting ballerina when she was little.

2. Every morning she goes for a walk with her dog Freya, in her own neighborhood.  It's the same scenery, but she sees something different every time. 

3. Regina’s favorite subjects to paint are birds, flowers, desert landscape, the moon and women.  She paints them in her style by using bright colors and a good measure of joy and whimsy.

4. Sometimes Regina can tell you what audio book she was listening to at the time a piece of art was painted - It's like part of the story is in her painting. 

5. She can't live without sunshine.  


Find out more about Regina Lord on her website: www.creativekismaet.com

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YOUR TURN: use your life as inspiration

Deciding what to paint can sometimes stop an artist from creating. But Regina has a simple solution - paint what you love. Make a list of all the things that excite you. This is no coincidence, this is part of you and a perfect place to begin. Take a walk and open your eyes to all that surrounds you. There is beauty if you look. Sometimes the best thing to create is the thing right in front of you, that which you are most familiar with.

Try these supplies for vibrant and whimsical results:

Caran D’Ache Oil Pastels

Stabilo 3-in-1 Woody Color Pencils

Uni-Posca Paint Pens

Bright Craft Paint by DecoArt

Mini Canvases with Easels

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REGINA LORD ART GALLERY

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Never Stop Learning, Painting With Trupti Karjinni

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INTRODUCING TRUPTI KARJINNI OF @WHATACOLOR_GAL

 Trupti is a watercolor artist, designer and teacher based in Belgaum, India. She is heavily inspired by nature’s serenity and wants her audience to experience the same calmness when they view her artwork, amidst the chaos of the mind and the world. 

One advice I’d like to give all artists in to paint everyday – even if for 5 minutes, just put paint on paper. This ritual is extremely powerful.
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TAKE A LOOK AT TRUPTI'S ART PROCESS

Trupti started painting every day from May, 2017 and shared her work on Instagram. By painting and sharing everyday it made her a better artist much more quickly and propelled her on the journey to be a full-time artist. Trupti strives to capture the light and tranquility in her art. It is the thrill of capturing that fleeting magic on paper and immortalizing it with the unpredictable magic of watercolours that keeps her up late into the night, creating. There is a degree of uncontrollability in watercolours and Trupti likes not being in complete control of the medium all the time. You only need to prod the pigments in the water and they make their own magic. It is oddly freeing in a way.

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A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRUPTI KARJINNI

  1. Trupti is a HUGE Calvin and Hobbes fan! She has the entire boxed set of all the comics.
  2. She can cook a mean Assamese chicken curry.
  3. Pai is a small village in the Northern mountains of Thailand and it's Trupti's favorite place in the world.
  4. Trupti enjoys a lot of different cuisines but Thai and South Indian are her favorite.
  5. Tea is Trupti's drink of choice. She rarely drinks coffee!
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YOUR TURN: FIVE MINUTES A DAY

Trupti gives us the best advice and has shared the reason for her success. to paint everyday – even if for 5 minutes, just put paint on paper. This ritual is extremely powerful, it sped up my learning in a way I didn’t think was possible.

In the simplest of all projects, your ability will grow if you just paint or draw for at least five minutes a day. In no time you will see results from a daily practice. This is for you, you don't have to be perfect, you don't have to share your work, you don't have to make a masterpiece. You just need to make your mark daily. Every five minutes will add up!

FAVORITE ART SUPPLIES

Daniel Smith Fine Watercolor Paint Set

Silver Watercolor Brush Set

Watercolor Art Journal

Handmade Indian Watercolor Paper 5x7


TRUPTI KARJINNI ART GALLERY

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Wild at Heart, Painting with Taylor Lee

Taylor Lee is our June 2018 Guest Artist on True Colors, a monthly art course. She shares how she creates large scale abstract blooms in an outstanding video lesson. The video is always available to go back and watch no matter when you join the program. Learn more HERE.

Taylor Lee is a color-obsessed artist with a passion for communicating through acrylic paintings. She is from a small, rural town in North Carolina. She is most recognized for her bold use of concentrated color that often incorporates free-spirited marks that create dichotomies between the wild and thoughtful, the bold and vulnerable. Taylor is also vocal about her experience with mental illness. She finds ways to bring the reality of a stigmatized mental illness into a celebratory light, creating paintings that are buzzing with energy, movement, and loud colors. You can learn more about her at www.taylorleepaints.com

The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn

Erika Wynn is an artist, screen printer and yoga instructor living in Michigan. She is inspired by energy, birth and all things BRIGHT & BOLD! And her daughter Violet is one of her biggest inspirations.

This spring (2018) Erika will launch her new line of screen printed clothes with her signature style and bold colors. Learn more here: www.heartilluminate.com

We are All Creative Beings, Painting With Kara Aina

ara Aina went to art school earning a BFA in Intaglio and Lithography. Afterwards she focused on her family and career as an art teacher and did not prioritize her own art. She often told herself that it wasn’t her “season” to devote time to her art and that it felt “selfish” to deprive her family of the time and resources it would take for her to pursue it. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Through a series of events Kara realized that she was not doing anything to replenish herself. She came to the realization that prioritizing art was essential to her well-being and happiness and thus, that of her family as well.

Dedicate Time for Your Art, Painting With Michelle Heslop

It should come as no surprise that Michelle Heslop uses a lot of water when she paints because her home’s location is just a short walk from the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. Her recent watercolor and pen work explore the mutable abstract landscapes of the seaside. Michelle says she is always learning and growing but if she had to distill everything she's learned about painting into one sentence it would be to paint when you feel like there really is no time.

No Room For Fear with Artist Gretchen Warsen

An experimental abstract artist from Massachusetts, Gretchen Warsen takes risks by playing on the revolutionary Yupo paper. Something she has learned over the past two years from listening to artist interviews, and also through her own practice is that the best way to stay inspired and motivated to make art is to just keep making it! It's easier said than done, but even with the pieces that she can tell are headed for the “not-so-good pile,” there is still something she can take away for the next piece—some little hint of an idea or a new technique that can be carried over.

Mark Making Love with Inge Flinte

Expressive marks and colorful details is what Inge Flinte is all about. An artist and photographer from New Zealand, Inge interprets the world around her in an art form she calls 'notetaking' - capturing moments of interaction in painted forms. We've loved connecting with Inge through the @colorcrushcreative account. If you're wondering how to find your own art tribe, Inge says Instagram is a game changer.

Minimal Abstract Love with Sara Sha

Sara Sha is a minimal abstract painter, print maker and surface designer from Capitola, California. Vibrant colors and strong, sweeping paint marks are the dominant characteristics of her works. If you're still shy to use bold color, then this is the artist to inspire you to take a big risk and learn to let go of fear. If you heed her approach to just have fun with it, it can really take the pressure off you when you face the blank canvas.

Art Journal Love with Fatima Bano

She's a mixed media artist from Singapore who is not afraid to express herself with vibrant colors and bold marks. If you're having a hard time getting started with Color Crush Creative's weekly color palette project, then try out this great idea that Fatima had to try out the color combinations in an art journal. Art journals are not only great practice, but also a way to take the pressure off yourself as you explore new ideas.