Lately I have been painting custom home portraits because...people love their homes! I can understand this because people put so much time into making their homes a reflection of themselves. They make it unique, beautiful, and when you look into someone's home, you see all of them. You can see what they love and what is important to them. Every time I paint a home, I feel lucky that they asked me to paint something that means so much to them. To draw one of these homes, takes hours. A lot of time and detail is put into these home portraits. I need to make sure everything is symmetrical, and that it looks like the home. Once I am finished drawing, I can focus on the color and detail I want to show. For example, in the first home I wanted to show all of the stonework on the front of the house. I felt like it was an important part of the home. Adding the landscape around the home brings everything together. I have also painted a few churches as well for wedding gifts. I ended up giving my brother and sister in law a painting of the church, and I will never forget her screaming in excitement at the reception! I have also painted my school, this was a gift for a wonderful nurse who was retiring. I ended up ordering prints of the painting for the staff, many of them wanted a copy of their school. I truly love making these paintings, I feel like an architect and and an artist! If your interested in a home/church/school painting, let me know! I would love to paint a place that means the world to you.
Slideshow of the painting process.
Everyone has their own style of how they want to create or decorate their own art studio. I wanted to share some of my favorite art studio ideas. As you can see in the slideshow, I broke up my studio into several areas. First, the table or easel is important in front of natural light. Second, a bookshelf for paper, printer, office supplies, extra brushes, art supplies, folders...Third, either open shelves or a second bookshelf for books, memories, décor items, or clay pieces. Fourth, a relaxation area, maybe a comfy chair or couch to relax on. I normally wouldn't put a tv in an art studio but I'm also using the room for a meditation and yoga studio. I play yoga videos or listen to relaxing music on the tv. I really love having my own room and my own space, especially since I have 3 kids! Some things I have decorated on the walls are some of my own artwork, a gallery of my kids artwork, a wall clock, and open shelves to display items on. The open shelves are also great to prop a painting on for photos or to look at from a distance. One of my favorite ideas for an art studio are plants! They add so much color, and an element of nature to the room. Signs are also a fun way to show your love of art! The purple gold sunrise painting was specifically made for my art studio. I wanted to create a peaceful environment in the room. If your interested in the painting, you can purchase the original painting or I have prints of it in my Etsy shop. I also created pillows and bags of this sunrise design. I hope I was able to give you many ideas when creating your own relaxing and colorful art studio!
I was walking on the beach one day and I had a thought while I was looking at my feet. I was thinking how much I loved looking at the waves splashing on my feet. I then ran up to grab my phone and started shooting away. I loved seeing the waves slowly run against the tan sand, but I also love how the colors changed from a dark blue to a light green and then white waves. As soon as I got home I knew I needed to paint these waves close up. The first painting, which is mostly brown and white, was created with a wave on one canvas but I didn't want to stop there. I needed to add another canvas to continue the wave. I really love the connecting two canvases! The second close up wave that is mostly blue at the top, is probably one of my all time favorite paintings. You can see the time lapse video below of this painting. I started by mixing light, dark, and blue green waves. I then added the light green below those waves. The white/yellow crashing wave finishes off the painting, and is a nice contrasting color against the tan sand. I really love how these two paintings turned out and I think I like them more that the far away beach paintings. I have the original paintings, prints, pillows, and I even made beach bags from these designs! Take a look on my Esty page if your interested. Next time you go to the beach, take a look at the beach waves at your feet and see how beautiful it is.
Why do I and so many people love abstract art? I think it has a lot to do with the movement and simplicity of abstract art. I actually didn't realize how much I would love making abstract pieces until I made my first large painting. It started a while back, with my good friend asking me if I would make her an abstract art piece. At first, I thought this is not the type of art I paint! I was very frustrated with it at first thinking that I didn't know what I was doing. Even when I was painting, I wasn't happy with it. It wasn't until the very last moment, when I stepped away from the painting and looked at it, that I thought, this looks so cool! From there I keep going back to painting abstracts. I do still love painting in the Impressionist style with my more realistic looking subjects but abstract art is for sure a favorite. What I love the most about it, that I cannot do in any other style, is that I am moving everywhere and around the canvas. My body truly moves with the art, and this is how all of my brushstrokes come through. I also love how I think of scene, like a beach, and try to figure out how I can make it simpler and more abstract, not so detailed. Since I am obsessed with colors, they always come through in all of my art, pure and bright colors. I will for sure create many more abstract paintings!
Here we are, at our final NCIS virtual art gallery. I never would have thought we would be home creating art for the rest of the school year. I also never thought I would be creating an online art gallery for my students. A few good things have come out of this experience for me. I have truly loved receiving each and every email from my students. I love the fact that my students still love art no matter where they are. I also appreciate that my students still want to be apart of the art world. It makes me happy to share my own art with my students. I am glad they can now see what I love to create in art, and they can continue seeing this through my blog. This experience has opened my eyes to not only what my students needed during this difficult time, but how happy they looked with their artwork and how proud they were. Art is an amazing thing!! Thank you students, and I'm so proud! Have a wonderful summer and I will see you in the fall!!
Hi all! I am Natalia Ciriaco an art teacher and artist in Newark, De. I am starting a new blog about how I create my art and the many reasons why. Stay tuned for new artwork, videos, and discussions!
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