On August 17, 2020 I started to paint a mural for the Delaware Discoveries Trail. I was one of the lucky ones to be chosen for a special state wide project. It took me 4 days, painting 8 hours a day and I had to complete the mural in 1 weeks time. It was one of the most meaningful art projects I have ever completed, and one I will never forget it. It means the world to me that I was able to create a mural for the town of Wyoming, De. I created a piece of art for the town that represents what Wyoming is all about. The countryside, produce, farming, sunflower fields, and the unique architectural buildings of the town were all included. People from all over are now visiting Wyoming and the 9 murals on the trail. It has been a few months since I have created the mural and I can now look back and say how happy I am about this opportunity. I have shared something with the State of Delaware that I love, my passion and love for art. Now for some details!
The hardest part of the mural: measuring the truck to make sure it was symmetrical on the wall.
The easiest part of the mural: painting the sunflowers, I love painting flowers!
Things I would do differently: make the train a bit bigger or add more sunflowers.
My favorite part: The pop of red on the truck and the bright sunflowers.
My hopes: That people will continue to visit the mural, take photos and interact, and feel the joy I'm bringing to them through my art.
Don't forget to visit the 9 murals on the trail and take a look at all the details on the website. If you visit 4 of the murals and submit photos, you receive a paint pouring kit. So proud of this program and how Delaware is showing the importance of art!
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!
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!
From its hilly sand blown dunes to its far away dark blue ocean, beach dunes are wonderful to look at and paint. Did you know that dunes form when there is a sufficient supply of sand and strong enough wind to promote transport? Do you see the grassy areas on the dune? This is how the dunes maintain their shape. Its all a very interesting process but also a very beautiful one. I especially like making it feel like you can walk right into the painting, and take a walk up the dunes. The ocean in the distance and the dunes overlapping the ocean make the painting look more 3-D. The rickety and lopsided fence show the age of the wood fence. I especially love the color of the sand against the dark blue ocean. I see another beach dunes painting in my future! Keep checking back to see my next beach dunes painting. I envision the fence closeup and receding back into the distance, with the sand and ocean in the background. Ah...how I love the beach.
During our time in quarantine my son has been asking me to paint him a soccer ball. I was busy with other paintings but I finally finished it. I thought, wouldn't it be neat if I could have the field in perspective, and then I thought the line on the field would be perfect for that. I wanted it to look like the field was going back into the distance. I also wanted to personalize the painting for him and add his number. I looked at the sun coming up in the painting, and added the number in the brightest color. He loves the painting! What he really misses is playing soccer though. He plays soccer all year round, just like his dad did growing up. His is pretty competitive and misses the games, and the time with friends. I cant wait to see him play again but atleast for now he has a memory of it in his room, just what he was asking for. Check out my time laspe video below. I have prints, custom paintings, and pillows made of this soccer ball on Etsy.
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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