Friday, October 30, 2009
Today's art related article of interest is actually entitled, "How to Create a Gallery of Vacation and Travel Memories." It is actually more focused on helping people to prepare and hang art work surrounding vacations, trips and the associated family memories. I think it's a good article and can practically apply to anyone trying to hang a group of two-dimensional pieces of art in a room.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
What else do you do besides your art?
My plate is pretty full! I'm a full time veterinarian in Antioch, Illinois. My wife and 2 children are the loves of my life and I try to spend as much time as I can with the kids now: especially while they're little. I love and play sports too, especially hockey, soccer and baseball. I play the drums and piano, and I dabble in banjo. Lastly, I enjoy fishing and the outdoors. At the end of the day is usually when I can get some art work done!
Picture credit: John Plishka enjoying some family time while petting a foal.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
What advice do you have for aspiring painters?
I still consider myself at this point to be an aspiring painter. I want to improve my art in many facets still, and am a firm believer in that you can never know too much about a subject. But if I had any advice to give to people it would be to try to learn as much as you can about your chosen art direction and dive right in. Have a thick skin about your work as art is so subjective that a lot of people will not care for your work while others love it! Try to get yourself noticed as much as you can, and have the belief in yourself that your art is good and is worth creating! Lastly, try to get to know a lot of artists with similar interests- they will help you in your work and give encouragement which is so important when you are starting out!
Photo credit: John Plishka enjoying some horseback riding and family time
Monday, October 26, 2009
On a personal note, I believe Barbara does a great job putting a face on "where your milk comes from." It is obvious that Barbara has a passion for what she does and doesn't mind sharing it with her readers. My favorite updates are about Barbara's favorite heifer "Chica." Meet Chica and Barbara in their video.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I guess I would just like to get the opportunity to paint a lot more. Perhaps try different techniques. I'm interested in sculpting, so maybe one day I could try that. I would like to do more art shows and get myself out there more.
Picture credit: "Dappled Gray-zer", pastel on paper
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Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sure I have goof ups like everyone else. For myself, If a painting isn't working after about an hour, I usually scrap the whole thing. Sometimes I come back to it, sometimes not. After that though, I'm pretty stubborn and won't give up on a painting after I've invested alot of time and work into it. I'll see it through to the end. There is a point in most of my paintings that I doubt whether it will work or not, but after I get past that point, I know the final result will have been worth the effort.
Picture credit: "Calming the Storm", pastel on paper
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This DVD is a creative overview from start to finish of her paper painting process. Elizabeth also covers painting your own collage papers, sketching, underpainting and tips and tricks for collage application. This comprehensive video is 30 minutes, comes in a full sized jewel case and will play in a PC/MAC or TV DVD player. The DVD is $10 plus $3 for shipping to US address.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Smaller pieces will take me about 2-4 hours, but larger pieces may take 10-15 hours. Considering I may only have 4-5 hours a week for my art means that a larger painting may take me 2-4 weeks to complete!
Picture credit: "Thunder", pastel on paper
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I work from photographs mostly, so I try to take my camera almost everywhere. I try to find one or two photos from an experience, scene, or subject, that inspire me. I can often in my mind see the painting before it is on the paper. Often the beauty or power of my subjects is what ultimately drives me to start a painting.
Picture credit: "Night Vision", pastel on paper
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Since I haven't had much formal art training, I've learned mostly from reading, trial and error, and following some of my favorite artists. Over the last few years, I've taken some pastel classes which have helped immensely in elevating my art. However there is still so much to learn- I wish I had access to more class time!
Picture credit: "The Pumpkin Gleaners", pastel on paper
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I have limited time to work, so I try to take a lot of photos when I'm out, and try to work on my paintings later. My inspiration mostly comes from trying to see subjects which should be ordinary, in an extraordinary way. So, I try to find beauty in subjects that are often overlooked. Hence a lot of my paintings are of simple everyday things or situations.
Picture credit: "Take the time...", pastel on paper
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Monday, October 12, 2009
From the domestic and international promotion of wool and pelts to its work on legislative, science and technology, animal health and resource management issues, ASI is a producer-powered federation of state organizations dedicated to the common goal of promoting the profitability and well-being of the U.S. sheep industry. The goals of the organization include developing an industry vision, advocating public policy to protect, promote and support the economical viability of the sheep industry, creating strong national and international markets for wool, advancing and coordinating the science and technology of sheep production, and promoting communication and cooperation between all segments of the industry, related business and government agencies.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Now I work mostly in pastels. In the past I also painted in oils and acrylics. Pastels allow me to work quickly, and for me they are easier to correct mistakes than other media. In my paintings I use a lot of pastel pencils. This allows me to get the fine detail I need when depicting hair, feathers, etc.
Picture credit: "Pack of Lie-ers", pastel on paper
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
As long as I can remember I was always drawing . I had a chance at an art scholarship out of high school but opted for an academic scholarship instead. From that point on, I rarely drew until I got my career underway. I've only been serious about my art for about the last 3-4 years. Now I try to take classes when I can and paint as much as my free time allows.
Photo credit: "The Angry Barn Swallow Chick", pastel on paper
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Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
It's hard to describe but it's a really strong internal drive to express my ideas about what I find beautiful or interesting.It's also a great way to escape from the realities of the world-I can totally immerse myself in the painting and probably like most artists, once you're painting, all time seems to stand still.
Picture Credit: "Watching You", oil on canvas
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Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Enjoy his question and answer session all month on the Cow Art and More blog. John's art will have free shipping for the entire month. See the complete collection of John's art on the Cow Art and More specials page.
Picture credit: Dr. John Plishka enjoys a moment with a couple of Holstein heifers.