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An Intuitive Painting Mother-Daughter Collaboration

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This video features a fascinating painting collaboration of mother and daughter,  featuring Ruth Oosterman and her 3-year-old daughter, Eve Oosterman.

Eve draws her intuitive lines quickly, and then mother Ruth fills it in and expands upon it with watercolor, imaginatively creates forms where only mere suggestions once were. It’s touching to see how this very abstracted expression turns into tangible forms that you can recognize, and still the free spirited attitude of the child is still integrated.

Seeing this free-flowing process invokes an echo of expression with me and some of the intuitive techniques I use to make art. Creating art in a spontaneous free-flowing way is one of my favorite methods, and I’d like to also teach others how to do it as well.

When you feel how mentally freeing it can be to make art spontaneously, it removes one of the biggest obstacles to creation, which is the pressure to perform perfectly and make a masterpiece. Instead of asking oneself, “Did I draw that apple as realistic as possible,” I like to see how the emotional expression of feelings I’m going through on the inside comes out in painted form.

Abstraction is the easiest and fastest way to explore creation in general. While realism is more about a left-brained recreation of reality, non-representational art is right-brained and innately more spiritual, expressing the intangible that must be interpreted through the emotions.

I’ll be showing more about my intuitive painting process and offering classes and private lessons in my upcoming posts.

My Fun-House: Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour!

The annual Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour celebrated it’s 20th year last weekend, and I my first time being a part of it.

On Sunday November 18th, over 100 artists gathered into 60 tour stops here in Northeast LA’s Arroyo Seco neighborhood. Between 100-200 people stopped by my house to check out the art, and it was fun to meet a bunch of new people and introduce them to my art.

 

I’ve had gallery shows before, and I’ve held my own pop-up exhibition too, but it’s always been a closely edited selection of paintings. Never before had I shown ALL of my paintings before, from my signature style of complex abstracts to my more experimental works that meditate on nature or texture, everything I’ve ever painted was on display and for sale.

It gave me great joy to see everything I’d worked on over the past 3 short, but productive years. The people I mentioned that timeline to were very surprised to hear I’d been painting for only 3 years, and quite frankly, so was I! I surprise myself even, I really don’t know where it comes from, but once the paintbrush found my hand I’ve been obsessed ever since, and I’m just overflowing with more and more ideas.

My prints and my new notecard stationary were especially popular at the tour. Some people said they were going to send them, some were gifting them for holiday presents, and some collected art cards and were going to frame them for their own walls. It’s interesting to see the variety of uses, as this is perhaps the first show I’ve displayed smaller paintings and prints at before. In the past, some people have suggested I paint bigger and bigger paintings, but I’m learning that the average but avid collectors don’t have that much free space on their walls, so they are looking for smaller gems to feature instead.

So what I’ve learned for the future is to create more smaller paintings for these art tours and trade shows, alongside the larger paintings that make my spirit soar, and are generally more in demand from galleries.

For now I’ve got plenty of prints and notecard options available online at my Fine Art America store, with originals and small prints at my Etsy store. I’m getting ready to post holiday sales on selected paintings, just in time for the holidays, and stay tuned for listings for my new Abstract, Dancers, and Angel notecard sets, as pictured below.

To see more artists from the Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, you can still visit the AAC website and browse the other local members.

Is Your Art Earthquake-Proof?

No one really likes to think about earthquakes, except until they happen usually. But then it could be too late to save your valuables. Take a look around your house; is there anything unsecure that you wouldnʻt want to lose in a quake? If so, then perhaps youʻll want to secure them down.

I didnʻt even know you could “quake-proof” your art until a recent trip to the hardware store, where I discovered QuakeHold! Museum Putty. I took it home and tried it, and it seems to hold things in place really well: paintings, small sculptures, other fragile or delicate objects.

Super simple to use: Just press a little ball onto the back corners of paintings, or on the bottom of objects, hang or press item down, and twist a little to secure. You canʻt move that item easily anymore, unless you aim to, it comes off with a direct pull, and is reusable on other objects.

 

QuakeHold Museum Putty

 

As an artist, Iʻm so thankful to have found this, and Iʻm going to use it when hanging all my paintings. Iʻm not one to be overly cautious, but living in California one just has to accept the potential of seismic shifts. But now, whatever happens, I can at least rest easily that my art will be OK, and thatʻs a big relief! And Iʻll say goodbye to those occasionally slightly askew paintings too.