However, I was thrilled to have my artwork featured on the cover of Wild Apple’s Art Decor February 2019 Issue. Wild Apple Graphics is a B2B art publisher and art licensor working with manufacturers, retailers, and designers of decorative home products and wall decor.
It’s so fun to see my artwork in a home setting. These two original paintings are still available if you’re interested. See them in detail on my website.
I work with a fantastic licensing company, Wild Apple. They recently gave me a concept idea they thought I might enjoy working on. It was to make an abstract jewel-colored forest that included loose and botanical marks. It was such a fun and whimsical project to work on. I’ve sent the two paintings to Wild Apple for their approval. Hopefully, this is what they had in mind.
Working with a “prompt” reminded me of working on my MFA. The teacher would give you guidelines but with enough freedom to make the artwork your own. I love working this way with the seed of an idea that I make blossom into a work of art. I’m looking forward to working on the next concept idea Wild Apple sends my way.
I’ve struggled to create some work for my licensing company, Wild Apple, that I think they will like. I have sketched out and discarded a number of ideas. Nothing seems creative enough or unique enough to stand out from the competition. I finally realized that I’m going about it the wrong way. Instead of trying to create something I think they will like, I should create something that I find enjoyment in making instead. Then if the paintings don’t meet their needs, at least I had fun creating something uniquely mine.
What art technique do I find fun to do? I’ve always loved scissor work. By that, I mean I can sit for hours cutting out intricate shapes out of paper. Many people might find this boring or tedious, but I think it is meditative and therapeutic. I just finished cutting out about 200 flowers and leaves and I’ve started painting them. I have no clear idea of where I’m going with them and how to incorporate them into my work. I’m going to take my advice and I just play around, enjoying myself and see where it leads.