Reaching Out to Fellow Painters

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  1. torimari profile image67
    torimariposted 14 years ago

    Look at all these lovely, empty subforums in art and writing. sad

    I was wondering if there are some other painters around.

    As for me, I am a watercolor painter, and also enjoy inking and occasionally using Japanese Copic markers. My themes vary from fantasy to gothicism, usually with female subjects.

    So, where's all my painters at?
    If so, what medium do you prefer painting in? Subjects?
    Is it a hobby or something you make some money off of? How long have you painted? And, add anything else.

    Speak up, so we can bring NEW discussion to 'em repetitive forums.

    1. JWeber227 profile image60
      JWeber227posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I paint acrylic on canvas and wood...I'm also starting with some stuffed animals that I am going to be painting the faces on. I have my own way of painting and I'm about to get my website up and running again smile I have been painting now for three years.  I can't wait I'm excited.
      I'm also into photography and pen and ink.

      My web address for my art it will be up soon and I'll announce it as soon as I'm done getting it all set up.

    2. shriketexas profile image60
      shriketexasposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I have been painting in oils and designing and making jewelry for the past 35 years and it is just as much fun as when I started. I love and haunt museums and galleries every chance I can. I have traveled to museums all over the world and humbled by such great masters. But I paint because I need to it gives me inner peace and a since of control in my world that I step into when I am in front of my canvas.

    3. dutchman1951 profile image61
      dutchman1951posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I love to paint and do pyrotechnic line drawings on various wood medium, absolutely love to paint. Oils

    4. NewHorizons profile image79
      NewHorizonsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Tori,

      You succeeded in bringing many Artists together.  I do pencil portraits and clay sculptures for fun mostly.  Can I ask a question: what is graphic writing? :-)

      1. torimari profile image67
        torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Ok, I totally forgot about this thread. Doh. Graphic novel is like comics except they are sold more in a book form. I guess they can be more like a book rather than just dialogue, kind of like Gaiman's Sandman.

        I'm glad to see more watercolor artists too and so many artists here!!

        Laura: That is awesome. I haven't sold any art but I really haven't tried. I'm not sure how to go about it as I am a little weary about ebay and I don't have any art conventions around here. Usually it is just fine art with flowers, still lifes and big canvas stuff is more toony and fantastical so...hopefully I can do some commissions. smile

        Yay art~

    5. spiritactor profile image60
      spiritactorposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I'm here too- part time.

      Mediums: Canvas, water-color paper, newsprint, sketching pad; for sketching, drawing, pastels, and water color.

      Subjects: Mostly nature, some people, abstract imagery, some architecture.

      Mostly-- it's a hobby. I haven't tried selling anything.

      I've done all of the above for many years, trained only within the past four years. I was a certified art instructor for youths in drawing, sketching and water color.

      As I have many artistic skills, I seldom stay inside one to thoroughly "master" it. I cycle through them-- whichever form brings me joy (or income-- wink) at the time.

    6. leisacollins profile image60
      leisacollinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hello! I recently returned to painting full-time and am currently doing portraits and landscapes. I do house portraits in pen and ink with a watercolor wash. The pen and ink gives it detail and the watercolor wash brings it to life. All my other works (child portraits, pet portraits, landscape paintings) are acrylic on canvas.

      My first hub is a how-to on how to paint a house portrait.

      Ultimately, I believe that art is a powerful communication tool that can bring about social change and create a better tomorrow.

    7. H.C Porter profile image79
      H.C Porterposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I am a professional photographer/artist.
      I make the majority of my $$ with the photography stuff-then paining-then writing...
      I mainly paint murals on nurseries and children's rooms for people that have $$$ to blow on things like that. So I use water based paint-or latex,depends on the customer.
      When I use a canvas-I prefer acrylics-paper, i use oil pastels or ink.

      1. torimari profile image67
        torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Painting murals? That sounds fun...especially in nursery rooms. Fun way to make money methinks. yikes

    8. nikki1 profile image60
      nikki1posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      HI friend. I hope markers count as paint. I love using them.

  2. profile image0
    Crazdwriterposted 14 years ago

    Does painting with preschoolers count as an artist? lol Beacuse if it does then yay I'm a painter. smile

    1. torimari profile image67
      torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Heck, why not. I like me some finger painting. =]

      I'll check him out and bug him Misha. If I can't make him talk, no one can. neutral

  3. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    I love him. but he does not show up in the forums for a long while. may be you can do the trick and bring him back here, or you can talk on his hubs. smile

    1. Kenny Wordsmith profile image73
      Kenny Wordsmithposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Aw, Brother Misha, I love you too.
      Just busy earning my daily bread, but will be back in the forums soon, I promise.

      1. Misha profile image63
        Mishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Wow Kenny! Welcome back Brother! I am starting to believe into Tori's magical powers wink

  4. glendoncaba profile image73
    glendoncabaposted 14 years ago

    I paint acrylic on canvas.  My wife is my biggest collector but I try to sell them as soon as the paint is dry.

    Finding the time to paint is becoming more and more difficult.  When I was lecturing part time my mind was in that mode.  Now that I'm in business full time the rhythm is different.  I guess HubPages has stolen me from my art studio as well. 

    I have done about two hubs on art.

    1. torimari profile image67
      torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting---I'll check them out. Yea, I used to be kind of prolific, but now I hardly pump out any paintings.

      Texan-Hey, if you feel that way. Art can be just about anything based on perspective.

  5. profile image0
    A Texanposted 14 years ago

    I used to paint houses...I thought I was an artist

  6. wrenfrost56 profile image54
    wrenfrost56posted 14 years ago

    I sketch mostly, I have been working on writing a science fiction book for a very long time now and am working on illistration's for that.
    I find it easier to draw the female form then the male, I don't know why. I also especially like drawing tree's, a bit random I know LOL!

    1. torimari profile image67
      torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That's great. I am writing a 'book' rather a script for my graphic novel and drawing it.

      Is this a graphic novel/book you are making or do you just enjoy illustrating your characters from your book?

      Ralwus-Psh, that's great you've sold some...def. worth mentioning. I have sold some prints, but no originals..;(

      Tom-It doesn't have to be great. Art is as much of a hobby for me as it is a stress reliever. smile

      1. wrenfrost56 profile image54
        wrenfrost56posted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I am working on a science fiction novel, I want to illustrate it myself as I think I am the only person truely able to, portray my imagination. However thats kind of taking a back seat at the moment. smile The script sounds cool, what are you drawing for that? I hope you have been more productive then me lol

  7. profile image0
    ralwusposted 14 years ago

    I paint, nudes and portraits mostly, for hobby and fun. Sold some twenty odd pieces in the past, but horde my babies to myself mostly. Acrylic and oil on canvas.  Also ink drawings. Nothing much to boast about. Peace, CC

  8. Tom Cornett profile image81
    Tom Cornettposted 14 years ago

    I painted years ago to take my mind off of pain. I mostly painted kids and angels.  Some of my work is on my hubs.  It's not great stuff but it got me through a hard time. smile

  9. waynet profile image67
    waynetposted 14 years ago

    I prefer acylics and oils, but overall I'm a comic book type of artist who just draws alot and inks my drawings, am working on several graphic novels which seems like forever trying to bring them together.

    1. torimari profile image67
      torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That's awesome. I'm working on a graphic novel too. It truly is great to incorporate art with writing.

  10. waynet profile image67
    waynetposted 14 years ago

    Certainly is, always wanted to do visual storytelling and good luck with your graphic novel, hope it turns out well for you!

  11. Kenny Wordsmith profile image73
    Kenny Wordsmithposted 14 years ago

    Thanks again, Brother Misha! Nice new avatar you got too!

    Everybody seems to be doing graphic novels wow! I am doing one, but not illustrating it. Writing the script and art editing it. The producer of the comic is in the US, I'm here in India and the artist is in Argentina. smile

    1. torimari profile image67
      torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That's really awesome!

    2. Misha profile image63
      Mishaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      cool Brother, global cooperation in action. smile Good luck! smile

  12. Cris A profile image59
    Cris Aposted 14 years ago

    I took art studies in college. Sadly more, theories less applicarion. Should've taken studio arts instead. But I make up for it by hubbing about art, particularly painting cool

  13. Mike Lickteig profile image74
    Mike Lickteigposted 14 years ago

    I was an art student long ago at the University of Kansas, but painting sadly became more of a hobby than a profession.  I still dabble while trying to put food on the table, and still use other mediums as well, such as design markers, pen and ink, etc.  I have been starting to do some hubs around artwork, so hopefully you and others will start to see me here a bit more often.

  14. .Ninna. profile image60
    .Ninna.posted 14 years ago

    I do mostly sketches but I'd really love to try my hand in painting some day. I'd have to save money first though. Pencils are definitely cheaper than paint!

  15. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 14 years ago

    My son Carl Frank, is on HubPages-- but he is so busy making a living at painting he doesn't write much.

    I paint occasionally-- some samples on my "poetry contest" hub.

  16. Zanetta profile image61
    Zanettaposted 14 years ago

    Hi there,

    I am new to hubpages, glad to see there are some painters here.

    I also paint, mostly acrylics. I also like photography and Image Manipulation.

  17. sunforged profile image69
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    Im an artist also, mostly large scale acrylics.

    never got much enjoyment from discussing art...its a personal and solitary act

    also reminds to much of bullshit critiques back in college art courses.

    on the other hand I run a site dedicated to showing artists how to promote their work on and and offline using free resources, and run a business that promotes the works of many artists across the US in various fields

  18. galatea profile image60
    galateaposted 14 years ago

    I paint with Oil - Classical Realism type work. I attended the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and have recently been studying with Frank Covino.

    I think you can learn "of" a technique by reading and discussing but for me, I have to practice it to actually learn it...

    Happy to see so many artists here!

  19. RedElf profile image88
    RedElfposted 14 years ago

    Trained in oils, acrylics, printmaking, sculpting, enjoy watercolors, pencil sketching, silverpoint and most recently pen and ink.

  20. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 14 years ago

    I started with oil painting and now love to paint abstracts in acrylic paints.

  21. believeinhim profile image61
    believeinhimposted 14 years ago

    Hi, I learned watercolor in college, (I won't mention how many years ago smile I just started learning acrylics on my own. I painted two paintings, this week. Giving them to my girls, cuz the gesso was outdated.
    It would be nice to make a living out of it.  Should have majored in art, i guess, way back when. smile
    best of luck to all of you.

  22. believeinhim profile image61
    believeinhimposted 14 years ago

    What does every one, like to paint?

  23. Mike Lickteig profile image74
    Mike Lickteigposted 14 years ago

    I usually paint in oils, but do a lot of pen and ink work, or I use art markers if I want to add color.  My first choice for subject matter is people, but I will also do a landscape now and then.  I find man-made subject matter (cars, buildings, etc.) not quite as interesting and more difficult to master. 

    I have made some money off my art, but I do not support myself as an artist.  But, hey, life is long and maybe it's not too late.

  24. europewalker profile image80
    europewalkerposted 14 years ago

    I paint abstracts in acrylics and oils. I am a moody painter. My paintings reflect the kind of mood I was in at the time.
    I doubt that I will ever make any money out of this hobby.

  25. knell63 profile image77
    knell63posted 14 years ago

    I paint watercolour and pen/ink drawings when I am not having an artistic blue fit and can't find the inspiration. You can see my stuff on its all pretty non confrontational , pretty landscapes, hills and trees. I am just lucky to live in a nice are in the countryside that is great to paint.

  26. h.a.borcich profile image61
    h.a.borcichposted 14 years ago

    So excited to find this gathering of artists smile

      Mostly I paint murals on walls, but I like watercolor and acrylics, oils once in a while.
      Painting on glass, wood, flower pots, anything really.

      I also sandblast glass and ceramics.

      Sculpting in clay and mache some, too.

      Mostly scenery.

      Nice to meet you folks, Holly

  27. Laura Thykeson profile image62
    Laura Thykesonposted 14 years ago

    Oddly enough I just wrote a hub about how anyone can be an artist, then see this in the forums! Been painting professionally for over 20 years. Sold a ton of stuff, but not rich yet, lol! Check out my hub for details though-things are looking up in that area. I now have a rep, and the came looking for me instead of me hunting them down. Made me feel good at least....

  28. blabak profile image59
    blabakposted 14 years ago

    i live in borneo.. been painting for about a year now.. still looking for what media im into.. still a small fish in the huge art ocean.. i had post up few hub bout what kinda art i do.. hope ya'll check it out and maybe give me a few pointer thanks alot..

  29. heart4theword profile image59
    heart4thewordposted 14 years ago

    Wow, watercolor, I took a few watercolor classes, but graphic art is more my style.  I have allot of respect for those who are watercolor artists.  I just wrote about some abstract art, I think this is allot of fun too. Hub-Art, is a new thing I hope to enjoy more of!

  30. monicaelayne profile image60
    monicaelayneposted 14 years ago

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  31. Laura Spector profile image68
    Laura Spectorposted 14 years ago

    I just ran into this post.... a little late...  I'm a professional artist making paintings,installations and sometimes working in photography (though not a photographer).  It's really good to see so many artists and craftspeople around HubPages.  I look forward to seeing everyone's hubs.

    For anyone that's interested, I have a bunch of children's projects on my page and I'm starting a "How To Paint" guide and writing a few of my syllabi online for people interested in learning'll be a good refresher course as well.


  32. Ben Zoltak profile image82
    Ben Zoltakposted 14 years ago

    I am a painter and a creative writer. I strictly paint in oils or oils mixed with everything else, oils are forever!

  33. SweetiePie profile image81
    SweetiePieposted 14 years ago

    I love painting with oil also Ben.  The natural ingredients are another reason I love oil paint so smile.

    1. Ben Zoltak profile image82
      Ben Zoltakposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Me too, they react in such a solid way, and the colors are tantalizing SP!!!


  34. SandyMcCollum profile image63
    SandyMcCollumposted 14 years ago

    I dabble in acrylics and want to start watercolors. I don't really do anything all the time except for writing. The other arts come when inspiration and time happen at the same time, which is getting more rare. I recently started working in photography using the macro lens. Such beauty can be found when one looks very close. I have 34 pieces in a window downtown and two pieces in a gallery. I have never shown my work before, just given it as gifts or kept it. If nothing sells, it was still fun and I may do it again, too.

    Nice to meet all of you artists here! smile

  35. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 14 years ago

    My husband and I both paint. I also work in pen and ink.

    1. Ben Zoltak profile image82
      Ben Zoltakposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Very cool Habee, it can be difficult to maintain a relationship with two artists in my experience!

  36. Laura Spector profile image68
    Laura Spectorposted 14 years ago

    If anyone's been out of the loop of painting for a while and wants to get back into it - or if you're teaching classes and need some ideas, I'm in the midst of making my beginning syllabus into 6 hubs...come by for a visit and see if you can use anything!

  37. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 14 years ago

    like the topic I have just added Love Art Love Life to my Hub.....

  38. profile image51
    helmet1posted 14 years ago

    I do some water color and carve wood.. I prefer the wood carving but it takes sooo long I just dont have the patience I should have,...

  39. lilia3 profile image68
    lilia3posted 14 years ago

    I received a M.A. in art, so I know about pseudo-artists in the graduate program and elsewhere.

  40. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image71
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 14 years ago

    I've been painting for about 13 years and doing photography for about six.

    This is a pastel I did in the first couple years I was painting. I don't do pastels very often anymore, because the framing necessary is such a pain.

  41. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image71
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 14 years ago

    This is a mixed media, oil painting I did early in 2009.

    The Kokopelli figure is a relief sculpture attached to the canvas to incorporate a three-dimensional effect into the painting.

  42. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image71
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 14 years ago

    A photo from last year's Pride Parade.

  43. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image71
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 14 years ago

    4th of July.

  44. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image71
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 14 years ago

    A macro pic.

  45. torimari profile image67
    torimariposted 14 years ago

    Nice work Anarchy!smile

    1. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image71
      EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 14 years agoin reply to this


  46. marcel285 profile image64
    marcel285posted 14 years ago

    I paint with oils, and draw - surrealism.

    I have 2 hubs of my sketches on hubpages. I sold one painting for a few hundred when i was about 18. I havnt attempted to sell anything since. But i'm starting a painting today which is intended for sale.

    I'm self taught, so it's taken a few years for me to develop my style, so now i feel that i'm ready, and confident enough in my work to market.

  47. stuart747 profile image62
    stuart747posted 14 years ago

    I used to paint a lot using water color but I have not painted any thing for a long while as I have not the time any more, I have published some copies of my old work on hubpages.

  48. bonny2010 profile image60
    bonny2010posted 14 years ago

    i  do a spot of paintingamself taught, I also design outback postcard. I work iacrylics , water colour pencils pastels and ink as well as digital - soiamstill learning - please wisit my hub and give me some advice onmy work.

  49. Ben Zoltak profile image82
    Ben Zoltakposted 14 years ago

    I paint naked in my kitchen on cardboard with a five gallon bucket full of latex and mud. OK alright so I only did that once. Good times, I miss the innocence I have known....

  50. scheinandras profile image60
    scheinandrasposted 14 years ago

    HI, I am painting with oil and recently I started to use pigments mixed with varnish. My work is balancing between abstract and figurative painting. I sold a few piece already and I have commissions for more. When I am not painting I do lot of reading on art. Anyway it is good to see that there are so many fellow artists out there! Keep taking the medicine!smile

    1. torimari profile image67
      torimariposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Oil is always fun. Messy, but that's part of its charm. Good to see you here. smile

      1. Art 4 Life profile image60
        Art 4 Lifeposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I like to use acrylics...oil takes too long to dry, but I love the way it smells..LOL...I dont know alot about how to paint, never took any lessons, etc...but, I just go to wally world buy a canvas and draw it on there and paint it....
        This is my first time here...lots of good stuff to read!


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