One thing that I've wanted to work on and create at K Potter Fine Art has been smaller, affordable and easy to travel/put in any home originals.
After completing large pieces for Katabatic Brewery, and catching up on other things, I've been able to really 'dig in' and get this component of my art going.
Working small is a challenge for me. My big pieces have a lot of motion and expression because I'm able to use big, bold strokes and basically throw paint at the canvas (if needed). Creating that same motion and energy in smaller pieces was difficult because they require more control.
As well, I wanted to make sure you could still tell these were my pieces- not a completely different style etc. So, I came at it as an experiment and to learn, and I'm happy to say after a few failed attempts, it finally started to come together and get where I want them.
My goal is to have 50 of these by June 1st! We'll see how it goes. The great thing too is that already they have sparked a lot of interest :). I don't know if I'll be able to hold onto them too long.
They range in prices from $45-$150!
Maranda Lee Bags and I are working on our next design! But for now, here was a neat feature in Montana Parent!
It has been so great getting to know Maranda, and I now use her bags everyday!
Im so excited for the next few designs we have in mind- keep your eye out!
i teach step by step paint parties all over, but one of the consistent places has been the Canver Support Community in Bozeman. For a couple of years now, A core group of participants shoe up, and tonight one of them gave me this necklace she made :).
Thats the most amazing thing about paint parties- I get to develop really special relationships that I otherwise would never have. I have met some friends through them, some patrons and in general some people I just really enjoy seeing. If you're an artist I highly suggest teaching these step by steps as a good way to be out in your community :).
Well, I'm not completely moved over but I had to make some art today!
This gallery/studio brings so much opportunity for me, and so many good new challenges. The one I'm most excited about is creating smaller pieces that fit people's budgets and suitcases more easily than all my big guys.
The challenge is that the big pieces have so much motion which I largely get by big bold strokes.
Im excited to experiment and figure it out!
If you are wondering, my new gallery is at 105 Lewis St, Livingston Montana. I'm not quite open (all my artwork is at Katabatic Brewery!) but if you follow me on Instagram/Facebook you'll get a Grand Opening Update!
A lot of times, we can hate on social media and the effect is has on our lives. But, as an independent artist, I have used them a lot, and I have to say, I wouldn't be nearly as successful or probably even able to live as a full time artist at all without them. But beyond the business benefits for ME, I love social media for a few reasons- especially when it comes to art. It lets me share my art with a lot of people, which is great... but I also get to SEE art that I would probably otherwise never come into contact with. I can explore and keep up on other artist's works, even though we've never met or live hundreds if not thousands of miles apart.
I find that Instagram is definitely the best "art browsing" site, and there are a few accounts that I always look forward to and pay special attention to. I'll list just some of them below, and if you want to see some cool, current art, take a look!
When you approach a canvas,
you must come to it with confidence and trust.
Quiet the criticisms in your own mind
"I'm no good"
"I can't do this"
"Will anyone like this?"
Quiet those criticisms and instead believe,
"I know what marks to make"
"I do this for myself"
"No matter how it turns out, it's not a waste of time"
Because you are making art, because bringing something into the world that did not previously exist, because you're hands and heart and mind move together, is NEVER a waste of time, effort or materials.
When end you approach a blank canvas, begin with one mark. Than another, than another. Approach it with confidence and trust. All you've learned, all you know, you can use. And you may just end up learning more, knowing more, and using more.
A Time Lapse of me painting one of my horse series!
You can book me for your events. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
So, to sustain my personal art endeavors, I also own and run a business called Gallatin Valley CamoFAUX. I basically paint interior and exterior elements in a building to hide them. It started with speakers and has progressed to cabinets, floors, many many things. You can see the work at Gallatinvalleycamofaux.com. A recent project I did under the name of that business turned out to be more of a fine art Commission, so I thought I'd put it here.... "read more to see the pictures!"
The other weekend, we had an open house at my studio... I'll post about that more later. But a couple that came in live up in Paradise valley, and they saw my Osprey paintings hanging on my wall. This really perked them up, as they have an Osprey nest on their land, complete with a web cam! Unfortunately, their camera seems to have gone down. But they invited me to come look any time I wanted!
I just did a search to see if, by chance, their webcam was back up and running (and attached to the internet...) but no luck. However, I checked in on the Hellgate Osprey, located in Missoula. Looks like the eggs are being kept warm! If you haven't checked this live-stream video out, its well worth doing.. so cool. I feel so lucky to live in a place where this is happening all around us.