About “Artistcoveries”

Artiscoveries Means “Art Discoveries”

“Artistcoveries” is a site for artists — like me — who are in the process of discovering their personal relationship with the incredible world of art.  It’s about exploring ideas and techniques as we begin to see ourselves as true artists — a word I never thought I’d associate with myself. It’s about discovering who we are as we uncover exciting new ways to create art, to express ourselves, and to share our joy with others.

I began “learning” art in June 2015. I don’t profess to be good at it, yet I do see improvements in my work every day. Although I call myself a “self-taught” artist, I couldn’t have progressed as far as I have without the instruction I found in many helpful books, online tutorials, and artist blogs. From time to time I will be mentioning various resources I’ve used which have been of value in my studies.

Why Am I Doing This?

That’s the question shouting through my brain right now. I’m not a trained artist. I’m not talented. My work is mediocre at best and my subjects wholly unoriginal. That said, I’m enjoying my foray into the art world, and I’m proud to call myself an artist despite my lack of formal instruction. I probably wouldn’t have attached that title to myself had it not been for friends and acquaintances who discovered my new passion for drawing, sketching, and painting and then began to refer to me as an artist.

Again and again, I hear comments such as these:

You’ve obviously tapped into a talent you’ve always had inside.

Well, you’ve got artistic talent, but I don’t. I could never learn to draw.

Artists are born not made, so you had to be born with your talent.

To which I reply:

Pshaw!

Believe me, if I can learn to draw, anyone can learn to draw.

But drawing is only the beginning of the fun an artist can have. Now that I’ve developed a few basic pencil skills, I’ve been able to move on to discover charcoal drawing, conte sticks — I’d honestly never heard of conte until last December — colored pencils, pen and ink, oil pastels, watercolors, tempera painting, gouache, and as artists around me devise new ways of applying various media — cold wax, heated drawing boards — the discoveries I have yet to make appear limitless.

Thank you for visiting ARTISTCOVERIES and sharing this journey with me.

If you have any questions or comments please let me know. My hope is that in some way my love of art can touch you and help you in your own art discoveries.

                                Judith           

 

 

 

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41 comments

  1. Hi, For some reason there is not a comment box under the Fun Things page so Im replying here. I love the salt page. If I hadn’t read your description I would have thought that the salt was still on the page. This is a very interesting technique. Thank you for sharing it.

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    • Moon in Capricorn

      I’ve been learning a few other interesting things too, like using drops of rubbing alcohol. I haven’t tried it yet, but the illustrations I’ve seen are really unique. I’m going to spend an afternoon just playing around with different “fun” things. I’ll post them on the page with pictures of the results.

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  2. This is great, and I hear you on the talent. Everyone can draw–only they forget they once could, as children. I’ve always loved to draw, never got much into painting, but over the years through being busy and not drawing, I could now say, I can’t draw. It needs constant practice, like everything. Thank you for finding me so I could find you. 🙂

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  3. Thank you for following my art blog. I hope you find something useful along the way. I always say that I don’t teach. I am not qualified to do so. I am just a painter painting, and if you want to watch what I do, that is fine. I have found writing my blog, and reading it back later, extremely beneficial, and now I look forward to reading yours
    Thanks
    David

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    • Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts. As a self-taught student of art, I feel it’s important to learn from many different sources. Each artist I meet — whether in person or online — offers valuable insights and inspiration. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  4. Great Concept of the blog, I really liked it! Following for more in future!

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  5. Judith – your art is lovely – and we started learning about the same time. I’m so glad you visited and commented so I could find you. I look forward to getting to know you and follow your journey! 🙂

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    • I look forward to sharing your art with you, as well. Thank you for the kind words. What a wonderful adventure we’ve begun, wouldn’t you say? When I started learning to draw, I never imagined it would lead to so much enjoyment.

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  6. I feel the same way about calling myself a self-taught artist. I am grateful for all those that share their processes and all the wonderful art magazines there are that teaches art. Than you for following my blog. I look forward to seeing more of you lovely artwork!

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  7. I totally relate to you! I never ever thought of myself as being creative or artistic, but here I am now painting and creating cards! Just like you I started not long ago and I learn through the web, so your site will be very interesting and useful to follow!

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    • I hope someday I can create something worth sharing with others. I’d love to have a little booth at one of the craft fairs. I’ll be following your progress — and hopefully also your footsteps. Art is such a fascinating journey and it can take us in so many exciting directions.

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  8. I love your attitude! I don’t believe in “talent” or “artists being born” either. Anyone can learn if they just practise practise practise and more importantly are having fun and love what they’re doing. And your art is very nice and obviously filled with joy and creativity. And I can see development in your work too when I browse through the pieces (not that it was bad to begin with, but it has improved from the already good start).

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  9. Looking forward to learning more with you, Judith!

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  10. Hello Judith
    WELCOME to the world of creative art journeying. You seem bold and brave. And filled with the delight of uncovering worlds of art-making.
    Oh. And thank you kindly for coming over to my blog too. warmly, Sally

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    • Hi, Sally! It’s good to meet you. So glad you came by to take a look at my artistic journey. Feel free to offer comments or suggestions at any time.

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      • You look to be an amazingly prolific, productive, creative blogging soul.

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      • I love learning new things. I’ve found a lot of inspiration and encouragement through this blog. I hope in some way, I might also be able to inspire other aspiring artists by sharing my experiences — awful mistakes and all.

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      • Enjoying your spirit enormously. I wonder if there’s a way of reframing ‘awful mistakes’? It sounds so harsh. Glitches, perhaps? Blurs? Kerfoodles? Dunno, but I’m a bit over our society that teaches us to be self-punitive. What do you think, Moon in Capricorn? Would love to know.

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      • What others call mistakes, I call “learning opportunities.” This is one of the reasons why I like to sometimes push myself and attempt things beyond my current abilities. I know I’ll make lots of mistakes, thus I will have many learning opportunities. It’s easier for me to learn how to do something “right” by trying and figuring out where I went wrong.

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      • Fabulous! Sorry if I seemed full-on with my last comment. It’s my Creativity Coach antennae. I’ve been doing the work for so many years, I am ultra alert to people’s self-criticism.
        I am now hearing how you love learning and how you embrace the ‘mistakes’ and grow from them.
        warmth and creative sparks to you, Sally

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      • PS so glad you are finding inspiration and encouragement. Yay!

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  11. Many thanks for the much-appreciated follow of my blog. Sadly, I have little artistic talent in the fields of drawing and painting, but I do try to express myself through writing, and photography.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I appreciate creative inspiration wherever I find it. At some level, I feel all the arts are connected. I never thought I could draw or paint…but a year ago I decided I was going to learn. I’m not great at it, but I am getting better, and it’s been a source of joy in my life. You never know what you can do until you try. 🙂

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  12. Just jump in wherever you are. So many have artistic ability and don’t even know it. Follow your urge!

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    • Thank you for visiting…and for the encouraging words. I’m learning more each day and enjoying it. There’s always something more to play with in art, I’ve discovered. 🙂

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  13. annamechelle88

    Thank you for following my blog! I am really enjoying your blog and the visual journey is fascinating. I feel that being an artist is mostly dedication and practice as opposed to innate talent. The talent part, for me, is just an overwhelming passion. And curiosity, of course!
    I’m looking forward to seeing more, your artwork is lovely and inspiring 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! Art is dedication, determination, and practice. I know there are those who do have natural talent. I’m not one of them. Anyone can learn, though. I’ve found that out for myself. 🙂

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  14. That sounds like an excitingl journeyy you are on. My daughter is an art teacher and she agrees with you. Art is not only a talent you are born with. It is something you can learn and develop. May you find great fullfilment in it

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  15. Rosie Jewell

    Hey Judith I’m really enjoying browsing your blog! It’s wonderful and insightful to hear your thought processes and the lessons you learn through your “foray into art”. I’ve just started following you and invite you to follow me back if you’re interested in a similar blog about my own ideas about what makes art and how to make art. Thanks! 🙂

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  16. Enjoyed browsing your blog just now, Judith, I’m self taught and found some of your resources really interesting. I just started my own blog for my own art journey so I am wandering around looking at what other people are doing to try and self teach about this blogging malarkey…thanks for being a great example! 🙂

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