Friday, January 22, 2010

Quick Sketch = Affordable Art


Sketch Paintings 1-6

These six new paintings are all acrylic on 8" x 10" matboard, done in under a half an hour and available for a crazy low price of $20 in my livefunky shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/livefunky. The intention behind doing this is two (or three? or four?) fold. First of all, I need an outlet to warm up before working on my more serious/focused work. Second, the reality of our economy hasn't escaped me and I'd like to have something affordable for buyers that can't afford to spend $200 or more on an original painting. Third, I have always gotten a thrill out of cranking out paintings. I don't like doing it on quality canvas anymore (because there's always the thought "this could be better" and I WANT to demand better work from myself) but this formula of a 30 minute cut off works well for me. It forces me to focus while I'm working and let it go when it's done and move on to the next one. The more I paint, the more I learn, why shouldn't buyers benefit from that too? I began the year with a print shop on livefunky just to use as a promotion for my fine art shop. But the reality is my prints do a thousand times better in person than they do online. Not sure why, but that's what I've learned. So for now I'll be doing my new daily routine of cranking out a few sketch paintings and then, when the groove is in full force, switch to canvas and go from there. Maybe a little back and forth too when I get stuck.

Fine artists might think I'm crazy for doing this, but honestly, it's all about making art and making art available to everyone and anyone. It's all (me included) a work in progress!

3 comments:

Sonia said...

very nice! I esp. love the 2nd one...

Erika Lee Sears said...

Well I think art should make you happy and if you are able to provide affordable art then more power to you :) What paintings are you working on this week?

Jessica Torrant said...

Thanks Sonia and Erika! I've got a few in progress, I just updated my latest in a new post. More are coming very soon!