Day fourteen of the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Projectwith Alaskan artist Nikki Kinne was a very busy day for me so I focused on a close up portrait of a ripe strawberry on an artist trading card sized paper. Of course I also happily ate my model before I headed off for the day.
Taking the time to focus in on a subject with careful observation before charging off for a full day changes the quality of the day. I consider it ‘putting my artist eyes on.’ It changes how I see things all day long and makes me eager to get to the studio in the evening.
By the way, an artist trading card (or ATC) is a collaborative experience of sorts too. I was introduced to them on my first trip to Alaska by the artist community in Fairbanks. ATCs are miniature works of art, 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches in any material. They should be originals, or small editions created with the intention of trading them with other people for their original artworks the same size. ATCs are traded like baseball cards, one art work for one art work. I love including the making of artist trading cards in my art workshops as an extra exercise, if there is enough time, so I can trade with my students, and they can trade with each other too. I have quite a collection now.
You can see all the paintings in this project to date, and the paintings done by my collaborator, Nikki Kinne, on my blog here: http://klebesadel.wordpress.com/