Snowboard

Repainted my snowboard today a couple days ago, spraypaint space. Nothing fancy, just wanted something other than the old eggshell white color I had.

Repainted my snowboard today a couple days ago, spraypaint space. Nothing fancy, just wanted something other than the old eggshell white color I had.

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Crow

I started this painting the other day on the patio. It wasn’t what I’d set out to do, but sometimes that’s what earns the best results.  Started on a widescreen canvas, a bit old home depot dropcloth(compliments of my father’s past employer,) too worn for a large frame, too many holes for a proper gallery wrap. […]

I started this painting the other day on the patio. It wasn’t what I’d set out to do, but sometimes that’s what earns the best results.  Started on a widescreen canvas, a bit old home depot dropcloth(compliments of my father’s past employer,) too worn for a large frame, too many holes for a proper gallery wrap.  I stapled it to a yellow board. The board came from craigslist, as did much of my home here in Boulder.  Seems like only yesterday I moved here, following a curiosity and looking to venture out of the tide pool I had come to love and out into the ocean where new adventure as well as terror await. High Tide. The subject matter was what in my head was something I needed to sell. The people come here for a reason, landscape. A tree, a creek, some clouds, a house, lit by the moon with an orange haze in the clouds. Seemed like something I should paint, using acrylics and old crusted brushes – Never could keep them new, get distracted, leave them out, life happens, dried up mess.  The canvas was drenched in water, washed out, needed to dry a bit. 

Spaceship, crashing into the atmosphere, skimming would be powerlines if not for the fact it’s an asteroid.  Eros. A Near Earth Object that could crash the world Metal Markets with a single payload recovery mission. It has more Platinum and gold in solid form than humanity has ever mined or Produced. The second canvas. In an attempt to do something a bit more proactive for my art career, I have taken up the role of game developer. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but always had some sort of hangup about breaking into.  Everyone’s telling me they love my Artwork, every day I get comments, messages and compliments.  In confidence, I am good at art in one form of the word or another.  Be not simply good; be good for something. I needed to give my work a purpose, moving toward a goal, leaving something behind other than a pretty picture and a million high fives.

It’s not the having, it’s the getting.  I have made it this far in the world of art to know what I get out of the process.  The ass end of a painting? Worst. It’s all about the process, creating a new world on paper. I always try and imagine what It’s like to truly be able to see something in your head, to hone in on a thought and have it be an HD tv image. I can never really see thoughts clearly, not sure most people can, but who’s to say what’s going on in other people’s minds. The act of painting is a way to get those blurred, flickering thoughts into some tangible form for me to stop and see. I can only hope to achieve this in finer detail so as to keep pace with my aging thoughts. Creating a game is giving me the same sense of wonder and exploration. It’s one massive interactive painting, made up of smaller paintings. But that’s not a crow.

Both hadn’t worked out as intended, first more than second. About to call it quits, too lazy to make a new canvas, I spotted a board in the corner of the patio. The sister of the yellow craigslist.  It was here that I pulled it out and did something I normally wouldn’t do, something I haven’t done. I painted in oils.  The only oil paints I own actually. Four tiny bottles, they came in a model pt cruiser kit I had received as a child from somebody long forgotten. Needless to say, It never got put together. I scavenged the plastic bits to chop and turn into a Space Ork Dreadnaught. Sprayed black primer, then a rusted out drybrushed look. Certainly didn’t need those 4 bottles of oil paint. Fast forward 16 years. Blue, Red, Silver, Black; I wasn’t using them with any plan, no target market in mind, no objective other than paint. Not sure why, but some sort of emotion kicked into high gear. A mix of energy and duty, muscle memory of some brain cell kicked in and the work began. Doing something you have always had the option, but never tried in 16 years is unbelievably exciting. Every art box I had owned past age 10 carried those four bottles. To finally shake them up, open the cap, and smell something you have owned for well past half your life for the first time.

 

 

Castle in the Sky

Made this on the flight from Baltimore to Albany today. Can’t wait for the 4th of july, this week is going to be amazing.

Made this on the flight from Baltimore to Albany today. Can’t wait for the 4th of july, this week is going to be amazing.

Bearly Working on the small canvas

Decided to stay away from black and whites on this one. Painted a bear on the small canvas, started a tree painting on the medium canvas, I really like the orange and blue color scheme I started, I’ll post back when I finish it.

Decided to stay away from black and whites on this one. Painted a bear on the small canvas, started a tree painting on the medium canvas, I really like the orange and blue color scheme I started, I’ll post back when I finish it.


High Templar Redesigned.

Started working on a new series. Redesigning old starcraft units away from a sci-fi setting and into something different all together. Here’s the start.  

Started working on a new series. Redesigning old starcraft units away from a sci-fi setting and into something different all together. Here’s the start.

 

Large Canvas Cows

I started working on a large canvas that a friend was kind enough to send my way. I still need to get a nice painting setup here, but for now, the patio works just fine!  

I started working on a large canvas that a friend was kind enough to send my way. I still need to get a nice painting setup here, but for now, the patio works just fine!

 

Small Canvas Painting the Flatirons

Some of you know that I have moved out to Boulder Colorado recently from Albany, NY.  I have spent most of my time here working on computer stuff, but this past week I had the opportunity to go for a nice little walk by myself along the Rocky Mountains.  Nothing but my backpack chair, arizona […]

Some of you know that I have moved out to Boulder Colorado recently from Albany, NY.  I have spent most of my time here working on computer stuff, but this past week I had the opportunity to go for a nice little walk by myself along the Rocky Mountains.  Nothing but my backpack chair, arizona green tea, canvas, and paints.  It has been awfully sunny here but then it will turn around and start hailing out of nowhere. Colorado weather is drunk 24/7.  As I was walking down the trail, I spotted the perfect spot in which I would spend the next few hours sitting, watching, listening, greeting passers-by and most importantly, Paint.

The rest of my say was spent trying to capture the mountains. It’s nice to sit down, get in the zone and not realize you have been working nonstop for over 2 hours. Time really flies by when you are doing what you love. Which reminds me, I need to get back to work on my big canvas project I’ve got going right now.  Cheers.

 

 

Ok, so you have some paintings, big deal. Being able to make art is only one step in the process of becoming a full-time artist. Having an inventory is useless if you can’t properly market it or distribute them (you need to know somebody.) The beauty of the internet, is that you don’t really have a face. You can be represented however you would like to look. You want to get all of your social media networks on par with one another, make it easy for people to be connected with you. on my homepage http://Obilex.com you can see that I have links to all of my different outlets (twitter, facebook, instagram ebay etc.) Use these to point everyone to your sales page, which we will set up in a bit. It’s nothing special, just a gallery with all of your work available for sale.

A painting will bring you a fixed amount of money, but selling a print online will bring you countless sales. Don’t try to sell one painting for 1000 dollars, sell 100 prints for 10 dollars. If you are reading this, chances are, you aren’t making bank on art sales. You need a bigger presence, selling these prints are effectively acting as little 8×10 business cards for your work. Mini billboards along the hallways of grandma’s house. Once you have a network of followers, it’s relatively easy to keep momentum. Print sales will make you passive income while you work on your next masterpiece.

Photoshop and the digital side of things has always been my bread and butter, it was the cheapest and quickest way for me to learn how to paint, how to use colors properly, how to be careless and even more importantly, daring with my brush strokes. (Gotta love the undo button!) I hadn’t really gotten into physical paints until I had a decent understanding on the computer. It was too much cleanup, too much clutter, too much money for paint.

As far as Selling prints of your work, there are zazzle, etsy, cafepress, and deviant-art. Etsy for me is far too much of a bother because I need to actually deal with the shipping and printing and everything.

Personally, I use SMugmug.com as both shipper and printer. they give you a whole option for different gallery layouts and pricing plans. They have their bare minimum prices, and you keep anything over that amount. Say it costs them $2 to print and ship an 8×10 print. If your price for the print is $12, you get 10 profit.

Here is an example of how I am Selling Paintings Online using a SMUGMUG gallery.

http://obilex.smugmug.com/Art/Obilex-The-Artwork-o

If you do choose to use smugmug’s services, this COUPON LINK will save you 20%

Hope this helps, and keep up the hard work!

Sam

Heavily inspired by Ashley Wood.