October 15th, 2011
New abstract paintings by artist K. Joann Russell of Sunflower Studio Art are now available in prints on canvas or paper! They are part of my color chord series which originated from daily art color explorations.
Color continues to be my passion as I focus on color combinations in my original paintings. For two years to loosen up my painting style I played with colors in my artistic journal and wrote about my adventures on my blog http://kjoannrussell.blogspot.com I had so much fun and received so many responses to my work that I started a series of color explorations on watercolor paper greeting cards. Now those images of bright colors and textures can be printed on canvas or paper.
Collectors have purchased the original small paintings on greeting cards at my Etsy shop. Many have framed the painting rather than use it as a gift card. Others have sent framed pieces as gifts. Many have selected a card as a unique greeting for a special occasion. One person purchased several, framed them, and displayed them as a wall grouping.
I continue to paint in my artistic journal using various colors from limited palettes. Sometimes I write a blog post about an unusual color combination.
All the original greeting cards are one-of-a-kind art. I couldn't duplicate the colors and strokes if I tried.
March 30th, 2011
Have you ever watched a sunflower unfold each petal to finally open out to a round seed head encircled with brilliant golden yellow petals? As the unfolding begins the bees readily swarm around the sunflower heads gathering pollen. I painted the colors of the background in dark greens to accentuate the light coming through the petals.
Paintings of sunflowers are my specialty. They have fascinated me since Blue Jay birds planted them one year when I had no bird feeder anywhere near the garden. Each year since then I've planted sunflowers, tall or short varieties, and neighbors comment about them.
My art studio is appropriately named Sunflower Studio Art. For more images from my sunflower paintings please view my website, www.kjoannrussell.com or sunflowerstudioart.com
February 26th, 2011
Bright red, a color that brings to mind what? Red roses is an obvious response. I really, really like a brilliant red painting of flowers even though achieving the correct hue is a challenge for me.
Recently I uploaded an image for prints of beautiful red petunias from my colorful flower gardens. The shadow patterns underneath the flowers attracted my eye for the small painting. The reds in the floral art were colorful but never matched the actual reds in the petunias.
I've painted red flowers in acrylics, watercolors, oils, and pastels. Probably my favorite red colors are in pastels. I've painted gladiolas in opaque oils and transparent watercolors with very different results. I've painted many red rhododendrons in opaque watercolor but never seem to reach personal satisfaction with the outcome. Isn't that what keeps painters painting? The next painting that will the better than the last one.
January 14th, 2011
The News section on the home page of my website www.kjoannrussell.com for my gallery, Sunflower Studio Art, has fast news updates now. In the past I've neglected adding bits and pieces of news about my fine art activities. When I did add an event it was always brief with no links to more information and tended to get out of date quickly.
Recently I added a Twitter widget because I tweet consistently about what is going on in my corner of the art world. Today I made the widget wider so that it truly fills the news section as an important element. This will save me so much time yet keep my collectors and site visitors up dated easily. Also it requires only a click to join the news exchange.
With all the social media sites integrated with art venues I've been working toward simplifying and integrating this connectedness so I can spend more time on my original colorful paintings. Thanks for your comments on any of these sites. The input is greatly appreciated and it makes the world a smaller place.
January 11th, 2011
With the opportunity to buy fine art prints of my original paintings through print-on-demand services of Fine Art America, I am in the process of incorporating buying of original paintings with print options.
I've had separate pages on my website for an original painting and for a decor print of the fine art. Now all the information and links for purchasing are on one page. The feedback has been outstanding and approving of the new arrangement. However, the process of changing formats will take awhile. I'm doing at least one per day.
Here's a sample page for one of my signature sunflower images that shows the original, the decor prints, and the Fine Art America shopping link for that print. Notice the link for the e-mail subscription and the link for the online catalog of my FAA prints.
If you need to copy the URL to your browser, please use http://www.kjoannrussell.com/392ewp.htm Please let me know what you think of this arrangement for my fine art.
January 8th, 2011
The question of using a white or a black background for fine art on line was settled in my mind soon after posting that blog post. I switched back to white background on Fine Art America, my website, and other venues. I guess I'm still showing the traditional watercolorist in me after conforming to show competitions that required white mats.
One person when viewing the FAA website black background said it was confusing to come to that from a link on my website where the background is white. People would wonder if they clicked the wrong button and ended up in a different place than intended. I never thought of that consideration. For the sake of continuity, all my fine art is on a white background for now.
Happy New Year! Thanks to the people who have purchased my original paintings and fine art prints.
November 29th, 2010
This question I've pondered every so often, especially when I'm working on my website revisions. On the web which color of background, black or white, displays fine art paintings best?
My dilemna is that I really like how colors, my personal passion, "pop" out lovely on a black or dark background. However, having shown my watercolors in art competitions and galleries, the recommended "rule" was to frame watercolors with white or light color mats. And those watercolors really, really looked fresh and clear.
I did some reference work today on text contrast colors for web pages while I'm working on my website revisions. There's no consistent do or don't on this. I was surprised that there weren't many comments about the readability for people's eyesight. What makes your eyes more tired: white print on black or black lettering on white background as you look at your monitor scene?
No definitive answers, so I've changed my background to black on FAA today to see if I like it. On my website, www.kjoannrussell.com, I use a soft gray green as background except for sections of white where the art is displayed. On FAA, the choice is: black or white. Do you like it?
November 25th, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving! A special thank you to all of you who view my art and collect my original paintings and fine art prints. I trust that your art collection brings much joy and visual delights making every day an art-full day!
November 23rd, 2010
Color sketches, my playing with colors, appear on my other blog http://kjoannrussell.blogspot.com so I've been pondering what should be my focus on this Fine Art America blog. Maybe this could be a summary of what is currently happening in my little art world.
For this post I've attached an image of a recent journal sketch that seemed to suggest red poppies. I've painted these flowers many times because I really like the color red. I also like the many petal shapes in their blooms. The journal entries are merely color explorations, i.e., mixings of a limited number of paint colors. I use acrylics for these usually because of the speed of brush strokes needed with the fast drying time of these paints. It's my fun, so I try to get away from all the "shoulds" and "should nots" of painting. Some have lovely color nuances and some are mixed too much that they are close to the dull "mud" color that results. Yesterday I noticed that I tend toward "mud" quickly when I use cadmium red medium and permanent green light. The obvious reason is that equal strengths of these colors which are complements do produce darks, i.e., potential "mud".
I'm currently working on some very small paintings, a sunflower and a landscape, plus a larger sunflower that I started ages ago based on the line drawing I did as a logo for my business, Sunflower Studio Art.