How to Get Your Art Noticed?
Be part of the conversation, painters. A couple of weeks ago I attended the Architectural Digest Design Show, and it was intriguing and satisfying to see so many things that painters hold dear are making a big impact in the design world. So if you are struggling with how to get your art noticed, spend some time thinking about how your work is “talking” to the world at large. Granted, art-making can be intensely personal, but it is also exciting to let your work be part of what is going on in the wider world of design, architecture, fashion, or decor. Especially because so many of the aspects of art that many of us value just happen to be bubbling up in the design world.
It’s a Color Story
Rugs, pillows, throws, lighting, knickknacks. Everything that can hold a color did at the design show. It blissed me out! No more stultifying blankness and blandness. Color is queen right now and I can’t but say, All Hail!
As artists, rethink your palette. Add a few colors or maybe even try working straight from the tube–just as an exercise. Play with color in a big way and see where it goes, you will definitely be among friends.
Stay with Still Life
The grin on my face when I saw objects grouped together repeatedly throughout the show made me say to myself, artists made that happen. Multiples are in. If you are a still life painter, now is your time to shine. I saw groupings as few as five but as many as 15-20 slightly varied objects and the impact was amazing.
If you are painting still lifes, think about narrowing the type of object and go for more. Seems to be the theme…
Metallics, Metallics Everywhere
I saw more than a few objets d’art blinged out with gold, copper, rose gold, silver, and mirrored detailing. This was definitely a true gilding as opposed to an all-out metallic smorgasbord, so if you have been thinking about adding gold leaf or metallic ink to your repertoire, do it. But let it be a detail and not the whole point of the artwork.
Fun Geometry Finally
Ugh, you know I hate the maths but the geometry I saw at the Design Show was definitely the kind I could get into. It was playful and full of color or came in a whimsical package.
If you like line and hard edges, but don’t want to be a slave to it, now is the time to explore it on your surface. Maybe it is a pattern, maybe it guides the overall shapes you use — either way, feel free to let the angles in.