Hello…I am so excited to be offering abstract art instructional videos. I just uploaded my first one a couple days ago. Here is a short clip — a sampling of what you get with a full-length video. Not only do I paint with you, but I also give you abstract art tips along the way.
Teaching is enjoyable for me as I used to teach computer classes. I taught everything from Microsoft Office to Adobe Illustrator. Of course, that was in a previous life. 😉 So now I am venturing into teaching art.
I started offering one-on-one abstract art classes right before the pandemic hit, around February. Of course, in person teaching was a COVID-19 casualty for me, and for many others. Since then, I’ve been tossing around the idea of virtual art lessons, but decided to try it out just this last week.
One of the many reasons I paint is that it helps with my mental health. I find that painting serves as a form of meditation for me, which helps keep me feeling well. Painting is a wonderful wellness tool. If you are a painter, do you find painting to be healing? I sure do.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to create abstract paintings fueled by emotions and driven by intuition? You feel a sense of freedom when painting abstracts and are able to unleash your emotions onto the canvas. I truly believe painting is a great mental health self-care tool. It’s something I have used for ten years to help me stay well.
Additionally, painting can help boost your self esteem and give you a sense of purpose. It’s something I have to look forward to, and I want to share this with you.
I just love the act of creation itself — the process of painting. I use intuition in combination with basic art principles to create my abstract works. In the beginning and middle of painting my piece, I let my intuition guide everything. Then towards the end of the painting, I refine the composition, adjust colors, and anything else that needs to be done. And I can’t wait to show you my process.
At this point I’m planning to include 4-5 videos in this first class. The videos will include a step-by step demonstration of me painting a piece from start to finish.
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I initially titled this series “Fearless,” but since then I’ve decided to change the title to simply “Energy.” These pieces feel very energetic to me, and I realized while painting these pieces that I would love for all my pieces to have an energetic feel to them.
Top Left: Pink Crush Top Right: Dark of Night Bottom Left: Hot Summer Bottom Right: Lucky Ladybugs
Each of these pieces is size 12″ x 12″ and is on gallery wrapped canvas. I’ve even revised my artist statement based on this series. I have never felt so attached to pieces as I do these. I truly feel like they captured a piece of my soul and flowed out of me so naturally. I feel as though I hit a breakthrough with these pieces and evolved my style through these. My revised artist statement:
I consider myself an emotional painter, and early in my painting journey, I can remember being nearly paralyzed with fear in painting abstracts. Despite this fear, I knew abstract work was my true calling. In the beginning, it seemed as though I was afraid to unleash my emotions. I was also concerned with getting everything just “right,” which made it hard to even begin.
I eventually learned to express my emotions and rely on my intuition to guide each brushstroke. My paintings continue to evolve with each painting session. In my work, I focus on trying to create energy and embracing fearlessness as I try to experience something new with each painting. My pieces are representative of my emotional state at the time the piece is created.
Painting has saved me time and time again, but just as important as art is to my mental health, I love creating a feeling of energy with my paintings.
I am going to add more to this series, probably quite many, because I “feel” these pieces. I originally intended to release all the series together, but I decided to go ahead and post the first four. They can be purchased on my website.
“Jumpstart Your Art” discusses everything you need to know and have in place before you start selling your artwork. In this book, I cover nine P’s of marketing, including product, price, place, promotion, process, positioning, people, packaging, and physical evidence. Also included are artist interviews, artist tips and resources, a few painting exercises, and tips on how to make your art “yours.”
Sneak peek of my new series. These are small sections of the first four paintings in my “Fearless” Collection. Each piece will be 12×12, so these are smaller abstracts, and would look nice grouped together. I’m expecting to have 10-20 pieces in the collection.
There have been times I can remember being nearly paralyzed with fear in painting abstracts. I became so concerned with getting everything just so, that I didn’t know how to begin. Sometimes life in general is like that for me too, especially when I get busy. Sometimes I get so bogged down with things to do, that I can’t even get started because I don’t know where to begin. If you’ve ever felt this way, this collection is for you.
My “Fearless” collection is all about trying new things and being totally fearless of messing up. It’s about taking risks, meditating, and reaping the mental health benefits of painting. It’s about breaking out of the mold and changing and morphing into something totally new.
In this collection I am working with both palette knives and paintbrushes. I am totally new to painting abstracts with palette knives and it has been a freeing feeling. I love the texture they create on the canvas and simply the fact that the paint is thicker. The colors have a more saturated and rich look to them.
My subscribers to my mailing list get to see all of my collections before anyone else and also get first dibs. You can sign up at loririveraart.com.
I realized today that I never created a blog post about my coloring book that I published in March! So I am writing about it now. It contains 50 coloring pages — still life, portraits, and abstracts, all created by converting my original paintings to black and white.
Art, even just coloring, is so relaxing, especially during times like today. This has become such a stressful world to live in and so many things are unknown. which can produce anxiety. Coloring and other art forms has been proven to be beneficial to your mental health.
There is no other book like this one because all the coloring pages are black and white reproductions of my one of a kind original paintings.
Perfect for all ages. Makes a great gift for art lovers. Great way to help alleviate stress.
About a year ago, I stumbled upon the neatest thing in art that I’ve seen in years. Art-o-mat® takes retired cigarette vending machines and turns them into art vending machines. The Art-o-mat® machines hold art from many artists and I believe there are 400 artists from 10 different countries represented, as of July 7th, 2020. I purchased a prototype kit last year and after it was approved, I ordered my blocks and began working on the paintings at the end of last year. You can see my block floral series below.
I had an appendectomy for a ruptured appendix at the end of last year and a subsequent infection, which landed me in the hospital again a month later. All of this slowed me down quite a bit. But, FINALLY, I got all 50 of them finished and mailed from FedEx on Monday, and they are scheduled to arrive in North Carolina tomorrow, on the 8th of July, 2020.
These blocks were so much fun to create. At first it was a bit awkward because I usually don’t work so small. But once I got used to painting on that size block, things went faster. I also started working smarter as I neared the end of the batch as I began an assembly line method of painting. However, I did make each one unique; no two are alike. I wanted all of my pieces to look like they belong together and were made by the same artist, yet I strove for uniqueness as well. I am very pleased with how all of them turned out and I really hope some of the collectors who purchase them get in touch with me, simply to let me know they have one of my pieces.
I think this method of selling artwork is ideal for new and emerging artists, but also good for established artists. It’s a great way to get the word out about your art in other states, or even internationally, as there are several machines in other countries, too.
I can’t wait to see where they place my Art-o-mat® blocks!
NEW COLLECTION! I am pleased to share the paintings in my new collection titled, Overload, that I began during the quarantine and just finished last week! Each of these is 24″x24″ (2 feet x 2 feet) and has gallery wrapped edges (composition extended to the sides).
This series was a blast to create as I explored a rainbow inspired shape in all of them, which was the only intentional aspect of the series. Other than incorporating the shape across all the pieces, I painted intuitively without a predetermined plan and painted from my emotions.
They are sold unframed, but since the sides are painted and they are wired on the back, they are ready to hang.
Each piece’s title was chosen based on life during a pandemic, how I was feeling at the time of the painting, or on my activities during the quarantine.
I plan to start my next series in about a month or so, but while I’m waiting to begin, I will be planning it out — deciding on the characteristic(s) that will tie the pieces together — whether it’s color, shape, texture, composition, or another unifying aspect. At this point I am leaning toward texture because I’d like to work on incorporating more texture into my pieces.
I hope you like seeing my work in collections rather than individually as I am moving away from creating individual standalone pieces, and moving towards working in series most all of the time. Even though each piece will be a part of a collection, they will still be sold individually, if desired. DM if you are interested in a piece or you can purchase on my website at loririveraart.com. It will definitely be difficult parting with these as I love how they all look together.
From left to right, top to bottom:
Reading Between the Lines
Below are the photos of individual pieces and I also show you how they might look in a room.
The edges of the pieces are gallery wrapped, as shown below.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my most recent collection. I am looking forward to creating many more, and growing as an artist with each new collection.
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I am pleased to announce I’ll be releasing my new collection titled, Overload, on Monday, June 29th at 12:00 pm CST. I hope you enjoy my move towards working in series instead of posting individual stand alone pieces.
One of the reasons I am going to start working primarily in series is so that I can work on becoming a better artist. I believe it’s essential to always evolve as an artist and learn as much as I can. I find that I never stop growing which is one of the things I love about being an artist. There’s always a new technique to learn, a challenge to conquer, and a new road to travel. And I believe that working in series helps me learn in so many ways as I explore something in depth.
The collection I am releasing on Monday is made up of nine abstract 24″x24″ (2 feet x 2 feet) pieces that are gallery wrapped on the edges (painted on the sides). They are unframed, but since they are gallery wrapped and have wire on the back, they are ready to hang.
I began the series during the quarantine and all of the titles relate to the pandemic, how I was feeling when painting the piece, how I feel when looking at the finished piece, or my activities during the quarantine.
The titles of the pieces are: Jitterbug, Mortality, Coffee Binge, After Midnight, In Overdrive, Cleanse, Supersonic, Reading Between the Lines, and Distance Between.
Don’t forget to check back here next Monday, June 29th at 12:00 pm CST to see my new collection!
One of the major milestones in my painting career was when I published a book last year. I am pleased with how it has been received by both strangers and family/friends, which is encouraging me to write a second book. I have not nailed down the exact focus of my next book yet, but I have several ideas percolating in my head.
“Paint Naturally” is geared for beginning (no experience necessary) acrylic painters. Internally focused painting relies on intuition and emotion, in which you paint your feelings, instead of being influenced externally from your environment. It’s a deep connection between your body, mind, and spirit. You then translate that onto the paper, canvas, or other surface. “Paint Naturally” contains eight hands-on exercises which guide you step-by-step in the creation of paintings — intuitive paintings of mine. The exercises are meant to be a jump start in creating your own unique paintings and style, guided by your intuition. Learn color mixing basics, composition techniques, and basic ways to use acrylic paint. Tips for creating abstract work is included, as well as a 30-day creative prompts challenge to help your creative juices flow.
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