While I am continuing my state of the art and close up series; I have been working on many commissioned projects which require me to be flexible with style and techniques as well. This is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things about commissioned work. A great deal of my commissioned works come from photos so my job is to find out what my client wants as far as style and composition. I have included a few photos of some recent commissioned pieces and photos which inspired the pieces.
While I plan on continuing my State of the Art Series, I am going to start working on a new series of paintings…Wildlife up close. I have always had a fascination for exotic animals , especially large cats so I plan on staring there. My first one of the series is one of the most beautiful animals… The white tiger. Stay tuned for more large scale close ups!
Many people ask me one question when I tell them that I am an Artist; What do you paint? … ” A little bit of everything” seems to be the most fitting answer. With a large portion of my business being commissioned paintings, it allows me to get experience and challenges me to step out of my comfort zone… which is a must as an artist. I am very thankful to have clients that support me and have confidence in me to create a piece of art for them.
“State of the Art Set Sail”. 36″ X 24″. Comissioned. Sold.
A large part of my business is commissioned paintings. Someone has an idea or a concept and wants me to capture it. What is challenging about this sometimes is the details left out and that’s when I get to play twenty questions before beginning these paintings. The most helpful components of commissioned paintings are photos of the idea or concept, that way I can get a much better feel for what is wanted. Everyone has different tastes and likes and that is my job; to learn about them and capture them in art. I absolutely LOVE doing commissioned paintings and finding the purpose and meaning behind the idea/concept. What makes people smile and what inspires people are all so interesting and unique. Occasionally I will get an idea or photo to replicate that I have to pass on and even though I don’t enjoy passing the opportunity up, sometimes I know the challenge maybe is too much for me at the time. Please email me at Amarie700@gmail.com if you are ever interested in having a commissioned piece done, my prices are reasonable and based mainly on estimated time spent and materials. I am also active on Instagram and Facebook ( Amy Kulseth or Amy Marie Art).
As an artist I have to be open to change and trying new things. It is truly one area of my life where I deal with change the best. I enjoy experimenting with new techniques and also revisiting old techniques as it is all helps me to grow as an artist. In my painting classes back in my college years we were told what techniques to use and what to paint, it wasn’t ideal but it allowed me to find out what works and what doesnt and also what I need practice and work on. I have most recently gotten back into using texture in my paintings and using palette knifes in conjunction with my brushes. In my most recent painting I added texture to the foreground which has a really neat effect and makes it almost a 3D effect.
This past week I was very fortunate to be involved in a really fantastic charity event. A few weeks ago a member of the Minneapolis City council reached out to me asking if I would be interested in painting a piano. I excepted and it was a greater experience than I expected. Myself, along with about 10 other local artists met in St. Paul to paint donated pianos at the Keys 4/4 kids warehouse. My vision proposed was to paint a vibrant bright piano showcasing the lights and color of Minneapolis. I even added a blurry quick painting of Waldo in the top left for some added fun and per my dads request lol. It was fun being in company of other creative talented artists and very interesting seeing the way others work as I have always painted alone. I met some awesome new people and hope to stay in touch and be involved in such events more often! The location of the piano will be disclosed next week and I will be sure to keep everyone posted! Thanks again for your support and love. The support from fans and collectors are what keep my dream alive and I couldn’t do it without you!
As an artist I believe it’s very important to get out there and meet people as well as get exposure. While online exposure is much easier, it’s less personal. I participated in my first outdoor festival yesterday and although it wasn’t an “art” festival it was successful and a ton of fun! I was lucky enough to have an entourage behind me compiled of great family and friends who came to help and show their love and support. The day was a cold and windy day but thanks to my handy husband, devoted dad, family and friends, we had a secure gallery tent set up. My favorite part of the whole thing was the energy and love from the people there. I ended up selling about 20% of my inventory and getting a commissioned painting sale as well. I hope to do some more events like this. I also will be getting out in the community next week as I was selected to paint a piano for Pianos on Parade and Keys 4/4 kids. The piano will be placed somewhere downtown Minneapolis to be played by anyone. Excited and thankful for these new opportunities.