Shown above: Expressions, mixed media on canvas, 20 in x 20 in x 1.5 in
This painting was an experiment. First, I wanted to feature one of my favorite color combinations: orange and pink. Second, I wanted to experiment with using a Sharpie extensively in a piece.
I quickly learned that the bright pinks and oranges would have been too much on their own, so I added a number of neutrals to offset the brightness. I worked at keeping the various colors and shapes balanced over the entire piece. I also made sure not to use a ruler to make the various squares and rectangles. I love the "humanness" of drawing freehand. It gives a piece a personal feeling, I think.
Show above: City Beneath the Sea, Grassy Slope, Rocky Shore, Sentries, Twilight Village, Yesterday, On Edge, Subways, United States
I'd never really thought about postcard art until I got a prospectus from Studio Montclair two years ago about an upcoming fundraiser show. Every member of the organization was encouraged to contribute three postcard size pieces of art. Any medium, any style—"If we can hang it, you can send it."
To me, this was a fun, bite-size challenge! Creating these miniatures felt fresh and freeing. I felt as if I were back in elementary school art class, doing crafts. Studio Montclair would be charging $35 per postcard piece. A wonderful way, I realized, for art lovers to start or add to an art collection without breaking the bank.
Above are the nine postcards I've created for the past three shows. I will definitely be participating in this show in years to come, and I am seriously considering creating postcard art to offer to my collectors.
Shown above: Evan Stuart Marshall, Available Light, mixed media and cold wax on panel, 8 in x 8 in.
Sometimes people say to me, "I have no space left in my house for art." My response; "Wanna bet?" If you sometimes feel you would like to have more art in your home but don't know where to put it, consider these ideas.
1. Who says you can't put a painting in the bathroom? You just need to take the humidity into account. Mold loves paper-based and wood products, so don't hang paper art. Canvas prints, rather than original canvas art, is a smart idea because they have a moisture-resistant coating. Also consider a metal print. Other ideas: artwork made from non-paper products, such as decorative tiles, plates and masks with a protective coating.
2. Consider transitional spaces. Walk through your home and take a new look at those in-between places such as hallways, entrances to your home, nooks formed by closets or built-ins, even spaces above doorways! Hanging art in these spaces gives everyone fresh new places to look and also pulls the spaces into the design of your home as a whole.
3. Shelf it. Don't forget horizontal surfaces such as bookshelves, mantels, side tables and wide windowsills. Work art in with other objects such as knickknacks, flowers, seashells, books, boxes and clocks.
4. Take the stairs! So many stairway walls lie wasted. Consider these spaces for collections of pieces. To unify them, put them all in the same frame.
Once you start thinking this way, you're sure to come up with more places you never thought of for art!
I'm Evan Stuart Marshall, an abstract painter living and working in Roseland, NJ. I love working art into my daily life.