Steady wins the race

When people on the internet say to ask your friends for an objective opinion on your art, it’s really a useless endeavour. Art is subjective, as everyone knows.

I read an article about how to sell your art online and the first thing he said was make sure it doesn’t suck. The problem is that everyone sucks when they first start out. I haven’t really found one good piece of advice for starting out as an artist except the blunt truth—it will takes years for anything to materialize. That includes, building up a solid fanbase, having enough work to present yourself as an artist and/or being able to profit from it…anything really. And if you are someone like me who is really going about it the wrong way…there is definitely not one piece of advice out there for me that will bring any kind of salvation.

The pieces below are what I did this morning. It’s not what my signature style is but I like this style of abstract.

One needs a tremendous amount of faith to boldly present their work. I read once that it’s not the art that people are rejecting, it’s you. And it’s so true I think. But that’s why I don’t create work for people to like necessarily because it’s like aiming to please someone all the time. You can’t please everyone, so you might as well do what you want. So now when I read all those articles about, “bringing more traffic to your website”, I feel so much better knowing that I don’t have to jump through the hoops. Whoever visits, does so because they truly like it. Or they really hate it. Either way, it gets them thinking. And that is partially what art is also about—to give some kind of emotional response.

Work in progress, completely unknown whether I will screw it up or not.

By Afonso Abstract Art

Hello, my name is Kristina. I always knew I was a creative-type person but I just didn’t have a name for it in grade two. I grew up working in my dad's art gallery. After high school, I pursued art at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC; and from there, went onto obtain a bachelor of design with honours at the University of Alberta.

Kandinsky said, “it is evident therefore, that colour harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration of the human soul.”

I make minimalist, gestural, abstract art. I aim for integrity; the only idea I follow is to be true and honest to my art. I hope that viewers feel a sense of freedom and austerity.

Typically, the material inspires me, followed closely by a compulsion to draw, which ends up leading me. Usually, I do not have a specific idea in mind. I do everything spontaneously, but not always, I have my considered portions. It’s never the same though. It’s unpredictable.

I love to work with oils and pencil. Watercolour is not far behind. Willow bark and conte are also in the top five.