After Midnight

And just like that, 2013 is behind us. Seriously, where does time go?! I hope you all had a wonderful night welcoming in the new year.

After Midnight - 36x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
After Midnight – 36 x 24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I’m more than excited to start 2014.  I recently finished my engineering degree and now I’m ready to begin “real life”. I put this off for long enough, and now I’m ready to dive head first into it.

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Zoomed in section

It wouldn’t be a New Years post without some talk about resolutions though, now would it?! I’ll stick to art ones since that’s the focus of this blog.

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Another zoomed in section

My big one is to finally redesign this website. I picked a random template one day and figured I’d eventually build my own website, with a logo and such, but that clearly has not happened. So now that it’s in writing, hopefully I’ll feel accountable and more pressure to get it done. Anyone have experience with website design and wanna lend me a hand? Seriously!!!

On 1.5" think gallery wrapped canvas
Side view – 1.5″ thick gallery wrapped canvas

The second big one is to learn how to take photos of my art. Truthfully, I should have done this ages ago. Most people who buy my artwork online and then see it in real life always comment on how much better it looks in real life than in my photographs. This post is a good example of that… First of all, there’s no glare in the actual painting (duh), yet I can’t seem to take a photo without it. There’s also a lot of texture to to the painting since I painted most of it with just a palette knife. Unfortunately, due to my lack of photography skills, you can’t really see that. But mark my words, in 2014, the photographs will improve. Now is when I ask for help again… Anyone with photography skills wanna lend me a hand??? Perhaps we swap for painting lessons? Or I’ll make you dinner…. Seriously!

After Midnight

And lastly, as much as I don’t want to write this in a public forum because then I am making myself accountable, in 2014 I plan on contacting galleries to see if I can get my art work into any of them. Eeeeeeeek. Just seeing that in writing already gives me butterflies in my stomach. Vulnerability, rejection…  kinda sounds like both the job hunt and dating market. It’s gonna be a blast, I’m sure haha. But now that it’s in writing, I have to at least try. Right? Right. Please hold me accountable! Several of you amazing readers have already given me names of local galleries that I should contact and I do have that list somewhere. I will dig it out in 2014 and actually put myself out there.

After Midnight

And with that, let’s wrap up 2013 and welcome in the new year. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for all your support in 2013. If I say this a lot, it’s because I really really mean it. I truly appreciate it so much that I wish I could give each and every one of you a giant hug and a new years kiss!

H A P P Y    N E W    Y E A R    ! ! ! !

What are some of your new years resolutions?

Do you have photography or website design skills that you wanna lend this way? 

If you’re interested in this painting, After Midnight, it is available for sale here, or on Etsy.

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11 thoughts on “After Midnight

    • January 7, 2014 at 6:38 am
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      Thank you! I wish you all the best too and thank you for your continued support.

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  • January 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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    Awesome painting Agata! I wish you the best with your gallery ventures this year!

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    • January 7, 2014 at 6:39 am
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      Thank you Dave. I wish you all the best as well and thanks again for all your help.

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  • January 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm
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    Happy New Year!
    I like your photos above. The selection you’ve included seem to give a good impression of texture.

    I always find it hard to photograph my paintings and I’m rarely happy with the result. Lighting is usually my big problem. To me getting the perfect conditions is hit and miss.

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    • January 7, 2014 at 6:39 am
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      I totally agree with it being hit and miss. I’m hoping this will improve with experience.

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  • January 12, 2014 at 10:18 am
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    Happy New Year Agata! And what a beautiful painting 🙂

    Definitely go for the gallery thing – you really can’t lose anything from going for it. Even a slightly bruised ego can sometimes be a helpful spur to keep at it!

    I do know of someone who does website design (though they would still charge a fee – reasonable though, considering how much companies can charge. Email me if you want more details.) I actually like your blog design 🙂 though I know you may want something more ‘you’. If you’re really strapped for cash perhaps you can pick another wordpress theme and customise it more to reflect what you’re about?

    Photos are tricky… currently I scan in my work (which I still have lots to learn about too) but obviously any artwork bigger than an A4 scanner is going to be tricky! I have a cheap digital camera which seems to take okay photos if the flash is off and I zoom in and use macro on a still life setting. As long as there is good daylight or well set-up artificial lighting you can avoid glare and most obvious shadows too. Experiment with your camera and play around with settings; you may find something workable there.

    Best wishes to you, and thanks for supporting my artistic efforts too 🙂

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  • January 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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    Love thus one!

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  • February 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm
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    Beautiful painting Agata. Enjoyed your comments also – go for it! (wouldnt it be great if every engineer was also an artist, we’d have some fabulous bridges, buildings, pylons etc all around us -not sure what you could do with drains howeverl

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    • February 15, 2014 at 10:22 am
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      Thanks Alistair. So far the only thing I’ve started to look into is learning to take photos of my art. I haven’t actually put it into practice yet since it requires taking them outside and we consistently have a few feet of snow. Spring is near though 🙂

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