Coming up: Raw Artist Showcase!

Hey everyone!

Wow, long time no talk.  I've been neglecting this little blog/website but life has been crazy.  I decided to do yoga teacher training and satisfy the other love of my life that isn't painting.  It has been absolutely amazing and one of the best experiences of my life but man, it keeps me busy.  I am just over half way done and I'm looking forward to having a bit more time to paint in the not so far away future.  

Anyways! This post is about my art and paintings, because coming up here on December 2nd, I have the opportunity to participate in a one night, pop up art event hosted by Raw Artists.  They are a super cool organization that puts on showcase events for emerging artists all across the country + a few international countries.  Each event showcases artists in fashion, music, make up, film, performance art, photography and other visual art.  It sounds like an amazing night for anyone who appreciates beauty in all forms!  

If anyone can make it to support me and my art, or any of the other artists involved, that would be awesome!  It's held here in San Francisco at Ruby Skye, and tickets are only $15.  It is a 21+ event and should be a super fun night filled with art and maybe a few cocktails. 

In order for me to participate, I have to sell some tickets.  If you want to attend, it would be super rad if you bought your tickets through my artist page on the Raw Website, by doing so you help me with my required ticket sales and make participating possible for me.  You can find that here at www.rawartists.org/britlynneumann  Inviting your friends or passing this along to art lovers you know would mean a lot to me.  Any and all support is so, so appreciated!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  I hope to see you there!  And for those of you that aren't in San Francisco but want to attend a cool event like this, check out www.rawartists.org and see if any showcases are happening near you!

New Etsy Shop!

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to say a quick hello and let you all know that I opened a new shop!  I mentioned it on instagram recently but I wanted to do an official blog post and invite anyone who is interested to check out my new Etsy shop.  It took me a few days but my shop is now officially up to date. I  have all of my current available original paintings as well as some limited edition prints (!!!).  I'm excited to be on etsy now, inlcuded with so many other talented makers.  So we'll see how it all goes, but hopefully it is just another step in the right direction in furthering my artistic career.  I'd love for you to check it out, let me know what you think! 

My shop name is BritlynNeumannArt which you can search on Etsy.com, you can click on my shop tab on the left, or here is a link that will direct you right from here:

www.etsy.com/shop/BritlynNeumannArt


The Latest!

Hey there!  

I've got a new painting and other exciting art news to share today but first, a quick bit of real talk. Over the past few months I went through a phase in my artistic process where I tried having multiple paintings going at once.  I know a lot of artists work this way, choosing whatever piece they are most drawn to whenever they sit down to work.  I thought this would be great for me, but it turns out that I ended up just moving on to a new painting whenever I felt frustrated or stuck.  Flash back to a year ago when I started my one painting a week challenge, I am reminded how amazing it felt to become enveloped and focus all of my energy into one piece.  Completing a piece and knowing I get to start the process all over again creating whatever I want is one of the most rewarding feelings I get as an artist.  I recently realized I want (and need)  that back.  Therefore, my working process is shifting once again, and I'm excited about it.  Hopefully it means you can be excited too because I will probably be actually finishing paintings more often.  I also plan to play around with painting smaller, using some new materials, and exploring my artistic practice further; all potentially exciting outcomes. 

Whew.  I hope I didn't lose everyone through that essay I just wrote but I'm a girl that needs to ramble every now an then and I really love talking out my plans.  (My friends are probably nodding in agreement right now)  Anyways, If you're still here and reading, I've got a new painting to show you!!  If you've been keeping up with me then you probably saw some progress photos a while back, but as mentioned above, I let myself get a little sidetracked for a bit.  Not to worry though, this baby is finished and I actually have an extra little guy I finished as well that I figured I'd show you.

To refresh your memory I'll show some of the stages.

And below is the final product!  This guy is 16'' x 20'', acrylic on plywood.  And the exciting art news I mentioned earlier is that this painting as well as 10-15 others of mine will be hung one week from today in a cute little coffee shop here in the city.  If you happen to be local, it is Cafe La Vie on Octavia & Hayes.  If you can't see it in person, don't worry, I'll post a few pics here on the old blog once everything is hung on the wall.  It's a casual little venue, but I'll be showing solo so it feels like a pretty nice step in the right direction.

Below you can see a detail image of the heart, as well as the other little guy I said I finished.  The little one is 6'' x 12'' acrylic on wood.  Sooo I guess the last thing I'll say is that I'm obviously really into polka dots these days.  I don't know, just go with it.



Girls Only Club

It's been a while, but I have a new painting to show you!  I've got quite a few more in the works too so hopefully I'll be able to keep 'em coming.

This piece was super fun to make.  I made it for a friend who recently had a birthday and also totally hooked me up with a bunch of awesome wooden boards to paint on so I definitely needed to repay her.  I won't explain it all here, but if you know my friend Kelly, then you know that a sign saying "GIRLS ONLY CLUB" is completely appropriate.  

Anyways, as you can see it incorporated text and pattern like I've done in previous pieces.  I definitely enjoy creating work like that, but after I finish them I'm usually craving something more illustrative for my next piece.  Which is my current situation now, so no surprise there.  

As you can see above in the in progress photos, per usual I started off with different design elements that got tweaked and redone throughout the creating process.  There is also hints of gold, small time consuming details, and lots of ruler action that had to happen. You know, the usual torture I put myself through but actual totally love.  Which you already know if you know me and are familiar with my previous work.  If you're not, check out the rest of my work by going to the "work" page (I know, pretty confusing) and check it out!  You'll notice that I really do believe that every piece needs a little gold.  Okay, okay so lastly and probably most importantly, below is the finished product!  Feel free to let me know what you think and have a wonderful day!


 

Friday words.

"Don’t do it for anyone else but yourself, and don’t make decisions based on what you think other people want or expect from you. It sounds simple, but it is very difficult to tune out all of the external voices and ask, “What am passionate about? What do I like and admire in design? What am I trying to say with my work?” Everyone will answer these questions differently, so that will naturally set you on your own path. If you are true to your own voice, which nobody else has, then that is the value you bring to the world. If you are fulfilling someone else’s desires, you can be easily replaced. Start small, and grow organically. If you want to create something truly unique, I guarantee it will take time to find your voice. "

-Samantha Pleet

Samantha Pleet is a designer in New York and this quote is from a new magazine called The Great Discontent.  You can read parts of this interview online here.  The whole magazine is geared towards creatives and its awesome.  Definitely some inspiring thoughts being shared over there.