Sara Richardson

Joined Artfinder: Nov. 2016

Artworks for sale: 213

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United States

Updates from Sara Richardson's studio

  • Studio Update: Drawing Charcoal

    Studio Update: Drawing Charcoal

    This is an update about what I like to call 'art nerd' stuff which gets me crazy excited. I have heard wisteria makes excellent drawing charcoal so I am giving it a try. This is a photo of 4-5" sticks trimmed from wisteria that has been recently pruned. Hopefully the charcoal recipe I am creating is success because I could potentially have access to an endless amount of wisteria clippings which equates to A LOT of drawing charcoal. I mean, like a lifetime of charcoal. :)

    15 May 2019

    Studio Update: Goal Setting & Being Fearless

    Studio Update: Goal Setting & Being Fearless

    My goals for 2019 are not only to create as much art as I possibly can but to also grow different areas in my studio that I know need to be nurtured. I am trying, with some success, to be better at documenting the process of how artwork is made (like a recipe book) in my studio and sharing snippets of daily life at work. Today, I am sharing a photo of myself working on a drawing from the Melodic Minor series. One of my power-house strengths as an artist is drawing. This confidence took time to grow--it was not immediate. In fact, I was told awful things by an instructor my first year at a college art school. Interesting is that the cruel words had the opposite effect on me. I transferred to a better school, channeled those toxic words, grew into a metaphorical fury and became a beast at drawing. Before I left for graduate school, a couple of trusted professors told me I was one of the best drawing students they'd seen at the university in 20 years. Thank you. Thank you very much and yet, I'll never stop making myself better and better and better. If you are reading this and people say something horrible to you about your artistic pursuits -- take that hit, process it and turn it into fuel to make the best painting, drawing, book, sculpture, music, poetry, cuisine (whatever art form you love) you've ever made. Work at it. You've got to push yourself. And then...keep going. Make the best second, third, fourth, fifth (you get the idea) piece you have ever made. And then...keep going.

    25 April 2019

    “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

    “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

    One of the aspects for me as an artist is that I am constantly developing techniques and pushing mediums to do things in new ways. It means I have a lot of flops...sometimes this can get to me, meaning I have to be really resilient and focus on the successful end result not so much the 'wreckage' along the way. Oddly, there is a quote from Thomas Edison that early on in my life meant a lot to me: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” This photo is of a painting in progress that is the result of test after test after test. I want areas in the piece to fall back and parts of the expressive white strokes to sing and vibrate. It's almost there.

    08 April 2019

    March 2019: At Work In The Studio

    March 2019: At Work In The Studio

    I'm on a roll...two updates in one month! I thought I would share a snapshot of myself in part of the studio working on a larger painting from the Chiffon Series. The Chiffon paintings are worked over and over (and over) to achieve the soft layers, subtle textures and the illusion of cloud-like depth. This means I need to be quite patient as each layer dries.

    20 March 2019

    Studio Update: New Additions to the Chiffon Series

    Studio Update: New Additions to the Chiffon Series

    Wow, you know you are focused on studio work when you let a month and a half fly by without checking in. Whooopsies! The studio is in full crazy mode with several series being grown simultaneously and yes that was a Spring gardening innuendo. The Chiffon Series originally started out as experiments in mixed media but has shifted to entirely acrylic paintings as I have been able to successfully mimic ink-like qualities with acrylic but with more control. This photo is of Chiffon No.3, No.6 and No.4. Cheers!

    16 March 2019

    Studio Update: January 2019

    Studio Update: January 2019

    I have been working hard for the past several months developing new techniques and creating different types of experiments. Several, or rather, A LOT of experiments turned out to be flops but I learned something new from each unsuccessful flop which equates to success in a round about way. The photo for this studio update is of two little paintings that are part of a series that grew from the development time in the studio. I always start off small and move to larger dimensions once I have a series in motion. Keep watching - more work is on the way and thank you for being a patron of the arts.

    25 January 2019

    Inside the Studio: December 12th

    Inside the Studio: December 12th

    My, my my... it has been extra busy in the studio lately. This is a good thing. Meanwhile, I am sharing what I call "stuff in my studio Wednesday" It’s a mini butane torch for setting my work on fire. I’m kidding - it’s for nitpicking and removing unwanted bits from my encaustic paintings. 😄 If you are curious about purchasing an encaustic painting or want to know a little bit about how to care for encaustic artwork - just send me a note.

    12 December 2018

    Studio Update: Happy Times

    Studio Update: Happy Times

    The crazy studies in my studio. I thought the balloon shapes were too weird and now I’m thinking they aren’t strange enough. You may be thinking...”what happened to my monochromatic Colorado landscape painter?!” I moved. To probably the oddest place ever. However, the relocation unexpectedly blew all this life into my work. Happy times, today. Happy times, ahead.

    06 November 2018

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    :)

    Apparently, I need to work on my poses and lack of studio assistants.

    18 October 2018

    Studio Update: October 2018

    Studio Update: October 2018

    It looks like I am heading towards “breaking” this drawing. The positive aspect of destroying a piece is that I learn just exactly where the tipping point exists and remember that point when I begin the next work. I think it's important for viewers and collectors to understand —> creating art isn’t this picture perfect posted end result <— work sometimes falls apart and then...work comes together so beautifully it’s magical. Originally, I was only going to share this photo on instagram (@shockandslaw) because I tend to post 'polished' work everywhere else and keep my struggles to myself. I think that is a mistake on my part because it doesn't show the entire story of what goes on in my studio or how work progresses from stage to stage. Really great art stands on its own without a background story...but isn't it fun to know the history about a piece while it is being created? What do you think? UPDATE: I've saved this drawing and steered it clear from the breaking point :)

    17 October 2018

    Best. Art. Critic. Ever.

    Best. Art. Critic. Ever.

    Kids are just awesome...this morning my son walks into my studio and I asked him what he thought of this drawing I am working on. He responds “it looks like childhood, balloons and flowers, mom” — Best. Art. Critic. Ever.

    05 October 2018

    Studio Update: September 2018

    Studio Update: September 2018

    It's been a busy summer what with the move of my studio from Colorado to the East Coast. While living in Colorado I was constantly inspired by the vastness, light shifts and movement the breezes cause in the atmosphere. I was also drawn to the ever changing landscape shapes. However, where I lived the land was often thirsty for water. Don’t get me wrong, it was incredibly beautiful but the colors of the vegetation would often turn to crispy browns and beige's because of the lack of precipitation. And now, I am surrounded by thick dense woods, extremely saturated colors and an environment that is thriving. I am also very close to different types of water sources ie. lakes, rivers, creeks and oceans. My artistic personality is to absorb my surroundings with glee and wonder. Although saddened by the move, I am optimistic about what this change will mean to my studio, paintings and future. I’ve always felt mixing it up is good for artistic growth.

    21 September 2018

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