Thursday, January 5, 2017

Documenting Your Art


This morning I was thinking that I would be writing a blog post on my favorite piece of art. Nighthawks painted by Edward Hopper in 1942 when I was reading about his wife Josephine Hopper. What I found interesting about Josephine Hopper is that Josephine kept a Journal where she and her husband would keep the record of a paintings progress, when they when finally completed, who modeled for the painting, and other details. Whenever you look up an article on Nighthawks you find information on this journal. This made me think that I should start keeping a record of my art pieces and how long they took me.


Why? Well, by no means am I claiming to be Edward Hopper but even if you aren't a famous artist there are still going to be people that are interested in your artwork. For example your friends, family, blog readers, etc. It also is nice for you to have a record of what inspired you to make certain pieces, or what your goal was in a piece so you can see the evolution of your artwork over time.

It's a new year and a fresh start so I challenge you to join me with the challenge of keeping an art record journal. Please let me know in the comments below if you will be keeping a journal record. Remember it does just have to be for art, it can be for anything you create!

Do you have a way to document your art?

Indulge Creatively,

                   Emma Grace

P.S. No original art today but some more will be coming soon.

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  1. My father-in-law created a photographic record of all his artistic endeavors. He has pictures of all of his creations (some woodcarving, basket weaving, drawings), and most of them have pictures when they were partway through (often multiples of these) and then the finished product. It's really interesting to see the progression. I think documenting how long you worked on a piece would be a great addition to this.

    Nicole @ Best Kids' Reads

  2. I have years of art journals. I love looking through them--they bring moments of my life back to me instantly. This is a wonderful idea.

  3. I keep a sketch book with me at all times in order to record any artistic ideas or characters I come up with. I also keep folders of other forms of art (paintings, collage, multi-media, etc.) Someday I plan set up an online portfolio of my art.