Thursday, April 5, 2018

What is Patreon?

Hi Everyone,

Last month I was busy creating many ACEO miniature clown portraits and an oil painting. I also launched a new Patreon Page where I am sharing now my recent artworks and preparing rewards for my new patrons. If you never heard about it, you may ask “What is Patreon”? Patreon is an online platform that allows you to “Become a Patron” (Supporter/Sponsor) for your favorite artist with a monthly subscription, and in return you receive rewards and the artist will be able to achieve his/her goals.

Starting a new painting project is a difficult process and it’s very expensive, but I believe with a little help from the people who really appreciate my artworks it can make me achieve my objectives. My first goal is to upgrade my video editing software and buy a Full HD live stream webcam and an external hard drive, so I can show my patrons a real-time artist studio experience. Thanks to my patrons, I am half way from that goal now.

I prepared a short clip with ACEO miniature clown portraits and If you like it, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel, more clips will come...


If you don't see the video click on this link : https://youtu.be/yR1dNXUg0mk

These days I am learning a lot about Clowns. It’s a fascinating subject for me. Especially in cultural history there are tons of interesting information. My first oil painting in this series is about a sad clown called “Pierrot”. Pierrot has a white face and a loose white blouse with big buttons in most pictures. The character of Pierrot is very old, first he appeared in Molière’s Don Juan play in 1660 and  He showed up also on Marcel Carné’s film, Les Enfants du Paradis in 1945 and later on we saw him in literature, music and many paintings... I will talk more about Pierrot the sad clown in art history and show the progress pictures of this piece on my Patreon Page.

work in progress

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"Pierrot at Castillo de San Cristóbal", oil on canvas panel
9.5" x 12" ( 24 x 30 cm) by Birsen Ozbilge, 2018
( Limited Edition Signed Prints available here )

If you would like to support me please read my Patreon Page at https://www.patreon.com/BirsenOzbilge . Thank you very much in advance!


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Friday, February 16, 2018

What is an ACEO painting?


These days I am working on a curious painting subject that I have been forgotten for a long time but recently took out from the drawer to the sunlight again. Let me tell you about the origin of this project. About 10 years ago I came across a term called “ACEO", which referred to as Artist Cards, Editions, and Originals. These ACEOs are miniature size artworks that always measure 2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm) and they can be made of any kind of paper, canvas sheet or board that can be applied for any kind of drawing/painting mediums. ACEOs can be individual pieces of original artwork or numbered editions. This small size artwork is a rising trend amongst art buyers and collectors across the world.

My first ACEO was a self-portrait with the two parrots of Casa de Colon at the background. I used acrylic painting on paper using magnifier glass to paint carefully and it took many hours of detailed work to finish (see below pic). I decided to use this image as avatar picture of my facebook profile and I am still using it. 


"Self-portrait with two parrots", acrylic on paper,
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2008

Later on I created a series of ACEO clown portraits, they were about 7 pieces (see pic below). This is the painting subject that I am working on right now and see where it will take my journey of art. Currently, I am reading  about clowns and doing research about clowns in art history, too.

My ACEO artworks

I was always amazed and curious about clowns. Actually, my interest on clown subject comes from my university years. In those years, after a trip to France, I discovered clown paintings of a French painter called Bernard Buffet. He painted 100s of clown portraits and paintings. In my graduation project I had to present a copy from the modern masters, I have chosen to copy one of his clown paintings. His art was a great influence on my early career (See pic).

 
Clown portrait by Bernard Buffet


The ACEO clown portraits titled with numbers. I am planning to create more clown portraits and not only ACEOs, also in much bigger sizes. In the long run I would like to have an exhibition and also put them in a PDF e-book as well. The good news, last weekend I sold 4 ACEOs to a collector on my Ebay shop. If you wish to know about when the next auction begins please let me know (The bid starts at 1.99€). Have a great weekend!

Clown #5, watercolor on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2018


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Latest Project: Chinese Teapot Set & Museum Visit

Hi Everyone,

I was busy working these days for my latest painting series "Kitchen Stories". The latest piece in this series is a Chinese teapot and cup. My husband brought this tea set from China many years ago. Every morning we drink a cup of green tea since we read an article about its enormous benefits. I highly recommend it.

Lately I am painting with limited color palette and enjoying it a lot. In this project I used 5 colors; Black, White, Prussian blue, Pizarro Yellow Medium and Raw Umber. (see pic below) It seems like more difficult when you do not see all the colors on your palette. On the other hand, there are certain colors you really don't need to use if you are using another color already contains it. For example I didn't use Red but I used Raw Umber which is a Reddish-Brown earth pigment that contains iron oxide and manganese oxide. 


Work in progress

Limited color palette

"Yellow teapot and cup", oil on canvas sheet, 8.5" x 6"

The other day I visited a very good exhibition at San Martín Museum in Las Palmas City. "Los Pasos Perdidos" is a collective exhibition of six Canarian artists, who began exhibiting during the 20's and later on they were forgotten for many years. If you will be in Vegueta area these days, don't miss it. It will be open till February 18th. 

A beautiful painting by Cirilo Suárez at San Martín Museum

I recently prepared a PDF E-book of 14 drawings from my "Ars Longa Vita Brevis" exhibition. If you wish to see this catalog please let me know. See you soon, take care to all!

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