It’s me, artist and musician, Jim Faris! 2017-05-05T12:50:32+00:00

Artomatic 2017

This was my wall at Artomatic 2017. Prints are available here.

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Checking Out Art Gallery Space

Yes, I'm an old guy and I've been making art of one kind or another for over 40 years. But in the art world, I'm a new, emerging artist. How is that possible? Well, most of my life I've been a graphic designer or commercial artist, not a painter/multimedia artist. And, although I've always done a little fine art, I've never pursued art as a vocation. I say vocation because at this point I'm more than a hobbyist and not quite a professional. At this point I've sold [...]

May 16th, 2017|

Where do we go from here?

This past weekend wrapped up my show at Artomatic 2017 DC. It was a great show and wonderful experience. But once all my prints came down, I started feeling a little lost... I'm on my own again. I love group shows because you share everyone's excitement and anxiety, and you commiserate over the system, the service, the responsibilities, the lack of sales and the little victories. It's not just you out there alone. Making art is a very solitary thing for most of us. Marketing our art is [...]

May 8th, 2017|

The Thing About Art

This Saturday, May 6 marks the end of Artomatic 2017. So if you haven't been yet, you really should go. I hear a lot of people complaining, "oh there's a lot of crap art there", and "it's all so amateurish" and other crappy things... Hell, I say those things. There is a lot of crap art out there. But don't you love being one of those people that saw... The Replacement before they got signed and sober, or that first SouthPark cartoon that went viral on VHS before [...]

May 2nd, 2017|

Painted on iPad

So, I get a lot of people, mostly people not in the art industry, saying, "Oh, painted on iPad, I see..." and shaking their head like I'm faking the art, the skill, the time, the inspiration. Oh yes, I could fake it, I know my way around Photoshop and I could write some scripts to emulate my process, but I don't. I've shown and described my process on blogs, Facebook, and in person to everyone/anyone that asks. and in the end, I get the feeling that because my [...]

April 28th, 2017|
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“Glad that I like his work since all my walls are covered with it.”
Lora Nunn

My Art

It really started out as just folk art. I do have formal training as an artist, but its the emotional and fun connections that I make with people through my art was important to me than being accurate with my painting.  I don’t paint purely for me, I consider people viewing it, their reactions, and even how it would look in someone home. But mostly I’m painting for me. I always think, “this will never sell, so I better be happy with it hanging on my wall for a long time.”

One of the great challenges I have always had is that I love so many different styles of art.  So, I do some primitive style, some modernist, some cubist, some simplified, some graphic, some paint marker, some digital and some realistic. My work has always moved between styles. Changing one thing into another, evolving,  applying one idea to another thing, that’s what interests me most.

My most recent works have been about evolution, distortion, decay and rebuilding into something else. The new series has been created entirely on my iPad.I do love the feeling of real paint, but having this amount of control, and to be able to work on these pieces in any spare time I have has been great. In the past I mostly used the iPad as the sketchbook for working out the ideas before executing them, but this new series… well, it’s just working on the iPad for me right now.

Conceptually, I’m painting family and friends. With the people in our lives, our mental image of them is not as everyone else sees them. We add years of memories, problems, pain, joy, history and so much more. And all of this distorts, and clouds our vision. So, now I am painting these people with love, and  scraping off the layers, adding my own issues, painting the problems, paint and joy, and in the end you may not even be able to see the person in the image, but what I see is a kind of patinaed beauty.

Recent Work or Works in Progress

As for my process.

I get asked about it a lot with these portraits. My process is almost never the same way twice when it comes to the details, but the over view of it is pretty consistent. I find or take photos of people. There is a lot of emotional and “artsy” thinking and squinting until I see how to frame it and understand the subject. I bring the image into ArtSet. Most times I sketch and paint over the sketch in Artset. but sometimes I just import the photo and start building up the paint over the image until the original image is gone and only digital paint remains. Once I’m happy with the composition it’s back to that “artsy emotional”stuff. It’s tough to do a painting and then scrap off the face of so many key features, but this is part of the process of seeing the subject thru all the layers we put on people and all the stuff we take away from them. So, in Artset, and in Procreate there are tools; sandpaper, turpentine, smudges and paints, to use to create the effects. Once satisfied with the composition, I bring it into Google’s SnapSeed app for fine tuning and more distortions. Lastly, I add a digital border or frame to the image while still in SnapSeed.

This whole process is more like illustrating than fine are as far as the process goes, but the idea and emotion behind the concepts and what each image means to me brings it into a new area of digital fine art.

As for all my older art work, the iPad has played a big part as a Sketchbook and as a creation tool. I still love to paint, but for this moment in time, the iPad is my canvas.

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