Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Featured Artist Faith Te

Being a Daily Painter must take an extreme amount of discipline as an Artist. When and why did you decide to become a Daily Painter?

I think I first came across the Daily Painting movement back in 2007 but I never really paid any attention to it because, at the time, I was working primarily in graphite pencil and charcoal and doing only commissioned portraits. I didn't try oils until about mid-2008.

299 by  Duane Keiser
What really got me into the movement was when I saw Duane Keiser's 1,000 Oddments project . He creates these lovely, tiny paintings of very commonplace subjects and sells them through his blog. I was really intrigued by the thought of creating a sizeable body of work in a relatively short period of time and the fact that people were actually buying them. This was far from the idea I had that, as an artist, the only way to "make it" was to either do commissions or create these huge, highly complex paintings and hope that someday I would be able to enter them into galleries and shows. So that was the spark that started everything for me.

I became so enthusiastic about it and I remember my Mom encouraging me to give it a try. She said it may not be as financially rewarding, but it would be great practice. So I made a goal to complete one small painting each day for 365 days and on June 20 of 2009, I painted my very first daily painting. I also started a blog and posted the first one on the 4th of July that same year.
Red Plum No.2 by Faith Te

With regards to discipline, what made me stick through that goal was the joy of being able to create something every single day. It made each day meaningful because, whether the results were good or bad, I was able to show something - a record - of what I accomplished that day. Also, I was really determined to improve my paintings and it was something I was genuinely passionate about.

Portrait 2 by Faith Te
Have you always been a painter, or have you worked in other forms of Art as well?

I started as an artist using graphite pencils and charcoal. Most of my work then were portraits and I did commissions for other people too. For a while, I also played around with pastels -- mostly just for fun. I also like to do a bit of portrait sculpting with clay and this is something I'd like to pursue more if I can find the time!

At what age did you discover your Artistic abilities, and do you have any specific memories of art in your childhood that stand out?

I can't say that I "discovered" any artistic abilities because when I did my very first drawings, I didn't really think I had any abilities above the ordinary. Rather, there came a day when I was 16 that I suddenly decided I wanted to draw. As soon as I drew my first few portraits, it came to me that this was something I wanted to be good at. From then on, I kept practicing every day for almost the whole day.

I remember that I enjoyed drawing fashion-type women as a grade school child. Also as a child, I remember watching Bob Ross on TV. No matter what others say about him, I credit him for introducing me to the joy of art at an early age.

What Artists do you admire, and why?

This will be a long list! But to name a few:

Andrew Loomis, Zoe Mozert, Norman Rockwell and the other early illustrators - I'm quite fond of the 30's to 50's look and so find their work very appealing. I also think these illustrators are some of the most technically competent artists.

Michael Deas - One of my most favorite portrait painters. I LOVE the commemorative stamp portraits he did of the classic actors and actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. His painting of Gerald Ford was also one of my inspirations when I was working on the portrait of an artist a while back (

Alfredo Rodriguez - Because his paintings are filled with light and stories.

Peder Mork Monsted - One of my most favorite landscape painters.

 John William Godward's "A Classical Beauty".
Do you have a favorite piece?

I have a lot of favorite paintings as well. It's so difficult to choose just one but for now I'll say John William Godward's "A Classical Beauty".

Eye Drawing Tutorial in Graphite Pencil 
Where would you like your Art to take you in the future?

I would love to do some teaching, one on one or workshops. It's really interesting how teaching is not just a learning opportunity for the students but for the teacher as well! I experienced this firsthand when I did my online tutorials . It turned out to be more than just writing down the steps and techniques. There was also a lot of research and study involved.

Have you been given any advice that has stuck with you that you would like to share with aspiring Artists?

Someone once told me that "even subtle details count". It opened my eyes and I started to see differently. I began to see more. I observed even slight changes in tone, detail and I noticed transitions that ended too abruptly, etc. I think it helped a LOT in my work.

What does the future hold for you and your Art?

Nobody can say! Making art has been a great blessing to me. So if God is willing, I just want to go on being able to enjoy painting and drawing and, hopefully, people will continue to like my work enough so I can continue to put food on the table for my family :)

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Don't miss Faith's gorgeous book!

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