Project: Gold-leaf Floral Azalia (Part 2)

I have been working on the background of my piece to create a more interesting project. I added glitter to some of the background flowers and I added some squares to the area to move the eye of the viewer to that area. I want to create perspective and focal interest by creating a background that has glitter, etc. I utilized more gold, brass, copper and green to try to make the area more visually pleasing without having any dark lines that will create more interest but make the composition harder to visualize. I don’t wan the entire background to take away from the flowers in front. I am also adding images of the other two pieces that I am still trying to finish the background to begin creating the flowers in front. I am using transfer paper that is white to transfer the images of the Azalea flowers that I am adding to the paintings. I am going to go and paint the images in acrylics after this because acrylics are compatible with the gold background. To note that two of the paintings are gold leaf and the larger one is gold acrylics (not gold leaf).

See images below:

IMG_7276Fig. 1. Image of a gold acrylic painting with glitter flowers background. Notice the lines were created with Dark Umber watercolor pencils and then ran gold, brass, copper and light green to create lines that are not as dark.

IMG_7274Fig. 2. Image of the background  gold-leaf paper with some designs which I plan to add some more glitter.


IMG_7265.JPGFigure 3. Small gold-leaf background of third painting. This painting has various geometrical background shapes that create visual interest. This is also going to get acrylic azaleas after tracing with white transfer paper. Note the glitter on the top of the triangular structure (yellow area).

I will continue to post more progress of my creative process in terms of this Gold-leaf Floral Azalia project as I move forward. I plan to conclude this project before the end of the week (Week of March 2, 2018).


Learning Fluid Acrylic Pour techniques

by Rossana Kelton, Artist
Date: November 28, 2017

I have been learning to pour fluid acrylics into canvas and other mediums. I have been learning and experimenting with different techniques. I want to learn as much as I can about all the different techniques by watching YouTube videos. I have compiled a list of essential techniques for Fluid Acrylic Pouring. I also have to emphasize that some of these techniques vary with the consistency of the fluid acrylic color and the pouring media. There are various recipes which can be utilized to create the best consistency for the colors utilized in fluid acrylic pouring. The pouring medium recipes also vary. Some individuals utilize plain Floetrol as the pouring medium or some of the prepared pouring medium. The following is an initial list of fluid acrylic pouring techniques including the four essential techniques and other techniques which derived from those four.
Four essential techniques:
1. Puddle Pour technique
2. Dirty Pour technique
3. Flip Cup technique
4. Swipe Separation technique

Important techniques derived from those four essential techniques:

1. Swipe technique
2. Dip technique
3. Flip and Drag with negative space
4. Forked puddle pour
5. Sip and swirl technique
6. Stretched swirl technique
7. Flip Cup technique
8. Negative space technique
9. Spiral pour technique
10. Dirty Pour technique
11. Spiral Pour technique
12. Quad Pour technique
13. Torch or heat gun to pop bubbles technique
14. Dip and Drag technique
15. Dirty Swirl Pour technique
16. Looping Pour technique
17. Pour and use of straw to move paint technique
18. Dirty Swirl technique
19. Swiping after Dirty Flip cup pour technique
20. Hammer or mallet technique (hit canvas with hammer or mallet after pouring small puddles of paint)

Note: Some of the colors have silicone and some do not, some pour from a high or low distance from the cup and some are transparent or opaque. All this affects the fluid acrylic pour techniques.

Neptune Fury

Abstract Painting “NEPTUNE FURY” Fluid Art Modern Fine Acrylic ORIGINAL 9 X 12


Cave passage


Blue Dream – SOLD


Learning to use apps from Shopify

I am learning to improve my shopify online store by using the Shopify apps. I am attaching a product discount which I am learning to create:




Acrylic pouring method

I am currently working on the new acrylic pouring method. I will post more artwork as I learn the technique. I am learning from various individuals including those on Youtube. I will post more about it as I continue trying to determine the application of this technique. I see abstract paintings and backgrounds. I also see the application of acrylic pouring to flower painting. I think you can use the acrylic media to create flower paintings. I will post more on this acrylic pouring project. I am also using other materials to pour acrylics on including applying this to Plexiglass if possible.


Learning to initiate my first Instagram Marketing Campaign:

As part of a new effort to learn to improve my use of Instagram, I have been researching social media to learn to use the platforms to promote my business. I have been reading about utilizing Instagram to develop an active marketing platform which I can use to sell my artwork. In order to do this, I have been reading about beginning an Instagram Marketing Campaign. First, set up an individual business account in Instagram. The idea is to stand out, get insights and find new customers. In Instagram lingo, this means that I have to differentiate my business, analyze the market and gain new brand partnerships.

  1. First I began by determining my goal. The initial step to setting up an Instagram marketing campaign is to determine your initial goal. It is also useful to determine that your goal has to meet some sort of numerical value. For example, I want to sell 100 pieces of my artwork. That is my main goal. First I want to sell my art on Instagram. Second I want to set up a numerical value of 100 pieces of artwork. The reason I picked this value is elementary. I have been working on a “Catalogue Raisonne” or artistic catalogue of my artwork and I discovered that I have only 100 pieces that I have created by working on a temporary basis. Hence I selected the value of 100 in my goal.
  2. Second, I have to work on researching my audience. The idea is to determine my “target Instagram market”. To do this, I have to learn to use the “Suggested Feature” in Instagram. The “Suggested Feature” is an algorithm that Instagram has that you can use to find out your competitors and your future partners. You can go to your website and find the link to the “Suggested Feature” area. You will see your competitors and partners. As future partners, you can work together with other businesses to set up sales and other incentives that are beneficial to both businesses.
  3. Third, you have to find the right Instagram influencers. You can go to some sites, such as Snapfluence or Repost, to locate individuals with accounts that have a lot of Instagram followers. These individuals can be famous or well known or just very popular in Instagram. The idea is to form alliances with these individuals to promote your Instagram sites. You can become an Instagram influencer if you have the following:
    1. Rich Content in your posts is one of the most important things to have in Instagram. The better the content, the more likes your site will have and the more exposure and ranking.
    2. The quality of your posts and your comments on other sites is more important than quantity of responses. Quality is king in Instagram.
    3. You should try to “Tell your story” in Instagram. Making your site open to your struggles and how your arrived at the place you are at now, can make your content more engaging to other Instagram individuals.
    4. Determine if your posts will be something that you, as a customer, would like. If you do not like your posts, then other customers might not like them either. It is all about appearance and visual attraction. What makes you interested in something enough to provide your like to that product? This is what your post has to have to attract customers to your site. You have to be the “hot” site.
  4. Plan your marketing campaign. Every campaign needs a plan. Organize and reorganize your plan.  The plan has to include the length of your campaign, how many posts you are going to post and if your content is original to you or content generated by the user. To manage your project, create a GNATT chart with all the marketing milestones and deliverables. This includes adding all the stakeholders and their deadlines.
  5. Invest in brainstorming a new and creative Brand hashtag. A brand hashtag can be linked to your brand or not. It could include activities that others do that include your brand and publish images of individuals using your brand.
  6. You can create an Instagram User Generated Content campaign in which you run an Instagram ongoing contest in which users contribute something and in return they receive a reward. This is called a UGC campaign.
  7. To implement your Instagram marketing plan, determine the method of implementation. Implementation could be UGC or Instagram Influencer marketing campaign. An Instagram Influencer marketing campaign depends on whether you can convince or pay an Instagram Influencer to promote your Instagram Brand for a price or reward. This can be expensive but worthwhile if you get the right individual to promote your brand.

My idea is to try to implement my first Instagram Marketing Campaign with the goal of promoting my brand and getting sales. I want to differentiate my brand from the competition by analyzing the market and gaining new brand partnerships. If you like the article, come and “Like” my Instagram hashtag: “#rossanakelton”.


My struggles as an artist learning the basics.

I am going to be open with my struggles. I have been trying to sell my art for the last twenty years and I have been successful sometimes and at other times, I have struggle. It is not that I don’t believe in my artwork, it is that I want to sell all my artwork and move on to different types of artwork and media. I decided that if I want to improve the quality of my artwork, I have to improve my technique. To improve my technique, I decided to study art basics. I have been studying drawing and painting by going online and taking small courses. I have also learned from my daughter, who is in art school. I cannot afford, currently, to attend art school but I can use some of the material she is getting from her basic coursed to improve my technique. I guess one of us has to work to support the struggling younger artist. Hence, I have been learning from videos, YouTube, different academic art textbooks and various online courses. I have to admit that I have been learning a lot of the latest techniques from YouTube. I know that this is not your typical academic approach, but it helps to understand and learn from my and other’s mistakes. I am currently at a point in which I am continually reviewing the basic techniques and learning new approaches to basic techniques. I will continue to post my basic and new artistic techniques.

Rossana “Rossi” Kelton,

Struggling Artist


Innovative Marketing: Augmented reality business cards


I wrote about this yesterday in LinkedIn but I am going to write about this on my blog because I think this story is huge. I am going to bring some portions of my previous post on LinkedIn:

Augmented reality is an innovative technique to market your goods and services through business cards that do more than look good. Augmented reality lets the reader indirectly or directly views elements of the physical environment augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. This means that your current perception of reality is enhanced by computers. The application of this technique to business can be limitless. For example, I was searching for new and innovative business cards for my art business because I have described myself as an artist of innovation. Therefore, my art and my business model have to have the look of creative innovation as well as the use of the latest technology. I discovered that I can create a business card and then freely add visual enhancements that are not limited by the space of the small business card of 2 x 3 inches, for example. I can add a QR code that with an iPhone, my customer can see the latest coupons or deals. I also discovered that I could enhance my business card by adding a video of my process or images of my portfolio. The idea of adding items to the business card that can be seen through an iPhone makes my brand more innovative and less forgettable than the regular rectangular business cards. I can also add other things such as sound, or GPS data to the location of my gallery. The idea is to be creative and to move in a visual expression that is beyond the limitations of the physical small business card. I want my customers to experience a game, for example, or a song if you are in the music industry. The possibilities of using this technique are endless. Let just say that the idea of adding something like that to one of my paintings and making the whole artistic experience more fun and innovative are a great temptation. I want everyone to walk through a gallery and view my art and point their I Phones to take a picture, and find new surprises.  The strategy is to create your own business card and to add the augmented reality to it with apps. I plan to try to add the computer-enhancements using an app that was on YouTube.  The app is called Geozet. I plan to try it and see if my business card experience can be enhanced with augmented reality.

To view my art follow my LinkedIn site Rossana Kelton, Artist of Innovation.

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Art critics are often frustrated artists grinding their axes on new artists seeking approval from them. Do you agree?

I am opening this question for others to provide feedback. Do I agree? No. We need art critics to provide a feedback of our work. Criticism provides engagement and discourse. Art has a role in society. The art critic provides value to the artwork. Critics make fine distinctions among like artworks. A devaluation of criticism forces the value of the artwork to be based solely on the local market. Artists need critics to create value for the artwork. This helps the artist to expand to other national or international markets. Criticism is a form of communication; feedback helps make artwork products stronger, it forces the artist to think how he or she works, the right kind of criticism can create an advantage, using positive language elicits a solution without taking it personally.

Michel Foucault’s ethos of practicing criticism:

“A critique is not a matter of saying that things are not right as they are. It is a matter of pointing out on what kinds of assumptions, what kinds of familiar, unchallenged, unconsidered modes of thought the practices that we accept rest…Criticism is a matter of flushing out that thought and trying to change it: to show that things are not as self-evident as one believed, to see what is accepted as self-evident will no longer be accepted as such. Practicing criticism is a matter of making facile gestures difficult.”



Campbell, David. “The importance of criticism” https://www.david, 15 May, 2012.

Simek, Peter, “Why is Art Criticism, And Why do We need It?”,, Arts and Entertainment, May 7, 2013.


What do Art Critics do? Why do we need them?

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Defining Art Criticism


· Art criticism is responding to, interpreting meaning, and making critical judgments about specific works of art.

· Art critics help viewers perceive, interpret, and judge artworks.

· Critics tend to focus more on modern and contemporary art from cultures close to their own.

· Art historians tend to study works made in cultures that are more distant in time and space.

· When initially introduced to art criticism, many people associate negative connotations with the word “criticism.”

A professional art critic may be

· a newspaper reporter assigned to the art beat,

· a scholar writing for professional journals or texts, or

· an artist writing about other artists.

Journalistic criticism

· Written for the general public, includes reviews of art exhibitions in galleries and museums.

· (Suggestions that journalistic criticism deals with art mainly to the extent that it is newsworthy.)

Scholarly art criticism

· Written for a more specialized art audience and appears in art journals.

· Scholar-critics may be college and university professors or museum curators, often with particular knowledge about a style, period, medium, or artist.



-Four levels of formal analysis, which you can use to explain a work of art:

1. Description = pure description of the object without value judgments,

analysis, or interpretation.

· It answers the question, “What do you see?”

· The various elements that constitute a description include:

a. Form of art whether architecture, sculpture, painting or one of the minor arts

b. Medium of work whether clay, stone, steel, paint, etc., and technique (tools used)

c. Size and scale of work (relationship to person and/or frame and/or context)

d. Elements or general shapes (architectural structural system) within the composition, including building of post-lintel construction or painting with several figures lined up in a row; identification of objects

e. Description of axis whether vertical, diagonal, horizontal, etc.

f. Description of line, including contour as soft, planar, jagged, etc.

g. Description of how line describes shape and space (volume); distinguish between lines of objects and lines of composition, e.g., thick, thin, variable, irregular, intermittent, indistinct, etc.

h. Relationships between shapes, e.g., large and small, overlapping, etc.

i. Description of color and color scheme = palette

j. Texture of surface or other comments about execution of work

k. Context of object: original location and date

2. Analysis = determining what the features suggest and deciding why the artist used such features to convey specific ideas.

· It answers the question, “How did the artist do it?”

· The various elements that constitute analysis include:

a. Determination of subject matter through naming iconographic elements, e.g., historical event, allegory, mythology, etc.

b. Selection of most distinctive features or characteristics whether line, shape, color, texture, etc.

c. Analysis of the principles of design or composition, e.g., stable,

repetitious, rhythmic, unified, symmetrical, harmonious, geometric, varied, chaotic, horizontal or vertically oriented, etc.

d. Discussion of how elements or structural system contribute to appearance of image or function

e. Analysis of use of light and role of color, e.g., contrasty, shadowy,

illogical, warm, cool, symbolic, etc.

f. Treatment of space and landscape, both real and illusionary (including use of perspective), e.g., compact, deep, shallow, naturalistic, random

g. Portrayal of movement and how it is achieved

h. Effect of particular medium(s) used

i. Your perceptions of balance, proportion and scale (relationships of each part of the composition to the whole and to each other part) and your emotional

j. Reaction to object or monument

3. Interpretation = establishing the broader context for this type of art.

· It answers the question, “Why did the artist create it and what does it mean

· The various elements that constitute interpretation include:

a. Main idea, overall meaning of the work.

b. Interpretive Statement: Can I express what I think the artwork is about in one sentence?

c. Evidence: What evidence inside or outside the artwork supports my interpretation?

4. Judgment: Judging a piece of work means giving it rank in relation to other works and of course considering a very important aspect of the visual arts; its originality.

· Is it a good artwork?

· Criteria: What criteria do I think are most appropriate for judging the artwork?

· Evidence: What evidence inside or outside the artwork relates to each criterion?

· Judgment: Based on the criteria and evidence, what is my judgment about the quality of the artwork?


Barrett’s Principles of Interpretation

1. Artworks have “aboutness” and demand interpretation.

2. Interpretations are persuasive arguments.

3. Some interpretations are better than others.

4. Good interpretations of art tell more about the artwork than they tell about the critic.

5. Feelings are guides to interpretations.

6. There can be different, competing, and contradictory interpretations of the same artwork.

7. Interpretations are often based on a worldview.

8. Interpretations are not so much absolutely right, but more or less reasonable, convincing, enlightening, and informative.

9. Interpretations can be judged by coherence, correspondence, and inclusiveness.

10. An artwork is not necessarily about what the artist wanted it to be about.

11. A critic ought not to be the spokesperson for the artist.

12. Interpretations ought to present the work in its best rather than its weakest light.

13. The objects of interpretation are artworks, not artists.

14. All art is in part about the world in which it emerged.

15. All art is in part about other art.

16. No single interpretation is exhaustive of the meaning of an artwork.

17. The meanings of an artwork may be different from its significance to the viewer. Interpretation is ultimately a communal endeavor, and the community is ultimately self- corrective.

18. Good interpretations invite us to see for ourselves and to continue on our own.

Barrett, Terry. (1994) Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary. Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing Company.





2017 Happy New Year

For 2017, I have the following New Year resolutions:

  • To create more artwork that meets my own time-frame. I plan to create artwork without having to meet deadlines for art shows, etc. Meeting deadlines interferes with my creative process.
  • To create a professional logo that meets all my business goals.
  • To implement a marketing plan to create work that is marketed to interior designers and galleries.
  • To sell my art. I want to begin to seriously sell my art instead of having my art hanging in my gallery at home.
  • To create more quality artwork that I can show in different venues.
  • To improve the quality of all my work. This includes my online presence and my current internet sites. To dedicate more time to manage my internet sites.
  • To network with more people on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
  • To write a second book about art, etc.
  • To create more free time to dedicate to my artwork.

These are my New Year resolutions for 2017. I will post during the year in terms of the progress of these resolutions. I also welcome other ideas, etc.