Exploring Styles: Minimalism

I wanted to begin a series of blog posts to not only showcase talented artists, but in an effort to teach art-interested people the difference between art styles.

I've had dozens of conversations recently with people bemoaning the fact that they didn't pursue art further. Either they showed promise making art as a kid, or they feel that they have something creative and wonderful to offer the world through art - but they don't have the confidence in their style and technique.

As I've mentioned before, just as every person has individualistic handwriting, so you have the ability to express yourself through art, and for it to look pretty darn good! There is an endless list of tools and materials with which to make beautiful art. Sometimes, you just need to find what works for you, so you can begin (or continue) expressing yourself creatively.

My materials of choice include watercolor, colored pencil, ink, acrylic, and sometimes gouache. I have yet to invest in oils, but it's definitely on my to-do list.

Now, onto today's Exploring Styles topic!


The going trend these days, is to pare down your life, to be as trim and travel-friendly as possible. Whether you express that through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or by living in a tiny-house, sometimes bare bones is best. I find myself in a funny dilemma of loving to make detail-heavy, bold, colorful art, but it's rarely what I choose for my own living space. Weird, right? I consider myself a Minimalist (I don't keep duplicates, and I rarely keep things unless they are useful. Ask my family. I donate to Goodwill constantly.)

As for minimalist art, it feels refreshing and soothing. Usually lighter in color and especially taking advantage of the blank page, the white of the paper feels as important as the marks themselves.

Alina from FLATOWL creates beautiful, simplistic nature-scapes. This mountain / lake reflection print is perfection.

If you're like me, and have a soft spot for art that doesn't come in a frame, then you'll love these adorable ceramic wall sculptures by ELOEIL.

Kelsey Overstreet, the artist behind these genius ink blot paintings, manages to mesmerize and uplift simultaneosly.

Most of the artists I plan on featuring are curating small businesses, like myself. It's my hope that you all have a look at their work, and perhaps, with the range of styles to come, something will speak to your heart. Maybe you art-lovers are able to identify with a new artist and start a wonderful journey, either making art alongside or supporting other artists.

Happy Monday!

Marni Manning - Artist

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