"Blue Rose" Signed Watercolor Original Now Available

"Blue Rose" Signed Watercolor Original Now Available

Blue Rose is part of a collection I created in college called The Rose Collection. I created the collection because I wanted to celebrate women of color representing different colored roses. 

She is available for sale on my Etsy shop, the frame is not included in the purchase. 

Blue Rose was the 3rd piece that was created in the series and represents dance & energy! I was inspired by Hindu culture, Bollywood, jewelry and totally obsessed with natural hair. 

9 Ways to Make Your Art Stand Out! (Online & IRL)

9 Ways to Make Your Art Stand Out! (Online & IRL)

You know what I’m in the mood for?

Leaving you guys with some dope ways to expand your art into real-life and online situations. I’m talking about increasing your art presence so that people can see the amazing visuals you create!

Now before you start thinking of all the reasons why you think you can’t do this, read this list of common procrastination thoughts from my head:

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Why is this not important? Okay that came off a bit too aggressive. I’ll explain:

if a tree falls down in a forest and nobody's around to hear it, does it make a sound? It does...but since no one witnessed it, it virtually doesn’t have any sound.

Basically this silly analogy I've shamelessly made, ties in with you like this:

WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE, YOUR ART DOESN’T EXIST TO THE WORLD.

Your art is real of course and not a hypothetical fallen tree out in the middle of nowhere (AKA "in the cut"). 

I want your art to have a voice and to be acknowledged so that is what we’ll be working on today!

Style Challenge Art

Back in July 2016 this amazing idea hatched by @beautifulness87 brought us the #stylechallenge. The challenge was for artists to draw themselves (or other people) in their style as well as other cartoon characters.

IT BLEW UP THE INTERWEBS!

Eventually others caught on and wanted their own custom pieces done by artists, bringing us to my current gallery of cartoon wanderlust here. 

I pin new style challenge arts on Pinterest each time I finish one plus any other cool ones I find from other artists. Here are some of the best style challenges I've done so far!

Want to get a style challenge like this one done for you? Learn about a few more I created plus how to order one for yourself! Click here to read more >>
Want to get a style challenge like this one done for you? Learn about a few more I created plus how to order one for yourself! Click here to read more >>
Want to get a style challenge like this one done for you? Learn about a few more I created plus how to order one for yourself! Click here to read more >>

Trenita Finney is a Pittsburgh-based creative entrepreneur, artist and the Founder of Trenita Made it! She is most recognized for her vibrant watercolor works of women of color and photo-realistic portraits of inspirational musicians. As the creator of Trenita Made it! she promotes wellness + career development for artists + women of color through her youtube, podcast, Instagram, Pinterest and lifestyle illustrations + products.

Trenita has launched The Syllestial Collection VOL.1, an illustration book showcasing a collection of three years worth of illustrations during college. Trenita and her artwork have been featured in Raw Artist Pittsburgh, Redfish Bowl Art Festival, The Pittsburgh Comicon, Steel City Comicon and Layer Cake Festival. Follow on Instagram for the latest art creations.

What to do When you Don’t know a Lick about doing art commissions online.

What to do When you Don’t know a Lick about doing art commissions online.

I started doing my art freelance before I even knew what freelance meant. All I knew was that there were people that were willing to pay me for the art that I created and that was alright for me.

 

But what they don’t tell you are all the other things you become once you go down this path. Little did I know is that I was also becoming an accountant, customer service, marketing consultant and social media planner. Today I’m going to focus on how I got started with doing my art commissions on the interwebs.  

 

WHAT DID YOU DO TO START TAKING ART COMMISSIONS ONLINE?

 

Technically. I started freelancing during high school. Back when I had huge dreams of going to the Art Institute of PGH and wanted to become an animator. I ended up not doing either of those things and got my first real taste of freelance art-ing. Fast forward to college, I started focusing on doing art commissions online.

3 ways to start enjoying your process of finding your art style

3 ways to start enjoying your process of finding your art style

You just ripped a page out of your sketchbook that you aren't supposed to rip pages from. 

You remind yourself how much you suck at finding a good art style.  Next thing you know, you’re looking through your favorite artists’ Instagram feed, praising and envying them at the same time. 

You can’t stop looking at how freakin’ cool their style is. 

 

You start wondering if you should blame your art supplies. And you wonder why nobody told you how painfully slow it would be to get comfy in your art style.

Why is finding your art style so hard?!
This journey to finding your art style is just...ugh.

How staying engaged helped me grow my Instagram

How staying engaged helped me grow my Instagram

I went on a mini hiatus during the holidays so that I could recharge and create content actually worth sharing. 

I did take some time on Twitter & Instagram to do one-on-ones with a few of you to find out what do you need help with the most as an artist and here's what I got:

  • Growing your audience
  • Behind-the-Scenes of selling art
  • Learning more skills. 


This is awesome because these are 3 things that I for one, as an art hustler, have experienced. 

Instagram has really been a game changer for me and I mean this, no lie. 

All I had to do is learn how to use it effectively!

The 5 types of DIY art galleries you can throw without going broke.

The 5 types of DIY art galleries you can throw without going broke.

I remember walking downtown (in Pittsburgh so dahn-tawhn) and literally thinking, why is it so hard for artists to get their work shown in a gallery? Let alone pay for the exhibition fees, and the time you need to prep or paint each piece to make a solid collection. And then you have to see if you are even accepted by the location. So. Much. Stuff.

 

And I don’t know about you but when too many things are going on at the same time, I literally can not.

 

Then I find this awesome visual artist Shantell Martin. Her style is so unique and captured me immediately. I watched a few of her speaking videos and something she said really hit me.

 

Create your own opportunities. Set up your own gallery instead of waiting for someone to give you one.

It hit me so hard that I had to email her to say thank you for inspiring me.

9 things you can do to jumpstart your freelance art side-hustle.

9 things you can do to jumpstart your freelance art side-hustle.

No lie, these things were the hardest to learn when I started freelance art-ing on the side. And just between you and me art-ing is so NOT a word and yet here it is.

 

It’s easy to start something but maintaining and staying motivated to see it through is like a whole other thing. How do we take my unconventional love of saving the world through art and turn it into a mini business that I can (1) earn income from (2) not sell my soul (3) be taken seriously.

 

Well, my budding artist friend we’re going to go over 9 things that you can do to jumpstart your art side-hustle and keep it going.