|House Cat Oil on wood 6" x 6" SOLD|
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
|"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is |
invisible to the eye." --Antoine de Saint Exupery
Illustration by Mary Englebreit. Visit her website, here.
I used to think it was necessary to switch hats to be successful. By day I'd paint floral still lifes and that's when I'd wear the JSS/MC hat (John Singer Sargent & Mary Cassatt, I know I'm pushing it, but indulge me!) By night, I'd channel Norman Rockwell and illustrate children's books. It's great to have art heroes but having your own voice and knowing what it is --is the ultimate goal for most artists. But how do you get there??
One thing I've discovered: Your own voice emerges over time through the practice of painting.every.day. It doesn't matter what project you work on or who you "channel." (I'm not the only one who does that, right? Heh.) If you are earnest about it and apply yourself in a consistent manner, all the things you wish to have manifest mix and simmer in the synapses of your unique brain... and eventually show up in your work. The mental painting notes, the art that inspires will begin to inform your brush... It's like magic when it happens. You can't think it into existence though. You have to actually paint a few miles of canvas first. This is something I'm still discovering. Having patience and working through it is important. I've also found that as my skillset expands my internal compass has become more organic and my need to "switch hats" has lessened. Sometimes it's hard to catch your stride, but painting every day is the by far best method I've found. What do you do to make your art as unique as you are?
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|The Zinnias I & II Oil on wood each 6" x 6"|
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|Toy Talk II Oil on wood 6" x 6" $95. SOLD|
Another try at vintage push puppet Mickey and wind up Donald Duck. This time I tried to pay more attention to edges and background application.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
|Floral Rhapsody, art that tiles. Oil on|
gesso'd paper. Email me for more information.
Ever since I read Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now, I've been mulling over how best to apply his principles to my life and especially to my art... As artists we can feel pulled in so many directions. What should we paint, how should we paint it? --seemingly simple questions can become quagmires of indecision if we aren't careful. If you find yourself thinking a too much and coming up short on studio time, here's a few pointers to get you back on track:
- Identify the materials and supplies that serve you best and use them. I've wasted a lot of time and effort blaming materials when what I actually lacked was proper skill and focus. Once you find materials that fit your needs and budget, stop wondering about changing up or switching out-use them.
- Maintain regular studio hours. Show up with or without your muse, do it again the next day.
- When your muse does show up, enjoy it and don't waste time trying to justify your choices. You don't need to know the final outcome of everything you do. Gratefully accept it when you are inspired to paint something out of your comfort zone. I know for sure, discovering what doesn't work is a great way to finding what does. Trust your instincts.
- Keep your work space separate from your living space. A designated creative zone is crucial to peace of mind.
- Not all artists will agree with the following and that's ok: If you use photos for reference, print them in black and white if it helps you paint better values. Take lot of pictures, keep them all -- Blog everything including your blunders, then put them behind you. Photoshop is your friend and technology is good.
|“Don’t think about making art. |
Just get it done. Let everyone else
decide if it’s good or bad,
whether they love it or hate it.
While they’re deciding, make even more art.”
– Andy Warhol
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
|Two Hollyhocks Oil on wood 6" x 6"|
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I think or do art 24/7. Sound familiar? The roses in the front yard don't just demonstrate my husband's new found ability to prune-- they are reference material and that thing I want to do with the color red. I'm the distracted wench with the camera at____________ (Fill in the blank, all events, locals anytime are correct.) When I'm in art mode which is almost always, I'm sourcing material, seeking counsel, assesing venues for sales and percolating ideas for future work. It annoys, it excites and it can be exhausting. ...in quiet moments I wonder if life is much bigger than my artist filter brain is computing but it's hard to disconnect...and I'm not sure I want to. Stapleton Kearns wrote about it here. I love that he makes no apologies for art 24/7. Outside of my dedicated art activities, I've managed to keep the rest of my life pretty simple. While I'm not one of those people who believes being "happy" is the end-all or even necessary for a worthwhile life. Yet, I manage to feel happy fairly often. There's this idea that a sacrifice is somehow necessary to have what we want...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|Paul the Framer Watercolor and Color Pencil on Paper 20" x 16" 2003 NFS|
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
|Cobalt Clues, available here.|
2) The work you do in the near future probably won't be dramatically improved, be patient. What I really want to say is that improvement happens over the long haul. It's important to work the path you are on. Stay on it long enough to use your unique successes as equally unique stepping stones. If you haven't seen this Ira Glass animated quote about being creative, it's a must see. I think I first saw it on Linda Popple's art blog.
3) You're gonna have to paint more than many to get where you want to go. "Painting more" isn't really a killjoy-- but it's worth mentioning. I'm grateful to every gallery that ever represented my art. But sometimes galleries aren't the end-all answer. You need enough art to go around. Try here, try there. Try this, try that. Some of it will come back to you, unsold. It's not pretty but having a lot of art in stock gives you a minute to figure out what will work for you.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|Chicken Oil on wood 6" x 6" SOLD|
On a related note: I had been searching for good reference photos of chickens and Jala Pfaff recommended love-and-hisses.com. Blogger Robyn Anderson documents her life on an Alabama farm there. She shares pictures of her no-kill cat shelter, garden, pigs, dogs and chickens. I can't say enough nice things about Robyn, she loves what she does and it shows. Her blog is a treasure trove of wonderful pictures, stories and advice. I used a photo from Love and Hisses as reference for this painting with Robyn's permission. Thank you, Robyn!!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This Friday night is the opening reception for the Table Manners show at Lark & Key in Charlotte, North Carolina. Table Manners promises to offer "functional pottery for your table and a feast for your eyes!" I'm very excited to have paintings included in this exhibit! Unfortunately, I can't attend the opening--But if you are in the area, do stop in and see it!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|Cat Nouveau Oil on wood 6" x 6"|
Sunday, October 2, 2011
|This painting received many comments, cluing me in that |
maybe I had actually painted something half way decent.
American Greetings bought the rights to use it on greeting cards
and it is one of my all time personal favorites! SOLD