|No. 13 She Speaks For Herself|
She's been in my dreams for awhile. You may see a little different style, I call it my painterly style. I notice that I try to stretch myself a little, and then I go too far, and then I go back to my old ways and then I start over and try to stretch myself again. Do you do that? It seems a safe way to proceed.
What I see in this portrait is a prototype of things to come. In my dreams, she's a large oil painting- painted from a live model standing by a camilla bush. She's only a twinkle of that but it will come to me someday.
I've given myself until 70 to be famous. I figure I will need the extra attention by then. So in the mean-time, I'm just making my way to stardom one painting at a time. I expect that there are 1000 paintings between this one and the one that will hang in a museum.
If you live long enough, you may see it too.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
|No. 12 She Speaks For Herself|
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
|No.11 She Speaks For Herself|
Every time we don't show up to the page or the easel because of our critical internal voices, we have lost the spiritual battle within us.If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from the achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius. Genius is a Latin word; the Romans used it to denote an inner spirit, holy and inviolable, which watches over us, guiding us to our calling. A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center. It is our soul's seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star's beacon and Polaris.
God has given each of us a gift, a calling. Our job is not the viewer, not the critic, not the encourager. Our job is to show up and give our gift to the world and let God do the rest. It may not change the world, but it will change us in the process of aligning ourselves with His purposes.
|Fresco style of No. 11 |
I like this one better for some reason.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Admittedly, artmaking probably does require something special, but just what that something might be has remained remarkably elusive- elusive enough to suggest that it may be something particular to each artist, rather than universal to them all. The important point here is not that you have or don't have- what other artists have, but rather that it doesn't matter. Whatever they have is something needed to do their work- it wouldn't help you in your work even if you had it. Their magic is theirs. You don't lack it. You don't need it. I has nothing to do with you. Period.So my work is being laboriously nurtured and somewhere along the line, as long as I'm not waiting for perfection, my real "magic" is going to emerge along the journey. I'm good enough- today. I hope you feel the same way about your creative life.
I sent my first 7 girls to a professional printer to be scanned properly and to find out what cards will cost me. But GE--willies, I have to buy 100 to get a good price.I'm also thinking about making some glass pendants too.
I took 3 girls to have them matted. WOW! I did not realize how much it cost to double matt with 4 inch matt on foamboard! (probably around $50.00 a piece) She said she would give me a discount because I was bringing her several. I know I should learn this process myself, but it looks sloppy when I do it so far.
I'm trying to keep it simple. This is fun, light-hearted art and shouldn't be taken too seriously. But it does deserve a fun, light-hearted setting to shine in. I have several places in mind and I will present by priority until I receive an acceptance. I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
My hat goes off to these girls who make a living doing their art. It is SO HARD to stay in the process and not get caught up in the paint-for-sale mode. I want each of these women's faces to have strength and presence, and a piece of my heart and it is JOYOUS LABOR, my friend.
Sweet Farmer reminded me last night that I can still go to Italy, whether I sell any paintings or not but I told him that it's not the same- that I want my art to fly me to Italy. He just looks at me quizzically and I love that clueless, albeit a little sad-puppy-dog look that says-"why is she driving herself crazy when I just want to give her time to paint because she loves it and it makes her so friggin happy, and I can take care of the rest". He actually said that last night in so many words. Ahhhhh. I do love him for it but I truly think that promoting this art will strengthen me and give me presence and increase my heart capacity- do you see a theme growing here??
It is already working something different in me.
Thanks to those who encouraged me to make cards. I think I will. OMG ooodnesssss.
Tell me if you think I'm beginning to slip. PLEASE. Sometimes, just a little suggestion/critique, like, "I would move the words down and to the right" can really, really help. (thank you Tinnie Girl, check her out- fabulous art)!
I love hearing those comments about favorites. (Thanks Buffy for choosing "Nobody's Fool". No one had picked her as a favorite and so far, she's mine too) It helps me know what is universally pleasing.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Once I get about 8-1o finished, I would like to present them to the owner of this gallery setting option that I have in mind to see when and if he would consider them. (I have a very close friend who works in this shop who has encouraged me to do this- a foot-in-the-door as some would say.)
I'm not sure if I should make a notebook/portfolio of prints to show him or show him the originals. Should I show them to him framed or just professionally matted? They are all about 11X14. I think I should matt them all the same, that they will have some kind of collective impact- whatever that means!
Does anyone out there have experience with this and would you be willing to share some tips? I would love to take Kelly Rae's Flying Lessons. And I still may because I think I'm ready. But I really want any profit I might make to go toward my trip to Italy. I know, I know - sometimes you have to spend money to make money.
You would think I wouldn't be so clueless about this as many artist as I follow in this blog world. But I can't remember anyone ever talking about their presentation/ getting-yourself-in-the-gallery-stuff.
Do you have a favorite so far? It's always fun to see what's most appealing to others.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I'm not sure why, but I've always been fascinated with her and I've done her several times, and never been quite pleased, including this one. It seems as soon as I told you about my plan, I began to freeze up and have been barely able to draw or paint and nothing has flowed. But I'm going to act like a real artist and suck it up and keep working through it.
Only 17 more to go in case you didn't read about my plan, you can read it here.
I cried when I read all of your comments. You can't imagine what your support means as I'm fairly isolated and have no one besides Sweet Farmer to bounce these off of- and he doesn't like portraits with big eyes or words. So thank you!!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
It feels so good to see some progress.
- I'm learning how to blend my acrylics! THIS IS HUGE PEOPLE!! I'm so happy about that!
- I'm learning that I can use good paper to paint on and not just canvas and that they don't take up so much room (under the bed) and it reminds me of my journal which feels very comfortable.
- I'm learning to let my attitude show- that it is okay that I'm not SWEET, like some people I envy- that I have a EDGE-y-ness and I can let it show in my art.
- I'm learning that if I can't get a desired affect with one medium, then I can with another. The world is MMMIIINE in art supplies MMMMAAAHHHH.
- I'm learning that I can make it any darn thing I want it to be and that I don't have to show it to anyone if I don't want to - that I paint until I like it- period.
- I'm learning to use my hands in the paint and to rub charcoal in for drama, but wipe it off for goodness sake on the end of your fingers before you go back into it!
- I'm learning that consistently working, leaving a mess in your kitchen, everyday, does produce results and you can still cook with half a counter.
You can't imagine how much your encouragement has spurred me on.
One thing to ask- I haven't actually painted the words in - I only digitally placed them to see if I like them (another lesson). I would really like your honest opinion about the left side of the painting. Any better ideas?
- OH, and I've learned to ask my friends when I get stumped.