Passions of an Odd Chick

Friday, July 6, 2012


Strange little painting I know. But they don't call me odd chick for nothing.

Needs a name.

Maybe you can see what I was trying to say and help me. I am going through a shift, a transformation, after stepping out on the ledge. Somehow, I think this painting expresses that.  I'm better with paint than I am with words, and I'm still a budding teen with paint.

Most of you know that I've given myself 10 years, or 10,000 hours to practice my art. I am half way through. I keep telling myself that I'm beginning to see half of what I can do, but I must keep practicing as hard as I have for the last 5 years (I have 11 full art journals now and countless paintings under my bed). I'm sure I will have spent $10,000 or more on my art by the time I'm at 10 years, not counting my foreign travel and trips for inspiration.

But I'm sure that's still less than going to art school for 4 or 5 years!

I am sure I will not have ARRIVED or whatever that means at 10 years but I will be painting exciting, interesting, skill-filled paintings beyond what I can do now.  That's really my priority. Not the sale, not the attention, just the flat-out feeling that I am getting a grasp at something because I really, really wanted it and worked at it. I am blessed with the continued opportunity. The gift really is the opportunity.

I will keep experimenting, taking classes, listening and studying other artists and surrounding myself with inspiring people. I will help others along their way too!

Thank you for following my journey and giving me the privilege of following yours.


Shelly Penko said...

I love the idea of giving yourself ten years! I'm so impressed with your work at the halfway point...imagine how fabulous you will be even next year! I don't have a title for your painting, but I do love your description of it. Maybe something will come to me. ♥

Melanie Statnick said...

This is so beautiful as is all your art. Your colors palette makes me happy. Mabe you should cal this "The Journey".

Bren said...

Your 'On The Ledge' painting is powerful, full of depth and mystery. I can see where the new techniques your exploring has given new strength to your own style and voice. Wonderful

jgr said...

I love the color and energy of this piece, it's very unique! What a great journey you're on!

hanne virtauksesta said...

I love your painting..
it is so powerful, lightful, full of energy and mysterious..

Odd Chick said...

I had another class today and realized that this painting should be named: Ledge of Mystery! Thanks for bringing me to it!

Tracy said...

The idea of giving yourself this time to develop your creativity is wonderful, Peggy. I see it that you are giving yourself over to something sacred that can't be denied. We all should do that. Your painting speaks so well of the journey you are on right now--and that you are very much finding & discovering you & your unique voice. That's what we're all here for I think, to find our heart-voice and share it. :o)