The solar eclipse we had recently felt very powerful to me. I feel like it was trying to relay with it’s energy for us to pay attention. It seems like the eclipse started a wave of natural disasters and other things happening that we should take a serious look at. I think we are needing to take a look at our humanity, the way we treat others and our earth. I don’t think there’s any question that our earth is angry right now, but many of us are not paying attention. It’s time….
Is it impossible to change our minds? I know personally I used to think quite differently about several things, until I learned to see things from another perspective. When you are able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you realize that things are not as simplistic or black & white as people have made them out to be.
What does it take to make people notice what is really going on? When there’s frustration and you notice that no one is listening and everyone has their head buried in their thoughts or belief systems, how do you get attention on your plight? Your suffering and the suffering of others? That is one reason people protest. To get attention to their plight.
I guess I would love to know if there’s a way to help someone find compassion inside themselves. To really feel what someone else is feeling. If people could truly feel the suffering of others this world would be a much different place.
I guess some of my big changes in perspective came when I started painting. I often say that I don’t know if painting led to my personal growth, or if my growth led me to my painting. I feel that the act of painting, for me, is meditative. I reach a space where the energy of feelings and emotions come through on to the canvas. I have also had collectors tell me that my paintings are more about feeling and energy than anything else. They get it, and that makes me grateful for my gift. I hope my paintings touch people enough to awaken them and start to see things differently as well.
Wow, got my 30 paintings done! It was tough to really get paintings done every day, life does get in the way. But I was determined. I did find that I was more willing to try new things since I had to finish so many paintings, which I loved because it really expanded my creativity. And also found out some things worked & some didn’t, but you have to be willing to mess it up in order to find that perfect ‘something’.
Here are the rest of them:
Here are the latest in my daily painting challenge. Numbers 17 & 18 I have been working on for a while, but I think I finally finished them. Also had a hard time photographing #17 so I will need to go get it scanned. Number 18 is a large version of a small 6″x12″ painting I had done several months back. I really liked it so I wanted to try a larger version of it. I am not as happy with the large version for some reason.
Numbers 20, 21 & 22 I did while on a trip to the beach. I did not want to take my paints down there so I took my Aquatone Watercolor sticks. I love those things! I did have to play with them and did several versions before I ended up with these three. They were fun!
Well, 8 more paintings to go!!! I guess I should make a trip to the studio…
Yay! Here are #9, #10 & #11! As you can see, I am working quite a bit on my Ruins Series. I want to create more of these and stretch my boundaries with the series. I figured this is a perfect way to do it. I think this is the series I want to submit to galleries, so I definitely need lots more! 🙂
Let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of these!
Well, it has been tough finishing a painting every day! I do have about 6 paintings going at the studio but not many finished. Interesting thing I found with the cross paintings, I was trying to recreate an old series and it’s not working the same. I think it’s because 1. my paints are different and 2. my style has changed. Not sure I like these as much. I was going to give one as a gift but not sure now…
Here’s a few of the ones I finished!
First of all it has been way too long since I have posted anything on my blog! It has been a rough 1st half of the year, but let’s see if I can change that.
I committed to do a “30 paintings in 30 days” challenge with a group of artists, and I thought I would post daily my paintings and any thoughts about the challenge. I started it yesterday, so here are my 2 paintings so far…
It will be rough to actually do a painting each day, but I may do more than one on some days to make up for it! I know tomorrow I may not get a chance to but watch for 2 hopefully on Thursday!
By the way, if you are interested in any of these paintings just let me know!
I recently got my first painting commission. I won’t lie, for a long time I thought that I would never do commissions, the thought just struck fear in me! The idea of doing the perfect painting for someone just did not seem like something I could handle, after all, as an artist I always have that voice in the back of my head that makes me question a lot of what I do (I work hard on silencing that voice!). But a few years ago I got great advice from a fellow artist. He said he always does 2 paintings because it takes the pressure off. It was a fabulous idea!!! The idea of working on 2 paintings has lots of good points. Beside just taking the pressure off of ONE perfect one, if the customer gets very specific with what they want (even if you don’t agree), you can do one their way and one with your vision. Chances are they will like yours better, after all, they chose you for a reason! (They already like your art!). Doing 2 paintings has an additional plus side to it… they may want to buy both, which is what happened with mine!
Now, I have heard horror stories from some artists, and I don’t think I would take on a commission if I get just bad feelings from the customer (like they would be difficult to work with) or doing paintings that are just plain not my style, I think I would refer them to a fellow artist that works in the style they want. That would just be a pressure I don’t want. I LOVE painting, and I want to try and keep it that way!
This is the painting that they saw and wanted a larger version of. I did it 2 years ago and it sold this past spring. I will be exploring versions of this painting further, it was really fun to do!
By the way, my work is abstract, so I don’t know if this would work if you paint realistically. 🙂
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
In abstract painting that is a bit more challenging. I always figured that most of my paintings are inspired by nature, and I knew that once I saw the beauty in Yellowstone National Park, I wanted to include those colors in my paintings. When I created my last few paintings in my Cosmos Series, I used colors I had seen in Yellowstone. I had not looked at my paintings & photos together until just now, and I was moved by how they looked side by side!
This is truly nature’s abstract art! The colors are so vibrant and almost do not seem real! Below are my Yellowstone inspired paintings in my Cosmos Series. They are in the order they were created. You can see how they evolved the more paintings I created!
I love getting photos from collectors of my paintings, so I can see how my work is adorning their home. This photo I just LOVE!!
He had an older painting of mine in there first, but when he got some flowers to decorate the space, he felt my “Nature Reborn” painting would work well with the flowers! I also love the artistic shot he took! (You can see my painting in the background)