Enjoy!!! I sure had fun with this one.
Life is good, I have paint on my hands. Seriously, I have just taken pictures of a completed painting and have paint on my hands. I am totally in my happy place!! Other artists have told me, " you need to paint everyday" I thought , ya,ya, and just when would you like me to do that. Well, they were right. It is a circle. You paint, it makes you happy, and then you want to paint more. It starts to feel like something is missing on the days when I can not make the time to paint. So then you need to paint more, so then you are happy again....See a circle. Which , by the looks of things, I am obsessed with circles. I have decided that I need to stop fighting it and just go with the circles.
This is the painting I have just completed, " Rose Coloured Glasses"
Enjoy!!! I sure had fun with this one.
Wow, what a morning I am having ! Spring is finally coming and I was starting to feel hopeful. Then I woke up this morning and whammo.....it is crazy cold outside. Had to bundle up just to walk Maggie. Leggings, pants, two tops, scarf, hat, coat, hood up, and sun glasses. I am sure I was a thing of beauty. But Maggie was happy.
But that is not what has me super excited. I have a great love of books. Real books. not the tablets or e-readers. Real paper, hard cover books. I am kinda hardcore when it comes to my books. One of my all time favorite books is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It changed my life. I know that probably sounds corny, but it is the truth. It was the middle, the Pray part of the book that really resonated with me. It encouraged me to try meditation which allowed me to let go of all the noise in my head, and to live in the moment. When I paint, I am in a sense, in a meditative state and certainly in the moment with that painting.
I commented on Elizabeth Gilbert's post today on Facebook. She was talking about wanting to paint and was recommending a book that is a guide to help people start painting and being creative. It is called Paint Mojo by Tracy Verdugo. As well Elizabeth asked readers to share what they were creating today. Now, normally I would not comment. But today I really wanted to share. So I did. I explained that I too had wanted to be a painter, that I had literally had dreams of painting and that now I was an artist who sells her works.
This was the painting I included in my comment. Well, then Elizabeth, who I greatly admire, responded ! I am star struck and utterly head over heels, excited that she responded. She said my story was inspiring. Interesting, since she inspires me and so many others. This has made my day! Thank you Elizabeth.
I need to go and create some more while I am riding this high.
Each year the South Grenville Guild of Fine Art hosts an Art Show and Sale. This will be my seventh year, wow where did the time go? That first show scared the pants off me, and yet, I have been in this show ever since. Every year, right after the show, I tell my husband Brant, " next year I will be on top of things, I won't be framing paintings the night before the show" He just smiles and says, " yes dear". He knows better. There will be something I forget or am pushing to finish because I really want it to be in the show. I think it's how an artist's brain works. I know for certain I am not alone. There were paintings being hung on Friday morning that may have been a tad wet. A painting that was just finished in the wee hours the night ( or should I say that morning) before.
Please come, have a visit, say hello, and see the beautiful, original artwork. There is so much to see and you get to talk to the artists. Find out what inspired a particular piece of work, and why they create. All the works are for sale and while we love our creations, we do love to find folks who love our work just as much.
I've got to go now, I have some paintings to finish......
See you at the show !!
Friday February the 20th was a very special day. I participated in Art Battle Brockville. What an awesome event !!!
Art Battle is a live painting competition. The artists are given 20 minutes, yes I said 20 minutes to create and complete a painting. As if that's not enough pressure, the audience circles the artists while they are painting. It was one of the most amazing things I have done. The energy was at an unbelievable level. You could actually feel the audience beside you as we were painting.
It is challenging to engage an audience in a age full of technology. The key is to excite your audience. It's exciting watching artists create right before your very eyes, watching colour, line and form become a work of art in 20 minutes.
The other day I made a conscientious decision. Often when you meet someone new they will ask you, " so , what do you do?" I have decided that my answer will be " i am an artist" .
Maybe that seems obvious to most, but for me it is a change in my focus, a change in my life. For most of my working life I have been a full time floral designer. All of that changed last year. While I am still in the floral industry, it is as a part time employee. So it occurred to me what am i ? who am i ? Pretty deep stuff i know. But we really do define ourselves by what we do for a living or who we are related to. I decided that those definitions no longer work for me. So after much soul searching i have realized that i am an artist.
I have been an artist all my life. It has taken many forms, actor, dancer, musician, and now painter. I have always loved the arts and love to perform or be part of the audience. More importantly it means that I am allowing myself to fully embrace the creative side of me, to be the free spirited, bohemian girl that I really am. We need to forget about all the rules and just allow the artist to come out in all of us.