Saturday, March 20, 2010

Out to Pasture

Here is my latest painting "Out to Pasture" I have fussed on it over and over, mostly the truck, and I am leaving it for a bit to see if I want to call it done or not.  I  can tell you it's not always easy to know when a painting is finished.  I tend to overwork it and that doesn't mean it gets better.  I had some good feedback from Victoria a fellow artist whose work is much looser and she told me to use larger brushes for a looser effect.  So I did, I had the truck detailed and almost too defined until I used a fatter brush which loosened it up.  I like it looser and I'd like it looser still but I"ll get there....step by step...painting by painting....It feels exciting to be producing a body of work, to be able to consider myself an "artist".  Honestly I couldn't really feel comfortable wearing that title until recently, now I'm honored to be called an artist.  I'm amongst a prestidious group of acclaimed artists in the arsensal, and I am humbled by the talent surrounding me.  I'm humbled and inspired to keep making art so I can show in galleries and make some money with this passion.  What breeds success is action.  Doing a little bit everyday towards a goal will eventually get you what you are after, it's really that simple.  What prevents people from doing the work isn't the work itself but the fear of success.  It's easier and safer to dream about things than to put yourself out there and try, to maybe not be the best but learn from being ok, perhaps good even.  If you keep at it, eventually you might get great but you'll never be great if you don't try.  If you don't start.  I am proud of myself for just doing it, for believing in myself enough to say I will succeed.  Now I realize that I can dream bigger and bigger, it's ok to go for it, to think why not me?  If it's meant to be then it will be, all I have to do is show up and do my best.  I have never been so driven or so sure of my footing before, there is no chance I will falter.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring is here!!!

Today's weather was epic, the truest feeling of spring was everywhere. I could have sliced the air and eaten it, it was so delicious!! I had to be outside as much as possible, and while I had responsibilities that made me go indoors from time to time, I ducked out whenever possible and gulped some of that tasty spring day. I took some photographs of the blooming flowers near my house, and while I was loading them browsed other images that felt flirty and fun. It's days like today that make the world a brighter, happy place. I hope you were able to take some of it in and you weren't stuck inside an air conditioned building. It's gotta be hard to work on a day like today when sky's the limit and the sun is shining. I am busy painting 5 new pet portraits, trucks, a baby shower present and anything else that I can muster. It's great, I'm not complaining, it's exactly what I want to be doing. My brain is spinning on it's axis with all the things I want to do and that's a wonderful place to be. The future looks so good, with the warm weather comes more customers and that's a good thing for this hip chick. I hope to see you all at the studio and happy spring to you!!