Do the work every day. Commit to yourself and your practice. Listen to your gut. Try not to be swayed by the negative voices in your head and around you. Share your process. Find a community by getting involved. Show your work. Show up and show your work, it is easier than ever to put images online. I sold these two beauties last week, because I showed them. That is the only way.
I have not been posting very regularly. Busy with exhibitions, submissions and getting a new website sorted. Really happy to be back in my studio making new work. The more consistent I am with my practice the more ideas I have. Lately, I have been positively brimming and there are many projects and plans on the go. I have to remember that for those times when I feel stuck and flat. It’s cyclical.
Posted this yesterday in support of mental health awareness. Everybody is affected by mental health. Let us lift the stigma. Art heals.
Similar palettes but different execution of forms and material. Working on a few different paintings at once. That is how I roll. I like the variety and contrast. It has not always been that way with my art practice. I had a mentor who insisted we work on one piece at a time until completion. Sometimes I would be working on the same reproduction of an old master for months, In particular I remember working on Albrecht Durer’s self portrait in prismacolour…. I like this better:)
Hey, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with visual stimulation. I need a break from my device and scrolling through all the beautiful little squares. It’s time to refocus, recalibrate and make my art. Disciplined little mini projects, my larger oil paintings and my sketchbooks all need more attention. Not to mention my real life! I know how this happens. I fully participate in the social media thrill of liking and being liked. I have made genuine connections with lovely and supportive people. But all the commenting and replying is really time consuming. Any thoughts on this?
Palette and painting. I am always looking. I am a person who stares and squints. We drove through the mountains and I just stared out the window the entire time. I love the colours this time of year and the various greens and dark greys and purples. I just knew I would come to the studio inspired. I don’t always oil paint, sometimes I use acrylic, sometimes watercolour. But I do something everyday. I am a visual glutton. I am working on this oil painting now, it is in it’s very early stages and maybe not pretty or done enough to share but I want to anyway. My paintings go through so much, the end result might be very different then what you see below. The beginning is so good and sometimes the paintings are so clean they almost seem too good to touch but they are not finished. I have to get at them and make a mess of them and keep working. That’s how they get depth and meaning. I am not a one layer painting kind of girl.