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Friday, January 27, 2012

More Aware

I am painting a landscape type painting right now. The part of the painting I'm on is two trees. Not horribly detailed but enough that I really have to think about it. It makes me see trees in the real world differently. I notice details of the bark, how the leaves either look like clumps or individuals, the play of shadows on the canopy, the way the light wraps around the trunk. Painting something makes me more aware in the real world - gives me what one artist called "owl vision" - that ability to expand what I see around me by focusing as wide as I can while staring at a certain point. And I find creation is astounding. Or more specifically, my Creator. And I thank Him for allowing me to see and paint a tiny portion of it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I say I'm an artist...

I feel funny telling people I don't know I'm an artist. Sometimes even people I do know. I mean, I've been a crafter, a wife, a mom, a student, but an artist? That's reserved for someone who creates and sells their artwork. Then I realize I create and sell my artwork. Oh, ok. Maybe then it's  reserved for someone who shows their art...I've started doing that. hmmm. ok. I don't know - maybe it's something else I feel I haven't achieved yet but art is a lifelong process of learning, so I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I create...art. And I love it. Therefore, I'm an artist.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Glimpse of an artist

Thought for the day: Art is a baring of the artist's soul. It shows the world what lies within and gives the viewer a glimpse of who the artist is or wants the world to think she is at that point in time. At least, that is how I see it. Each piece of art gives someone a peek of who I am...I am wrapped up in each painting. Does that thought keep my art too safe, limit what I paint, or make it into something I think others want it to be?  I don't know. Maybe. Then again, perhaps I am just learning to express what lies within - to stretch and reveal my inner self. So this year I will strive to paint with no expectations of my own or anyone else's. Just maybe I'll give myself permission to fly.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Starting back up

Ok, it's been awhile. December was a crazy month! Full of crafting, family and friends, and celebration but not much painting. I missed oil painting! So now I'm back in the swing of things. I've started a new painting and am trying out a new technique. The first step was uncomfortable (brought out some insecurities I have about drawing haha) but the results are amazing. I now have a wonderful underpainting and I'm really excited about adding the next layer. The painting is a night scene. I'm thinking of naming it "Midnight's Journey". I'm really looking forward to stretching and expanding. Here's to the new year!