Saturday, February 27, 2016

My beach scene

Happy Saturday!
It is really overcast, but I think I will try and work in my garden today. I can't do as much as I used to, which seriously cheeses me off, but I can't stand being in this box anymore, either! People all around me are braving it and mowing their lawns in spite of the threatening rain, while mine continues to look a jungle. I don't have any moola to pay someone to do mine as well, so sigh, it is what it is...

Here is a watercolor I did a couple of weeks ago, to remind me of the sun!

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe: New give-away, new floss boxes, enter now!

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe: New give-away, new floss boxes, enter now!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Please stop by my ETSY shop and see what's new!

 Please stop by and have a look in my shop. I've posted some new things. Thank you!!
My ETSY shop

https://www.etsy.com/listing/269220393/lion-painting-for-the-young-at-heart?ref=shop_home_active_1

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Lion

I was asked to do a commission. "For the right price, paint me a lion..." I posted the finished piece today and so far, no word~ no comments at all. I do wish they had said something. It's not that I would be whiney or cry baby if he said he didn't want it. He gave me no instructions other than create something based on what I thought I knew of him, which was nothing. So I didn't expect much. I painted a lion, good practice! End of that story. Maybe I can find a place to sell it, maybe not. I think it is to be expected that an artist will come across this type of situation when they are starting. I DID ask for a price, which was good! My backbone grew a wee bit! Its all good!! Goodnight.


Time For Change

Well, I think I shall re-purpose this blog. I've had it for several years, and at one point used it almost every day! I had lots of people to follow and a few who followed me. I guess the fad has faded, but that is not a deterrent at all, far from it~! It has been said that once something is downloaded onto the internet it never disappears. So this will become my perfect place to put things. Whatever I want, without any explanations....


 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Where do you find your inspiration?

        I used to be an active artist, and couldn't wait to get my hands dirty in any variety of materials, loving it all. Problem was, I could never decide on only a few mediums~ no! I had to try it all and experience how it worked. Lack of training, though, would soon produce frustration, and I'd move on to a new pretty, shiny way to create. Hardly an ideal way to go about the process, but it was mine, and in a way was very beneficial. It got me to the point where I was no longer trying but doing. Some art forms stayed, and the longer they lingered, the more they were loved. It helped to finally narrow down what I was meant to be as an artist. Sigh, it left a lot of crap in my house, too, that I had to invent a use for. But this had its purpose in refinement of destiny. It taught me to keep at it until the materials were used up, and further cemented the ones meant to continue.

          Oddly enough, it was school that eliminated most of the desire to create. I "took the leap" and enrolled in an art academy. It was here that the desire was all but squashed. Don't get me wrong, I learned more than I ever expected to while attending; all useful and necessary skills. But joy was soon replaced with tedium, and desire faded around repeated criticism and bad reviews. All of the professors were artists themselves, but some weren't skilled as teachers and their often harsh attitudes began to wear at enthusiasm. I was working harder at art than I ever had before, amid worsening critiques, and by the end had stopped caring at all. The best thing that happened was that financial aide ran out, and I was forced to quit.

          It has taken several years, but the old itch is slowly returning. I AM an artist, and that will never change. Now it isn't new mediums that battle for attention, but dread and fear. Those critiques whisper whenever I start something new, but to replace those negative attitudes, I am blessed now with friends who encourage. They are my inspiration.