Thursday, October 19, 2017

My customer loved it

I've heard many stories of artists who venture out toward their dreams and of the struggles they face.
A common thread evolves around money or the lack of, that is.
Thus... the terminology "starving artist" became a catch phrase.
I can attest to the validity of how unsettling it can be not to have a "steady" income 
and how it can make you feel like shit.  
Which in turn encourages all kinds of self-doubt questions to take residence inside your head.
Thoughts are equally powerful, the good and the bad thoughts.
I can choose my thoughts which conjure up belief in myself, my story, and my art.
"If I think I can, I can."
I am extremely grateful to have several customers who qualify to be called collectors of my art because they have multiple pieces.  
Words can never express how grateful I am for their continued support and encouragement.

I have a customer that often calls on me to do custom work for her.
I teasingly tell her that she keeps me in business.  Which is actually the truth.
Some of her requests have me doing things I have not artistically done before.
Sharing with you, her latest project, was the catalyst for this post yet when I started writing it seemed I had more to say.  I decided to go with it.
Anyway...
   I wanted to show you about her project.
She found this wooden tool case that's from the 1920's.  It was rich with history.  You can tell it was well used, back in the day.
My customer found out her nephew and his wife are having a baby.  And she wanted me to turn it into something special.
These were her her guidelines:
She wanted it to be transformed yet not altered to the point of loosing it's character.
She wanted it to be a place for little baby toys, books, etc.
She did not want it to look babyish.
She wanted it to be able to be used, alter, for others things.
She gave me info of the mother-to-be  style and asked me to make it something she would like.
She gave me a deadline of little over a week.

I consulted with Mary, a friend of mine who specializes in refinishing and repurposing furniture.
She gave me some pointers and ideas which lifted my confidence.
Off I went.
I scrubbed, scrubbed, and scrubbed followed by sanding, sanding, and more sanding .
It had multiple layers of dirt and grime that needed to be removed until I could finally start making it look pretty.
The best part... my customer LOVED it!
Here are finished photos.
After several coats of stain
I painted the bottom off white and gently sanded to bring out the texture from the wood. 
I used joint compound with stencils for the patterns on the sides.  Sanded.  Followed by doing a light glazing to push back the white color.
I softly painted the flowers with PanPastels.
Sealed it with four coats of varnish.

Until the next time!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UpSiDe DoWn (I didn't even get dizzy1)

Tea Bag Art Tuesday #7
Woo-Hoo!  
I drew her UpSiDe DoWn and you get to watch me!
Please take time to watch my video.
I am new to the world of video taping myself while I create.  I am usually "free flowing".

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel even share it with your friends and family.
Also... give me a Thumbs Up!
Your support, encouragement, and (kind) suggestions are welcomed.

Monday, October 16, 2017

This is where you can meet emerging artists

I am pleased to be presenting my art at another Artists Pop-Up Gallery.
I get excited when I can be in the presence of other emerging artists.
YET... the icing on the cake is meeting YOU.
I'll be there and look forward to chatting with YOU.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Intuitively creating

Previously  I spoke about one way that I practice creating art.  I prep some pages from waste paper that had been on my art table.  (CLICK HERE)

I am in the midst of working on 3 commissioned pieces and I felt like creating art with abandon, without concern of the outcome.  So... I grabbed one of those pages.
I did a raw umber glaze to the entire page.
Enhanced some of the markings.
Then with a  little charcoal, PanPastels, and acrylic paint this is what I intuitively created.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

how to get out of your own way

My mind was swirling last night when I tried to sleep.  
I decided not to just lay there.  I got out of bed and went into my studio.
I pulled out supplies - water color paper, loose charcoal, charcoal pencils, PanPastels.
I said a little prayer of surrender...
I began...
she intuitively appeared
As much as I don't like to admit it there are times when 
fear, doubt, and worry creep into my thoughts and heart. 
I feel like I should have already dealt with this fear stuff and it should never rear it's ugly presence again.  
Then BOOM... here I am.  Wrapped up in it again!
I've identified what some of the outside triggers are.  Most times I am ready to meet them head on.  
Then there are times when all of sudden I'm in their grip.
To be honest, it usually happens when I have been remiss on focusing on the good in my life.
When I am lacking in my daily positive reinforcements.
It comes down to this...
I have choices.
I could hang onto those outside triggers and blame them for my fear
OR
I can accept reality that there is nothing or no one that can stop me from being who I am suppose to be or what I am suppose to doing with my life, EXCEPT me.
I get in my own frickin' way!  
The negative emotions and thoughts wrap themselves around me until I feel paralyzed as if I have no way out.  That's simply not true.
The truth is... I ALWAYS have a choice

I detest being in a negative space.  
It's when I do the hard soul work, focus on finding resolves,  make the necessary changes, and get back into my positive  routines  that I come back stronger,  perhaps a little wiser.
I'll remember this...
The only thing in my way is me.

Thank You for your 
continued support and encouragement.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

There have been times when I wanted to throw in the towel.

There have been times when I wanted to throw in the towel.  When I've questioned if I was even on the right path.  When I felt like I had nothing to offer creatively.

Deep down I know and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity that I feel God has given to me.   I am a creative Late Bloomer.  I did not know that I could paint or draw until 6 years ago.  It was a cold day in February 2011 that I pondered the thought that there had to be more to life than what I was living.  My life was good, I just felt there had to be more.  I began with  one foot in front of the other.

It is one of the most awesome feelings when I wake up from a night's sleep and intuitively know what I am going to create.  It's the best EVER!  I trust the process and follow.   That's when I'm able to earnestly say, "I have what it takes!"

But...when those negative thoughts creep in, they can/they will/they have thrown me into a tail spin.  It's not fun either to feel so low.  One thing I have learned from experience is it's much easier to "not even go there" with the negative thoughts than it is to try and recover from them.  I have a several plans that seem to work for me.  I acknowledge that negative thoughts are part of the equation and how I handle them is my choice.  They have no power over me, they are just thoughts,  unless I allow them to.  I breathe and let the thought pass me by.

Yet since my fear is about not being creatively worthy I know I have to "get back on the horse" sorta speak.  Here's what I do.

My art table is covered with white craft paper where I scrape the excess paint from my brushes, etc.  This is what it looks like right now.
When I feel the paper is at it's messy capacity and needs to be changed out I roll it up and save it.
Here is one of the many ways I use the rolled up paper.
I take out my art journal. 
I glue sections of the paper onto pages of the journal.
I instantly have the start of an art journal page.  This helps spark creativity.   
A blank page can be daunting at times which can jump start the mind-chatter into motion.
Here are some of my current pages all ready for me.
They almost look like art themselves.  Don't they?

   
Below is a journal page that started out as scrap paper from my art table. All I did was add flowers by making acrylic skins.  I painted stems and leaves.  I added shadows with charcoal.
Rest assured I averted the negative mind chatter on this day.

Thanks for sharing my journey with me.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sisters

Eleven days ago I watched a video  Why People Commission Portraits by Gwenn Seemel
(take a moment  watch her video) 
One of the reasons it struck a cord with me is because I am a portraiture artist.  
In the video she speaks about many different reasons someone may commission a portrait.  
The one main reason someone would commission is portrait is "making special".  
You make something special when you make it into art.
A painted portrait has a hand made quality about it that a photograph lacks.

I looked up from my computer to see a photo of my sisters and I from 2007.
This was a special moment for us so I decided to make it 
even more special by making it a piece of art.
I finished it today!
Here it is!

The actual photo was captured in 2007.
When we were together we would go into laughing fits, sometimes for no reason. 
Just acting silly.  One would laugh then the others would follow suit.
During this time when we were having our photo taken Judy decided to pinch Linda's butt. 
Linda burst out laughing.
That is all it took to create a chain reaction of antics that continued for a while.

When I close my eye and  become still I can recall the laughter from that moment time.

"Making Special"
that is exactly what I did by painting this portrait.

Thank You, Gwenn!
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