Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Little Time Off

Dear Readers,

With the season quickly coming into full swing, and more and more shows on my schedule, I feel the need to take a little break from posting. Please stay in touch by following me on my Facebook page where I'll still keep you up to date on all the art news in my life.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Something Brewing

People often ask me where my ideas come from, especially when I work in a series which I am tending to do more and more. All I can say is, something will begin to brew and I let it take me as far as it will go.

And today, something started to simmer.

This morning, I was on the phone near a long vertical mirror which reflected the pergola outside. I was entranced by the image. It was so different than what I was used to seeing. So I began taking my camera around the house and shooting pics wherever a mirror would show me a reverse image. It honestly felt like I was in a different house, another dimension, perhaps... a wonderland of sorts.

So I'll leave it at that for now. Something is definitely brewing. Whether anything comes out of this doesn't really matter though I'm sure something will. For me this was a valuable experience, opening my eyes to a fresh way of looking at the ordinary with extraordinary possibilities just around the corner. We artists are a weird bunch aren't we?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

No More Limits

When I was younger, I used to feel I had to make it "big" to be a successful artist. So I worked hard and became known for my whimsical watercolors. I have been a full-time artist for many, many years, something I am extremely proud of. I've done it all; taught field sketching, illustrated books, been licensed by international companies and have been represented by some of the best galleries along with having high profile collectors. I am grateful for all of it but along the way I find I have also pigeon-holed myself, all the while continuing to feel that urge to experiment and try new things. That's really what makes an artist after all, putting yourself and your inner emotions out there for all to see. But raising two boys alone, with a mortgage and bills meant I needed to continue on the path that had allowed me to achieve success in the first place. I sorely needed to get some courage from the Wizard.

Now the boys are grown and I could certainly continue to rely on what I've always done. In fact, many of my long-time clients wish I would do just that. But as I've gotten older, I'm finding I need to be ignited by something new. I have exciting ideas and philosophies that have been brewing for some time, and I'm eager to share them through my work. I have been spending a lot of time developing my Between Heaven and Earth series which includes my air angels, handmade books, charms, pocket shrines, and other expressions of this theme. This is a very important part of my life, and yes, I was concerned about finding a market for the new work. I still have those pesky bills to pay! But happily I'm finding lots of my regular clients and new ones are enjoying the work and purchasing it. I think they like the freshness, and it's still me after all. I'll never lose that trace of whimsy and magic I have always included in my work.

I am also making time to indulge my passion for working with vintage jewelry. I'm sharing pics of my cuff bracelets, designed by me using bits and pieces of vintage jewelry. I do this for pure enjoyment with no intention of selling them. Though I must admit I've had offers. These too reflect my whimsical side. No matter what medium I pursue I will still be me and it will show through.

I guess what I'm trying to say is this; all the accomplishments you may rack up doesn't always mean you're a better artist. You'll find out once you "make it" it's not as glamorous as you thought it would be. Take the time to have some fun, try new mediums, experiment. And you'll find that whatever you put your passion into will also reflect in sales. Now that's true success!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

My One and Only

I only have one squirrel at The Crooked Little House. He shows up around 9 in the morning, looking for spilled sunflower seeds from the feeder hanging off the pergola. He knows the finches are messy and surely there will be a feast left for him. I don't know why there is only one squirrel here; everyone else says they have lots of them.

Yesterday morning, right on cue, my little beast appears, only this time, he climbs atop a decorative iron piece that sits in an urn sharing space with a trumpet vine, rosemary and a sculpture of Anemi, the Greek God of Winds. And at the top rests a pair of antlers my brother had sent me long ago. He had found them on a walk in the woods. Well my squirrel took a liking to them and began to chew.

I have never seen this behavior in my squirrel. These antlers have been on plain view for years and he has never paid any attention to them. But it allowed me a chance to get some pics through the (dirty) window, not great ones but enough to create a new painting with my squirrel as the subject.

I wanted to do some sketches but was too interested in seeing what he was doing to bother to go to the studio and grab my book. He remained on the antlers, happily chewing away for around 10 minutes, then he went in search of sunflower seeds.