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!


2 comments:

  1. Just wondering what your "pocket shrines" are ?

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  2. I'll post one today on Facebook for you to see.

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