About six weeks ago, I was driving out I-5 to meet a friend for lunch. I was sailing along in sparse early afternoon traffic when I had an epiphany. For some months, I'd been talking to my close friends about my decision to stop trying to be a professional artist. As many of you know, I am blessed with two creative passions: writing and painting. And marketing and selling my books is enough of an effort in that commercial direction.
I felt a little sad about letting go of painting but it seemed the right thing to do. Then on that drive to lunch, I realized that I could become a serious painter without having to try to sell my work. I could continue to paint in all seriousness and just give the work away. I was thrilled to realize this and to move in this new direction.
Upping My Knowledge of Design and Value
A week or so after I made the decision to take myself seriously as a painter, I signed up for a 12-week intensive online art class with Nicholas Wilton, a California abstract painter whose blogs and teachings I'd been following for a year. This was a big decision for me to make, put the time and money and energy into upping my game with principles and techniques.
In our first week of painting, he had us work only in black and white and and to work each day on the same two small boards (12" x 12"). The goal: to keep pushing contrasts and differences and see what we could learn by exploring these two ideass.
The paintings above are four days' work on an abstract painting; the paintings below are the four days on a representational painting. I like 3 and 4 of the abstract best but I like 1 and 2 of the representational best.
The Art Giveaway Continues
Thanks to all of you who have requested mini-paintings. There are still some lovely ones left. These paintings are in acrylic with a metallic component and are ready to hang. One can be yours (or sent as a gift) for $10 for shipping and handling to any US address.
To order one, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see what's available, click here: http://bit.ly/2l9KiCG
Intention:Making art every day in gratitude for the colors of life Mission: Establishing creative self-expression as a key ingredient for recovery Motto: Make art and heal the heart
Meet Oliver, who has been CFO (chief feline officer) in the design and art studio of my long-time friend Amy Livingstone for the past several years. Amy and I both have a fondness for tuxedo cats, and Oliver is elegance personified (or catified).