It’s been a couple of weeks-time goes by very fast sometimes, but in reality I think this time has allowed me to think deeply about the changes I see myself going through as an artist.
I began painting & drawing (full-time?) after I retired (ha) and for the most part I’ve been going through the paces of learning the working ways of life as an artist. I’ve joined organizations (still belong to some), was part of a cooperative gallery (closed recently). Years have passed and I have learned oh so much. This summer (July to the present) I have taken most of the time to just fill my hours with LEARNING, RESEARCHING, THINKING, DRAWING, PLAYING and becoming involved with various online groups engaged in personal art challenges.
All along I’ve found more & more about myself. A real journey of discovery and I’m liking what I’ve found. Over the past months I’ve had more fun with my art than I’ve had in years, completely unencumbered by negative thoughts like “will someone like this enough to purchase it?” I think I’ve come to the conclusion that “it just doesn’t matter, and I feel sooooo good about it”.
Making art for ME…fits so wonderfully that each day of discovery, whether it’s sketching, painting or digging into blogs I’ve never felt happier,and now I have a list of ‘to do’s because I WANT TO DO THEM (housework is not included). I really hope the ‘universal creator’ gives me enough time on this earth to complete them. And, I’m thinking that sharing with the online community is just my ticket forward into free flight.
Here’s a few pieces (art challenges) I did over the past week and an old piece (2) just for fun. Hope you enjoy.