Thursday, August 20, 2009

Repeat after Me: You are Moving!

I have made one more step into the unknown, on my journey toward becoming a professional artist. I have now signed on to contribute to an art blog as a guest author.

This will be my first occasion writing anything art-related that wasn't just about my work and my experienceas an artist and a Christian. Now I have to come up with how tos and other tips that will help other people grow as artists. Daunting to say the least but you cannot get anywhere in life if you do not step out. So here I go. Say a prayer.
One... two... three... Step!

Here is the link to my first blog. I hope you read it and share your thoughts.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Breaking Away


Flower Garden
Oil
18x15
(This painting was chosen to be here
because it marked the beginning of my journey to become a serious artist)

I am involved in a lot of activities. From painting to writing to singing to involvement in women's ministeries, to practising culinary arts to teaching full time and from September, I am once more a student at UWI. St Augustine. I'll be going for my second degree this time in fine art. In addition I have my most important responsibilities as wife and mother.


Most recently (June) I added radio announcer to this list of activites. It was one of those thing s that I always wanted to experience and I felt I would be good at, so there I was.


There is some truth to the saying spreading yourself too thin. While I was announcing, my art was languishing, my writing was basking in the dimness of nowhere and my family, well they are very supportive. I had to drop out of the choir since I was on during choir paractice and I haven't seen the inside of a church in weeks.


I am the type of person who likes to be involved but I feel involvement must be, like everything else tempered by good sense. It makes no sense involving yourself in everthing and not flowing and being effective.


My focus shifted from where it should have been to something else entirely. I want to be an artist of note and a prolific writer. I view both of these as much ministry as working for a christian radio station. In order to be both these things I must give them their due. Therefore, I have made the decision to give up my announcer's responsibility to someone who will be able to give it their full attention.


It was an honor and privilege that I will always remember and be thankful for.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Abandoned


Abandoned
Oils
12x24 canvas panel

As I meandered through the little village of La Lune in Moruga I came across A cemetary; not a cemetary for people but for lorries, trucks cranes, tractors with and without the backhoe.
They must have been of use to someone at some point but now they lined the roadway, abandoned. Home for every kind of bush and grass and even little trees and whatever creature decide to set up home base.
Now it provides me with worthy subjects and a story to tell.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Aha!


(My first plein aire)
After the Rain
Oils
16x20
July 2008

Today I joined the American Artists community. While I was writing my hellos something occurred to me. It was only early last year that I started painting outdoors (en plein aire)


It didn't seem such a short time.


I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my art. I've done many paintings that I don't show because I am not satisfied with the quality. I am sometimes very hard on myself because I feel like I should be somewhere else and I'm not there. When I look at other artists' works and see how they seem to capture their locations and paint with such pathos I feel the urge to hide my work even more.


Today, though, I had one of Oprah's 'aha' moments. It took these artists years to develop the techniques and abilities they have now, in something that I've been doing for only one year so if I am not where I want to be yet I can cut myself some slack (easier said than done) All I have to do is keep at it. Be prepared to make mistakes and do things over but be prepared to learn and move; most of all, be prepared to keep at it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Plein air Los Iros et al

Got up this morning and decided that one way or another I was going out to paint. I was going to break the cycle of inactivity and just go out.


I chose Los Iros, a beach located in the quiet village of Erin which is south of the island, because I have been 'haunted by the little red and yellow huts they have for the life guards.
Well I didn't get to the huts cause the rain chased me and I canvas panels away but I did come home with two paintings and as a bonus I painted the full moon.
Standing on the Rocks
Oil
11x14
Playing in the Sand
Oils
12x16
This is where the rain chased me off the beach. I was really enjoying all the sand activities.
Moonglow
Oils
12x24

Monday, August 3, 2009

Amost Hidden

Did a plein aire study yesterday. It'[s amazing the vistas you can find right outside your door if you just look for them.
All the areas have been blocked in and I am now ready to add my values


Almost Hidden
Oils
11x14
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