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Some Days I Just Push Through

New paintings on the wall and a halfway clean studio!

New paintings on the wall and a halfway clean studio!

Some days, being an artist is just plain painful. Why did I choose this occupation? What was I thinking?! Is it too late to give up and start a new career? Would I even be able to give it up? NO! I guess I’m stuck in this self imposed torture for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so very grateful that I get to do what I LOVE! Painting is my true bliss! It’s all the other crap that goes along with it that makes it painful. I won’t go into all of that because I’m trying to turn myself around here and be, just BE positive and grateful. Success just seems to keep alluding me. Maybe I’m on the verge? Maybe tomorrow I will sell 20 paintings and all will be ok, right? Life is a journey and I can’t deny, I got on this train, no one forced me at gunpoint! No one to blame but myself. Days like today, I daydream of some mindless job I could do daily to pay the bills, then I remember the last “job” I had. That didn’t work out very well. Oh well. Meditate, pray, paint, wash, rinse and repeat! What else can I do? This is my life. I have some good art shows coming up! I have a new website! Things are looking up, right? Today, I have an interview with a fellow artist for a blog post she is going to write about me. I NEED to get back into a positive frame of mind. Nothing worse than being that pessimistic older artist telling the younger artist how wonderful it’s all been. She knows better than that, but still.

"Find Your Shine", 24 x 30" oil on canvas, $1,050

“Find Your Shine”, 24 x 30″ oil on canvas, $1,050

Alrighty then! Enough wallowing in self pity! Today I’m pushing through to get my paintings ready for the NMCCG show that hangs at the beginning of June. Hanging wires to be added, signatures on those paintings I forgot to sign, small details. Along with that, finishing painting an artist studio that just rented and will be moved in to on Saturday. Getting my studio ready for a Mandala painting class also on Saturday.

"Healing Bloom", 20 x 20" oil on canvas, $600

“Healing Bloom”, 20 x 20″ oil on canvas, $600

I guess writing all this stuff out helps! I feel better already. I guess I’d better get back to work. Hope you all are having a great day. Oh and the paintings in this blog are the last 3 I finished for the show that I teased about in my last post! I decided to go ahead and share them, just in case someone has their name on one of them! πŸ˜‰ (Always gotta work it ya know?!)

"Sunshine", 20 x 20" oil on canvas, $600

“Sunshine”, 20 x 20″ oil on canvas, $600

The Clock is Ticking….

20 x 20" oil on canvas, work in progress

20 x 20″ oil on canvas, work in progress

The deadline for the NMCCG show is fast approaching. I am working on having 25 pieces ready for the show and I’m currently right around 21. I ordered 4 new canvases last week and this week I’ve been busy covering canvas with black gesso. I started painting on Tuesday and have two paintings started now. I did a bit of research and found a fun new color combo. From my research, I found that a majority of both men and women call Blue their favorite color. I’m not one of those people, so I rarely use blue in my paintings. That changes with this batch of paintings. I love this combo (above) of bright sky blue with a light olive green and of course, ALL of my paintings start with yellow.

20 x 20" oil on canvas, work in progress

20 x 20″ oil on canvas, work in progress

Purple and green happen to be my favorite colors and purple, green and yellow is a favorite combo of mine. Most of my paintings keep to a 3 color combination. I like odd numbers and I like to keep my palette simple. πŸ™‚

I may never paint another painting without the black gesso background. I just LOVE the way it makes the colors POP! They seem brighter on the dark background. I used to say I didn’t use black because it’s so dark and I want my art to be bright and light. I guess I should have tried putting it in the background a long time ago. The way the color pops on that dark background makes the color even brighter and lighter, IMHO anyway. πŸ™‚

In other news, I’m excited to report I may have found the PERFECT spot to teach painting classes! I’ve decided to start teaching a monthly mandala painting class. It will be one of those fun painting classes where you can have a glass of wine or a beer or even a cocktail while everyone paints. Usually, these classes teach everyone the same image, but my class will be about everyone creating their own version of the mandala. I will have more information about that very soon, still have to work out the details with the venue for the room rental and research the cost of materials, so I will know what I have to charge for the class. Stay tuned…

I can see the light….

..at the end of the proverbial tunnel! I have one blank canvas left to fill. Just in time! My deadline is November 20, so I technically have over two weeks left. There is still work to do once the painting is done, I have to finish and put hangers on. I am finishing them with my usual metal tape, not sure yet if they will be embossed or left plain. Time will tell. Here are a few images of the most recent paintings;

original oil painting

almost done! 12 x12″ oil on canvas

yinyang original oil painting

untitled for now, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, almost done!

yin yang original oil painting

another work in progress, 30 x 30″ oil on canvas, this one is just getting started!

yinyang original oil painting

untitled, 12 x 12″ oil on canvas, this one is complete but hasn’t found it’s name yet.

 

Artsy Quote: Gratitude!

Sometimes I need to remind myself! πŸ™‚

Green flower triptych with gratitude quote

Artsy Quote: Love & Wisdom

There can never be too many quotes about love, can there? I don’t think so, so here’s another one! πŸ™‚

artsy quote with oil painting

Back at it!

All About Love 2 original oil painting on canvas

All About Love 2, 6 x 6″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted

It’s feeling really great to be back at work, loving the feeling of the paint on the palette, then the canvas, then……. Grateful for my wonderful life…… πŸ™‚

Here’s what I worked on today. #1 & 2 of a 9 canvas series called “All About Love”.

original oil painting on canvas All About Love 1

All About Love 1, 6 x 6″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted

Emotions Exposed…

photo of prepped canvas

Canvas prepped and waiting to be painted, white areas are gesso, leaving areas of blank raw canvas.

Starting a new series. Painted on a nice gray linen, I decided to leave parts of the canvas exposed to show the beauty of the canvas alone. Each painting will be named after an emotion, all positive emotions. So, I came up with the obvious name for the series, “Emotions Exposed”. So far I have four of the 7 paintings started. All are still works in progress.

original oil painting on exposed canvas

Star of Love, 20 x 20" oil on exposed linen canvas, work in progress

original oil painting on exposed linen canvas

Love is the Thread, 20 x 20" oil on exposed linen, work in progress

original oil painting on exposed canvas emotions

Exposed Three, 20 x 20" oil on canvas, work in progress

original oil painting on canvas exposed emotion

Exposed Four, 20 x 20" oil on canvas, work in progress