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Creativity: Throwback Thursday

 

We have a friend visiting from out of town today, so I haven’t had any time for creating. What better time to share a #TBT post?! A couple of weeks ago I posted about my 25 years as an Artist.

Clarksville Methodist Church, pencil drawing

Clarksville Methodist Church, pencil drawing. Not the greatest photo, it was sent to me by a fan. I honestly don’t think I have a photo/copy of this drawing anymore.

In that post I talked about my first drawings being of historical buildings in Tennessee. For today’s Throwback Thursday post, I decided I would share some of my pencil/charcoal drawings and portraits. The church was done when I was 21 years old, just a baby as an artist. All I knew was drawing with pencil, I hadn’t had any experience with painting or selling my art.

"Nate sticking out his tongue", pencil drawing of my youngest son at around 2 years old, 2003

“Nate sticking out his tongue”, charcoal drawing of my youngest son at around 2 years old, 2003.

I surely didn’t know anything about computers back then. The World Wide Web barely existed then, at least the way we know it now. I was still 6 years away from owning my own first computer. At the time, I still had dreams of becoming an architect someday. I’ve always loved drawing buildings. I love architecture, especially older buildings. It fascinates me how much detail and work was put into buildings before the turn of the 20th century. Nothing was rushed, it was art. It’s sad to me that in today’s rushed world, buildings are put up in record time, with little to no architectural details. Little boxes everywhere you look. Big box stores, little box suburban sprawl. Boxes everywhere. I could go on forever about the loss of beautiful architectural pieces.

"Bryan and his big wheel", pencil drawing of my eldest son at around 2 years old. Circa 1997

“Bryan and his big wheel”, charcoal drawing of my eldest son at around 2 years old. Circa 2002

At the same time I was drawing historical buildings, I was always working on a portrait. Whether it was one of my own kids or commissions of other people’s kids, I used to really enjoy portraits. After drawing who knows how many portraits, I took a portrait painting class and did several watercolor and then oil portraits. Then one day, I was tired of painting portraits. I was good at it, not to toot my own horn, but faces are really not all that different. I knew I needed something more.

"Can I Hold the Baby?", watercolor portrait of my middle son holding his newborn cousin, 1997.

“Can I Hold the Baby?”, watercolor portrait of my middle son holding his newborn cousin, 1997.

For years after that, I drew and painted landscapes. Actually, all of these phases overlapped each other. I was unsure for many years which direction my art was headed. Portraits were always the best way to make a living as an artist, but also the most nerve wracking process. It was stressful doing commissions and never knowing if the person paying for the commission would be happy with the end result.They usually were, but that stress of self-doubt was hard for me to deal with.

"Martinez grandkids", commissioned portrait painted in oils, circa 2004

“The Grandkids”, commissioned portrait painted in oils, circa 2004

What it eventually came down to was I was searching for something deep down inside me that was MINE. My truest form of expressing my creativity. Not something I saw and wanted to copy, but something that came from my soul. I finally found that expression with my peace paintings and my spiral abstract series.

I will share my landscapes and Peace works in another post. Stay tuned for my next #TBT Creativity post! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading my blog! If you like what you see here, please subscribe to my blog in the upper right hand corner of this page. πŸ™‚

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Revisiting Art Auctions

Paula's art show

Me standing in front of my show at High Desert Art & Frame

I wanted to share a LINK to a review (scroll down to bottom of that page) that was recently written on my current show at High Desert Art & Frame. The show turned out lovely and will be up for view until the end of July.

I am currently working on cleaning out my flat file. This has been a long process! I have SO MANY small paintings, sketches and drawings in there!

One of the paintings up for auction, starting bid $9.99

One of the paintings up for auction, starting bid $9.99

At first, I thought about just burning them ALL! I once tried to throw some of my older art away and my mom rescued said pieces from the trash. Needless to say, I don’t throw art away anymore, and I have thought of burning it many times in the past. I never succeeded at that though. What if there is someone out there who might get joy out of that little painting or drawing?

Another piece up for auction, starting bid, $19.99

Another piece up for auction, starting bid, $19.99

I have decided that rather than throw away or burn my old art, I’m hopping back on ebay to auction off these old pieces. I am actually doing this in two phases. First, I am posting said art on my Facebook Art Page at the starting bid prices. My facebook fans have about a day or 24 hours to snatch up the pieces they want. Once the 24 hours is over, they are taken down from facebook and posted for auction on ebay. If you are interested in seeing said paintings, you can hop over to my Facebook Art Page or my Ebay listings. I am not sure how long this will be going on, but I’m starting with 10 per day. I have literally tens possibly a hundred of these little gems. Most are watercolor paintings or “sketches” of ideas that I had that either became larger paintings or never made it past the sketch stage.