ART: Not for Sale

Over the years there have been a few pieces of art that I created that I had every intention of selling, however, it found its way into my heart and I just couldn’t part with it.

This one fits in that category.

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I created “free falling” in late 2015 when I was just starting to only make abstract art. I was finally painting larger—30×40—and was not so intimidated by the huge canvas. I remember telling myself that I could do it and to just keep at it until I was happy with it. Honestly, the creative process was almost as difficult as giving birth!

There was so much emotion involved. I was adding paint and then hating it so then I was painting over it or scrubbing the paint off.  I remember feeling so unsure with each stroke of the brush. I was questioning my every move. Is this where I should make a mark? Is this a good mark? Is there too much pink? Should I add some black here?

As I passed through the “ugly teenager” stage and moved into the home stretch, I was feeling much better. The voices in my head were telling me I could do it. I was getting the boost of confidence I needed to continue. Although I was still questioning my actions, it was with less vigor. I was being kinder to myself.

I never got around to varnishing it. Once I hung it up, it remained above my bed. You won’t be seeing a “for sale” sign anytime soon. It is a daily reminder that I CAN paint. I CAN be creative. I CAN work through the difficulty. I CAN be an artist.

I AM an artist.

Have you had a similar experience with your art? Tell me about it. I’d love to hear from you!

Keep on creating,

Betty

PS:  I’m now offering prints on canvas, paper and metal on my website.

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ART: Not for Sale

Subconscious Inspiration

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  And, sometimes I don’t even know it’s inspiring my work until after I completed a painting or two.

During my recent stay in our home in Winthrop, Washington, I discovered what was giving me inspiration…and it was just outside my window.

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In the Spring, my husband planted wild flowers in our front yard. These are all local seeds that grow well in our area. After many months of watering and weeding, the flowers are in full bloom and bursting with beautiful color.

It wasn’t until I completed my first painting and I was glancing out the window that I realized the colors of the flowers were all in my painting. I named the first one “Bloom” and soon several more followed.

Although each one was a little different than the previous, the colors all mimicked the ones I saw in my yard. “Bloom” numbers 1 – 5 from left to right:

Here are a couple of pictures of my work in progress. I usually start with mark making using pencils and graphite. Then I continue by adding black paint and bright colors as the under-painting. The next couple of layers include more paint, mark making and scratching into the wet surface. I usually finish the piece with more mark making after the paint has dried.

I love how inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s obvious and other times it’s in our subconscious waiting for us to recognize where it came from.

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I’ll be at the Mountain View (California) Art & Wine Festival this weekend (September 9  & 10). Stop by to see my artwork in person.

Bloom numbers 3, 4 and 5 in the photo above are available for purchase. Message me for more details.

Wishing you a creative day,

Betty

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Subconscious Inspiration

Getting Outside My Head

The Process

When creating art there are several steps that I enter, go through and exit. One quickly merges into the next and into the next and before I know it I’m in the home stretch of completing a painting.

In the Beginning

I love all the steps involved. When I begin a painting, I start with mark making. This allows me to put down lines and circles and squiggly lines. It loosens me up. And, I am no longer staring at a vast area of white (which can be intimidating). Most of those marks are covered up, so it’s a great time to let loose and just go for it.

My next step is paint. I pick out a couple of colors to start with and then add more as I go. I work on a large plastic-covered area on my table so that I can mix my colors.  At this point I’m still working on the under-painting, not the final layer.  This means I can continue to put down paint without thinking too much about the final result. Actually, thinking usually makes it harder to paint, so I try to stay out of my head and in my heart.

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To see my beginning process for the painting above, click on this link for a short video.

After I initially posted that video, a lot of folks wanted to know how the painting was finished. I didn’t continue taping the next day mainly because I find that I’m too aware of the camera and, therefore, I don’t relax and just paint. Here is the completed piece:

living in a dream world - 30x40 on canvas - may 24, 2017“living in a dream world” 30×40 on canvas {sold}

Creativity over Logic

I believe that the most important part of my process is using my right brain (creativity) versus my left brain (logic). There is this constant war that goes on during the painting process and I have to remind myself to not think! (However, the left brain is very handy when I’m putting together newsletters like this one.)

Do you find yourself battling between the right and left side of the brain? How does that show up in your line of work? What do you do to keep them separated and keep the creativity flowing?

Wishing you a creative week,

Betty

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Getting Outside My Head