Nov 302009

This entry is to motivate you to always be true to yourself. Weather you are an artist or a singer don’t try to be someone else. Be You!!!

We have all seen vocalist that try to be someone else and are not original. Why would anyone want to buy their CD’s if they could buy the real thing instead? That is the same way it is with the visual arts.

Yes, just like a vocalist may be influenced by a particular artist or a particular style of music the visual artist also, can be influenced by a particular artist or style as well; both of them need to find themselves. They need to be the unique artist that they were made to be.

It may be fun to imitate someone for a time but real satisfaction can only come from being yourself and painting the type of art that is natural for you. If you have a personality that is not much for details in other areas of life you would not be happy painting detailed paintings in art as well. If you are more of a free spirit then that would show up in your art.

One example of this is, myself as an artist. When I was in the first grade I spent my whole lunch break for days drawing a copy of a picture on a children’s book cover that I liked. It was a pencil drawing with shading and everything. It was the first time that I spent hours and hours on one drawing. I felt that it was my masterpiece. When I was finished with it, I took it up to my teacher to show it to her. Her response to me, and I quote, was “why don’t you color it with crayons now.” I was so devastated that I never showed a teacher a drawing that I did in my spare time again.

From an early age I was fascinated with detail. That is who I am!

Through the years I have done every kind of art possible. I participated in art in elementary school and took art in the 9th though 12th grade. I took four years in ceramics in college as well. I, as all art students, have done everything from detailed to abstract, from sharp lines to free flowing color, from portraits to landscapes. This is all important for you as an artist to experience all of these in order to find out who you are as an artist and to find your unique style.

After all of these art classes I came right back to my roots. Right back to the detailed style that I had in the first grade. Why? Because, that is who I am.

I tried to be a different kind of artist. Let’s get real. This was the 1970’s and nobody liked realism unless it was of subjects like seeing yourself in a silver ball but certainly not landscapes. That was the old art not the new hip art of the 70’s.

For this reason I got away from the realism that makes me happy to the free flowing art that the era and the art schools dictated. This was one of the reasons that after many years wanting to go to college and major in art and not receiving any grade for art less than an A, I decided to take several years of ceramics in college just as a release and major in something else. You see art no longer made me happy because I was not doing the art that I was born to do. Because I was creating art that did not make me happy I soon lost interest in art all together.

After college I painted two paintings for our parents for Christmas one year in detail and did not paint again for twenty five years. I did however draw at Christmas time each year when work got slow because I could pick it up easily and put it back down again. I did detailed drawings.

Then one Christmas I was walking through a local gallery, I look up and on the wall in front of me was one of Fred Swan’s prints. It was detailed and that was my “aha moment”. I said to myself, “I can do that.” I purchased the print along with another of his and started painting again.

This time I was going to paint the kind of paintings that make me happy. The kind of paintings that I wanted to hang on my own walls. Not the kind of paintings that some art critic said was right or wrong. I was going to forget the art critics and just enjoy being myself, and paint.

Since I made this decision, I have been told by art critics that they love my work and that it is strong enough to stand alone. It doesn’t need to be framed. And they have given me awards and I have gotten  into many juried competitions in my try state area.

The point is, just be you. Experiment with different mediums and styles in order to find out who you are, but when the day is over, so to speak, just be you. Go back to what makes you happy and unique!!! We are all individuals and all have our own stile. Just find yours and be you!!!!!!

Nov 272009

Let's Picnic

Welcome to my world!

I am a realism artist that believes that we all have an inner need and desire to be creative and create. We all have unique gifts or talents and abilities that no one else in this world can duplicate. I believe that we are not totally happy in life and fulfilled if we are not taking  some time, to do the small things that give us fulfillment. I believe that we are born with these gifts or talents and we can improve on them with practice and development, but they are already there.

I know, from my own experience, that life has a way of crowding out these desires and needs as we get married, have kids, and get involved in those jobs that provide for ourselves and our families. This natural process has a way of taking control of our lives and crowding out the time we have to  be creative and experience the fulfillment that being creative brings. This blog hopes to change that.

My area of creativity involves the visual arts,  acrylic painting and photography along with gardening and the hybridizing of daylilies. We can have more than one interest creatively and different talents. That is what makes us unique. To some their area of creativity is music, to another it is gardening, to another developing recipes, to another creative writing and the list goes on and on.

I also believe that this creative process has healing qualities. That it feeds our inner being and is healing to the the body as well. To some, music can make them weep and gives them great pleasure and is healing to their soul. To me, I like music but the visual arts are much more healing. I can sit and look at a painting  for hours and it feeds my inner being! What would life be like if we did not have the arts?

If we did not have the culinary arts what would make a good restaurant? If we did not have music and the human voice what would be appealing to the ears other than the sounds of nature which are God’s creativity? If we did not have the art of architecture what would our buildings be like?

As you can see the arts bring more than just meaning to life that plain words can not express!!! It would take someone gifted in the art of words to express all that the arts bring to our lives! Creativity in our society is all intertwined and all of our gifts come together to create beauty.

This blog is about the visual arts. If you have ever participated in art in your life time and known that you were an artist, and gotten away form it through the years for various reasons, one of the purpose of this blog is to encourage you to get back at it.

Another purpose of this blog is to encourage you to be you! Do the art that makes you happy and that you are gifted in. I am a realist artist that likes to paint color, light and shadow. You may be an abstract painter that likes to paint shapes or portraits. I like to paint landscapes and buildings. The point is, be you and paint what makes you happy.

Another purpose of this blog is to share the techniques for my realism style for all those that are interested in this style of art. Of course, as you learn and practice the techniques that I give you your art will develop into your own style of painting just as mine has. I want to give my secrets and step by step instructions that I would have loved to be able to have learned from other artist when I was getting started. I am a self taught artist and the things that I have learned over the years that have made the creative process easier for me I would like to share with all those that are interested.