Friday, December 19, 2014

Getting Ready for 2015.

Detail from 'Trendy Birches' 
12x36 acrylic on canvas

All is well here in the studio although I haven't had a chance to get to my easel and paint for awhile now. We got back this past Wednesday from a short break. A long weekend in Las Vegas. It was a much needed break and now that I'm back I'm refreshed and inspired. The desert always does that for me. The wide open space, the big sky and the colors. Oh those colors!

I am now in planning mode. Not only planning festivities with friends and family for the coming two weeks, but also planning for the new year. Setting goals both art related and personal. I like this time of year. New beginnings. A fresh start. How about you? Do you start the new year with resolutions or a goals list?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Fave Picks From Art Interiors Festival of Smalls Part 2

I'm back with my second installment of my fave picks from Art Interiors Festival of Smalls. There is seriously soooo much beautiful art available, it's really hard to choose. If you can't make it to the gallery in person you can shop online. I think I'll have to do at least one more post before Christmas because new work is always arriving. And for all you last minute shoppers the Festival of Smalls runs until December 24th.

Leila Cools

Sheri Kasprow

Emma Hesse

Lori Doody

Angela Cameron

Rick Filler
16x16 $250.

Rita Vindedzis

Friday, December 5, 2014

Messages From the Universe Or In This Case Instagram.

Staying focused on my art has been a bit of a challenge these days. I guess it's the time of year. The hectic pace of preparing for major shows is over. Now planning and prepping for future art related goals and holiday events have taken over. This includes paperwork, organizing, shopping, cleaning etc. etc. Studio time has taken a hit for sure.

When I'm away from my paints and creative tools for awhile, insecurities and self doubt will slowly creep in. Especially if I've been looking at other artist's work on social media, or at galleries and art shows. 

Am I good enough? I'm not good enough. I should be painting this way. Why is her/his painting so popular? Perhaps I should change my style. Why am I not farther along? How come her/his work is selling like hotcakes? 

I am good enough!!!! aren't I ??? 

I think all creatives get like this at times and it's so easy for these feelings to creep in when we are bombarded with images of other artist's work. So I was so happy to see this quote on @glenandjamie's Instagram

"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it.
 It just blooms."

We all need to remember this at times and I got this message exactly when I needed to see it. Thanks guys.