Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Let's talk...


I have been thinking for a while now about how I want to use my blog to communicate with you. More than ever I am being approached by other artists who want to know how I got where I am. I know what it is like to be on the outside, wanting so badly to be an "artist"... feeling like you have to arrive at some sort of destination in order to earn the right to call yourself one. I know what it feels like to be one of a hundred artists that has approached a gallery on any given day. I have experienced periods of time where I've had no social life, when I had to lose sleep in order to paint for a deadline. I know what it is like to go months without a paycheck and the feelings of panic as I try to figure out how I am going to fit into "Corporate America".
I want to share some of the things that I have learned and am learning on my own path as a working artist. I want to open up a window into my world.. I have said before that being an artist isn't just what I do but who I am. Painting is the easy part of my life, for me it is often the time I am "off work" that is the challenge for me being a mother, dealing with real life. Everything I do, feel, see, and experience is through the filter of an artist. Sometimes I hate being a sensitive person and feeling things to the depths that I do, but I am learning to accept that this is a critical part of who I am, understanding that without it I wouldn't be creating the art that people are connecting to. I love to hear your comments and encourage those of you with questions to ask them.

3 comments:

gigi said...

What a thoughtful post. I think being hyperaware or particularly sensitive can be so frustrating, but I also think that without that enhanced awareness it would be much more difficult to dig deep into your soul and produce the gorgeous work you make. And perhaps it is a difficult thing for your ideas to fly from your mind into your paintbrush and then onto the canvas, but the end results are rich with all those things, all that feeling that is inside.

At least I can feel it from here.

I enjoy your paintings so much and want to say thank you for sharing your talents, and insight, with the world. :)

David Bernal said...

Wow, this is beautiful to here, and so inspiring!! thanks! :) cant wait to hear more!

Jeffrey Hale said...

I love your statement " The more I paint, the less words I seem to have." I have found that art is not only communication, but it is a glimpse into the unseen spirit. This "genius" as Steven Pressfield points out is the indefiable center from which we work. I, (as many others are I am sure) continue to be fascinated by hearing about the process of artist's I admire. To identify and have an understanding of your perceptions as an artist is inspiring!