Life as an artist
I think most Artists can relate to this. We begin our love for art, drawing, and maybe painting in a small space. For me I sat in my bedroom as a young teenager with an easel painting with oils. Hours would go by trying to perfect the likeness of a portrait. I never dreamed how much more complicated it could be as years went by. What direction should I take. Am I a landscape or portrait artist. I experimented with every style of painting. It wasn't until years later that the ah Ha moment happened. An Art professor David Zaig gave me some good advice after seeing my eclectic collection of work. He advised me to take one of my favorite paintings and do 10 in that style. It was an easy decision, I picked an abstract. Although I was not trained in abstract painting at the time, it came easy. This was about 20 years ago, I have since evolved full circle now back to figural abstract faces of various cultures, tribes or beings. I'm still not quite sure where it will take me. I have been influenced by relationships over the years and how my emotions guided me.
It is an exciting time to have broken away from painting minimalist abstraction. This new audience I've attracted seems to be quite excited with my latest work. Only time will tell how this will grow. I am seeking for the first time Galleries out of state and drawing interest on social media. I will announce my accomplishments as I submit to various calls to artists.
I hope to hear from you soon. Nancy
Painting in my art studio. Was this piece intended to evoke an emotion in the viewer's eye?
I want to talk about my latest work, particularly this piece. As a contemporary artist I find myself exploring the mystiques of where my thoughts are derived. Asking myself the same questions I get often. What inspires you? Why have you changed your art? What were your thoughts when you were creating this piece?
Most people react to this painting as being scary. It's a statement. In my previous work over the last several years I have created beautiful contemporary large abstracts. I felt it was time to attract a different audience and express myself as an artist that appreciates the use of design, color and a unique application of painting such as this one. This face is a statement of freedom. Letting my paint flow and mastering the application of where it will take me. It was never intended to be scary.
There is a freedom that happens when I let go of thoughts on how I will please the viewer. To appreciate this piece you have to look at it and how it was created. Much of this painting is about where I will go from here and knowing when to stop.
It's about creating an art form that comes from years of experience and hopefully I will always continue to grow. Light, sounds, vibrations, universal connections with each other on different levels. I think the sophisticated eye will understand.
I welcome any comments positive or negative. We all have our opinions and when it comes to viewing art we either love it or we don't.
" One Artist, one creative hand, one of a kind, never to be duplicated" That is the uniqueness of this painting.
Thank you for coming to my blog.
With gratitude kind and loving thoughts I welcome you,
Back painting in my studio
Finding my passion thru Art and connecting with friends. Life as an Artist brings me closer to all that surrounds me. An expression of my inner self.
Last night I was well received at Sweet Art Gallery, showing off a large body of my work, which included my newest collection. Several of the newest pieces had stunning reactions from clients and friends. Usually the questions are, “What made you change your work, what inspired you?" The question I got most was "How long did it take you to do this piece?" Comments as a whole were "I love your new work, it is amazing," as they pointed out their favorite pieces. I cannot speak for most Artists but over the years I have changed my work and style,
such as Picasso when he was recognized to paint essentially monochromatic paintings, called..the blue period.
The Blue Period of Picasso is the period between 1900 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. These somber works, inspired by Spain but painted in Paris, are now some of his most popular works, although he had difficulty selling them at the time. Picasso settled in Paris in 1904, having spent a few difficult years with no fixed studio and little artistic success. While back in 1903, he had produced his Blue Period works, which seemed to reflect his experience of relative poverty and instability, depicting beggars, street urchines, the old and frail and the blind.
I hope to have this new work as a statement of the times, reflecting my personal thoughts and reactions that I have seen and listened to in this changing world.