Well, the last few weeks (really the entire month of December) has been cerazy. I was so lucky to get a job that allows me to be a full time artist (yes, even though it is a job, I am still an artist there!) but I walked into it in a VERY busy time. It slowed down just in time for me to finish 7 pet portraits that were commissioned as Christmas presents. And, now that the holidays are *mostly* over, I have some time to be at home in my studio.
Besides making very large grocery lists and catching up on Hulu episodes, I have also been painting and drawing. For me, much of my time has been spent on commissioned pieces... pet portraits, the bird commissions, holiday cards etc etc. Its fantastic because I get to do work I love and also get paid, but I never build up an inventory.
Now, I have free time to do that and *hopefully* get some paintings under my belt and find myself with a personal vision! (I have a confession: it's very much easier for me to use someone else's vision... their pet etc. Otherwise, the options just seem endless and I always debate, where do I want to go?)
Well! I've chosen a direction: Rodeo! At least for now, I'm working on a series of buckin horses, cowboys and mud.
For so many reasons, which I won't really get into now, but mostly i just love the colors, the energy and the people/animals behind all these images. I'm hoping it is a subject matter that lets me effectively play with value, color, movement and edge quality.
Just learning away! Anyways, here's a few (cell phone) snapshots of this in progress!
Everyone has many ideas about the "artist" or the "writer," often based on historical biographies and depictions of them in our medias. They can be characters, wild, reclusive, prone to partake (heavily) in booze/other drugs, have the strangest and most dysfunctional relationships etc. etc. etc.
As an artist, I can say that these kind of things really offer me a lot of freedom to explore myself and the world around me, (sans a lot of it)... But, basically, I think that there is one main thing that makes anyone an artist or a writer... and that is, at the very base of it all, a hard worker who is willing to take risks. Serious risks. We're talking hours and years of your life (hard work) spent with no guarantee of return... And yes, I am mainly talking about financial return. Because, well, paying rent is cool.
I suppose that is how many people feel in many different circumstances. In fact, all of life can be like that... no guarantee of return.
I look at my hero artists of today, and I have to be honest, none of them are the Pollocks or Picassos or definitely NOT the Dalis or Van Gohs. Well, they might be, since all those mentioned worked their arses off. But there is a common number I've noticed and it is 30. 30 years they have spent painting (okay, give or take a few).
That is 30 years of hard work putting brush to canvas, messing up over and over again, correcting over and over again, and learning over and over again.