I think it’s safe to say that just about every artist dreams of hanging in a museum. I know I have. That’s certainly not my main focus for painting, but I’m not going to lie. It’s a really, REALLY nice pat on the back. I had quite a proud day! Followed by another proud day. Followed by an evening staring at a painting that I’ve been working on for weeks and feeling like a loser because it is missing something and I just have no clue what! 😛 😛 Such is the life of an artist and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This particular exhibit at the Art Museum of South Texas – https://www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/exhibitions/creative-distancing – is both physical and virtual, meaning you can go into the museum and watch this exhibit being shown on one of the museum walls, or you can simply watch the video in the comfort of your home on YouTube. My painting, Contented Moments (available in my “Small” paintings section) is the one that was submitted and accepted. The call was for work created during Covid to show how it has impacted life. Actually, Covid amplified everything I’m creating right now. I was already focused on creating works that were calm and serene. Covid amplified my need for quiet. Since I work from home – and now everyone else was home too – my world got really really noisy. I found myself so irritated and frustrated. So I started painting what I wanted to feel/hear. Contented Moments was the first.
If you are in the Corpus Christi area, please do go check out the exhibit and support the museum. But if you can’t, my painting is at 19:22. (I can’t embed the video as it is not mine)
So, I hope you enjoy the video and see some other art that is inspiring to you. I think I might just have a glass of champagne to continue the celebrations and go update my resume. With the world the way it is right now, we need all the reasons to celebrate that we can get, right?
Hi everyone! And happy Friday to you. It’s Friday, June 12 and I decided it was as good of a time as any to write my very first blog post! It made the most sense to talk to you about WHY I paint what I paint although I’m not sure if I’m telling you or reminding myself 😉
When I decided to start painting I absolutely knew that I wanted to paint abstract. I adore a good abstract painting! Why? The artist is creating something from a non tangible place – an idea or concept, a feeling, a memory. The painting is something that has never existed before and will never exist again. Even if the artist wanted to, they will never be able to create an exact replica. The paint will move differently, the artist’s mood is different, the humidity in the air is different – which means every single piece of art is original and unique. I LOVE the challenge of facing a blank canvas and creating something brand new every single time.
Abstract also allows for incredible freedom. Freedom I’ve never felt in any other area of my life because there are NO rules. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are principals. But principals are not the same as rules. Principals are suggestions. Suggestions are helpful. I use these suggestions when I am stuck. But no rules. And I LOVE that!!!
So why is someone who love challenges and no rules painting such tranquil works? You would think I would be going nuts with color and collage, putting anything that felt like fun on the canvas. Well….I feel like the world has become outrageously noisy. Everyone is screaming for attention on tv, in music, on social media, anywhere they think they might get attention. And I get it, so many people feel like they are not being heard. Some people believe that art is meant to question and provoke, like what I call “shock art.” But I believe that certain spaces should allow for quiet. For introspection. A respite from the screaming world outside. Creating a painting that let’s the viewers eyes rest and take a deep, cleansing breathe is what I am currently interested in creating.