Becoming an Artist


I looked at my calendar and realized that I began this quest about 1 1/2 years ago.  Although I drew as a kid, it never became part of my life because of the perceived need obtain an education and earn a living … life intervened.  Now that phase is behind me and I am free to totally embrace the experience.  It took time to reach a certain maturity level and learn what truly matters to me.

Why do I paint?  Because it makes me happy.  Selling a painting is a very pleasant by-product but not the primary reason.  I love the process and I love sharing my art and touching someone to bring a smile to their face.

What do I love about the process?   I love seeing the image in my head take shape.  Usually I have only a rough idea of what I’m doing … I don’t sketch and do composition drawings; I just begin to paint.  Often, and understandably, I don’t like what I’ve painted so I paint over it.   Sometimes I get stuck and have to prop the canvas along the wall before the next step emerges.  I think the re-painting over a previous attempt gives history to the painting and documents/celebrates the process.

I sincerely believe that I channel my work from a greater source .. after all, where do ideas come from?  How do I decide to change a line or pick a color?   I think that given time and practice I will become more perceptive of the images that come to me and more skilled at executing them.   For now, I’m exactly where I need to be.

The Love of the Process

Artist Corner: For the love of the process | The Record.

I like the way this article describes the artistic process and reminds me that the trip is about the journey … not the destination.

“I like not knowing where I’m going or what lies ahead. The excitement in the unknown is what drives me to create. Whether the final product will be a success or a flaming piece of crap is beside the point. The process is an addiction– it is where I learn and where I can experiment with new ideas. It is where I stumble in the dark trying to figure out what to do. Focusing only on the end goal destroys the fun and makes a much less satisfying end result.”

Houston Llew spiritiles

Current Collection.

I was attending our local first friday art walk and discovered Houston’s spiritiles.  He describes his calling as “abstracting the levity of life in art”.   They are vitreous enamel fused on copper.   Each has an expression along with the picture.

The one I purchased called Memoir was from Dr. Seuss … “You will know the true value of a moment when it becomes a memory.”  This particular one triggered a response in me because it is how I hope that through my art I can share a moment with the viewer.