I am an artist based in LA (but from the good 'ol Midwest). This blog is a record of my life as a painter/artist. It is here to help me keep my place and motivation, ground me to learning and be a connection to other artists.
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I'm super psyched to be able to say that yesterday I received an acceptance letter from the Beverly Hills Art Show. God has really been blessing my efforts as an artist these past few months and I'm so thankful. The show is May 19th & 20th and I'll definitely post more info as it gets closer.
3D rendering (not real) that Josh created for me to use as part of my application
Also, I've been up to even more painting-check out some of the posts over the past month at my new blog location.
Here is a painting I did back in the summer of '06. It is at my Mom's house. I still like it -which is saying a lot (if you are an artist, writer, etc... you know how older work can sometimes make you cringe).
16"x20" acrylic on striped fabric (fabric stained with tea prior to stretching)
Perhaps I like it because it reminds me of its original inspiration -Tea parties my sisters and I used to have in which we would dress extravagantly, eat stacks of peanut buttered Ritz crackers, create a huge mess and, inevitably, stain our Mom's table cloth.
Time to review the goals for 2011. The bad news is that I most certainly did not work out 3x/week. (Ug.) The good news is that I far exceeded my artistic goal to enter at least four contests/shows. I actually entered six. Not only that, but I made the scary decision mid year (thanks to God's provision and my husband's encouragement/support) to turn artist full time.
(Portrait of Journey 16"x20" acrylic on illustration board -completed in '06)
Also, my New Year's resolution way back in 2010 was to complete 52 paintings that year. That was a real struggle and, while I emerged victorious at year-end, I pointedly deciding not to attempt it again in 2011. Imagine my surprise when, looking back over 2011, I discovered that I have far exceeded 52 paintings this year! The number is actually somewhere in the high 60s. Things do get easier when you make them a habit.
SO...Here are my goals for 2012:
1) Work out 3x/week (just keep plugging, right?)
2) Complete (3) cohesive bodies of work, each containing at least (12) paintings
3) Have a solo art show
4) Increase my artistic income tenfold (based on 2011 earnings)
What are your personal and/or artistic goals for 2012? Have you been able to maintain goals from previous years? Do you find that once one seemingly insurmountable goal has been accomplished it paves the way for bigger and bigger challenges?