via “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said.” — Art of Quotation
I found this beautiful painting on my friend Douglas’s website Art of Quotation. He always finds and publishes such great art and quotes! Thanks Doug!
I think Jackson Pollock was a painter who did something a bit revolutionary. Isn’t coming up with something no one has ever tried a challenge and then being brave enough to put it “out there” for others to see and judge? I sure think so.
However, I believe that even if one traces their photograph or someone else’s so that it will be the right proportions (which I do most of the time) and then applies their medium of choice to enhance it, their originality will still shine through. I hope my “signature” comes through anyway!
Most artists who enjoy what they do and don’t worry too much about what they do coming out “perfect” are usually happy with their outcomes especially if the end result blesses someone else. After all when someone is happy with a gift that is unexpected, what more joy could a person ask for?
I think I have come to the place in my artistic endeavors where I just want God to bless others through what He has given me the desire and ability to do. It is sad though that many artists, writers, etc. may end up doing what they love and giving it away instead of getting to a place where it can become an income someday, but really, I think life is all about being a blessing and loving who you can love while you’re here. Sure there is the “earning a living doing what you love” thing, but I think that is becoming more and more possible these days.
However, in the meantime try not to let “someday I’ll be successful” be your way of thinking. Say to yourself, “I can be successful in whatever I do today by loving what I do and giving what I love to create to others.”
Here is hoping the spirit of giving is in your heart every day as well as on Christmas day.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! (a little early)
Hello friends. I saw the following wonderful video on the blog called Art of Quotation just now, and it inspired me…again. This link takes you to Doug’s great blog!
First of all, I have shared this song “Vincent” by Don McLean on my blog before. The song plays while Vincent van Gogh’s paintings are shown in the background. However, I had never seen one of Don singing and playing the song. I am sharing it because it is lovely.
I have always loved his voice especially the way he sings this song in particular. When it came out in the ’70’s, when I was a whole lot younger, I didn’t really know it was about Vincent van Gogh, because I wasn’t interested in art back then nor did I know who van Gogh was! I don’t remember ever learning about artists in school to tell you the truth. I remember doing art in first grade and later in Jr. high, but I never had any good experiences with it back then.
I do have vague memories of painting at an easel in Kindergarten which are good. These came back to me when I was taking classes for pre-school teaching 24 years ago and was working in the college’s child study center as a student aide. That job was the best one I ever had! The smell of the paint we mixed for the kids brought back my memories of painting at an easel in Kindergarten! I even remembered the crinkly sound of the paper when my teacher took down our unique creations after they had dried. Believe it or not, she didn’t make us all paint the exact same thing! I don’t remember a whole lot about Kindergarten except a few kids who were in my class. I have a few pictures of them around here somewhere.
Isn’t it funny how strong our senses are connected to our memories? For instance, whenever I smell the spice of rosemary cooking on chicken, I remember the first time I ever cooked with it. I was just about eight weeks pregnant, I think, and I had just put the chicken with rosemary and butter on it in the oven. A little bit later I started feeling very nauseated so much so in fact, that I almost got sick. (Sorry) I just lay on the couch and felt like dying. I went outside and walked around a little bit, though, yet I remember how I suffered through the cooking of that chicken! I felt stuck, because I couldn’t go off and leave it cooking in the oven when no one else was home. My husband was at work, and we were living literally paycheck-to-paycheck, so I couldn’t just chuck it in the garbage either! So I just waited for it to finish cooking as I moaned and groaned. My husband said it tasted really great, but I wouldn’t know…I felt too sick to even look at it much less eat it! It’s funny because rosemary is my very favorite thing to put on chicken when I bake it now. Strange, but true.
So what does any of this have to do with the song “Vincent?” Nothing much really except to say that whenever I hear the song now, I see van Gogh’s beautiful work in my head. I feel inspired. I feel like someone who lived so very long ago understood where I am at right now even though he had no clue what really may have been causing his troubles.
Lately, I have not had any kind of plans for drawing or painting except to paint Sherri’s fox which was a pleasure to do. As soon as I learned of her father’s death and saw the fox on my calendar (which is where it came from, but I have not photographer’s name to credit) I knew I wanted to paint it just for her. Perhaps my own motivation comes when I want to bless others with something meaningful instead of just painting for the heck of it. Not to say by any means that what I do for myself or for fun or for experimentation isn’t meaningful because it is. Time spent on art is never a waste of time. It’s just that when someone (in this case, Sherri) tells me that she cried when she opened her package, that is what made it all worth it. I did have fun doing it, but knowing it touched her heart so deeply is what made it even more worthwhile for me.
Vincent van Gogh was an emotionally frustrated man, tortured really, by what people think may have been bi-polar disease. I have a right-brained way of thinking myself….creative and packed full of feelings, plus clinical depression to boot, which I take medication for. So I suppose this is why I love van Gogh and his work so much.
In the last couple of years I have been reading his personal letters to his brother Theo which I have posted about before, and they do reveal a very sensitive and loving man who just wanted and needed the validation from others for who he was and the work he did. He desperately wanted to be taken seriously! Isn’t that what all of us crave for the work we do? Well, I know I do, so that is why I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful compliments to my work that I have received in the last few days (and years) here on WordPress and on my Facebook page.
Let your friends and family inspire you. You’ll be glad you did!
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂
“This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” For they could not love you But still your love was true And when no hope was left in sight On that starry, starry night You took your life, as lovers often do But I could’ve told you, Vincent This world was never meant […]
Hello everyone! Today I learned that my friend Sherri Matthews finally received this 8×10 painting I did for her in honor of memories she has of her dad who recently passed away. She loves foxes and the colors of Fall and it reminded her of all the times her dad used to take her and her brother out in the woods to explore when they were children. So those were the things I was thinking about as I painted it for her. (The picture will become bigger if you click on it.)
It was truly an honor to do something that meant so much to a good friend. Sherri and I met here on WordPress a few years ago. She lives in the UK with her lovely family whom she clearly loves with all of her heart. She has been a really great friend to me even though we have never gotten to meet in person…..maybe someday!! 😉
I always feel encouraged whenever I receive a message from her on Facebook. We became friends on there as well so that is how we communicate. It is great to be able to make such a meaningful connection with someone so far away. The only downside is not being able to sit down and talk over coffee or give each other hugs. However, just being able to keep in touch across the miles is a really great gift. I am so glad to have met Sherri here. She has a beautiful blog here on WordPress called A View From My Summerhouse. Here is a link to the story she wrote which inspired me to do the painting for her. https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/a-walk-in-the-woods/
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. She has many great stories, and she works hard as a writer. I am thankful she is in my friend and in my life.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂
(I love you, Sherri! Big hugs to you!)
Hello everyone! Yesterday, before I did the Moose drawing I traced Charlie, the Tuna fish (some of you older folks may remember those commercials) onto some watercolor paper and painted him. I have always loved tuna; my mom used to make the best tuna fish sandwiches I have ever eaten. She put sweet pickle relish, Miracle Whip, and chopped up boiled egg in it. I realize that may sound gross to some people, but we never had mayo in our house. For some reason, we were a Miracle Whip family. My family I have now has both in our house. One to satisfy the Southern born girl (me) and the other to satisfy my Illinois raised husband and my daughter who has decided she likes mayo and dill pickles better in her tuna or chicken salad.
I don’t know what made me want to draw Charlie. Maybe it was the fact that his glasses are same kind my dad used to have and my son has now. Maybe nostalgia. Or maybe just for the halibut! HA! All I know is it was fun.
However, my background wasn’t planned and could be better so who knows maybe I will do him again in a different part of the ocean.
Have a wonderful day, (what’s left of it) and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂
p.s. It is evening where I am right now, but all I know is it is 5:00 somewhere!
p.s.s. Here’s one of the Starkist Tuna commercials I remember being on television when I was a kid!
I really love this pose and hope I will be able to do it justice! I have this image on acrylic canvas paper now and am planning on trying it in acrylics first. Sorry that the photo isn’t the greatest, but I didn’t want it to be traced too darkly so the pencil on the canvas paper doesn’t show up real well.
I found this picture in some type of ballet brochure I received in the mail years ago and saved. I traced it and enlarged it several sizes. Her outfit appears very sheer which I am hoping to be able to convey.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂
This is the second painting I did on Thursday very quickly as you can probably tell! I love the way the yellow of the dresses turned out on the black canvas which is actually an old painting I didn’t like that I repainted black over so I could experiment with a black canvas. I couldn’t figure out how to get the images of the sketches onto the black canvas, though, so I had to eyeball them. That’s why the arms turned out funny on the third figure! Her right arm is quite long! 🙂 Also, I only did three of the sketches I had. The fourth figure is in the watercolor painting I already posted.
This was another learning experience for sure! My daughter loves this one, and after a while I have come to love it also.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!
Hello everyone. Just letting you know that I am in the process of drawing and painting a ballerina twirling. It is in progress at the moment on my desk…at home. Can’t get to it until tomorrow. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.
Tomorrow there will be a post of a different color so to speak. I hope you enjoy it! In the meantime, here’s something too cute to feast your eyes on! I found it real quick on Google. Aren’t these little ones adorable??
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂