October 20th, 2009
I feel I'm making progress in my effort to connect my art to the world, so far only the virtual world... through FAA, blogspot, and my new artist's page on Facebook. I am waiting on setting up my own website, both for financial reasons and because I don't feel I have enough artwork yet to make it interesting enough. I'm encouraged by the kindness of my family, friends, fellow FAA artists and visitors who have commented, viewed my work, and become a fan of my artist's page.
My challenge continues to be time...time to paint, draw, etc. I have many new reference photos that have inspired ideas for new paintings, but no time to begin them, nor time to finish the paintings I started a few weeks ago. I am drawing when I have time at work, using colored pencils, and that is helpful. Perhaps I will create some finished pieces using that medium as I get more practiced. Work is keeping me busy. I took a weekend trip to see my older sister, who is ill. We have a Halloween party next weekend we're decorating and preparing for. My daughter has a 'zombie' dress we're working on for her dance team performance of 'Thriller' on Halloween. A dear old friend lost her husband suddenly and I need to attend services for him this weekend. Life has a way of pushing things to the side, and since being an artist is not my full time job (yet) I have to make way for other priorities most of the time. In the meantime, I am glad that at least my virtual world is expanding, and I hope I'm laying the groundwork for marketing and networking when I do have time to expand my portfolio of artwork, as I long to do.
September 15th, 2009
All I need is time. Time to put paint on canvas and get in the zone. But there is so little time for that. I have a part time job I like very much, and need the income from....then I have chores, shopping, cooking, etc at home...and then there's taking my daughter to 4H meetings and dance lessons and shows and competitions and making her dance costumes....and keeping up with my son's first year in college...and my husband's schedule...and my 2 dogs and 3 cats....and my family, facebook, email....
At the end of it all, I rarely find a way to carve out time to paint. It feels like a wild thing inside me, trying to claw it's way out...I keep telling it, no, not now, not yet, I don't have time for you, wait, just wait, maybe tomorrow.... It seems to listen to reason, but then I wonder if it doesn't start gnawing on me with impatience...and it reminds me that it's important too.
September 12th, 2009
I am so excited to join FAA at last. I have my first 5 images on my site, and more are to come as they are ready to post. For me this is an adventure, beginning to show my work to a wider audience and building my career as a fine artist. That has been my dream for many years...now is the time to begin. Yay!