Why don’t you experiment?
I don’t think it’s any secret that art is the salve for my soul. Part of the reason I’ve gotten away from selling my paintings is just because it brought this undue pressure to make my art into something that was about success, when in reality, it’s about something else entirely. That’s not to say that I don’t want success, but what I want more than anything is to have the experience of making art and being an artist. If I only make art that is about selling, then I can’t allow myself to experiment the way I want to. So, I am taking this year off to learn and try new things.
My teacher, Bert Seabourn, showed me a mixed media sketch book that he’d filled completely with beautiful paintings. Each page was worthy of hanging in a gallery. Inspired by this idea, I’ve gotten my own book and I’m practicing a lot of new techniques and subject matter in an attempt to learn something about myself, and my process. I’ve started back to my drawing just to better this skill, and to focus more on some of the things I’m interested in, but haven’t pursued before.
I’m early into this process and have only filled a few pages yet, but I’m sharing a watercolor portrait I did of my beautiful friend (and favorite videographer) Kara Choate. She’s such an inspiring person and also, she has the prettiest eyebrows of anyone I know. ;)