Be True and Enjoy
It has been a while since I posted. The summer has been a whirlwind of workshops, new endeavors, shows and of course painting. A theme has shown up over the past month or two. Of course there are the comments from viewers at shows, those are always welcome, sometimes insightful and often strange. At a workshop I was advised that my genre was long gone and I should stop it working in it and change to theirs. Then I was told that my brushes were wrong, not the right type, change them. Some folks thought my colors too bold and the images not representational enough. Bear in mind not all comments were negative. For the record, I love my brushes, enjoy my style and vision and change is not an option. I just want to point out that with all of that and more my work has been accepted into three national shows so far this year and I have sold nine original works in the past two months. Bottom line. Do not let anyone tell you to change your work, your ideas or anything that you feel in your heart is true. Stay the course and keep at it. Get yourself and your work out there. This spring I joined a group of local artists in my community that shows at a beautiful park each weekend until late fall. What a wonderful and positive experience it has been. There is something special and uniquely inspiring about showing your work amongst other artists. The support is very helpful in maintaining a bright outlook and is encouraging to keep up the pace of creating. Meeting a diverse group of tourists and locals alike is great fun and broadens your outlook. My recommendation for a marvelous summer is work like you never have before, show your work and share with others. You will come out a winner every time.