Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why Would Anyone Be An Artist?

After many failed attempts in the art room and by the end of the day having achieved very little I start to question 'why be an artist?'  Sometimes I have no idea what direction I want to take.

Having started the day with high hopes and a vision of what I'd like to see on the canvas. I experiment with a technique that I may have seen or read about.  Having no formal art training (unsure if this is a good or bad thing) I often become lost with the new approaches. I am sometimes so completely wrong that the results are less than promising. Testing and experimenting are all well and good but sometimes I wonder why I am bothering at all.  Frustrated, I feel like binning everything!

Then suddenly and somehow I will start doing something and step off into a 'zone' that is magical.  I see something new and exciting emerge on the canvas and am so absorbed in what I am doing that time has no meaning.  Then I know why I do this!

This portrait of my dad as a young man is such an experience.  It is only at stage one as I have placed the tonal areas and now I need to 'finish' the portrait yet I can see my dad and he is 'alive' to me in this.  I now hesitate to 'spoil' what I have captured.

Well only time will tell and I guess I need to be brave!
So managed to finish in time for exhibition - still very 'rough' but I like it this way!
Final Portrait in CSAS 2011 Exhibition

First stage - Dad's Portrait

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Take Care of You!

What talents you have
So much beauty and charm
Be kind to yourself
Avoid all that can harm
You know what you need 
So follow your own road 
Take it day by day
Let go the heavy load
You can be so funny
You are quiet a brain
You're generous and thoughtfull
You'll get through the pain
Be proud of yourself
See yourself in a new way
You matter so very much 
So be happy this day
Take that one step  
Do something you enjoy
Play some upbeat music
Avoid all who annoy
There will be a tomorrow
There will be a next week
There will be a next month 
And it won't be so bleak!
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