Am I an Artist?

            A few months ago I received an email calling all artist in my community to take part in an open studio art tour.  As I read the email, I thought to myself  “Could I really show my art along side so many talented Artists?”  I have only showed my art during the holiday season at craft shows and boutiques.  Although I get complements, I have not been overly successful at selling even my prints.  It is fun participating in the holiday boutiques, but participating in this art tour would mean I would be a part of a community of artist.  Do I really belong with other artists?  How will my art compare to other artists?  Will I be seen as an artist, or just a mom with a hobby?  As all these questions swirled around in my head along with my doubt and lack of confidence, I decided to put an end to all those thoughts.  I had this little nudge encouraging me to let go of  all those insecurities and just “go for it.”  Guess what I did?  If you guessed I applied for the open art studio tour, you are correct! I decided to go with the little voice that told me to go for it and I applied for the open studio art tour.  I am so happy I did!

   The open studio art tour was a two day event.  I was very excited to set up all of my paintings in my small home studio that I use for teaching dance classes.  It was amazing even for me to see all of my artwork on display.  There were some pieces I had even forgotten about!  As the morning leading up to the Open Studio Art tour became a reality, my excitement to share my work overcame any nervous feelings I had about sharing my work.  As the first hour approached I was so happy to see people driving up my long driveway to see my mixed media art!  As the hours progressed I had many friends, family and local residents enter my studio.  I received many complements on all my pieces, sold many prints and even an original painting.  I also received many requested for commissioned peices.  By the end of the two day event, all my doubt had been washed away.     

   

My first original painting I sold at the Open Studio Art Tour.

Here are a few pictures of how I displayed my art in my dance studio.  

Here is another display of my original mixed media paints I have made since 2012. My inspiration for many of my paintings are the Holiday seasons.

This is an original piece I had on display. I also had prints available of this art piece.
                              
She is one of my favorite art pieces I have made!
  

I am so grateful I finally decided to share my art alongside so many other talented artisans.  I hope you all enjoyed seeing a little part of what I love, creating whimsical art pieces.   
 

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Finding my way

Do you ever wonder if you are living the life you were meant to?  Did you have a plan for your future self, an idea of what life would be like when you turned 20, 30, 40?  I always knew I wanted to live a life where I could be creative, but I have always struggled on how to be successful with my talents.  Sometimes…honestly, most of the time, I struggle with my own fears of failing and just not being confident in my abilities.  Lately,  I have had a feeling that I am suppose to be doing something more with my talents.  I can feel something pulling me, telling me that I need to find what is out there for me.  Do I answer that calling?  I want to, I really do.  So what is holding me back?  My fear.  I am afraid by chasing this feeling,  this need to continue in my creative path, I will be abandoning my financial responsibilities for my family.   Can I be successful as an artist?  Do I risk taking this path to see if I can be successful?  If I don’t succeed, then what do I do?

I know I need to let go of my fears and give myself permission to say yes to this calling.  If I don’t try,  I will never find out the answer to all all my questions of “what if ?”   I don’t want to look back in ten years time and ask myself why I didn’t just go for it.  Guess I am ready to see what I am made of.  Okay courage,  don’t let me down!  I am ready to face my fears.  Take my hand and don’t let go!!!

 

 

 

New art work

  
I am so happy to be able to share this new painting  I am currently working on.  It has been challenging to find time for my art work after working two jobs as well as taking care of my family.  It has been a slow processes to go through all the creative steps to finish any project.  Even so,  I truly enjoy every step. 

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Today I will share one of my favorite mixed-media pieces I have made.  This is a bueatiful Irish dance girl I created using color pencil, paint, ink, and tissue paper.  I started with a blank 12 x12 canvas that I picked up at my nearest hobby store.  I then sketched out my Irish dance girl before starting with my color pencil.  I start with good art paper, pencil, and then finish with many layers of color pencil.  Once I complete this first step, I carefully cover the entire piece with clear gesso.  Next, I apply the finished piece to my canvas that I have already painted and added tissue paper,  using any gel medium.  I then go back and add any highlights, or extra details.  This is the end result!

My story begins

Today I begin my journey in this world of blogging.   My main purpose for this blog is to share my artwork with all of you.  This is a big step I am taking, sharing my art with the world.  In some ways, I am terrified to put myself out there.  I am afraid that my artwork isn’t likable even though I receive so many complements from family and friends.  Today I have decided to bottle up those fears so I can free myself of my insucurities.  Hello world!  Welcome to my tiny little world of ART!