My first classes were in Oils, then I found Watercolors and found my forte! I feel Watercolors best help me express my sensitive nature with their light, freshness. I now experiment with Acrylics and just love them too. Adding Acrylics to my Watercolors has given me a new perspective that I just lov...
My first classes were in Oils, then I found Watercolors and found my forte! I feel Watercolors best help me express my sensitive nature with their light, freshness. I now experiment with Acrylics and just love them too. Adding Acrylics to my Watercolors has given me a new perspective that I just love. They help me achieve a darker value which is so difficult for me to achieve with just watercolors alone. Iâ€™ve worked in Clay, Jewelry making and Pen and Inks and of course Drawing, the backbone of Art I feel.
Iâ€™ve taken Design, Color Theory, Photoshop, Computer Graphics, Drawing, Sculpting and a few others as well..
Drawing is an anxiety reducing activity for me as well as a need.
I have had many great teachers starting with Patricia Abraham, Gary Pruner, Rex Brandt, Dwight Eberly, James Estys, Jan Miskulin and othersâ€¦but some of my best â€˜teachersâ€™ are other artists and life itself!
Iâ€™ve painted for thirty some years now and itâ€™s a need I have just like breathingâ€¦My daughter and daughter-in-law both just gave me two more beautiful grandsons, so I am now the Grandma to three Grandsons! so my thoughts and ideas run to new life, growth, spirituality, all things ethereal or dreamlike and I am more likely to paint â€˜feelingsâ€™ or â€˜emotionsâ€™ than actual photorealism works.
Some quotes that I agree with...
Painting is a journey, it is the way I mark my path through life.
It â€˜isâ€™ the process or doing of â€˜Artâ€™ or the â€˜journeyâ€™ not the destinationâ€¦and Creativity and healing are very much connected as they both process energy through the hands.
â€Ž"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldnâ€™t say any other way â€” things I had no words for." ~ Georgia Oâ€™Keeffe, (with learning disabilities words often escape me and with the words above she conveys my thoughts)
I love critiques so feel free.
If there is something I should change, please let me know.
And if anyone wishes â€˜myâ€™ critique, just ask.
I feel creating is my way of communicating, a releasing of my emotions through paintings, or whatever medium it is I am using, I feel a 'need' to paint to express myself in this way.
For me this comes from a great need to do the â€™ workingâ€™ of it, the â€˜creatingâ€™ of it, to put onto paper what my soul sees, what and how I can make my â€˜marksâ€™, in whatever way moves me, to share my experience of feeling it.
I've called my art Heartfelt Art as it seems to apply to my core being.
I know I paint out of a need to express my feelings and emotions, and hopefully make a connection with the viewer, and I hope my sensitivities comes through to others, but more importantly I just need to express myself in this way for me.
I feel things so strongly that I am compelled to create a feeling of them, be it drawing, painting or pen and inksâ€¦I love nature, emotions, the human connection, the things that make us who we are and how we feel.
Birds, flowers, figures, my own feelings and such are often seen within my works.
I hope the viewer is moved in a positive way by what I create, no matter the medium.
The â€˜hidden imagesâ€™ emerge within my works as my subconscious comes forth and shows me a deeper meaning to what I am creating, so often you can find these within my worksâ€¦
I am on a path to being the best artist I can be, and Iâ€™ve found from some deep pains and tragedies come great creations. Iâ€™ve also taken classes for over thirty years now and I will continue to take workshops and classes. I feel one can always learn more, as my teacher and fellow students teach me all the time.
So I take in my world, and try to express it through my perspective and hope it resonates with others who may feel as I do, or perhaps I can show them a new way of seeing. I hope my art inspires others as well as theirs inspires me.
I was born in Southern Ca. and raised there and my first experience with Art was with trying to eat some crayons, so I bit into the Arts as it were. I am a fourth generation artist of whom none have made Art their career choice, just their passions. I feel I get my desire to use pen and ink often due to my fatherâ€™s love of making etchings and having Art hung on the walls as I grew up I feel I absorbed â€˜Artâ€™. I was fortunate to have had a father who collected others etchings, lithographs and art and who let me watch as he created in his studio, garage. I will add some of my fatherâ€™s art in the future.
I moved to the Sacramento area with my then husband, and raised two beautiful children, all the while taking classes and painting or creating when I could steal moments. I even set my kids up with their own paints and paper so I could get a little painting done.
I am a Grandma of three beautiful boys and hope to paint them soonâ€¦Iâ€™ve already painted my daughter and daughter in law when they were pregnant.
I have learning disabilities, or challenges, comprehension-wise. Just be patience with me pleaseâ€¦
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