Thursday, September 26, 2013

Foray Into Watercolor Painting

One of the reasons that I started this blog is that I wanted to document my journey/life in painting and away from the secure and comfortable confines of not only my home but the gallery.  Most if not all of my paintings were/are created entirely in acrylics and some paint pens.  Acrylic paints for me are a “safe” medium.  I can control the paint…the outcome, in my own time with only minor deviations to keep a smooth and happy flow to the process.
Last Summer my friend and fellow exhibiting artist Renee Matter and I took a trip to Pasadena to take in and enjoy the 8th Annual Saturday in the Park with the Masters event; where I was blissfully turned on to the likes of Watercolor art!  It opened my eyes to a medium that had once intimidated me. And because of that mindset, I never attempted to paint with watercolors.  How limiting of me as an artist!  While at the event I felt particularly drawn to a wonderful watercolor artist named Brenda Swenson. I literally could have stood the whole day and watched her create her amazing pieces of art.  It started something within me that I’m only now beginning to realize.

A year later and when I decided to teach myself watercolor painting, I look back on Brenda’s artwork, and the event, and smile.  It’s interesting how circumstances and memories stay with you for a reason.
I’ve started to gather together my watercolor supplies and I have been playing with the flow of pigment and water….beginning to establish a style of my own.  It’s quite a beautiful experience actually, and I only wish that I would have tried it a long time ago. 

As I look at the calendar now, I see that October is fast approaching and the time where Renee and I will be making our daytrip travel plans, packing up our painting supplies, and heading outdoors to paint Southern California!  I could not be more excited!
Here’s to embracing new things!....SL

Monday, September 23, 2013

Taking Chances

June 2010 I was in a major artistic slump.  I had been painting, drawing, creating computer aided artwork, etc., for years and years  But I began to realize that I was not feeling fulfilled as an artist.  I enjoyed from time to time the feedback from online art communities but I quickly burned out of the whole online art scene, and soon realized that it was becoming far more social and far much less focused on the art.

What I really wanted and needed was to see what it was like in the real art world.  To be part of the art community in my town. To share real space with other artists, and to step out of my comfort zone and take a chance on myself.

So I sat down one afternoon and started searching for local art galleries.  I then discovered an art gallery called Gallery SOHO.  They were located in the art and antiques district of downtown Pomona, California.  I also noticed that Gallery SOHO was a co-op gallery and that each exhibiting artist volunteered their time to sit at the gallery and also must serve on Pomona Valley Art Association’s Board of Directors.  Sounded like a plan! So I gathered up my courage and an armful of my artwork and off I went to meet with the Gallery Coordinator. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Gallery SOHO Interior

I have made so many phenomenal friendships through Gallery SOHO and with Pomona Valley Art Association. I have sold a lot of my artwork, gained so much confidence in my own artistic abilities, and made many valuable art connections here in California and all over the western United States.
My Abstract Work - On Display and For Sale
 Until January 2014

But now I feel that I must move on. So at the end of this year and after much contemplation, I will be resigning my board positions and removing my artwork from the gallery. Why you ask?  Because I’m not done! I really want to see what else is out there for me!  Pomona Valley Art Association and Gallery SOHO were such beautiful stepping stones and learning environments on my artistic path, but most certainly not the end of my artistic journey. Not even close! I want to travel and to paint what I see during those travels. Take in all of the beautiful architecture and landscapes that is Southern California, and beyond! And also to share all that I have discovered and created here! I absolutely cannot wait to see what’s next on my journey….

Here’s to taking chances!..SL

Desert Landing

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