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A Huge Heartfelt Thank You!

Gratitude is important.

About two years ago I began watching youtube videos on art instruction and I found one artist that was making and sharing the most wonderful videos. She inspired me to get out my sketchbook and paints again…
I had abandoned my art. I had abandoned my dreams. I had abandoned myself.

* Finding other artists to learn from and be inspired by is my advice for the week. It will open you up to your own desire to create, and enhance your motivation. Youtube is a great place to start.

Her name is Lisa Clough, and her talent, enthusiasm and generosity with sharing her techniques and experience, and especially encouraging other artists is amazing.

It was her videos that brought me back to my art and I owe her my deepest thanks, even if we work in different mediums. (I did buy one of her pieces… so beautiful, still have to get it framed—it’s a Polar Bear, squeeee!).

She has tons of videos, not just on creating art, but on materials, supports, techniques and more. She does critiques, she reviews art supplies, and gives her take on the art business, creativity and lots of other subjects. She is bit of a whirlwind and her output is crazy. If I could do half of what she manages to do I would be very happy.

Thank you Lisa! You have no idea how much you have helped me, I wouldn’t be doing this without your inspiration.

Wolf! Adventures in Wildlife Painting

Hello all!

After I did the wonderful kitty (Bath Time) I was inspired to try a wolf.

I’m very happy with how it turned out… I wanted to capture the calm and intelligence of this lovely animal, and to depict it in a different manner than usual. I see a lot of wolf pictures and artwork and they are usually somewhat menacing, or howling at the moon, but I don’t see them that way. I see a creature more like us than not… unafraid.. a brother.

I did this piece more loosely than I usually approach wildlife and I wanted the colours to ‘sing’ rather than be completely natural. So I exaggerated the shadow and light colours that I saw.

I hope you enjoy him.

Prints will be available soon.

Finding Your People

I found this old photograph of a piece I did for a colleague I used to work with a long time ago. It’s an acrylic painting called, “Calling The Pack”. The photo is awful and doesn’t show the painting very well, but I really like this and need to A group of wolves gather in the forest. Acrylic paintingfind him so I can take a better pic. I’ve lost touch with him, and that is sad.

As I was cropping the pic to put up here I thought about the painting, what it says, what it means to me. I’ve spent the better part of my life trying to fit in, to do what is expected of me; working in jobs I can’t stand, and don’t bring me closer to where I want to be (fairly, there have been some I did like, but the 9—5 isn’t for me) and being with people that I just don’t mesh with.

“Oh, those golden-yellow eyes of the wolf! You can feel yourself being pulled in. I knew I had been accepted – and that I had spoken to another species.”
~Jean Craighead George

It’s not their fault, and it’s not mine either. It’s just that I haven’t taken the time to find those I resonate with. My ‘pack’… those people who energize, and ‘get’ me. Those that I ‘get’ too.

In the past year I have made a lot of choices about who I want to be and what I want to do, to create my own life. I have been lucky to find a few wonderful people that I feel at home with. I have reconnected with lost friends too—people who mean a lot to me. I need more of that though because in many ways I’m a lone wolf, and it’s easy for me to get lost in my daily routine, in my studio painting or otherwise alone doing my thing and it’s been days, or even weeks since I have spoken to anyone. Then I turn around and realize that I miss the company of my people. My pack.

I need the interaction, the give and take, the support of good friends. I need to give myself the opportunity to support others too. We all do.

TinyBuddha has an article on finding one’s people here.