Selfie

SelfieOil on canvas

20 x 20

So I debated about whether or not to post this one or not.  I’m not one for taking pictures of myself much less a painting of myself, but I decided, what-the-heck, post it.  First I’ll say, I like the painting.  It turned out exactly the way I planned it.  It’s colorful and fun and I captured the things about myself that I wanted to.  But, painting myself meant that I would have to take a good look at myself.  It’s not that I’m not familiar with the photo that I used to paint from, it’s my profile pic.  It’s that fact that I don’t like to look too hard at myself because that’s when the critical stuff starts happening.  I become self conscience of my square face, my squinty eyes and half a dozen other flaws.  I start picking myself apart and…well…that’s not healthy.

I made a decision when I started this painting that I wouldn’t judge the girl too harshly.  If you focus on the fact that you have a big nose, you’ll end up exaggerating that feature and making it even bigger than it actually is.  I tried to focus on the positive, like my eyes may be small, but in this photo, they look happy.  I wanted it to be supper colorful and energetic.

So, this is the result.  My lesson: Stop being so hard on yourself!  Not just about your physical appearance, but your painting skill and everything else about yourself.  Take a deep breath. just relax and accept yourself exactly the way you are!

Intuitive

abstract, portrait, vivid color, oil painting, contemporary artwork, expressive art

This painting is currently available

Oil on canvas

18 x 14

$400

He looks towards the future and doesn’t think much about the past.  He get’s excited about what’s new and dislikes the boring mundane of the routine.  He’s a creative problem solver and can easily see the big picture.

Last week was such a challenge.  I have so many things that I need to do around the house and yet I desperately need to paint as well.  Each day I think, “Should I paint or should I clean out my closet?”, “Should I paint or straighten up?”.  The holidays are just around the corner and I feel the pressure to “get things done”.  Yet, I still need to work in my studio.

So, last week, I chose to paint most of the time, this week I hope I can accomplish some things around the house as well as getting a few paintings done.

If only I had a cleaning service…

Intelligent

abstract, portrait, colorful artwork, expressive painting, oil on canvas

This painting is currently available

Oil on canvas

18 x 14

$400

This is part of a series called, “I”.

This is the second in a series of paintings that I’m doing called the “I” series.  For some time, I’ve been working on another series called “Tribal”, the idea of belonging to a community.  The “I” series, for me, is about the gifting of the unique person, each named for traits that begin with the letter “I” that I admire in others.

To me, this painting speaks of an individual with a burning desire to learn, to grow, to understand and to seek wisdom.  I love to see this kind of hunger in a person. It’s not about being a rocket scientist, it’s about a passion to learn.

On a personal level, I’m enjoying my time in the studio more than I have in a long time.  My trip must have had a greater impact on me than I had realized.  I thought I would come back and paint from all my photos, cityscapes and what-not. But, instead, I’m going a completely different direction.  It seems Paris inspired me in a whole different way.  Travel is good for the soul!