You may be wondering, "is she still painting?" and the short answer is: Definitely Yes! I've been quiet about my work lately as I've been leaning in to what painting means to me and how I can respect my own voice in what I create. That sounds a little highfalutin, so I try for language that is simpler and more straightforward. There is an uneasy relationship between creating art and selling art and I have wrestled with that for a while now. I'm not alone as I read the posts and blogs other artists are writing. Maybe it was the pandemic that slowed art sales in galleries, resulting in many of them closing their doors. Add to that the trend of poster art, catalog art, prints, and knock-offs. Artists can watch what's selling like every successful entrepreneur and many do adjust their subject matter and style to what's "in". There's no end to the "marketing resources" offered to creators, too. I've done a lot of soul searching and decided that isn't for me. Life is so short and unpredictable to spend it making a name for myself. Even now as I write this, there are two wars raging and so much suffering around the world. If I want to say anything with what I paint, it's to express peace and beauty, with a little mystery thrown in. So if I'm painting up in my studio or on the road in our travels, it will always be from my heart and for the sake of art.
These five paintings will be in the Radnor Lake Art Show and Sale November 3-5 in Nashville. You can read more details on my New Paintings Page.
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Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...