My blog title autocorrected to "twerking"! Hahaha! No. Just...no. That is not the goal for my art. This past show at Lipscomb Academy really got me thinking...about what I'm producing and why. Most of my paintings are clearly representational: a chicken, a flamingo (or two), a castle, a stream. As I grow artistically, the elements are revealing looser brushstrokes, softer edges, better harmony of colors, but I've been considering the unity of my entire display. My hope has been that whether it's a landscape or a flamingo, the feeling of beauty and simplicity remains consistent. My observation at the Lipscomb art show was that many artists display only one, maybe two general subjects; all landscapes or all abstracts. There were also many who stayed within a strict color palette...cream, pale green, and light blue were popular. I have a lot to think about! Do I continue to follow my passion, painting what speaks to me? Or do I see a wisdom in finding a more unified approach in subject, colors, and style?
Meanwhile...I am still doing just a little bit of tweeking (stop it, autocorrect! NOT "twerking") of my other "big" painting, Hidden Garden Ruins 18x24 oil on gallery wrap $600
2/15/2017 08:56:31 am
2/15/2017 03:48:03 pm
Beautiful work, Wendy! Keep on doing what speaks to you; it couldn't possibly get any better than this!
2/15/2017 07:58:46 pm
I would say paint what still speaks with you and what your spirit takes you regardless of colors and go with your heart. After morning reflections see what leads you. I feel that you have been doing this all through your art journey. The classes must be amazing but you have advanced to a new level so feel free to go where YOUR spirit leads you.
2/25/2017 03:48:47 pm
Obviously there are lots of us who really enjoy your art, and we are probably drawn to different subjects and interpretations. I think you may limit yourself if you include only certain colors or subjects. I'm so proud of you, and can see how hard you work at this. So keep doing what you're doing, and what God is leading you towards.
3/7/2017 08:23:36 am
Thank you for these comments...except yours, Kathleen; were you speechless?! Haha! I continue to give this subject thought, but now with more peace and openness. Without getting too foofy-sounding, I want my paintings to be more than wall decor. I hope they speak of beauty, surprise, atmosphere, simplicity. Every level of growth has its own lessons!
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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...