In the past artists have been looked down upon in mainstream culture, although this has been changing. More and more artists are taking their talent and skill into the business world than ever before.
So what is this myth, you ask? Well, I’ll be happy to tell you.
Many people believe that artists need to be tortured, conflicted, depressed, or unstable, for lack of a better word. In other words, they need to be rebels to be talented or effective creators. Artists themselves believe this and popular culture continues to propagate this myth in movies, music, and television.
This is the biggest lie in the art world, and I’ve found myself dipping into it from time to time. It just simply isn’t the case. Artists can be happy, well-adjusted, successful, joyful, and respectable. They can also be loving. There is no reason why an artist cannot be successful from a place of emotional well-being.
Take my beaches paintings, for instance. They are born from the peace, serenity, love of nature, and balance that I have within myself. That is why I am able to create these lively, colorful, and vibrant pictures. I want to share my love and wonder of the beach with my viewers. The good in me is carried into my artwork.
What myths do you buy into? What are you holding onto tenaciously that is no longer allowing your life to work? These are the questions all of us should ask ourselves. Just because a group of people believe something, it doesn’t make it true. My advice is to believe in something that brings meaning into your life. Something that is positive and life-affirming.
Leave the garbage by the curb where it belongs!
Keep fighting the good fight, and keep bringing your art into the world.
Until next time,
It’s finally here!
Tomorrow morning I’ll be flying down to Fort Lauderdale, from which I will catch a train to Miami with my older sister. And then, VIOLA!!! It’s onto our Royal Caribbean ship for an unforgettable voyage to the Bahamas! Where sun, sea water, and dolphins await us!
I can’t wait to swim with bottle-nosed dolphins again. There is nothing quite like it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which I’m grateful enough to experience again. But nothing will ever be as grand as that first swim in 2011 in Key Largo. Below is a picture of me swimming with momma’ and baby!
I’m looking forward with anticipation to getting out of the studio, away from cold Michigan, and embarking on my first ever cruise. Cross it off my bucket list, please! As it is something I’ve always dreamed about doing. It will be so nice to get to share it with my sister Ashley, as this is her first cruise as well. We have no idea what to expect, but we are ecstatic nevertheless.
Can’t wait to get a wealth of inspiration for my painting!!! I’ll be taking lots of pictures and videos for reference material for when I get back into the art studio, so expect some lovely palette knife beach paintings of the Bahamas in the very near future.
I will talk to you guys when I return!
Hope your week is filled with adventure and joy like mine will be!
Until next time,
bringing some color to the Bahamas,
I’m super excited to be traveling to the Bahamas at the end of this month for some much needed R and R! This trip will mark my first time to a tropical island, and it will also be my first ever cruise as well!
So needless to say, it should be a sun-filled, sand-between-my-toes adventure!
In the Bahamas I will be swimming with dolphins on the beach! I swam with them before in Key Largo, and I am very pumped to relive the experience. Dolphins are some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. Not only do I love the ocean, but I adore the animals that inhabit it as well.
So in honor of my impending cruise, I thought it was only fitting to paint a dolphin in palette knife form. Here it is, entitled “Playing in Crystal Waters.”
Playing in Crystal Waters, Oils on canvas, 11×14 inches
Check out my new beach painting tutorial on Youtube when you get a chance!
I would have to say that this is my favorite video I’ve done so far. I’m proud of this one! The colors are so interesting and make the whole scene spring to life. I hope you enjoy it.
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I hope all of you had a good weekend and I wish you a productive week in your creative endeavors.
Let’s bring some color into the world,