Artistic processes can be some of the most fascinating things about artists. Artistic processes can vary widely from artist to artist, even within the same medium. When we learn about the process and thinking behind the artwork we love we often discover incredible intricacies that we might have missed. Sometimes, it is the process that makes us love the art itself!
On the surface my artwork is animal portraiture, but that is only part of it. In the next few posts I'll be discussing my process and taking you along for the journey of this large bison.
Pro tip- when you visit an art exhibit read the signage about the artist. It often reveals interesting facts about the artist's process that will make you love their work even more!
There are so many things in life that can make us fee like failures, like we aren't good enough, like we are small and unimportant. Sometimes people get stuck thinking about all the things that make them feel less than, but today I want to ask you what makes you feel strong? I think that if we focus on the things that make us feel strong, and if we do those things, we will start to feel more strong in other areas too.
For me running makes me feel strong. Even if I don't run fast, even if my face turns tomato red, even when I have asthma. I'll admit the asthma makes me feel frustrated because you can't just push through not being able to breath, but I still feel strong, and when I feel strong I feel more brave, and more capable to put myself out there in ways that I would normally hold back. So tell me, what makes you feel strong? And if you don't know go find out!
Something that I used to be afraid of doing when I first started out was commissions. I always worried that my client would not like what I created or they would be disappointed that my vision did not align with theirs. Over the years I have gained a lot more confidence in my art, but I've also gained a lot of knowledge for how to approach commissions in a way that give me and the collector enough information. The following three paintings are from my 3 most recent pet portrait commissions. These three dogs were beloved pets that have passed on. It was such an honor to be able to commemorate them.
If you are interested in commissioning a painting visit the commissions page for basic information and to get started. Commissions are a really fun process and there is no better way to make your home unique than art made just for you or your loved one.