Here I am, deep in the heart of Texas, I was this gal from California, so desperately trying to “fit in” as a “Texanized” artist. However after awhile, I lost the joy of painting horses and longhorns, my inspirational nymphs vanished and were not to be found until……..…….. I rediscovered my real passion.
Although, I paint from my imagination, I did so with a critical eye for perfectionism. The initial idea of what the painting would be was in my head before it was on canvas.
Living in Texas I thought the theme of my paintings being horses, would be good sellers. I had them hanging in local restaurants and galleries. When they didn’t sell, even at Christmas time, I became discouraged and went into a deep artist depression, ready to just give up painting all together.
I knew of artists who were selling even their abstract art, even here in Texas. Of course abstract art was painted by those “want to be” artists, who could not draw or paint realism (or so I thought)…. until I decided to try my hand at it just to see if I could sell a piece of art for it’s color and decorator charm.
WOW! It was a REAL emotional experience for me as the artist! It was therapeutic, it set me free to discover a freedom of expression that was missing in my painting. I got raves on some of these paintings and that was reassuring that I was on the right track.
It took some experimenting with different ideas by just letting go of the strict rules that I previously had set for my realism style. With an attitude of “anything goes” my new mantra became, “just show up and just do it".
My inspirational nymphs have returned and my paintings practically paint themselves. I am excited about painting! The paintings now have personality of their own, because I am not judging too critically. I am having fun!
My new style of Horses more impressionistic now
The message to all would be professional artists is set moodiness aside.Free yourself from too much judgment, start painting and have fun.