As an artist, I often get fascinated with something and stay stuck on the subject. Some may call it “working in series”, but my reality is that I can’t easily shake something that fascinates me. I can use the same photo reference for 20 different paintings done in different ways…Some may think I’m painting with one eye on the market, but that is not true. It’s about my need to explore and understand this animal and why I’m so attracted to its form. Daily painting of any subject matter means growth…after awhile the memory of painting something adds to the mental library of pictures and the pieces flow, one painting at a time. Sometimes they are little 5″x 7″ studies. Not all of them work. I learn more from mistakes than successes. Maybe you aren’t painting daily and are “blocked” for some reason- perhaps, “Because the holidays are coming up”, or “I just don’t have time with my job and family”. It only takes minutes a day to improve. If you don’t have time for 20 minutes, try 10. I have always said those who practice simply get better sooner than those who don’t practice. It isn’t rocket science. Get out the pencils or paints, and do your 10-20 minutes of practice on a subject that appeals to you. Daily practice will pay off for you as you grow into the artist you were meant to be. It will happen sooner or later. Why not sooner?
This coming weekend, October 1 and 2, marks the FMVA 2016 Studio Crawl event in the Fargo-Moorhead area! This event features a peek inside the working studios of area artists, including me. There are 39 studios you may visit so pick up a brochure and plan your visits with an easy-to-follow map. Brochures can be picked up at the Plains Art Museum, Gallery 4, and other area businesses or you can download a brochure by clicking on the link fmva.org
Refreshments will be served and demonstrations presented when you visit my Mourning Dove Studio. I hope to see you there!
With thanks to the Art Gallerie on Main in downtown Bismarck, ND, I am the featured artist for a new exhibit. The opening reception is Thursday, September 8th from 5:30-8:30. If you are in the Bismarck area, please stop by as I would love to meet you and share my art with you.