Day 13: M - Monkey 🐒
Lately I’ve been all about the idea of doing art on your own terms. The idea that you should be the artist YOU want to be, not the one you think you should be. 💪🏼
When I first started painting (this was years ago) I had so many people telling me what I should do, “you should make cards!” “You should do art fairs!” “You should make prints!” “This is what will make you successful, muted colors!” And you know what? I had so many of these voices telling me what to do my own was snuffed out.
Because here’s the thing, it wasn’t until I started doing business on my own terms that I felt good about it. It wasn’t until I started saying yes to the projects I actually wanted and no to what I didn’t that my art actually felt authentic. ✨
So here’s my challenge for you today: listen to yourself. What do you want to do? Don’t just keep trying things that feel empty... do the things that are an honest reflection of you!! Because your input, your thoughts, and your opinions are the most important when it comes to doing art on your own terms. 💕
8x8 - SOLD
When I follow my creativity to make an original piece, I feel it is a never ending work. When I do a recreation it is much easier because you know what to do and when it’s done. What do you think of this piece?
I painted this for our home, titled “little love Pebbles”. My husband is always hassling me to put more of my own art on our walls. He has a habit of “stealing” things from my studio, and hanging them while I’m out (and then I steal them back of course). I’d much prefer to have a mix of different artists at home, both originals and prints, and I love doing art swaps with other artists. It’s such a great opportunity to appreciate someone else’s work and for them to appreciate mine.
‘Of course a canvas can’t satisfy me (immediately). And in the beginning I feel this distress...it’s a struggle between me and what I am doing, between me and the canvas, between me and my distress. This struggle is passionately exciting to me. I work until the distress leaves me.’ These thoughts from the book I’m reading ‘I work like a gardener’, (John miró) hit me like
like bolt of lightning. For me this is what painting is! A great distress in which I spend hours panicking and layering and panicking until I feel peace. But funnily enough the peace is with me all along 🤷🏼♀️ heres the start of my lilies and the colours that are bringing me warmth and joy to create them 💕
This painting was sold! (happy dance!) But there are still many others that are available! Go see them at @cafeblackbirdyeg. I had their vegan sandwich the other day and it was to die for!
A collab with the lovely artist @snowmarite. This is our interpretation of a devil eye and an angel eye respectively. I love her watercolours - they are incredibly ethereal and calming. Swipe to see her art on the 3rd and 4th picture. ✨ This is my first collab with another artist and it was super fun thinking of ideas together
Song is Demon - Chang Caine (Influe & Monstaspace remix)