Saturday, January 22, 2011

Color my World

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and the voice will be silenced. - Vincent Van Gogh

Guess what I'm starting to do again?

     I come from a line of artistic people. I was an art major in college until I was talked out of it by a well meaning adult. "Art can be a relaxing hobby, but you really need to get in a field so you can get a job." My response to this should have been sticking my tongue out slightly and forcing air out of my mouth to give what is commonly called RASPBERRIES! Perhaps I could have just covered both ears with my hands and chanted, "Na-na-na-na-na. I can't hear you." I've always thought it would have been good if I'd stayed on my original path. 
        I haven't left my passion totally behind. I've purchased art supplies and made myself promises. Then I've purchased more art supplies. I found that early days of motherhood and learning to be a farm wife just didn't afford me the focus to set off painting again. I become totally engrossed in my work when I paint. Crafts are another thing. I can have life bustling around me when I do crafts. No problem. Pottery was something I enjoyed, possibly more than I could even explain here. I still harbor dreams of setting up a pottery studio. The things required for that are a bit pricey. It won't be in my new studio. Pottery makes a mess that you really don't want where you will be painting and sewing. It requires a different kind of space. Maybe I'm just such a messy potter that I require a different type of studio.
     I have tried oil painting, but it has been many years ago. I should try again now that I have learned more patience. A reward of motherhood! Watercolor is something I love, but I'm not very good at it. I like Acrylics because they're less toxic than oil paints and and I feel relatively comfortable using them. Someone recommended the new Interactive Acrylics. They are supposed to stay wet longer, like oils. We'll see what I can do. I'll show you something when the paint tubes get opened and the canvases are no longer stark white!


  1. I'm excited for you, Patrice. It's never a bad idea to try something new -- or old, as in your case...

    It keeps us growing, learning and youthful. Look forward to seeing some of your artwork. :)

  2. I'm not sure you should have posted about this. I might be bugging you until I see something! LOL I'm excited that you're doing this and can't wait to see something wonderful!

  3. It's a great thing to expand your talents - exciting!
    I wish I had some artistic ability.
    Love the quote at the beginning :-D

  4. That's wonderful!!! It has probably been almost 30 years since I painted. And acrylics were my favorite too. I can't wait to see what you come up with in that wonderful studio of yours!

  5. It blesses me so much to see that you are creating. I am so happy that you have all of that wonderful paint supply's and your great craft room. I can't wait to see what you will paint.

  6. Patrice, how wonderful. I think it’s great you are going back to your love of art. Your studio will be a wonderful place to paint and draw. Can’t wait to see what creations are waiting within you.

  7. You are going to so enjoy it! I can't say I am any good at painting but it makes me feel good and contented. I must also get started again methinks! I like oils 'cause if you make a mistake you can just keep slapping on more paint!

  8. Yippee for you for not giving up on your heart! May we all find some time to explore new challenges or embrace old talents! Can't wait to see the results.

  9. Have you ever heard of water-soluble oil paints? They're in all the craft stores, and they're what I was trained in.

    I envy you getting space and time in which to paint! I have two munchkins and another on the way, so there is no oil painting in my near future.

  10. What an amazing quote! I have no artistic ability, and yet I still paint. I would love for you to check out my art over here:

    Can't wait to see what you create!

  11. I can't wait to see your art work! I think painting requires a lot of focus too. I can't paint and do three other things at the same time, like I usually do with anything else. I just don't know who I would be if I didn't paint and garden. It's all that I am and both are all consuming passions!

    You can see my artwork here.

    I prefer acrylics too, always have. I find oils smelly, expensive and too slow to dry. Acrylics are also very forgiving unlike watercolors.


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