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!
        

13 comments:

  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. :)

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  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!

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  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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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:
    http://expressionsofhisbeauty.blogspot.com/

    Can't wait to see what you create!

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  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.
    http://sherylgallant.blogspot.com/

    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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