Tuesday, February 16, 2010

No Laryngitis Here.

It's Tuesday once again, therefore "Mosaic Day" with Artmind. As I continue painting I'm finding my voice. I thought this would be an arduous process, winnowing out just exactly what kind of artist I want to be. Actually, I don't even think it's a choice. Before I started painting 6 weeks ago, I would have put large sums of money on the bet that I wouldn't want to paint flowers. And that if I did paint flowers, they would be impressionistic in nature, not detailed. Well, I can tell you I would have lost that bet like a Lottery addict buying yet another Powerball ticket. My greatest joy is painting BIG flowers with lots of leaves and grasses. I also revel in detail work, I can't just leave it naive.

Deciding to trust my own inner judgement and voice has always been a difficult thing for me. I'm a people pleaser. If people who loved me gave advice or, even worse, if I asked for advice, which I do often, then I believed I should take it. I mean, they only have my best interest at heart. I'm finding now, that I am quickly learning how to listen to ME and not feel guilty for that, especially when it comes to MY art. The cold porcelain paste I worked with (to decorate my wedding cakes) worked differently than sugarpaste (most cake artists use sugarpaste to make the flowers) and so I had to find my own way. I didn't expect that "lesson" to transfer so easily to watercolors. But it did, in a big way. What took almost than 6 years with the cakes has only taken 6 weeks with painting.

I can hear my artistic voice just fine, no problem. I've learned to take advice or seek advice and if it doesn't work, then move on and do it your way. I am beginning to trust and believe in my own instincts. That it's happening so easily is what's wonderful. What was such a struggle for so long is now ever so much easier. :o)

My Mosaic this week is all about the amalgamation of color, form and background. It's the whole package. Doris Joa is an amazingly inspiring, brilliant artist. She paints both in watercolor and oil. Her flowers are stunning. I'm so inspired, I can't even express it adequately.  Everything I've discssed in previous posts, backgrounds, color saturation, negative space, placement of subject, randomness in space around that subject, clarity, she captured to perfection. Just beautiful!

From the upper left going clockwise:
  1. "Red Rose II"; Artist: Doris Joa
  2. "Blue Hydrangea"; Artist: Doris Joa
  3. "White Rose III"; Artist: Doris Joa
  4. "Blue Hibiscus"; Artist: Doris Joa
Find more of her art at her Etsy Shop.

I'm still taking your requests for a hand-made postcard. If you want me to send you a free 5x7 painting just go to my February 14th post and click on the big orange "Postcard Giveaway" button and fill out the form to email me with your request! I'd love to send you one. Besides, who doesn't like getting snail mail? :o) The Postcard Giveaway is now closed!

I just watched Canada's Alexandre Bilodeau receive our first ever gold medal on Home soil. :o)  We'll have to talk later, I'm gonna go celebrate with coffee & chocolate. Cheers! 
GO CANADA!!!
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11 comments:

  1. I like the hydrangea...I've plenty of them in my garden...

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  2. If I hadn't read through your post I would never have guessed that those 'photographs' are actually paintings. They're beautifully done and I'm glad you've found some inspiration!

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  3. I love all the flowers..!!

    Have a great week..!

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  4. Hi! This is Gwen (lolita) from swap-bot. Great post :) The flowers are gorgeous! I checked out Doris Joa's blog and her works are amazing!

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  5. Hello. Latest know your site is very nice and your work well.
    Skip to visit you more often.
    A kiss
    Gabyta

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  6. i'm from Argentina, sorry for ma english lol!

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  7. These look so fantastic real! Beautiful work!

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  8. Those flowers are gorgeous...can't wait to see some of yours. Glad you're starting to hear your artistic voice...I'm still listening patiently for mine to decide to speak. I'm going to go check out some of your other entries now...looking forward to reading your blog. From Tinkergirl at Swapbot. :)

    GO CANADA! :D

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  9. Dear Jennifer, just wanted to thank you so much for featuring my art on your blog. I feel very honored. Your art is also very beautiful. I wrote you already in an email that I love your artwork. And you have such a beautiful blog created.
    Hope to see more from you in the future.
    Happy Painting and thank you!
    Doris Joa

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