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)
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:
- "Red Rose II"; Artist: Doris Joa
- "Blue Hydrangea"; Artist: Doris Joa
- "White Rose III"; Artist: Doris Joa
- "Blue Hibiscus"; Artist: Doris Joa