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Am I In or Am I Out?

March 24th, 2018

Am I In or Am I Out?

I was so excited when I opened the email from the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas to see if I had been accepted into their National Exhibit “Art of the Pastel”. It wasn’t your typical letter- usually the competition letters start out either Congratulations or I am sorry to say……. This one had a beginning paragraph about the success of the Pastel Society.

Second paragraph - Thank you for submitting your work—-I thought here goes the Dear John letter. But it didn’t - it talked about the overall competition.

Anyone who knows me, knows I have dyslexia so when I read my eyes like to jump around. So when I am all excited my eyes bounce around more than usual. My eyes kept searching for a Yes or a No.

Third paragraph was the longest one on the page which told about how the two jurors judged the show and what they were looking for in a painting. This is all good info to know after I find out, am I in or out?

Fourth paragraph was thanking us for entering the competition. There were a couple of sentences in bold….is this it my eyes said? No, then right after the fourth paragraph listed in a column were my two entries and their titles with an “Accepted “ after each each! I was so elated!! Yes, my paintings “Morning Walk 2” and “Morning Walk 5” were accepted into the National Exhibit of the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas.

For anyone who is in the area of Southeast Texas, the opening and reception is Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:00 - 9:30 pm at The Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd, Clute TX 77531. The exhibit/sale will run thru May 23, 2018. Thank you jurors whoever you were!!

An Artist is Born

April 19th, 2013

An Artist is Born

An Artist Is Born

I was looking for that one magical piece of information I felt my paintings desperately needed, so I took another workshop. After spending most of the weekend watching the teachers demonstrations, I did learn a thing or two. But I did not find that stroke of genius that would elevate my paintings to the level of a Klimt or Degas.

In college, I was told it takes hundreds of paintings to become good. One of my assignments was to paint 25 paintings in one week. Sometime later I was at a conference where a professional critiqued my work. I waltzed in hoping he would say I was ready for the art market. Yes, he said, you have talent and potential but come back after you do 300 more paintings. Three hundred more. That was a lot of painting. Again in the book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color, Kevin Macpherson says, Pledge to do one hundred starts-simple, flat shapes studies with no detailThe more starts you do, the better youll become at them. A few years later, I was invited to a Master Class in Cloudcroft, New Mexico with instructor William Herring. What an impacted he had on my art career!

His theory was; there are 7 steps to mastery just like other disciplines such as tie kwon doe, dancing or being a musician. After 350 works, you are in step 3. I felt this was an achievable goal. However, Step 4 was 1000 works. That was a big jump.. Step 5 required 2000 works. After 3000 works you have achieved the Big Kahuna.Mastery.

He broke it down into easy mathematical equations. Doing three works (works include painting, sketching, sculpting and etc.) a week would equal only a measly 156 works a year. It would take you 6.4 years to get to 1000 works or step 4. Finally, after 3000 works at three works a week and nineteen years later, via-la you would arrive at the Taj mahal. But, I wanted to win awards, sell my artwork and develop a name sometime in the near future or at least before my teeth started to fall out.

I barricaded myself in my studio for two years. (I did come out for classes, workshops and food). Finally, I started seeing results. Slowly but surely, I was making progress. It finally sunk in; it takes that much practice get good.

Think of the hours, weeks, months and years a musician, dancer or martial arts person practices before they attempt to perform. That is what a painting isyour performance.

I feel, artists are afraid to practice because it is down on paper. They feel it is permanent. Music floats through the air. No one knows how horrible it sounded at the beginning. Same with a dancer. All their workouts are not recorded to see their leg only raised up to their waist instead of their chest until continual practice. But an artist, their practice is there for everyone to see unless the artist or someone destroys it.

The numbers arent really important but they do get the big picture across. It is the principle of performing the work that counts

So get the lead out. Like Jilllian Michaels coaches on the Biggest Loser, Artist- GET UP Artist GET UP and workout until you are exhausted. You will make progress one painting instead of one pound at a time.

All That Glitters

June 24th, 2012

All That Glitters

Here is an article about Missouri artist, Vic Mastis' artwork with gold leaf.