One of the many things off my to-do list this week is to work on pieces that will soon go into my Etsy store. I don't have an exact opening date yet but it will be very soon.
One of my favorite subjects to paint is flowers. I love how everyone can look at the same flower but when it comes to interpretation, each outcome is so unique.
I suppose it is like that with everything, however, it just seems more pronounced when I am in the creative process.
Although sometimes I do choose to work solely from my imagination, often I will focus on a photograph. It is here I get to decide what parts will make it into my drawing and exactly how that will look.
Generally speaking I prefer a more abstract or whimsical appearance as opposed to realism. Years ago I followed a more realistic approach and while that was enjoyable, it just didn't feel like me.
I love to bring in imagery and colors that can't be found in everyday living. You know the stuff that makes us smile. :)
I think making the sort of art that I do allows me to embrace what I had previously seen in myself as imperfection. Did I mention that I came into this lifetime as a perfectionist? Lol, well I have tried. I actually tried for so long that I lived a good part of my life disappointed with what I wasn't able to achieve.
That being said, I can say that it's such a wonderful feeling to be able to share all of myself in the most authentic way. It relieves any struggle with trying to be something that I'm clearly not.
At the end of the day, whether I'm painting or not, I know that I am still me; quirky, silly, curious and that's a pretty good thing.