Happy Thursday! Warning…ramblings ahead! After taking this photo of my studio this morning, I have to admit I was a little in awe of all the paintings I have done over the past two years. Since I have a full time job, at times I ask myself if I am really an artist. What defines an artist…someone who has sold thousands of dollars of art, hundreds of pieces, or is shown in a museum? I mean, I have no formal training aside from some art classes in high school..none of which included painting. However, I have always known how to draw, so I guess in that sense, I am an artist.
After a couple of years of insecurities, my opinion of my own work has grown from ‘I don’t like this painting so much’ to ‘I’m not sure I want to sell this one..let’s hang it in the guest room’. I’m learning to be proud of my accomplishments and to always remember the fact that I’ve been invited to join a REAL gallery, won 1st place ribbons, am a registered artist with the Arkansas Arts Council, and a member of Arkansas League of Artists. These are my lifelines when I start to doubt my abilities. I will keep creating, even when I’m tired after work and have a million other things to do. As Picasso said “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.
So, I am slowly getting comfortable acknowledging that I am an artist, and will continue to be THRILLED every time I see improvement in my work! I hope that people who view my paintings feel some sort of a connection, and they can just get lost in some of them the way that I do.