Friday, December 05, 2008

A pleasure to paint

I ventured into a local vintage store called Friendtique (all proceeds go to benefit area hospice and palliative care) yesterday and found a fabulous score of sewing and craft magazines from the 1960's. The illustrations, photographs and advertisements are just priceless. I was particularly drawn to the illustrations of the dresses for the patterns in each issue. Such a great style! I needed some inspiration and that was it.

Thus, I've begun a new series of paintings. I'm sort of starting my artistic new year's resolution early. I'm going to try to focus my work and develop a more cohesive style. I feel like I've just been all over the place since I've been back in the studio and not really feeling like I was pushing myself to grow and improve. Not that there won't be some oddballs now and again, but I just feel like taking a style and running with it. So here we go! I'm excited to see where this takes me and how I can refine and edit myself. It's not so easy to work in an artistic vacuum!

Here are the first three pieces:


Anonymous said...

These are wonderful!

My partner suffers from this same "I have so many ideas" problem. (And I guess I do too, just in a different, writing way.) Not really a problem, some would say, but it is a sort of double edged sword, isn't it?

Because to make your art into your primary source of income, there needs to be some serious focus, but to be an artist is to, at your most base level, be an explorer, a risk taker, an innovator.


SleightGirl said...

Great stuff you got there...and I just love your inspiration.

A Beautiful Party said...

i love it!

ali said...

these look like you are having so much fun!