One of the things I hate the most is being overwhelmed, being overwhelmed over nothing is even worse. I know it's gonna be a rough day when I wake up feeling like I can't get out of bed without having a panic attack like today. It seems like it happens way to often and it's not like I have a whole lot to be overwhelmed about, but sometimes the simple steps of getting up and waking up for the day is like climbing a steep hill, and I'm not even good at climbing the little ones
On days like this I try to remind myself that no one is rushing me. I have no expectations for the day so I should be able to relax, right? So just light a candle, put on some good music or tv and take out my paints and lose myself in the paper for a while and hope that the feeling of being rushed starts to fade. It usually doesn't but sometimes I can get a few things done and feel a little better; I have to remind myself to be gentle and take things slow on days like today
Weed usually saves the day
My #artstudio for the day is on my kitchen table . My #plants have taken over the other half😂. We are still moving and remodeling so more art posts will come soon! I’ll try to sneak stuff into my stories. I’m still #painting and creating
Today’s 60 minute drawing. It’s always been extremely challenging for me as an individual to practice my craft when I’m not feeling inspired. For a long time I felt it actually contradicted and cancelled the inherent spirit of art. That being that one should create one when FEELS like creating. Allowing the divine creative spirit to move you to pick up the pen or the guitar or the canvas. ////
A good friend shared with me a piece of wisdom that was shared with them by another artist. “Learn to rely on habit, not on inspiration”. This small statement has revolutionized my approach to my artwork. ////
I began to set a firm daily goal of drawing every day. I had to mentally remove any negative judgements on the piece as I drew each line. My inner critic was not happy about being ignored however the silence was required so I could allow any subconscious ideas to flow and begin to reveal themselves. Many of these pieces I still don’t love or even like BUT I was able to unearth deep-rooted ideas and expressions. ////
Each idea and experiment given the guy of freedom splayed out on the page was given life. Given a chance to breathe. Although their presentation was not up to my standards, I simply had to see that these infant ideas simply need time to grow.
//// Even in the few short weeks that I have implemented this practice, I have already witnessed and experienced immense growth and revelation in regards to my process and my ability to excel in my work. Small ideas and themes have become refined and wholesome. My work is becoming more and more deliciously raw and perfectly representative of what my spirit wants to express. ////// “And when inspiration does come, your hand will be ready” //// This whole process has been extremely radical for me. But the strain and fear is worth it in the end. I am growing in more ways than I can articulate and I am so grateful.
Shouts out to a few peeps in my life who have always been so so supportive and encouraging in my journey. Thank you for pushing me and challenging me! @mmm_draws @angelynatropets @jo_robak @yonrawlmer @funguyfrank @she_althea_ @papichurro____ @gregormahon #art#drawing#pdxart#pdxartist#dowhatyoulove
Throwback to these lovely #irises from the #albemarleterracehouse , I loooved doing them and couldn’t quite fit a picture of them on my website. The extraordinarily beautiful base paint job in this room/house by the crazy talented @huefinepainting and interior design by the incomparable @jhinteriordesign . Painting help by @sierra.catherine and @lisamaurineney
«emergence» a new group show opening @reduxpdx friday june 1, 6-9pm featuring new work by me, @kendra_binney , @magovin , @alison.grayson.art 🦋 i hope you can join us!
🎨 ‘peacock woman’ oil on wood, 14”x19”
The Humanities Dept. Workshops to learn something new, and make space for creativity, and wine. We make art, we make friends, we make a mess. ✨
Next workshop is smart phone photography this Thursday the 24th. Are you in? Click the link in bio to sign up. Also tag someone you think would be interested! Let’s Play ✨
Thursdays at 6pm