I have very limited art training. The sum total of my formal training being a few classes at the local community college. I am what I call an accidental artist. I stumbled into it because I wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles Schulz. I started drawing my own cartoons based on a cat I used to have.
I then moved on to silly cartoons panels. I even got to the point where I would send my cartoons out, yes send them out, to the big agencies. Most just sent back the standard, “Don’t call us we’ll call you,” letter.
A little while later I took a class on pastels. I loved and still love the ease of use of soft pastels. Now oil pastels are a little more difficult to use but I love the brilliance of the colors. Today I have branched out to all mediums.
What is the point of this whole ramble? Just this, do not devalue you artistic ability just because you’re what I call an accidental artist. Someone who just for the shear joy…creates. An artist is an artist.
Yellow flower By the Tree is an acrylic painting rendered on a flat panel canvas. The background is done by dragging the paint across the canvas and then rendering the flower. Today I am reminded of an old saying, “All good things come to those who wait.” In other words God calls us to be patient. The problem is we don’t want to wait we want things in the here and now not in the days, weeks, months or years to come. It is hard to be patient but we must learn to have faith that God will in His time and move on.
I was trying to think of what to talk about in part three. Well here goes nothing. In part 1 I talked about the perils of being an introvert. How shyness keeps us from putting our work out there for others to see. In part 2 I offered several ways to get our artwork out there from behind the scenes. Here are some reflections on how well my ideas in part 2 are working.
While, by using this blog and Facebook to has offered more exposure to my artwork the one thing I still struggle with is generating art sales. Don’t get me wrong I am not expecting to become rich off my art. I just wish I could sell some of my art in order to make a passive income.
I have started an Etsy shop and also started a store at Fine Art American and plan to post more art for sale in August. I however know part of selling is getting out there locally and that is still my dilemma. I put this out there for advice from those who have been in the same position. Offer your advice as comments.
The second in my series of abstract flowers. It is created using acrylic paints on a 8 x 10 flat panel canvas. Over the course of my art life I find myself doing more and more abstracts. I like working outside the rendering of the real. Don’t get me wrong I still like creating life like portrayals but working outside of the box gives you certain freedoms. The Christian life can appear to be an abstract painting at first it seems like a jumble of a new ideas and way of life but after you read your Bible and with the help of the Holy Spirit everything gets clearer.
I recently started dabbling once again in acrylic paints. I decided to try my hand at doing a series of abstract flowers. The red flower done on an 8×10 flat panel canvas. The type you buy at your local art supply store in packs of six. I like the flat panels because they fit in a frame much better than a normal canvas.
I created this piece using a yellow piece of 9×12 card stock using soft pastels and pen highlights. I started this piece over a year ago and hen sat it aside. I came back to it and added the flowers and leaves. I guess persistence pays off especially in the art world. God calls us to remember that life is not a sprint. No, live is a marathon which requires us to endure the long run ahead of us. The key as Paul points out is to run the race set before us with joy. This requires us to be persistent and not turn from God.
I fell in love with the picture of this cat intently looking up into the sky. I then wondered what the cat was watching. This is when I add3d the clown fish swimming along. The painting is rendered on grey 9 x 12 card stock using soft pastel and color pencil. In ,ice we are a,ways witness to God’s whimsy. What I mean is God is not restricted in what He does and how He enacts His decision. We also need not be stoic Christians but enjoy and smile as we journey through life.