So I have not been producing much art so far this year, but I am hoping to change that. Art is an escape for me. It helps calm my mind. I often feel happier after I engage in some art therapy. So why have I not been making more art? Life I guess. Depression for sure. But recently I did manage to whip out some watercolors for a friend as a thank you gift. It felt good to paint and even better to know that my friend loved them. So at least once a month I will be sharing some art. I am taking requests too, whether its just something you want to see here on this blog or if it is something you might actually want to commission, send me ideas on what to sketch and paint! If I am held at least a little accountable I will be more likely to keep producing art.
Art and self doubt seem to go hand in hand, at least I know that they do for me. The thing is I am not alone in this aspect. Many artist suffer from self doubt, sometimes to the point that its crippling. What is it about the creative mind that leads it to doubt itself? I wish I knew the answer and how to stop doubting myself and my artistic endeavors.
So what do I do when self doubt comes knocking? Well when I start to feel like I am the worst author in the world, when I feel like no one will ever want to read my books, when I feel like people are laughing behind my back about my art, I tend to go into a downward spiral of despair. I usually wallow in the feeling of not being good enough for quite some time, fighting to pull myself out of my funk. It's hard to get out of that mindset, but I struggle until I feel some confidence slipping back in.
How do I get my confidence back? Sometimes it helps for me to look at cold hard facts. Like the number of readers on this blog for instance. All of the books that I have already published and sold. Sometimes I remember that many great artists feel the same way and yet they continue to make art. Sometimes looking at art, listening to music, or reading great books can pull me out of my own mind for it is my mind that is my biggest enemy at times.
So my fellow creatives reading this, do you sometimes suffer from self doubt? How do you get your confidence back when it strikes? What helps you stop the doubt in its tracks?
Tomorrow night, Feb 17 is the closing night reception for the Let's Get Naked Again art show that I am so proud to be a part of! I hope to see you this Sat night from 5-9p! Many pieces of art are still available for sale. Light refreshments are available for our guests. The OT Circus galley is located between the Hotel Blue and Firestone Tires at 709 Central Ave NW ::: ABQ
Please come out and support local artists! Here is my naked blue tiefling that was my contribution to the show!
I am happy to announce that I will be part of the "Let's Get Naked Again" Art show tomorrow night at the OT Circus Gallery here in Albuquerque. I will have one piece in the show and another available as part of the raffle. Now this is a show of nude artwork, so 18 and above only! Come down and see what I have created and check out so many other talented artists! Want more info?
Here is the FB event page: www.facebook.com/events/145300539589716
It's October so that means that I am participating in Drawlloween again this year! Each week I will have a wrap up of my sketches for the week. I love this time of year as it gives me a reason to do art each and every day. Sometimes I need a little push for my art practice and this is always just what I need. To make it even more fun, one and sometimes two of my friends tend to do this challenge with me. We provide each other with encouragement and accountability, plus it's awesome to just see what they draw. If you want to come along for the ride, here is the schedule, you can always catch up!
I am working hard on some watercolor paintings for an upcoming Halloween art show at the OT Circus Art Gallery here in Albuquerque. I am so excited to be part of this show and here is a peak at 3 of the 5 pieces that I might be taking to this show. You can get more information on the event here:
So just a couple months ago my big dog Charlie needed to have some skin cancer removed along with a dental procedure. Now it seems to be my little dog Eowyn's turn. She needs to go in for a dental procedure later this month, so that means I need to earn some extra money to help pay for her procedure. So that means I am selling lots off art and jewelry at discount prices! If you see anything that you like, please let me know. I also do commissions for both art and jewelry. Below are some of the items that I have available. Just message me about anything that you like! I need to raise at least $350 for the procedure, so every dollar helps!
As some of you that read this blog on a regular basis, I am trying to focus a little more time on my art. What better way to do that than to agree to take part in a group art show at a local gallery? So that is what I did. This October I will be part of a Halloween themed show. I need to get 5 pieces painted before then. Eek! A gallery show? It almost makes me feel like a real artist! Right now I am just in the sketching and ideas phase, but here are a couple quick sketches that I hope to turn into watercolor paintings later this month. Still thinking on the other three ideas. Shout out in the comments on what kind of Halloween paintings you would love to see. These are very rough sketches, I will take a lot more time for the actual paintings!
Though life and health keep getting in my way, I keep trying to make time for art in my life. Here are the latest watercolor paintings that I have completed. The one is of my twin nieces from a photo of them, in my own cutesy style of course. The other is from one of my favorite video games of all time, Little Nightmares. Both were so much fun and I am happy to say my sister in law loves the painting of her girls and is going to hang it in their room! And as an added bonus the girls actually recognized themselves in the painting! I hope to get some more painting time in this month, it is such a stress reliever for me and I certainly need that in my life.
So I started out this month wanting to focus more on art. I have not been able to keep up with my sketch schedule, but I am making more time to paint! I may not be painting every day, but I am getting some stuff done and it feels good! I will be getting a table at Fan Fest here in Albuquerque in August, so I am working on some fun paintings to sell there along with my books. Here are just a couple of things that I did for fun! Mega Man and Wonder Woman aren't quite finished, but they look cute to me!
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