Artists Who Worry About Audience Approval Will Never Be Successful

To thine own self be true! Hallowed words.

Am I chasing validation or am I truly creating?

Am I pleasing you or am I pleasing my inner soul…my creative vision?

“Do you like it?” A phrase I must never utter or think. I will never be free to create living in that mindset.

My newest paintings are abstract. Not what I usually paint. The comments can be harsh. “What does that mean?” “I like your other work better “.

But I can’t worry about what others think. After all I am an artist!

MORE PAINTING CHALLENGES – LANDSCAPES

Project 2 at Lehman College painting class…Landscape.  My favorite theme.  Using a photo I took of the lake at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx I wanted to create a stylized painting on a panel.  I used a sponge brush only.  More muted colors than I usually use.  Acrylic on panel board 18″x24″.

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Then I painted a companion piece focusing in on a detail of the photo.  Acrylic on stretched canvas 11″x14″.

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I found that I achieved a more painterly effect with canvas than on board.  Such fun painting at Lehman College.  What’s next??

PAINTING TECHNIQUES: Whatever Comes Out Comes Out

Lately I’ve been cognitively challenged in respect to painting.  I am turning 67 in August so I am wondering if my mind is more confused now.  However, artists should always be welcoming the ups and downs in their creative process if they want to be good. 

I decided to challenge my challenge by enrolling in a painting class at Lehman College in the Bronx.  Now I’m out of my comfort zone and doing a reset as a beginner.  My theory is when I’m stuck revert back to being a beginner.  Now every Thursday morning I take the crowded BX10 bus and show up at 9:30 am even when my mind says “I don’t wanna”.  Even when there isn’t an inspirational thought in my head.  I get to the studio and work on a painting project that is dictated by the professor.  This gets me out of doing it my way.  Humility.  Now I stare at a blank canvas with a blank mind.  God what can I paint???  I have to paint my first self portrait.  Ugh.  Just do it Jean.  Whatever comes out comes out.  So here is my first self portrait in acrylic.

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