Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Dreaded NFS Syndrone

Letting Go of the Dreaded NFS Syndrone. Throughout my long romance with making art there’s been many a time when I thought “I can’t let go of this piece." I had put too much of myself in it emotionally to let it go. Years passed without me selling any of my work; the tag of NFS was firmly attached to the entire lot and branded on my forehead. Then, once upon a day, I realized I couldn't keep it all to myself anymore and the scared, but also brave, NFS girl cautiously came to the door. My concerns shifted and became all about having my work finally Seen. Then I started a blog, and began putting some work in shows, maybe some exhibits, a few private parties, which in times past I had fled screaming in denial from the very thought of doing such. 
So, it's been really hard and really scary. It’s hard because I struggle with procrastination and deadlines (but I’m getting slightly better at that). It’s scary because I’m pushing my comfort zone. And NFS girl tells me that is almost always a good thing to do. I would love to know your thoughts on this. Have you mastered letting your artwork go? or is it something you still resist doing? Please say. . .

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Drawing Practice

Drawing Skills - still a work in progress. This is an example of me trying to draw with my new toy - a Wacom tablet. Trying to emulate drawing with a real brush and kindof sortof coming a little bit close. Yes I'm holding a pen, but it feels like drawing with a bar of soap - kludgy. There's lots more to come on this but the bottom line is practice practice practice, just like everything else in life. There's miles to go before this becomes easy peasy second nature like an extension of my arm (maybe never?) My inner artist says "I can get better effects holding a real brush." But the evolving artist is not giving up yet. And the story continues . . .