When I started creating art 24 years ago, I choose collage as my medium because I could not draw. Who can not tear up magazines and put them back together, right!? I fully explored this art form, found a unique expression through 3D collage and had a successful run selling my 3D collages. Life eventually brought me back to my beloved day job, and I continued creating collages on a VERY limited basis for the next 10 years.
Then out of the blue two years ago, I found myself wanting to to paint.
I started by adding paint to my collages as abstract collage backgrounds for my “Take Flight” collection, and had a great response. This increased my desire to paint, and to explore what else I could do with it.
How about creating mini abstracts, and embedding hidden blessings into the design? Hmmm…. So three months ago, the “Hidden Blessings” series was born as I traveled to 7 cities for my day gig (a very light travel schedule for me!), painting from hotel rooms at night.
The joyful process of experimenting with layered and dimensional acrylic paint, and drawing abstract designs on top, has inspired me to take this even deeper.
I want even MORE paint.
Since I’m quittng my day job on December 29, 2017, 37 days from now (yes I have countdown on my phone), I’ll finally have time to explore paint and abstracts in a bigger way, and I do mean BIG. In order to fit my art into suitcases, I had to work small, but no more.
In preparation for my dive into full-time art, I’ve bought a dozen large canvases, tons of paint and brushes, and enrolled in three abstract painting classes between now and February. I’m sooooo excited for this new adventure to begin.
I have no idea whether I’ll end up as an abstract painter. All I know is that following my deepest hearts desire has ALWAYS led me to my highest good place, and I KNOW it will with my exploration of paint, whether I end up sticking with this medium or not.
So 2018 is ALL about expanding and exploring my voice as an artist. What is in me that I want to share with the world? How am I meant to serve through art? Is there another way, other than art, that I can serve even better? Exploring these questions, and having lots of fun doing it, is my intention.
This is going to be the best year of my life.