Recently someone asked me if I had a plan for my career now going forward. Goals for awards, shows etc… in other words, what does success look like to me now?
I really had to think about this question. Because those goals have shifted and changed recently. I have mentioned before that I am in a weird shifting time of my life and as a result my art has changed. After all, my art is a reflection of me.
So after a few minutes of reflection this was my answer. “I feel as though I can’t make a concrete plan for that right now. I feel as though I am walking through a large pile of leaves and I am seeing what will stick when I reach the other side.”
So today I am painting in oils with Aaron Schuerr, the master instructor I invited here from Montana. He flew in at 1am on Tuesday morning and I am monitoring the class and making sure he gets a good look at our beautiful city of Pittsburgh. We will spoil him rotten and pay him well and have him teach in the wonderful space at Sweetwater. As a result he will push me to walk where I normally do not tread. Painting in oils, outside on the streets of Sewickley, plein-air painting the landscape. All of which are not how I normally work. Me paint buildings? I am gonna try.
But it is part of the journey for me now. What will stick from this experience I don’t know. Sometimes I think the best thing you can learn in a workshop is what you don’t like to do. Then you understand yourself better.
So if you are in Sewickley this week, you may see a bunch of artists on the street. Stop and say hi- we will be working hard and may need a friendly face to encourage us. Painting is a mental brain-game and we are doing something new. I’ll let you know how it goes next week…
It sounds to me like a wonderful adventure to pursue. Maybe you can include a errant fallen leaf in one of your paintings.🍁😊
I truly would of loved to have joined group and pushed my boundaries.
Thanks! next time!
I always enjoy your blog. As someone who whose life has taken a few twists, I find that some of the best next phase comes when we are open and flexible. You are awesome and I love following all the things the that you are doing now.
thanks! you are a true example of how to be tough and to make the best of things!
Our experiences guide the future, not the “planning” for it. You are doing great. Remember that.
This sounds exciting! I hope you have a blast on your journey and only the good things stick!😉
Enjoy your painting out side Plein-air painting outside the landscapes. Sounds like fun. Don’t worry you will enjoy your experience painting.
I wish I was nearby to looks at everyone’s paintings.
I’m all the way in Delaware.
Geting over foot surgery, so hopping around, Haha.
I hope your workshop
People post some examples of what they painted on your email.
Well all the best.
thanks! good luck with the foot!