A beautiful body

Painting woman is my favourite thing in all the world.  I love the shape of the body, I love the beauty in the face and I love trying to capture an expression so one can hold on to it forever.

This past two weeks I wanted to focus on more than only the face.  I found a wonderful reference photo for a full body painting and I jumped into putting her onto canvas.  But, the more I painted, the more I doubted myself.  She wasn’t what I wanted, I didn’t know what to do with the background; she just didn’t speak to me.

patternladyweb

Full body study

I have this habit of not being able to move on with a new painting until the last one is completed.  This painting just did not want to work, so I took the advice of my dear husband and moved her to the side.  Will I change her?  I am not sure.  Maybe I will just start over with her.  Let’s see…

After wrestling my way with the full body work I was able to set her aside and move onto something else.  The “Mysterious Woman”  just flowed out of my paint brush.

green-lady-web

Mysterious Woman

Sometimes one just has to let go of an idea or of a preconceived notion so one can move on to greater things!

Advertisements

The trap of social media

 

Over the last two weeks I have wondered about all my social media commitments.  Posting on Facebook, Instagram, doing my blog, keeping up to date with my DeviantArt profile and more.

I decided about 18 months ago to systematically build my presence on the internet.  Never being a fan of social media, this was hard for me.  I am not the type that likes to show the world what I eat for breakfast or tag every movement of my day.  But, I was made to believe that as an artist I would have to stay with the times and get my stuff out there.

18 Months later and I feel robbed.  Every day I put in my time (at least 1 – 2 hours), I researched the right words to use, I made sure I didn’t overwhelm my audience with rubbish and I posted my journey.  What do I have to show for it?  Nothing, Nada, Naught.

Okay, I know that I might have inspired some people out there and that was part of my goal, but the larger picture was to sell my art. Not one sale in 18 months off the internet!

And then I found this amazing YouTube clip that made me rethink the whole thing:

 

So, what do you other artist think about this?  Maybe I just suck at social media marketing?  Let me know your experiences with this tool.

Anyway, this is the newest girl off my easel – I really enjoyed painting her.

alive

“Alive”