Thursday, February 28, 2008

To create or not to create......that is the question?

I am an artist. I am. I really, really am!

I love colors! It all started with Crayolas. I was six. I wasn't that interested in the coloring books, just crayons. More specifically the colors of the crayons. There is nothing quite like a brand new big box. The one with a sharpener on the back. How I loved looking at them one at a time admiring each beautiful shade, eagar to memorize their colorful names. Sea Green. Cornflower Blue. Carnation Pink. Magenta.........and my very two favorites, Periwinkle and Thistle. A few years later, my sister and I discovered an amazing art form when we melted crayons on top of the light sconces above our bed. I was hooked.
Now that I'm all grown up, I love to paint. I paint on walls, ceilings, domes, niche's and old furniture. I use to paint on stretched canvas with oil paints and copal painting medium but that was before I realized how much money I could make with 'decorative' painting. It's been alot of fun working with creative designers in many amazing homes.
Something for the rustic Lake House or Cabin:

Furniture provides a nice unexpected canvas:

Walls provide endless opportunities:

A modern twist created on canvas:

Lately, however, I begun to yearn for the oils and the easel. For the discipline and the challenge.

So recently, with the help of my glorious friends, we cleaned out my garage and turned it into a 'real live' working art studio. Well, almost, just one more productive day of cleaning and organizing and I'll be squeezing out those oil paints. Admiring each beautiful pigment, one tube at a time. Sap Green. Ultramarine Blue. Thalo Rose. Yellow Ochre. Alizarin Crimson. I'll keep you posted. I can hardly wait!