here;s what I wrote with my final image:
I honestly didn't think I'd complete this project. I've attempted several creative challenges over the years--- writing, photography (I worked as a pro photographer for nearly 10 years) but I either allowed LIFE to get in the way and I wasn't able to finish or I lost #inspirationand interest. By completing this challenge, I've learned how important#painting is to me and I can't imagine a day going by without doing it.
- Painting is HARD. ART is HARD#artishard
- I'm a better painter now than I was three+ months ago
- most days I still think I suck
- even when you think you suck, there are people who appreciate what you do, so keep doing it
- instagram has a GREAT community of#artists and I'm proud to be part of it
- I started off really struggling with what to paint. There were days when the inspiration just wasn't there. But by not forcing myself to no post every day, while still painting every day, I found that creative juices would flow organically and I embraced that.
- sometimes I'd start off with an idea or image and mind and very rarely that would successfully get translated to the canvas. That's okay. Sometimes, it's even better
- I definitely plan to do this challenge again...but for now, I'm excited to get started on something new!
2. About this piece:
I had a conversation a while ago with my daughter (who's a dancer, studying modern dance in NYC) about whether or not artists have a responsibility to make a statement with their art. I think artists have a responsibility to THEMSELVES to communicate their ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc with the world through their art. Sometimes it's just something esoteric, a thought, feeling or idea that needs to come out. Sometimes it's something to do with the world around them, how they (we) feel about it, how world and community events effect us.
If you've been paying attention to anything in news even for one second in recent years, then you're aware of the#blacklivesmatter movement, and the targeted police violence that's sparked it. Will a single painting or photograph or poem or dance change the world? No. But collectively, when an entire community comes together to create bodies of work and make statements and stand together in #solidarity, then change can (and will) come.
Thank you to everyone who's supported me along this journey. All of the likes, comments, new follows, and DMs have meant the world to me. Like many creators, I suffer from sometimes debilitating self-doubt and the little nods of encouragement that I receive mean the world to me.