Thursday, October 23, 2008

The work I'm creating now

All the art that I hang in my home is female art. Most are created by females but none the less, the subject is of women. My pictures, my figurines, my dolls, my sculpture...all women. I've been heading in this direction for a long time and I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get here. I guess I really needed to know that all the elements were complete. I now feel I've put all the components together to be able to do justice to "my female creations". Since I'm a mixed media, collage artist that leans towards 3 dimensional and realism, I now know that I need to incorporate these elements into my paintings to feel justified that I am doing original work that satisfies my soul.
I am a prolific artist that always dabbles in all sorts of artistic endeavors. My one true love is calligraphy and I've earned a living at it for over 30 years now. I still love doing it and get great satisfaction when I turn out a job well done and the client is satisfied. I also enjoy an occasional workshop involving lettering when it is mostly play and I can see some artistic results other than addressing, invitations, logos, monograms, menus, etc. etc. I will always come back to this form of art however, being prolific, I have a lot more to give.
My art dolls satisfied that need in me for female creations and I really enjoyed making them. My RA inhibits my detail work which is what makes the entire look of my dolls...my dolls. I just can't hand sew without pain involved. I've accepted this fact as I have not being able to wear high heels which truly gave me emotional identity pain.
I have worn high heels all my adult life and loved every minute of it. The look, the feminine feeling, the shoes, feeling sexy, completing the outfit...on and on. I was one the girls from "Sex and the City". Here's where the Serenity Prayer brings it all into perspective.

I've had a lull in calligraphic work for almost 2 weeks now. However, for the past 2 1/2 months I was working really long, grueling weeks without end, it seemed. I held on because I knew that the wave that rolled in would cease and I would come back to some normalcy. It's just how this business is. So, I decided to take full advantage of my free time and started painting on canvas. I am very satisfied that I finally move into this direction because it was nudging me for a long time.
So, now I'm here, and to stay. I feel a connection and am able to express a need inside me with this form of art. I hope that what I create is received well and that some viewers will think that what I do is special.

1 comment:

Charlie said...

Hi Renee,
Just wanted to tell you thanks for the kind comment on my painting on creative souls. You asked if I am taking a class. And the answer is yes. I just finished the class with Paulette Insall in August. So I’ve been perfecting my new skill. I wanted to comment about how I am inspired to paint woman also. I had the desire for a long time. I’m so glad I’m able to devote my time to painting at this point in my life. It’s nice to meet kindred spirits. Your work is so beautiful.
See you around,
Charlie