Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Where would it all go???

Okay every since I started to become social on the internet and making overseas connections with artist from around the globe I couldn't help but to question if what I do is all that special....
I mean really..... just looking around this wonderful place "Art From The Heart" you see so many talented artist from one genre to the next.
It is truly amazing! Then there is twitter, youtube, facebook, and etsy and you just really start to think OH MY FREAKING GAWD THE WHOLE FREAKING WORLD IS AMAZING! It for me has truly been humbling I mean to think I was special because I could just pick up a pencil and draw a face when I was a small child. While some people can't even draw a straight line lol. Whatever! God sure does know how to get your head out of the clouds from time to time.

No, but seriously I don't say all this in a bad way. It just motivates me to constantly improve and make myself better. I have learned so much about layering and shading and what it is that I truly want to paint. Where as before I had no specific genre I would paint big scary monsters then whimsical trees and everything in between. I wanted an audience from every walk of life to love my art. However slowly but surely I know where I think I want to be and I honestly still don't know what name or genre that should be. But I know what I tend to gravitate towards when picking up and instrument to create with.

I have been really in this weird place since mourning the death of my Uncle and I couldn't paint for awhile without falling apart. Painting gives me so much pleasure and I somewhat felt guilty and sad for partaking in something I knew he would never again experience. Then one day I woke up feeling a little less heavy and dark and I have been turning out some canvases and drawings every since then. Which leads me back to all the talent in the world and how I'm just little old me. Death seems to bring these kinds of thoughts to the fore front of my head. I thought about my Uncle and all his belongings, be it significant or insignificant. They didn't go with him. I assume they what they wanted and then my Granddad discarded or donated the rest.

Which got me to thinking about all the late great Artist. I watched the documentary on Picasso and thought OH MY Goodness he had a lot of art. I mean obviously him and other famous artist had already had an established name in the Art community. And with so many great talents out there far more known than little RichAnt in her little corner of the globe. When I go where will all this that I spilled out of my whirly, moody, silly, creative, little head go? My family isn't big on hoarding a bunch of dead love ones belongings maybe just a few significant pieces of jewelry or whatever they coveted prior to.

The question is do I give it away if it doesn't sell in a certain amount of time. I for one would much rather see it hanging on display on someones wall than sitting in my garage piling up. Where will it go, I know I won't know but the thought of any of it ending up in the trash just sends me into a hissy fit. A darn tantrum I tell ya.

I mean I may be laughing at myself while typing this but it does make me wonder a lot. Especially with so many other great folks out there to contribute to the art world. My 15 year old daughter who thinks I'm "the bomb" and about to explode lol. (where she got that idea I have no clue) She says she would keep them all because after all she is my biggest fan.

That my friends is priceless....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow



I am always having the strangest random thoughts. I was thinking how it would be nice to have a bubble bath except I want the one I had when I was a kid when my mom gave me a bath.( I mean that in a normal way seriously) Lol. Maybe that would be possible if I where at some fancy spa where they exfoliate you and then spray you down with spring water or something.
We have been getting a lot of snow here in the DC, MD,VA area and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. Then I read last night on twitter how Chicago had an earthquake. I'm just like what is going on people???? I mean have we torn or planet up to the magnitude that things that don't happen, happen  now? 
I even think about the book of Revelations and wondering is the United States the Great Babylon and this just part of the prophecy.
See what I mean about random thoughts. It's crazy right. Anyway on to more creative talk. I am doing another giveaway over on my newly updated website TheRichAnt.com I have three paintings for three random people who sign up as members to my website. I plan on having workshops, forums, art swaps, monthly challenges and lots of other adventures. I even want to showcase other talented creatives. I have so many ideas brewing in my head. (smiling at all the possibilities) 

As always I have been working on some more paintings. This was inspired by a doodle I did so I decided to make her and add her to the collection of other lovely ladies inspired by hair make and beauty.


Now this one has been a work in progress for awhile. I now realize that doing portraits are not as easy as I thought especially when trying to capture the true essence of the person you are painting. The funny thing about this particular one is her hands. LOL I had the hardest time doing her hands so I gave up. I put a RichAnt twist to it by adding the swirls and circles. Not to mention I was two seconds from adding a tree somewhere. No but seriously my artist friend Natalie Von Raven she pointed out the use of monochrome which as you all know is different from my colorful paintings.


This one is one I did for my Granny's birthday and it was a family tree which looked really nice but I had to do it over simply because the names were kind of an after thought. Even though I did a better job this time I still will do it differently next time. The names that is....I love love love the tree itself. Which I was inspired by Gustav Klimt and Natasha Wescoat and many others. I had so much fun doing endless circles lol.

Well I don't know about yall but I am having fun here in the snow. I have gotten so much painting done...now I'm off to do some more.





Thursday, February 4, 2010

Play along

My online friend RatchelWetzel posted this. I'm playing along too.  The idea is to answer each Q with ONE word.

Your Cell Phone? OFF!
Your Hair? growing
Your Mother? friend
Your Father? stable
Your Favorite Food? fried
Your Dream Last Night? forgotten
Your Favorite Drink? wine
Your Dream/Goal? freedom
What Room Are You In? Basement
Your Hobby? cooking
Your Fear? death
Where Do You See Yourself In 6 Years? free
Where Were You Last Night? bed
Something That You Aren't? Skinny
Muffins? buttery 
Wish List Item? Mac
Where Did You Grow Up? suburbs
Last Thing You Did? cook
What Are You Wearing? Pajamas
Your TV? On
Your Pets? missed
Friends? coworkers
Your Life? blurr
Your Mood? hopeful
Missing Someone? Darel
Vehicle? reliable
Something You Aren't Wearing? undies
Your Favorite Store? wholefoods
Your Favorite Color? Purple
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? Today
Last Time You Cried? Today
Your Best Friend? mommy
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? past
Facebook? Yes
Favorite Place To Eat? home
Let me know if you play with us!! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hello my friends. I am excited because I have created a new website that will hopefully become an online community sort of speak. I have never before done anything like this and it took me all night long. I'm still tweaking it a bit but the bases are there. So check out TheRichAnt.com and sign my guestbook and become a member. I have so many ideas for this website I am bursting at the seems. But I'm learning the importance of tackling one thing at a time. That way it doesn't overwhelm me and cause me to shut down.

Today I worked on some small art. I did two hand painted blank note cards and two pendants. They are available on my website now.



I could create all day long but I get so easily side tracked. I think that is why I prefer to do my creating at night. Maybe one day I will have an actual art studio so I can close myself off for a set amount of hours.

My mind has been so focused on my late Uncle Darel, that I go off into and have these crying fits that exhaust me and then I want to just sleep. My cell phone has been turned off and you'd would think I would be totally stressed out but it can be a distraction. But if I don't do something about it, it will be too late to recover. It's funny though because I don't care as much as I thought I would. Almost as if losing my Uncle has made me not sweat the bullish as much. I mean yeah I'd like for it to be on but I know it will happen sooner or later.

This may sound weird but I remember some years way back my mommy had the ability to fly in her dreams and after the passing of a family like friend she would dream and her friend would visit. My mom would always fly off away from her. I never understood why... I used to fly in my dreams but would always be afraid to go too high and I didn't have control so it stopped happening. Now I would love too fly. I also would love to have my Uncle Darel visit me in my dreams. I miss him. We could do all the things we had planned to do every night when I goto sleep. That would really constitute as a wildest dream lol.

Speaking of dreams I found these cool words of inspiration and decided to incorporate them in my art so I have pretty much completed two but they aren't varnished so they are still considered WIPs. But I want to show them off anyway. 
  
Yep they are happy art that I hope will encourage and inspire. I have two more I want to do like these.
I also want to do some on 12x12 canvases also so stay tuned for more. 

I also want to talk about giving away some of my art. I gave away a really nice piece yesterday to someone kind of random but not. He saw this particular piece at an art festival last summer. He loved it enough that he wanted to spend money he didn't have but I talked him out of doing that. He happens to be a friend of mine on Facebook but that is our only connection. Which happened because we share a mutual friend. His status is always words of wisdom and full of spiritual reflection or he is just plain encouraging. So a few days ago I figured oh what the heck. It had been poorly photographed so it didn't get many hits and it has been sitting. I'd rather my art be on display for people to see and enjoy than piling up in my garage. Now don't get me twisted I do not plan to make a daily habit out of this but it felt good to give. Just because and yes I will give again. I also like doing the random give aways here on my blog or Youtube. 
However a sister gotta eat and so do my kids so I'd like to be selling more than I'm given. 

Well ladies and Gents until the next time peace and love!

smooches
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