Sunday, February 1, 2015

30 Paintings in January 2015 - Collage, Completed by a Great Friend!


Thank you, dear friend

I want to thank my dear friend, Carol Edan, who actually took on the challenge of creating my collage for me after she had already done two of her own, one for her 30 in 30 paintings and one for her reference photos.  You can see her collages on her blog.

Carol knew I wasn't planning to make a collage this time.  I just felt I had put enough time into the challenge and now it was time to clean the house and focus on family.  Carol and I have met only via our cyber art world; in fact, she lives in Israel...but she is a  constant support to me, and I just loved the art she created this past 30 days.  She did scenes from a spa she goes to and used a form of artist crayons (Neocolor I Wax Pastels to be precise--different than my oil pastels) as her medium.  Check her out and say hello!

Where Does this Blog go from Here?

My last post was my "Celebrate" and "Congratulations" post, so for this one, I want to address where do I go from here.

I am feeling much more committed to regular blogging than before this challenge, so you will be hearing from me on a regular basis.  Probably not daily though :-)  But at least weekly.

I will start with showing you the soft pastel paintings that I did in December and never blogged about.  Meanwhile, I want to take what I have learned with the oil pastels and expand upon it.  For one, I will be painting more oil pastel paintings.  Secondly, I want to see how concepts I taught myself with the Oil Pastels can be applied to acrylic painting.

 Artistic Freedom

I have also made a wholehearted commitment to myself that I will not pigeon-hole myself or put myself in a box with my art. An artist is "supposed to" create one cohesive, identifiable style.  So, I'm going to be going against the grain for awhile; there is a shift happening.

I will create what I feel inspired to create each day, even if I'm working in various "styles."  It's all still me.  Perhaps I will eventually settle back down to use one medium, one subject matter, or one "look," but I am not seeking that kind of self-definition unless it just happens.

I stated at the beginning of this 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that my theme was "Artistic Freedom." I did not foresee, but I know now, that once you grant yourself that kind of Freedom, you never want to let it go!

Lots is brewing around in my mind...I am off to the studio today and hope you are following your heart, too, wherever it may lead.

10 comments:

Barbara Saletri said...

Hi Meredith -
You created beautiful paintings during the challenge with wonderful color choices for each one. Very nice! And I LOVE how you are now going to follow your inspiration and continue to experiment. I can't wait to see what you do next. And I really like your blog posts!

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Barbara, and it was wonderful seeing your trees without leaves series, what an impact they make all together in your collage!

martine paquet said...

Great collage Meredith!
I read your post with such pleasure!
Freedom is our artistic license.
An identifiable style is just to make it easy for the market...
We are not machine and we must follow our inspiration and grow with each painting...
So looking forward to see your next painting ;-)

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Martine! I appreciate your wise words here...and I look forward to YOUR coming work, as well!

Jacklyn Karabaich said...

Wonderful collage showing your commitment to the challenge! My favorite is your pink forest scene shown bottom right. It is one of those paintings that shows if the value is correct the painting reads right. Congrats!

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Jacklyn! I appreciate your thoughtful comment and congratulations. Nice to "see" you here...

Tracey Mardon said...

What a delight to find your email about my contribution to the project! I chuckled about your thoughts about the co─║lage. I found it to be the most difficult part of the challenge! Also, I agree with your feelings about adopting a tightly defined style. At this point in my life I'm much more interested in pushing my limits and learning what I can. Unless of course if there is a show theme which ive committed to. Thanks for visiting!

Meredith Adler said...

Oh, Tracey, thanks for coming to visit! I love what you said about the collage being the most difficult part of the challenge. I have made collages for all the other 30 in 30's and they take so much work! Thanks for understanding what I wrote about style, too...

Patricia J. Powers said...

I am so looking forward to see what's 'brewing'...

Prabha Narayanan said...

Hi Meredith,
This is a lovely blog! I laughed when you wrote that its time to clean the houses after the 30 in 30 challenge :)
Lovely colors and paint strokes in your posts!
Happy painting and thanks for visiting.

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