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.
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.