Friday, August 23, 2013
30 in 30
A friend of mine, Randy Blasquez challenged her viewers to join the 30 in 30 painting challenge offered bye Leslie Saeta starting September 1st. I'm going to give it a whirl for a couple reasons.
First, I hope to utilize the 30 days to get back outdoors on a consistent basis and complete some plein air works. Second, I hope that by participating in the process that perhaps I'll make some more artist friends who are participating in the challenge. It should be fun, and anything that inspires artists to put brush to canvas is a good thing!
As a painter, there's often a time when inspiration naturally encourages you to pick up the brushes. Other times, when you are not so inspired, you may suffer from procrastination. It is difficult sometimes to be disciplined to do what you need to do when you don't feel like it. This challenge may help get some momentum going for me.
Lately, I've had some good feedback and can see how far I've progressed. Yet I also see how far I have to go. Each of these 30 in 30 paintings I complete are little bricks I lay in the brick road I'm building towards my destination as a professional painter. Each one, small as it may be, is important in that it shows I'm taking further steps to get to where I want to go.
Sometimes, when life hits you and you fall to your knees, you have to find the strength to get up and get going. Things are incredibly difficult in my life right now. But I cannot and will not give up on my aspirations. I made that mistake over 30 years ago by letting my passion for art be sidelined and marginalized. God blessed me with a talent for painting and drawing and I am determined to practice, to study, and to do something for Him with that talent.
Painting is a way for me to escape. When I paint, I disappear. the sheer act of painting focuses one physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I get lost in the scenes I'm painting. I get transported to my dreams of wanting to be at that place again, standing by that shore, or standing on that mountain.
But painting is also a way for me to use landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes to show people the beautiful places and things God has blessed us with. Here in the USA, we have such an amazing and diverse lands with rich vistas. But people are so busy with the hustle and bustle of life that they no longer see the beauty God places in front of us.
So I paint with intention of using my paintings and my skills as a communicator to say to people: "Hey...you...look at this beautiful sunrise! Look at this beautiful sunset! Look at this beautiful seascape! Stop! Slowdown! See the beauty God has placed all around you!"
My paintings fall short of the masterful artworks that God creates. He paints with an infinite palette and infinite beauty. Yet my paintings can be a vehicle for me to dwell in remembrance and reverence for God's wonders. And they can be a vehicle to help others stop and see that wonder as well.
People sometimes mix religion and art. I don't put Christian messages or themes into my paintings. But I do ascribe my capabilities, my talent, my opportunity, and my creations in oil to serve the Lord.
I hope as I complete the 30 in 30 that the time and opportunity allows me to grow as a painter, allows me to touch others, and allows me to develop some relationships with other artists and art appreciators.
Thanks for tuning in. Until next time...