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I am a tortured artist...

March 22, 2017

I have had such a hard time lately.  I feel like a tortured artist.  Something out there is so cruel.  Never have I had such a desire to paint, but with zero inspiration.  Please tell me I'm not alone.  It sounds ironic, but it's true.  I want to paint SO bad.  I'm getting tired of painting florals from other people's pictures because without me being there in person, those paintings seem to lack a certain genuine quality.  At least to me.  I don't have any reference photos to work from that just scream "paint me!".  I tried getting out and walking on the beach and looking for scenes that really jump out at me, but I think I'm trying so hard I'm stifling it.  I've surfed the internet admiring all my favorite artists' paintings, trying to spur inspiration that way.  No luck.  Ugh.  What do I do?

 

I've recently painted a couple cloud scenes from some stormy days we've had recently.  And those were fun, but not enough.  What is enough?  What am I looking for?  I don't know.  I guess my only solution is to keep painting.  Even if I don't want to.  Even if I'm not inspired.  Until I find whatever it is I'm looking for.  I feel like I'm on the verge of a major shift in my art.  Either in my style or my subject matter.  We shall see.  I think I need to challenge my skill a little.  I need to push myself to the next skill level.  How do I do that?  Paint.  Paint.  Paint.  I know.  But I'm not inspired!  (I'm having a roaring pity party now.)

 

 

To jar my brain a bit I've done some charcoal drawings of random people whose photos I've found online.  I really love drawing people.  Always have.  When I was a child I either drew faces, fabric, or flowers.  Ha!  Maybe I'll try some portraits.  

 

 

 

 

Anyway, I've been wanting to update my blog, but I haven't been able to think of anything I thought you might find interesting.  So I decided to just be honest and open about my struggles and share them with you.  If you have any advice or encouragement PLEASE send it my way!  :)  Thanks so much!

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