A Little Further Down The Road

I feel like every time I finish a piece I am further down the road to figuring out ‘my’ style. Does anyone else feel like that? Maybe it’s a painting thing, but we are all influenced by different artists work and our own work consists of those influences melded together, until our own ‘style’ emerges. Anyway, I feel like I have been walking (heck, running) down a path this past year, since I decided to make some goals for myself and now, every piece seems to be a step on that road, each finished piece leaves me itching to take another step. I was visiting my friend Laurie Blau-Marshal’s blog a little while ago, and was surprised and humbled that she mentioned me as one of her inspirations for her portraits. It made me think about people who’s work has inspired me. One comment I get about my ladies, over and over, is that they are reminiscent of Madigliani’s work. That made me realize that we visual artists are all influenced by the artists who have gone before us. We see something we like and it sticks in our mind and mixes with other work we admire. Paulette Insall had a video on her blog some months back, of her working on a portrait. I was entranced. I had never even considered doing a portrait before So I gave it a try. I was hooked. Somehow this form of art allows my heart into my work like no other.The woman, mother, feminine part of me has a venue. Nothing feels as good as painting these ladies. I don’t plan them out, they just invent themselves before my eyes. The common theme these days all revolves around being a mother, letting go, watching your peeps leave the nest, a sad but also fulfilling time. I feel like this is the first time in my life that I am creating art truly from my heart. This is my latest, the title is ‘Divine Calling’. She looks madonnaesque to me and isn’t being a mother a divine calling? I think so. One last thought to take with you today, the joy is in the journey, so enjoy each step you take.

9 responses

  1. I’m on the same journey you are on but you are definitely further down the road then I am but I totally ‘get’ what you are saying. I am influenced by so many (and you are definitely one as well), Paulette as you mentioned is a fabulous artist and great teacher–so many talented women and artists before us for which we are influenced as we find our own ‘Divine Calling’. The main point though, is to never give up on this journey once you here that calling. :)Congrats to you on all your recent successes, may there be many more in the years to come!

  2. Pam~I am in love with this, so beautiful. You can paint girlfriend!!! I am so happy for you, for all the praise you get, you deserve it all.~xx~Kathy

  3. Gidday Mate! [meaning: Aussie for hello lol] I looked at this picture before I read the little piece you wrote on it and I thought …this reminds me of the Madonna…then I read your bit and laughed. I truly get your art I understand it I cant bloody do it haha but I so admire all the art from your heart it sends me into a sort of reminiscent mood. It will be an interesting journey the next year ahead as i feel you have alot more suprises in store for us lovers of all things Pam Art. smiles and a cold hug [freezing over here its terrible send me a little sunshine please Michelle

  4. Pam, I hope you know you’ve had a big influence on me! I just started painting, and I love it in a way that I never loved any other art or craft that I’ve done. There’s something so visceral about it.I love looking at the larger version of your work — there’s so much depth, so many things to discover.

  5. I have been feeling a great deal as you have Pam which I know we’ve discussed a little bit. I think as we age (as gracefully as we are!), who we are changes as does our style in every way. It’s part of our growth. We are influenced by others and in turn we influence others which is one of the best blessings in this world.I believe that our style is ever evolving and while I was trying to pinpoint “what” my style is I realized — my style is simply “who I am” and need be nothing more.

  6. Great post!! I feel like I am on that path right now of trying to figure out what “my” style is. I have so many influences (you are one) that I see bits of them in my art here and there. I’ll figure it out. I loved your article in CPS by the way. My current painting on my blog was using your technique and then I added some more layers so it didn’t end up looking like your process (go figure). Like you said, these women seem to take on a life of their own.

  7. art from the heart.there is nothing better.I find making heart heals a bit of the hurt we have to live with in this messy world.and it certainly helps me to choose JOY!thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

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