Crowning Achievement

‘Within’ acrylic on 9×12 hardboard panel

 

I’ve been busy getting ready for a pop up art show in my community. I haven’t done one of these types of events in years. Nothing like saying ‘yes’ to something to give you a little motivation to create new work! As often happens for me, the work at hand leads to new ideas and directions I want to explore. While adding frames, tags, and hanging wire to my work, I was also pulling out the things I need to make up my display table and I stumbled on my portfolio of published magazine articles. Of course that distracted me for a bit as I took a trip down memory lane lol.

I have felt that I already ‘achieved’ my goal(s) as an artist by writing books, articles, teaching and developing product lines but as I’m getting artwork ready to sell I realize that I won’t ever be truly done ‘achieving’ my artistic goals because I’m constantly growing as an artist. I’m a ‘practicing’ artist, there’s always new media, new techniques, new inspiration so I’ll never be done. That brings comfort to me. I don’t want to ever be done. Even if the venue I’m working in looks different than what I was previously doing, it’s all good. Things change. Needs change. The need to find your space to create never changes.

Starting Over

‘Shades of Gray’ series, acrylics on 9×12 hardboard panel

I’ve been working on paintings for an upcoming Pop Up Art Show where I live. It’s been motivating to commit to doing some events which is pushing me to get in the studio on a regular basis. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

One thing that still bothers me greatly is that I’ve lost so many of my contacts because of FB and Instagram deleting my pages. I’ve thought long and hard about what to do about it and I still don’t know for sure but I do want to be able to share and see others art so I have created a new Instagram account, @pamcarrikerart. Starting over from scratch is really discouraging at first I have to admit, but I’m going to just put stuff out there and hope to gain back my following. I chose to just do instagram because it’s a better forum for just sharing and seeing art. I hope to see you over there as well as here:-)

Online Workshop Is Now Open!

 

 

My brand new online workshop, THE WORKING ART JOURNAL, is now open!!! I am super excited to be offering this class, my first online class in years, and I hope you will check it out. From sketching your selfie portrait in a variety of ways, using my face map guidelines to ensure success, to exploring a variety of media to create portraits. I will then guide you through completing an art journal page spread building off of all you learn in the previous lessons. The lessons are all completed in either a sketchbook or art journal so the ‘fear’ of making a mistake vanish and you are allowed to explore with freedom the techniques taught. I hope you will consider joining me on this journey! Find this course HERE

and the Winner Is…

Margo, you are the lucky winner!!! Congratulations!  Thank you everyone for all of your comments and I hope you’ll still consider signing up for this workshop. It’s the first online course I’ve done in several years and I’m really excited about it. Now is a great time to do something fun while we are all practicing our social distancing.

Brand New Online Workshop!!!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share my latest venture with you all! I’m teaching a brand new online workshop through Jeanne Oliver’s amazing website! I will be sharing a variety of my very favorite self portrait studies and techniques that culminate in creating personal art journal page spreads. From Selfie to Self Portrait I will guide you along a journey of discovering you through portraits.

AND to kick things off, I’m offering  a FREE spot to someone I’ll pick from the comments on this post!!!! I’ll choose a winner a week from today and post it on my blog so be sure to leave a comment and check back next Friday to see if the winner is you!!!!!