Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Finding Myself....A Little At a Time

Today is a new day! A dear blogger friend gave me some good information late last night and I'm feeling sooooo much better about my art and "my" style. Isn't it just the best thing in the world when we can connect with people from all over the world and learn from them! And have so many wonderful friends!! I've said it before but I'm saying it again....I LOVE BLOGLAND!!!

So I spent some time in the studio this morning. I had a background that I'd done a couple of days ago....

I saw the eyes immediately and slowly the rest of her appeared to me....

I sort of fleshed her out in blue and started giving her a "life" this morning and here she is....

I'm still not happy with the way I paint but it's more the technique than anything else. I just don't know how to shade, or how to paint long, flowy hair, or how to get things to look like I want....but this is what I have right now.

I guess I'm a "painting" in progress, too. I've got some layers in the background and some vague idea of what I'm going to be but the whole picture hasn't revealed itself yet. And that's ok for now. I can live with that!

Thank you to all my friends who emailed me and commented on my frustration. It really helps to know I'm not alone. I love you all!!!!


  1. I love Blogland, too! And I love your art. I've been so inspired watching all of you taking the gut art class. I'm still not good at shadowing or shading BUT I remember watching Paulette Insall's video and then doing a painting I was really happy with shading-wise. Here's a link. There are three in a series and this is the third one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaO9ML2cyRY Hope it helps!

  2. Hi Janet...thanks for the nice comment on my blog. Blogland IS wonderful.
    As for your art style...I agree with a comment that was posted yesterday on your blog. I also think that your style is bold colors and your fascinating lady heads. You should really make prints of all your Ladies and sell them on Etsy.

  3. love this new painting!!! way to jump back in the saddle!

  4. A painting in progress. This works for me!

  5. If it wasn't for Blogland, I wouldn't know you..!
    That would be a bad thing.
    I love your Art, I've said before and it bears repeating, I'd know your ladies anywhere. They have a distinctive style that says, Janet painted me..!

  6. Janet, I really like the way this lady evolved for you. She has such a nice presence like a goddess. You have a good way of creating the unexpected.

  7. janet, I love it, how can you not like the way you paint, its bold, it makes you want to touch it, or have it, the colours combs are perfect, you have an eye for colour....dont you know that, you should.

  8. Blogland is a great place - who'd have thunk, 10-15 years ago, that someday we'd have conversations with friends all over the world, like this...
    Love the painting - she looks so gorgeous and mermaid-y (is that a word? It should be!)
    Glad you're feeling better and back having fun in your studio again.

  9. I like her very much:)

  10. Janet she is wonderful as are all your ladies. You do have a gift and it shows, just keep doing what makes you happy and it will make someone else happy as well. And I agree, I love blogland and Ebay groups, and etsy groups. I have met so many online friends I would be lost without them.

  11. And just look where your *frustration* led you!!!!! She is great! You'll learn all those things you don't think you know ... all the shading ... *they* tell that Rome wasn't built in a day!

  12. I think her hair looks shaded...really pretty Janet! I love how you can pull those ladies out of the pages!

  13. I am amazed that you can see faces in your backgrounds Janet -all I see is a lovely background paper that I would love to yse but you can go further.
    This is a wonderful gift that you have.
    Hang in there my friend.

  14. Hi Janet
    I think she is wonderful! She looks like a mermaid! I'm glad you are feeling better. On your worst day of painting, it is so much better than anything I could ever do. I also like the idea of doing prints of the ladies. Or how about cards? The possibilities are endless!

    Hugs from Coronado

  15. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Hey...I think you found it...love this...like I said before on the class site...she's a beauty!!!

  16. This mermaid girl is sweet. I think her hair looks plenty "flowy", like it is floating up through water. I agree with what Doreen said, if I made that pretty background paper, I would probably not be able to "see" anything but pretty paper. LOL

  17. This gal looks like she is talking to YOU Janet! She's saying, "What's all the fuss about, I'm just GLAD Janet made me! Aren't I a Beauty?" She has the expression of how YOU are feeling which is puzzled! Just remember how YOU feel when YOU make art! It makes me feel peaceful and it calms down my breathing even! Like I'm one with the world at that moment! Does this make any sense!!! LOL Happy Wednesday sweet woman! Just DO IT!!Let yourself flow!

  18. Yes, Blogland is a gift. You know that I love all that you do.
    Friday all my stuff goes to the church for Saturdays Bazaar.I am so glad.
    I will be painting my window seats tomorrow, at least the first coat.
    I will take pictures.
    I think you have a lot of love out here. Your Mary

  19. Beautiful, I love the way you show her in stages!
    sandra Evertson

  20. I've been finding faces in the stucco on my walls and other unusual places. See what you've started. LOL
    This is cool!
    It goes in spurts, but right now I love Blogland too.

  21. Seeing the evolution of this piece was incredible, Janet. You and I have been BBFF's since we started bloggig at about the same time, and the progression of your art has been nothing short of awesome, I loved your style when we first met, but, now... this! I know I've evolved too, and your support has been part of the reason. I've learned to appreciate the process more than the finished work because, for me, that's where the joy is. Now, don't get me wrong: a nice finished product has its own rewards, but, for now,at least, art is about learning something new and connecting with someone else who understands. And you're one of those people, Janet. Plus, I just love your work and have loved watching YOUR process.


  22. Janet, you are more talented than you realise....I loved seeing the process of this piece and the colours work so well together. Great job!


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