Support Matters

Support Matters

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In the art world, there is a language one must learn. Outline translates to contour. Form to mass. Lightness or darkness of an image to value. Color = hue.
In the pastel world, the surface you apply your pastel to is referred to as support. There are an array of supports one can use… sanded surface, un-sanded surface, prepared surface with a grit substance called gesso. Each has its own unique properties when receiving the application of pastel.
I have tried them all and am convinced that SUPPORT MATTERS…
Today I can put a vote in for Pastelmat by Clairfontaine. It’s like no other surface I have worked on before. It takes the pastel in a unique way. Difficult to describe. You’ll just have to try it for yourself!
Support matters….in life, too. Sometimes it’s the make it or break it moment when the support you ask for is given or not… As a parent of two adult children who are in the productive “making it” phase of their lives, I am their cheerleader. I am their support. Their coach. Every moment is an opportunity to make their day …. or break it. Support matters.
As an artist…an emerging artist…I am selective to whom I reach out to for support…Usually it is my fellow artists who offer the best support…they’ve been there. Making art is a solitary journey…even if you are in a studio full of others making art at the same moment. Each one of us is putting our creative juices out there for everyone to see…and judge. Be kind. Encouragement goes a long way for one to reach success……Support matters.

~ Be nice to people of your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.
~Wilson Mizner

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Success vs. Satisfaction

Success vs. Satisfaction

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About a year ago I started my online blog documenting my daily artistic journey. It was a way for me to stay accountable to a practice of daily painting and to see my growth. I did not take on this endeavor with the hopes of people even finding me on the world wide web let alone follow me. As time passed and I shared my images and musings of daily life as an artist and mother, woman, dancer, etc., I was pleasantly surprised to receive positive comments and words of appreciation for the art I was sharing. Sharing is what I wanted to do. Isn’t that what we teach our young children? The native peoples of this land measured success not by what they had but by how much they gave away…
So what is success? Is it sales of artwork or any creative expression ? Or is success giving away our joy and beautiful creations? Are we satisfied with our success? That is, how we define our success determines our satisfaction.
This past weekend I fulfilled one of my yearlong goals I set out when I began this journey of artistic expression. I was juried into our county wide annual Open Studios Tour. I opened my studio and my home to the public and I put my creations on display….And to my surprise I was successful and received many visitors who were buzzing about admiring my work and, yes, buying it! And, yes, that was satisfying. As artists, validation comes with the sales of your creations…for someone to want to display your work in their personal space is a great compliment. However, the satisfaction came with the time and energy I gave away to each and every patron who engaged with me and my work. In the studio, I demonstrated technique as I painted on a work in progress. People were amazed that one could created with sticks of bulky chalk. They wanted to do it too! I spread the good news of the medium of pastel as an accessible medium to create one’s own beauty … one’s own satisfaction.
The weekend of October 20th and 21st is encore weekend…All the artists in the county open their doors again to welcome art enthusiasts to their studios and homes. Again, I will be among them..and that brings me great satisfaction….and perhaps success! Follow along on my artistic journey. Please comment below and get updates when I post.
Cheers,
Donna Theresa

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