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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A Change of Seasons

A Change of Seasons

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Season is defined by change….especially on the cusp in between seasons…I feel that transition most when autumn arrives…It’s as if I go to bed one evening and the air is warm and thick with summer only to wake up the next morning with a chill in the air that is thin and crisp and full of the sounds of the waking hours …The light is more luminous as the sun begins to travel lower in the sky which lends to compelling shapes and shadows to stare at and wonder how to render that….
Change is good. I love change..Travel to new places…rearrange the furniture or if that’s impossible at least arrange a new tabletop display…or in my case rotate the many paintings I have in my inventory…the side benefit of being an artist…a never ending supply of wall decor…
Autumn is my favorite season….My birthday is in the fall and my mental calendar starts in the fall. The year starts at the end of September for me…I have to believe that is a leftover memory /feeling from childhood as I anxiously awaited the start of the new school year. Yes, I was one of those kids who loved school…
So tell me…what’s your favorite season and why?
Would love to hear from you…..

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Sunset to Moonrise

Sunset to Moonrise

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This composition I have tackled before….It used to be a sunset entitled
“Settling Down”
I recently treated myself to a new set of Terry Ludwig’s pastel set of 14 luscious violets. So I thought I would rework a piece using a different palette. Now the moon rises….and I have named it Moonlit Sonata….Ironically, right now I am plugging away learning Beethoven”s Moonlit Sonata on the piano. For me, living artistically is the key to my happiness. Whether playing classical piano or rendering beauty in the landscape with pastels, or dancing ballet….I am in my creative element and that brings me joy. What brings you joy? I would love to hear about it….

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My Favorite Place

My Favorite Place

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Do you have a favorite place? Perhaps there are more than one. How lucky one is to find a spot that inspires and rejuvenates. A place that brings renewal and peace.
We all know the state of affairs in the world. Well, the very young are spared the drama.
Oh to be that young again….. As my young adult son claims, “Growing up is hard.”
I agree. I’ve done my time in the trenches of life. Now I am so lucky to be on the other side of that growth and struggle. Now, I find myself in growth without the struggle.
Sure aging has it’s challenges, and I am lucky to have good health, but I am talking about feeling like one has a place in the world….a sense of belonging.
It took me well into my fourth decade of life to have that sense of belonging…and it began when I started a family of my own. So to my young adult son I say…”Thank you for anchoring my life and giving it purpose…don’t worry , it will all be ok…you have a place always..in my heart.”

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New Brighton Beach

New Brighton Beach

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Investing in art materials is just that , an investment Living in beautiful Santa Cruz California calls for painting outdoors. So I invested in the product most plein air pastelists buy ….a fancy Heilman pastel box The fun part is loading the box with my personal selection of favorite sticks. I then created my “art bag”…hat, paper, gloves, towels, apron , support to put paper on , etc. For days now, I have been driving by this spot on a cliff overlooking the beach nearest my home and imagining setting up there and painting. This painting is the result of that dream. My first outing with my plein air set up.

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