Who’s That Girl?

I wonder if authors are surprised when a character flows out from their pen or keyboard a fully developed personality with a complete life history. I know the usual process is to agonize over every detail and change character traits until it gels into the person which fits the story.  Sometimes, or so I hear, the character just flows, as if it wants to be born.

When I started drawing the girl below, I did not have a reference, nor did I have a vision of what I wanted her to look like. She just came to the paper, fully developed.

GirlI look at her now and start to image the details of her life, her likes, her dreams, her personality.  It is like having a baby (OK it is not really, but stay with me for a moment).  You put something of yourself into the creation, but in the end, they are their own individual entity – marvelously unique.  I wish all drawings flowed so easily!

I have some exciting changes going on in my world.  I am downsizing from an 1100 square foot 3-bedroom house, to a tiny 500 square foot (or so) 1-bedroom apartment.  Yes, I will officially be a tiny house dweller.  I will also be renting an art studio in a building with other artists!  I am sad to leave my home that I love, but I am looking forward to more financial freedom, less stuff to take care of, and my very own studio space!  I will post pictures as I make the move.

Light Spirit

It has been awhile since I last posted. Work and life has been busy, although that is not a very good excuse I know. I have often let life get in the way of my creative expression.  I am currently taking steps to free up more of my time and energy to redirect towards my painting and creative work.

Since my last post I became a member of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance and have been exhibiting my work in my area.  Currently, my newest painting, Light Spirit, is hanging in the Doctor’s Community Hospital in Lanham.

Light Spirit 12"x12" Acrylic

Light Spirit 12″x12″ Acrylic

A friend I met last year at Squam Into the Mystic has purchased the painting!  It brings me so much joy to know others like my work enough to want to own a piece.  This painting started as a much more controlled (and boring) figure.  Then I started playing with blurring the edges between the figure and the landscape, as if they were part of each other.  It became impressionistic and much lighter in mood.  I may play with this method more in the future.  I love the result and it felt a more open and freeing way to paint.

My wish is that more joy and lightness of spirit is brought into all our lives.