Friday, May 15, 2009

THE STRUGGLING ARTIST

I find I am struggling to find my niche in the art world at the moment. I love painting and I want to continue going down this track but, I am not completely happy with the work I produce yet. I feel like there is more inside of me that needs to come out but I'm not quite sure how to tap into it. I am finding myself getting quite frustrated and anxious in the art room, but I think it is because I am so excited and there is soooo much I wanna do and explore and I can't get it all done at once. I think I need to be more patient with myself and realise things take time (easier said then done). *sigh* I guess I am only new to painting so I should just relax and see where it takes me.

Any who, I just thought I would share some of my mixed media art work that I have been working on over the past couple of weeks. Please bare in mind that some are not finished yet. Let me know what you think of the art or if you have any advise. Thanks :)

I am not finished with the one on the left


These are magnets


16 comments:

Serena said...

Well, you already know I'm your biggest fan and I LOVE the pieces you posted today. Interesting characters and colour combos. My only gripe is that the images are a little small so it's hard to see them in detail. Maybe you can bring them with you tomorrow when you visit so I get the pleasure of seeing them up close and personal?

Love,
Mum xo

Jennifer Rose said...

the art is very nice. good range of colours hey go really well with the look of your dolls :)

is cliché as it sounds, paint what you love and whats inside will come out :) it takes time to paint to the level you want personally (if a person ever does get to the point they feel they have mastered painting), but patience and artists don't always go hand and hand ;)

Genie Sea said...

Your artwork is very unique and magical. The colors and textures are very evocative and the figures are charming. I see these in a series of books or even translated into animation on the screen. That's my first instinct.

Linda Fleming said...

Michelle, I love your paintings. I especially like the top one on the left, the tilt to her head makes her interesting- as if she is asking a question. Love the way you use and combine colors.

You are doing better than me- at least you have the courage to offer your work for sale. I'm still dragging my feet when it comes to that.

BumbleVee said...

hahahha.... you are still so young Michelle..... give it a bit of time. Don't try too hard to force things either....that won't work and for sure will frustrate you. You have absolutely hit the nail on the head when you said you need to be patient..... that's the ticket.

Surf around on the artist blogs on the net too... not to copy anybody...but, just to see what is out there. And..sometimes you will see things that inspire .. Our own work always ends up different than anybody else's work...but, might have a base we could work from ....

your girls are wonderful...

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Michelle,

I love your paintings! I agree with Serena, the images are too small and we can't see the details. :(
I sell some of my dolls and other things but it does take time. So hang in there and keep creating!

Shashi Nayagam said...

I too love your paintings. They are wonderful. You are still so young so don't get too worried just go with the flow and where your heart wants to take you and along the way you will learn a lot and you will find your niche. Just keep creating.

Di said...

I think that these are great! I would be happy to own one of these!

Michelle Eaton said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words and advise. I am taking it all on board. I feel a change is a comin!

Michelle :)

pinkglitterfae said...

hi Michelle, I could have written this blog post myself. It feels like there is so much to do, and you can't always get the image from your head onto paper. Stick with it though. I do love the paintings you show, they have a lovely,whimsical style to them, very colorful and fun!

Sandy said...

Well I like all of your "girls"...they are adorable, and the colors you use in each one, so complimentary...

Kerry said...

Not much to add, I love your art!

urban craft said...

so cute!

Sprite said...

Did I read correctly, did you say you are new to all of this? Your paintings are terrific and your dolls are adorable. Really great work!

I am petrified of my sewing machine will eat my hands so I have successfully stayed away from it :)

I know that feeling well, :) I think part of it is having so much expression inside that we need to get out but being new to everything we're just not quite sure how to do it yet. Maybe because we haven't learned a certain technique yet, or - what to do first once we do :) Mixin' medias seems to do the trick!

It's a crazy and often frustrating ride for sure, but try to enjoy it eventually you'll get there and once you do, don't stop! keep on learning new things! :)

Hugs,
Sprite

Maria said...

I love your work Michelle, they are so sweet ... love the colours!

Relax & enjoy your journey & take each step at a time is my advice:)

cheers, Maria

Arita said...

I love all your work!! The magnets are adorable!!