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In January of 2017, I was very, very sick (I would later find out I had Epstein Barr). The only thing I could do was lay in bed. So that’s what I did. I worked (I was freelancing) in bed and watched painting YouTube tutorials in bed. I had never painted, but was pretty sure I wanted to learn. •
Divine intervention brought me to Canadian artist @limorwebber. I was obsessed with her Mixed Media Art Journal tutorials and watched them over and over. I took pictures of her abstract art creations and tried to match the color palettes. Her art brought me color. She is incredibly gifted. •
Perhaps the thing I learned first from her is the most important thing I could learn about art or creativity. ART ISN'T SUPPOSED TO BE PERFECT.Even now, when I “mess up,” I say that to myself. It helps me move on and stay in the creative process.
Being sick (for almost a year, followed by a very, very, scary, dark depression... maybe we will get into that later) was not fun. But I can see now that if it had never happened, I would have never stopped long enough to learn a new craft.
I needed to find painting so that I could heal in a million different ways, and I needed Limor to tell me it was okay to keep going after I “messed up.” That, “messing up,” is actually part of art. And if that isn’t a metaphor for life, I honestly don’t know what is. •
Thank you, @limorwebber, for sharing your time, skills, outlook, and art. You are indelibly imprinted on my journey as an artist. Give her a follow and check out her new artistic fashion venture @moduncorked. •
Here’s to more BEAUTY in the world!!! 🥂🎨💞
I recently gave a talk about being an artist. A proper, full-time, soul-exposing, sell-stuff-or-lose-your-roof artist. The audience were all in their twenties and they were far, far braver than I was at their age. Because they were already seriously aiming to be what I had tentatively become: someone who can make a living just by doing their own artistic work. I don’t like to listen to talkers who have written their ‘speech’ and just blurt it out verbatim. In that case just give me the notes and I’ll read them far quicker thank you very much. So I went in with some slides of my past and present work and a vague idea about telling the truth, and got on with it. Mostly I remember expressing my surprise at having made the leap from a normal job with artistic hobby safely on the side to my newly precarious position of swapping vases and paintings for bread and electricity. I also gave them as much advice as I’d come across along the way and tried to rethink being that young and that ambitious and that full of common sense. I pass through waves of frantic making to get my next shop ready, to lulls of asking seriously what and why I’m making anything at all. My guess is this is all related to having only recently properly got going with this as my only career. I can see a time of calm approaching when I’ve convinced myself that I can afford to go back to the questions and research I ferociously pursued when none of this mattered in a worldly, pay-the-rent way. In my talk I didn’t have a good enough answer to why I’d gone all out as an artist, but now I think I remember.
“Orange is the new black” — especially this time of year!! I can’t wait for the leaves 🍁 to change into their fiery colors. Every day more leaves are crunching under foot and more color are on the horizon.
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