Early in my art career, I abandoned countless paintings and drawings for one simple reason - they were ugly! They didn't exactly match the vision in my head and because of that I needed to stop and try again.
Years later (Yes, it took that long!) I overheard someone say that their painting was still in the "ugly stages." I watched as they worked through it over time, and sure enough, it turned out fabulous in the end.
In this process, I learned valuable lessons every artist should know:
I hope these techniques help you achieve your dreams - remember to always be creating and learning!
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Evening Brew By Charlene Pulsonetti - 6"x6" Acrylic on Wood
Traveling with friends and family is a great way to build bonds through recreational and educational oppertunities. Whether it's a day trip to another town, or a week in another country, you quickly learn more about your partners than through day-to-day activities.
Solo travel, on the other hand, takes a bit of courage and stregnth to tackle what is presented - from outside forces, and within yourself.
When people view my art, they ask what it means. In a nutshell, I tell them, it is an expression of confidence and positive self esteem. Though as you can imagine, these works have much deeper roots.
It is nearly impossible to remember every moment during my travels in the southwest, not because it was lackluster, but because it was a sensory overload. How can you interpret micro and macro details - the way the clouds float overhead against blue skies, or how tiny creatures thrive in nearly every corner?
These experiences have taught me to slow down and reckgonize the details, to take snapshots of special moments that may of otherwise been missed.
These moments inspire my work. I am creating memories of Ramona, California, by exploring wines of the region. As I watch the colorful sunset, I take a small sip and explore the notes presented in the glass. This is part of my education in wine tasting, but also helps me understand better how the earth can effect what we eat and drink.
When drinking greenthread tea, I am reminded of time on the Navajo reservation, because it is a plant that grows in the region. It creates a fond memory of my travels.
Remembering the way the sun affects the color of the earth helps me give an authentic representation of a memory when painting a landscape.
The Traveler, a woman traveling alone in the southwest, refers to my personal experiences and revelations. It is something that I know others can relate to through their own experiences - or, if they have yet to adventure on their own, I hope it serves to inspires them.
Keep your dreams alive in your heart everyday.
Check out my "Creative Connections" column for the March 7, 2019 issue of the Ramona Home Journal.