|Julia's Art Path Paintings||
So here I am... I began this new journey around 7/29/2013 and today is 9/3/2013. I have painted 34+ paintings in this span of time with a new Gallery /Store on this site and paintings for sale at auction on eBay, Etsy, Daily Paintworks, Wanelo, 3+ blogs, Tumblr, Pintrest and the list goes on. It is not just about the painting but also about the marketing if you are going to live off of your passion. My painting is what stirs my soul and gives inspiration to the day. It is just about the only time that I feel peace and joy watching the paintings take a life of their own, The creative process is the spark of life for me at this time. I constantly work at creating a presence for these new paintings on the internet. I have debated with myself about pricing for a 6"x6" original one of a kind painting... I felt that $100.00 for each painting was not a whole lot since art in my eyes is priceless. It brings a story to life, a joy to the beholder or maybe just solace for the broken heart. Why does art have to go up in price once the artist dies? Why not bring the artist the money to continue creating doing what he/she loves while there is the life breath? So here I am... The journey of Painting A Day continues...
It has been a great day. I have been trying to find a way to paint everyday as this is what gives me joy and yet how to survive financially? This seems to be the big question for artists... Do what we love and get paid to keep on doing what we love. A vocation of the soul/heart... The inner drive to just paint because it feels right to paint. It is not an effort to paint because it is intrinsic to every fiber of my being. So... I decided to paint smaller paintings everyday with my mixed media techniques and concepts and list them on eBay and Etsy for sale everyday. Paint for the love of painting...
Art is the production of objects for consumption, to be used and discarded while
waiting for a new world in which man will have succeeded in freeing himself of
everything, even of his own consciousness.
~ Eugenio Montale
Yesterday I was asked to please start painting some realism vs. the abstract paintings I am currently working on... I answered that I needed to follow my heart in my paintings. I could paint a lansdscape, the sky and the stars... yet... What flows within at this time... are the many colors and sculptural layers in combination with the mixed media paints. This is what I have to paint and keep exploring.
Why be an artist? It can't be helped. There is something larger than life that takes over the artist enabling the work of art to take place. The art pours out of the deepest part of the psyche and soul. The artist is a visionary in the serenity of the studio capturing the snapshots of life.
Step back and smell the roses. Youth is gone before you know it. Creating art keeps the soul young. It is a moment in which everything stops and only creativity takes place. There is a sense of oneness with the painting and the creator steps out of the picture. It keeps the heart young with a zest for life.