I am an artist and my own worst enemy. I'm very passionate about my art but very inactive lately as well. I want to support myself with it but when I get a commission I tend to put it off until the last minute because knowing I'm getting paid for it tends to take away from the artistic experience for me. I hope to get over this and enjoy working on commissions as much as personal paintings. I'm in a conundrum, a perpetual irony. This is my first Blog entry ever unless you count my journal entries on DeviantART http://arum1966.deviantart.com. My intent is to show you my artistic journey, to record it and to look back on later as I slowly crawl out of this hole of an existence to possibly eventual contentment. The only way I seem to be happy is when I'm doing/reading about/thinking about/talking about ART.
I've been an artist ever since I could hold a pencil. My dad is an artist and so was my grandfather. I didn't start painting until I was in my late twenties. I used to have a problem finishing anything and had 20 or 30 unfinished paintings sitting around at any given time until I read the book "Life, Paint and Passion" by Michelle Cassou and Stewart Cubley http://www.amazon.com/Life-Paint-Passion-Michele-Cassou/dp/0874778107. If you haven't read it you should check it out. It helped me to get over the block of trying to please everyone else and helped me to paint like I was the only person who would ever see my work. I later figured out as long as you paint what you're passionate about you'll find and audience. If you only paint what is trendy or what you think people want to see chances are your art will seem tired and unoriginal to the viewers.
By the end of 2006 I began finishing my work (the two below).
If you're interested in seeing more check out my gallery http://arum1966.deviantart.com/gallery/.
Like I said before I'm working to become more productive and to achieve a higher quality of life and happiness. I'm also here to meet other artist and talk art. I hope all is well with you and to see again you soon.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~ Pablo Picasso