portfolio update | october 2018

I can’t believe how fast the years are flying by me. It seems like things that I think happened a few months ago, happened a few years ago. I drafted a post to discuss my attempts at watercolors two years ago, when I attempted a “Year of Making.” Every day, I made a point to make something even if the project was just making dinner. I would love to do another Year of Making soon. Maybe 2019 will be a good year for it.

I haven’t been sketching or drawing almost at all since college. With oil paints, I tend to do a really rough sketch with pencil before I start adding paint. Sometimes, it gets me in trouble because the composition needs more forethought than a rough sketch. With watercolors, the sketch needs to be complete. It’s a different process.

Here are some additions to my portfolio page.

portfolio update

When I mention that I paint, people are eager to say “Oh, are you an artist?” In that moment, I think of artists like my professor from college. I think of peers who practice more regularly than I do. I think of Picasso, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, DaVinci. The only response that seems honest is:

“I dabble.”

I hesitate to use the word “artist.” I know I’m not the only person to shutter at the label, but I know a lot of artists that wouldn’t use any other word to describe themselves. There’s something inherently arrogant about using the word to describe myself. At least, that’s how it seems.

I managed to sell a few pieces over the past few years, but I haven’t really figured out what I’m doing yet. I like photography. I like knitting. I like sketching. I like painting. I like strumming a guitar and singing. I like designing page spreads and layouts.

I am currently attempting to get off my phone and practice more of everything – with special attention to the paintbrush. In an attempt to make myself feel more legitimate, I’m putting imagery online. Despite not being able to identify as an artist, personally, I have learned how to use the Portfolio format on this blog, and will be begrudgingly displaying my art online. You can click on the “STUDIOS” link in the header at the top of the page to view the entire collection. A sampling is below. I hope to continue to add more soon.

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