Whereupon I met a light , so brilliant that the remnant hues of yellow ocher, which began as white, drifted off into the darkness and surrounded the dark olive grass. I stand among the thorns, the falling leaves, the thickets of grass. I begin to observe the colors, I can’t remember where I stand, but I stood in the shadows awakened by its presence. The thorns, the leaves, the grass, surrounded me. I did not move towards the light, as I knew that the light I saw was ever more present in the shadows.
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It has been a while since I posted a poem. I have written a few and will post them over time. I love the idea of combining poetry and art. I do not consider myself a poet at all, but I love to read it!
Why weep? As if the life lived is wrought with pain,
As if time does not deliver a heap of leaves that speckle the green grass with hues of red,
As if love does not give its hill to climb
As if, I want to climb
If climbed, never look back
The pillars beneath the hill are wrought with pain
As if, leaves do not speckle the grass with hues of red
As if, we had time
This is the final piece. May build up some more layers, but this is pretty much done. I was inspired by one of Thomas Moran’s paintings. The landscape is made up. I wanted to see what I could come up with on my own.
I am also preparing my last pieces for an exhibition next week so will take a break for a few weeks for the holidays. Like my page on FB @vanessawithunart and I will be doing a few giveaways. If you have a page on social media, let me know in the comments and I will follow.
This is another painting I did a few months ago. I had put it away and noticed it again. Never trash your art right away as you may find inspiration in it in the future. 🙂
Moonlight Waters: 16 x 12 in Canvas
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Journal 1: Random Thoughts through the Course of my Artistic Journey
I decided to start journaling my thoughts once a week or so in order to relate what I am feeling. I must first mention that I speak as someone who is still emerging in the arts. I have been pursuing the arts seriously for about a year and so I am still growing. I felt the need to share some of the thoughts I have been having and some of the personal things that I am experiencing. I decided to break them up into numbered paragraphs so that I do not sound like I am rambling too much.
I have been noticing an increase in posts on social media, Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, claiming that if you read a certain book your art sales will increase, and so on. Many artists have a hard time with marketing, which is understandable. As a new artist, this sounds appealing. Most of these books will tell you what most people already know, which is that one needs to be honest, dedicated, and be willing to put yourself out there. These are not things that anyone does not know. The interesting thing about these people selling books is that they are making money off of people buying them and not necessarily their own artwork. I decided to think deeper about the type of artist I want to be and what I did not want to do. I think it is everyone’s right to do what they want to do and I have no problem with people educating others. I just would hate for someone to buy into the whole idea that there is some magic formula for selling art or being an artist. I read somewhere that Van Gogh only sold 2 paintings out of 2000. In the age of capitalism, I believe that what is good is not always what is popular. Although I would love to sell more art, I am more concerned with enjoying what I do. It is easy to get swept into the mindset that one is as good as one sells. That Is not true at all!
Thought 2: I think honesty is the most important thing when pursuing the arts. It is okay to try new things and experiment, but I think that the goal is to come up with your own voice. I feel that my art is constantly changing and that I am still at the stage where I am experimenting, and I am absolutely okay with that.
Thought 3: As someone who has been diagnosed with Anxiety, I am constantly worried about everything I do. Personal family issues make its way into my mind as I paint. I learned how to use these struggles to empower my art. Instead of trying to shun them away, I use these concepts and explore ways to put them to use. I find that my art is about exploration and the search for symbols, mainly because I am in search of something unseen. Landscapes have been my main choice because I am attracted to the connection between humans and nature. However, I find myself exploring these same concepts in still-life and in portraits. I don’t ever see myself focusing solely on portraits or figures.
This is a painting I am currently working on. I am trying to take things slow so that I don’t overwork the foreground. I really like using loose and swirly brushstrokes and adding a bit of texture.
A Turn: 24″ x 18″ Linen Panel
This acrylic painting is of my little boy meeting a butterfly. I love combing a portrait with a landscape.
This is a video I did a few months ago but can’t remember if I ever posted it on my blog. I hope to do another demo soon:
These two pieces will be on display at the SAA Gallery in downtown Savannah, GA.
Sunset in Savannah:
26″ x 30″ oil on Canvas
12″ x 9″ Acrylic on Panel
The Bronx Project 84 is a collaboration project I am starting with childhood friend and writer Nakeeda Holmes. Please check out and like her page and subscribe to her Youtube channel. This girl is seriously inspiring and talented. We need honesty, authenticity, and truth! Art that is not afraid to reveal the truth of society and be political. Art is not always pretty, but beauty is found within the truths that we all share as humans. Being sensitive to the needs of others and understanding them is a part of understanding the universality of the human spirit! I am grateful to be working with her and hopefully some more artist in the future. The aim is to showcase and help support various diverse artforms representing the Bronx. My goal is to develop an art show featuring both visual artists and writers by 2019 in New York. So excited about this project and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.
Painting; “Nakeeda: A Struggle”
I am drawn to small details. I think most plein-air painters paint in large blocks. I do this as well, but where the branches thin off, there is a light that comes through and painting this way does not work well. I also love to use color combinations even in the distance where there are less contrast and value changes. My main focus has been in capturing light and value, and it is difficult to do that without those fine details. I used a fan brush to create the texture of the vegetation. This painting is on its way to a buyer in New York.