Returning to Art

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I’m an artist. It took me a long time to call myself that despite wanting to be an artist for most of my life.

It’s not an unusual story among artists, I loved creating art as a child and by the time I was a teenager, it was the only thing I wanted to do with my life.

I graduated from art school with a BFA but got lost in a different career early on. More than 10 years passed before I started to make art again.

During the years when I wasn’t making art, I felt like I was hiding part of myself. I felt like no one really knew me because I didn’t completely identify with the person I allowed myself to become. 

More than 10 years have passed since I started making art again and my life is completely changed. I left the old career behind and have built my life around the things I love most. I make art often, every day if possible.

In this blog, I write about returning to art after a long absence. I hope my journey might inspire others who would like to start making art again or even for the first time.

You can read my first post here.

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If you’re new to my blog, you can read my introductory post here.

Framing Ideas 1

Framing Ideas

A few suggestions for framing paintings on cradled wood panels and flat hardboard panels.
oil painting of a trail leading across lumpy yellow and green fields

Finding a Happy Medium

Rediscovering the joy of painting with oil but without the smells and toxic chemicals!
Creating Calm 5

Creating Calm

Idea for an April creative practice to keep our spirits up!
art supplies on the table in my studio

Bliss in the Unknown

One small but important lesson I've learned by looking back on my life as a 22 year old.
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." - Anne Lamott

Taking Breaks

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." - Anne Lamott
my art supplies

My Tools for Success

When I finally returned to making art, my first project involved a few simple tools and I believe that it is one reason I stuck with it.

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