New World – What I want from my Art

I have been thinking about a whole new world that I would love to live in, one that doesn’t have any anti-anything agendas. I think we can do more, say more, make more statements about what we want in our world through art.

My goal these days isn’t sweet lovely art but art that really says & means something to me. When I was in art school, I created art with meaning, art that said something, art that meant something to me. Somehow over the years, I lost track of my spirit, drive and emotions behind creating art. I fell into the trap of creating art and selling it for selling it sake. I don’t want to do that anymore.

I want to create art from my soul and my heart. What moves me, when I think about things is women, how we are treated. Separate and not equal. The other thing that really moves me is our planet and what’s becoming of our world as we know it. I want to FEEL when I work on my art and I want people around me to feel & see what is important to me too. I really want to make a statement and use my talents to speak to what moves me.

I have made a few mixed media pieces lately and feel very strongly about them. I have them here below; enjoy them (or not) but share them with those you feel would benefit from seeing them.

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50 Paintings in 6 Months

I was told by a friend of mine that any reputable art gallery won’t show your work unless you can show them you can do 50 paintings a year. Well, I took that as a personal challenge – to do better than that; I am trying to do 50 paintings in 6 months.

I have been writing this blog for 3 months now and went into my studio today and counted all my paintings to make sure I was still on track. I counted 32 paintings so I am ahead of schedule and pretty happy with the way things are going.

I have been putting myself out there, talking to people, owners of galleries and doing what I can do put myself and my art out into the world. I started an Etsy store and have been working really hard to promote myself and my art and have sold 3 paintings from the store. If you would like to see what I have in my Etsy Store please visit it:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt

There has been two results of my personal challenge; one I knew would happen which is producing a large body of work to show to galleries and put my paintings in a show. The second side effect of my personal challenge came out of the blue – I feel better about myself, I am happy in my life, I feel calm, complete and joyous every day I wake up and think about what I am going to paint today. What a wonderful side effect!

What is my wish? My wish for myself – to find the perfect match for my paintings in a gallery – for people to be moved by my paintings and to be able to continue my passion.