Ahhhhh Fall is Approaching





How time flies, my last post was during the sweltering heat and now the leaves are turning and the weather for the moment is cooler (thank goodness).  Things are still burning up in my studio as I have been busy with my favorite medium of encaustic waxes.  The above slideshow is of some recent work that I have submitted for entry in a new local medical center that wants to display art from local artists.  If accepted this will be a fabulous forum for getting some recognition and more people to see my work.  I desperately hope my next post won’t be that I wasn’t accepted.  My dear husband has entered some of his oil paintings as well which I am very proud of (see below as I will add some of his painting pics).

As an artist (in training) it is so hard to have your work judged by others yet, I believe it brings one down to earth sometimes.  I do believe it is very subjective by the person judging as to what they like and try not to take it to personally but deep down it is bothersome.  Recently at a local gallery I belong to we had a juried show and the piece that was selected as first place winner was not my taste at all.  The pieces that weren’t selected had some very beautiful paintings and I have to wonder what goes through their minds during the selection process.  I could never be a judge, would be too hard to choose, especially when you know how the artists who aren’t chosen feel.

I wish I had a bigger following on my blog as I would like to know how others feel about trying to create art knowing how expensive it is.  I just used up 5 lbs. of wax that I just purchased and find it difficult to buy more as it is so expensive but I have so many ideas running through my head.  I know what starving artists means.  You can’t make art and expect to make money that is for sure.

Well that’s all my thoughts for now, more later. Below are my a few of my husband’s oil paintings.  Isn’t he wonderful!!


About kboat

I’m a native of La Porte, Indiana. When I was growing up we didn’t have much money, so I made my gifts for others with materials I found out and around. I loved it. And I have to say I was pretty good at it. People always liked what I gave them. I went to work for 26 years as an employee of a major asphalt paving company. I began as a secretary and eventually made my way to office manager. Needless to say I mostly only dreamed about my art - filling my mind with many ideas. Although the company did take advantage of my skills once in a while. For example, I created in-house materials for an open house. I loved “keeping my hand in” whenever an opportunity presented itself. Then I retired. And ... funny thing ... all those pent-up ideas I used to dream about began to roll out. I joined ATC (Artists Trading Cards) on line, I took classes and tutorials and learned about the processes of creating art. Today, I pursue these learning opportunities to open myself to new ideas and techniques. I also love opportunities to assist in classes for special populations. I find I learn a lot from those who have no preconceptions about what they should be doing. I’m eager to learn new things. Mostly I don’t have any idea what I set out to make. I simply let the ideas find me. The result is a wide variety of media and expression triggered by my experiences in every-day life. I hope you enjoy my work. View all posts by kboat

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