Recently I went to Asheville, NC to an artist workshop called Mastermind. It is part of the Matt Tommey Mentoring Group -Created to Thrive - I belong to. It was incredible. We got to discuss art, the business of doing art, heard some great speakers - Mark DeJesus (author of Exposing The Rejection Mindset) and Shae Bynes (author of Grace Over Grind). Just wow. And the connections made with other artists who want to thrive was priceless.
One of the things I walked away with was a new direction for my art. I've been wondering for awhile what direction I should take. I feel Fantasy and Whimsical Art is where my passion lies. I've loved unicorns, dragons, and fairies for as long as I can remember. They are rich in symbolism and spark the imagination. Take the unicorn for instance: it symbolizes infinite possibilities, pursuit of dreams, gentleness yet power, purity, overcoming, and hope to name a few.
So, I am changing direction. My paintings will be to capture the magical wonder of creation through the use of fantasy and realism and daring you to dream.
Last weekend I was in Asheville, NC for Gathering of Artisans (GOA). It was incredible. To be with over 200 creatives was so inspiring. I discovered who my tribe is and let me tell you, knowing that is life filling!
I made new artist friends, learned different painting techniques, created a journal for fun, and heard great messages on who God created me to be - an artist. We are not some second rate class but instead vital to the world. We create and reflect beauty to the world. Can you imagine a world with no art? Pretty dull, if you ask me.
So this week, I've been pondering and absorbing all I've learned. I'm excited to press into my art business. My heart is singing with the joy of creating. I can't wait to go back next year!
some of my previous Fall pieces
It finally feels like Fall here in Texas. We've had some really good rains and this week, our first cool front came in, dropping temperatures into the 70's. I know that doesn't sound like much to some of you, but to us after a Summer of 100 degree days, it's heaven!
All of which inspires me to be outside gathering inspiration for my art - I absolutely love Fall and everything about it - the colors, sights, smells and tastes. There's no telling what I'll find to paint; the possibilities seem endless in our mild Autumn weather.
I will be throwing open the windows to the studio to bring the fresh air inside while I'm painting. It's a wonderful time of year for me.
I am also going to be going to Gathering of Artisans tomorrow.. I will be in the beautiful Asheville, NC area. Workshops, worship of our Creator, and meeting other artists...what could be better? I'm really looking forward to it.
Hi! I'm Cecilia and I'm an oil painter from Texas.