Friday, January 10, 2014

Pulling Inward


©2014 R.L. Delight, WIP detail.
I started this blog a little over four years ago, at the beginning of my art school journey. When I started, my intention was to show the building of an artist. I think I have done that and I will continue to do this. However, I have decided it is time to change things a bit.
First of all, I have decided to drop out of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I did this challenge last year and did it successfully. I did indeed paint 30 paintings in 30 days. I learned a lot from it and grew from there. It doesn't fit me this year. I want to dive a bit deeper into my studies and cranking out 30 paintings just to do 30 paintings doesn't fit my needs at this time.
I am also finding I need to retreat a bit. I have become weary of constantly feeling like I need to be on the social networking circuit. Being on social media is entirely self-imposed but is also based on current art marketing beliefs. I do enjoy it but...I feel like I don't have the necessary time to go within and listen to my own voice. It feels like it is being lost in the clamor. To me, these are all signs that I need to disengage for a tiny bit and go on a mini-retreat.
I have several paintings in my head and on paper that have been bumping up against my brush hand begging to be painted for a few years now. I just might even have the skill to paint them! So, I am going to do just that. It is winter and it is the season to go within on these dark and stormy nights and tell the old (and new) stories.
My blog posts might be slowing down for a time as these paintings are larger and more detailed. I will still be getting out to paint waves and other coastal landscapes and some of them will be available for sale. I am looking into changing my website and blog up a bit too.
None of this will happen overnight. It will take a bit of time but I am hoping to have much of it done by the spring equinox.
The photo above is a small detail section of a work in progress. It has been in progress for a while and I feel it is time to get back to it. The painting is 24"x36", a bit larger than my 6"x8" size! It is nearly all blocked in.
For those folks that I am connected to on Facebook, I will be taking a break starting on 1/13/14 until the end of the month.
I have so appreciated and will continue to appreciate all of you who have read my blog posts and specially those wonderful people who even leave comments!

Until the next post,
-Renee


5 comments:

JanettMarie said...

Renee, that sounds like great move. I just may have to join you in that venture, hope you don't mind. A lot to do, so little time. I've learned a lot from you too, thank you. Thanks for observing the waves for me. I live in central Indiana... no big waves here from Mother Nature.
Big paintings is where it is, I love painting big, but thirty big paintings in thirty days... how big is big?

You go girl!!

JanettMarie said...

Renee, that sounds like great move. I just may have to join you in that venture, hope you don't mind. A lot to do, so little time. I've learned a lot from you too, thank you. Thanks for observing the waves for me. I live in central Indiana... no big waves here from Mother Nature.
Big paintings is where it is, I love painting big, but thirty big paintings in thirty days... how big is big?

You go girl!!

R.L. Delight said...

JanettMarie, I don't mind at all, join away! I painted small for the 30 in 30 challenge. The challenge is flexible though, some people take it by just painting for a certain amount of time everyday on larger paintings. I thought about doing that but decided I really needed to step back. Just spent a bit of time plotting out what I would like to do so I can get it done. Thanks for the comment! I plan to spend a little more time reading other blogs too.

Jackie La Torre said...

My dear sister, how you move me. Your art will indeed continue to expand my appreciation of the world through your vision, so I will wait until your next move...all my love and support.

R.L. Delight said...

Hugs to you dear sister Jackie. I treasure your love and support!

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