It took many years before I was comfortable calling myself an artist. After all, I had no formal training except for a short workshop here and there. Who was I to lay claim that I had any talent? But I could not stop the dreams and ideas that filled my head. I could not help feeling every time I saw a painting that "I could do that."
It was through studying Julia Cameron's work in “The Artist’s Way” that let me give myself permission to BE an artist and to feel okay telling people, “I am an artist.” That was the opening of a huge door. I dabbled, I experimented, I played. I didn't want to do traditional art work; I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing. I was bound and determined to find my own way.
What truly made me feel I was “real” artist was being accepted into juried art groups and shows.
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CHARCOAL-PASTEL LANDSCAPE DRAWING
Charcoal landscape drawing was a surprising discovery for me. Inspired by the beauty of nature with all its splendor of colors, patterns, and textures, I never thought I’d enjoy doing art with a narrow range of hues. I’m not a fine detailed artist, so the looseness of the charcoal and the ability to create the “illusion of detail” is a perfect match for me. The darkness of the drawing offers a bit of mystery to the picture, and yet, a sense of peace also permeates. The drawings kind of remind me about myself; soft, sensitive, fuzzy around the edges with underlying layers. You see one thing at a quick glance, but upon looking closer, other nuances are revealed.
Charcoal landscape drawing was a surprising discovery for me and a vast difference from the color photography that I love and the occasional multimedia paintings. This interesting journey using charcoal and sometimes a “hint of pastel” led me to view landscapes with a new eye. I use photographs as a guideline, but once I turn my attention to the drawing, it’s almost as if the drawing is telling me what it wants and how.
I’m not a fine-detailed artist, so the looseness of the charcoal and pastel allows the ability to create the “illusion of detail” which is a perfect match for me. I never considered myself someone who could draw, so to create a gorgeous piece was amazing. The beauty of nature with all its splendor of colors, patterns, and textures enters my inner core and becomes the peace and joy within my heart.
I love my drawings and I am happy when I’m at the easel!
“It’s all about the color!” became my new motto when I moved to Hillsborough and began to Sasha-fy my house. Once more I didn’t follow the popular styles and chose to surround myself with colors that made me feel good. Color continued into my drawings and the “hints of color” turned into full color pieces. I dived into the drawings with new inspiration and fresh enthusiasm determined to incorporate more pastel coloring with the charcoal.
The blending of these elements turned out to be challenging as charcoal and pastel are not the same. Sometimes they don’t mix easily, but I make it work and it’s been an amazing success. I’m very excited with the results!
This change was an awakening, not only in the drawing style, but in my view of art. I never felt I fit into a category. I always preferred crisp, sharp lines and intricate details in my photographs and paintings. I’m not one for blurred images and do not care for that kind of artwork, and yet, here I am dealing with the looseness of charcoal and pastels -- and loving it.
I’ve never cared for impressionist work, so I was shocked to realize my style is similar to impressionism. After all, I am creating an “impression;” along with layering, blending, and paying attention to light. My drawing strokes are often short and thick (when I’m using charcoal or pastel sticks) and colors may be layered, side by side, some smudged together, some not. There are few crisp lines (using the sharp edge or a pencil) and up close, the drawings do not have the “tight” lines I normally find pleasing to the eye.
However, from a distance, the drawings are spectacular! I love my other charcoal drawings, but these are wonderfully exciting! Love and passion go into every drawing. This is the most amazing work I’ve done!
My work has been described as mystical, peaceful, ethereal, soft-focused, and beautiful. Others have said my drawings bring a sense of calm. Their faces light up and they go, “Wow! It’s amazing!” when they see the drawings.
The drawings kind of remind me of myself -- soft, sensitive, fuzzy around the edges with underlying layers. You see one thing at a quick glance, but upon looking closer, other nuances are revealed.
My work can be seen in various shops and businesses in New Hampshire. I’ve had showings at the Brown Memorial Library in Bradford, the Library Arts Center in Newport, Gallery at Well Sweep in Hillsborough, Jaffrey Civic Center, Goffstown Main Street Art on the Wall, Sunapee Lake Massage, Tall Pines Realty, MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, and various other venues.
One of my drawings was featured in the 2011/2012 winter edition of Kearsarge Magazine.
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