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In Search of Creative Community: My First Art Linkup

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For years, I thought of myself as a writer, and I used my blog to link up with other aspiring writers.

I don’t know why but, for some strange reason, I hadn’t thought to try to do the same thing with art.

This morning I stumbled onto Art Journaling monthly, ~ which I hope will connect me to a whole community of artists (and maybe art collectors, too).

This month’s challenge is SPRING, and I thought I’d share this painting.

I wasn’t ready to sell this piece right away. Different from most of my artwork, it features a whimsical landscape, rather than a portrait. Normally, I sell my work fairly quickly after completing a project, so I was surprised when I found I was having trouble letting this one go. A dear artist friend suggested that I not be so quick to sell it. “It’s like a baby,” he said. You made it. Why don’t you enjoy it yourself for a while?” And so I hung it up over my computer desk, and I looked at it every day for nearly a year. Then one afternoon, I looked up and was like: Time to let this one go now. And so I did.

I’m thrilled to announce that MOODGARDEN is on its way to Israel. I hope to be able to visit it (and its beautiful owner) one day.

MOODGARDEN is available in a high resolution 12×12 print. Click on the photo to be transported to my online store.

Like all my artwork, this piece features layers of thin paint in some areas and heavily applied in other areas.

Have a beautiful day, everyone. Spring is on the way!

Art Journal Journey

(It’s been a while. I hope I did this right.)

 

14 thoughts on “In Search of Creative Community: My First Art Linkup

  1. If you would ever want to consider illustrating a whimsical little “storybook for adults” about withdrawal, I know of one that is already written (but which could be modified as necessary). It’s in the basic style of Dr. Seuss but needs the “magic” of pictures. Just sayin’.

    1. You KNOW that I’m interested! Absolutely! I thought you’d found someone to help you with that project?

      1. I have had several different people show interest, but none “fit the bill.” for varying reasons. What it will take is someone who is talented both as an artist and writer and, very importantly, someone who has slogged through withdrawal and come out of it into the magic that is wellness. In addition, high energy, imagination and “outside-the-box” motivation are musts. I know you have all of this – and the desire to see something “come to life magically.”

        I can send you the storybook notes that explain the story to give you an idea of what I have thus far. Then I can also send the story itself.

  2. An AMAZING whimsical landscape, what a wonderful painting and it’s new owner will be more than happy with it – I am sure!
    So glad you found our
    Art Journal Journey Challenge – so pleased you join us and I really hope to see you more often in the future!
    Happy PPF and weekend ahead for you!
    Thank you for joining Art Journal Journey!
    Much appreciated!

    oxo Susi

    1. Hi Susi.

      I apologize for the delayed response: my blog stopped notifying me when people left comments. Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I can’t wait to link up again. You have a wonderful site and offer a great opportunity for people to get to know each other thru their creativity. 🙂

  3. And thank you for joining Moo Mania & More as well with your beautiful painting!

  4. I can see why this would be hard to part with. It is a gorgeous spring time fantasy flower inspired high quality piece of art. I love the colors, the playful flowers, and the pure whimsy of the drawing/painting. Thank you so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey with this incredible beauty.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m really happy with the way this one turned out. Thank you for coming to visit me. I’m excited to have connected with so many kind folks from Art Journal Journey!

  5. It’s a beautiful Springtime painting! The background of blues and purples really make the bright colours pop. I love it!
    Alison

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m really happy with the way this one turned out.

  6. Renee – love the artwork. Fun and energetic like I believe you are. Sometimes it takes a great deal of energy to blossom from a tight bud. Keep moving forward. One step at a time. Peace.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Clay. Have you noticed that people really don’t comment much anymore. They prefer to hit the LIKE key. (Sigh.) I am STILL looking for community. Thank you for continuing to be part of mine.

  7. it is a very beautiful piece of art! xo

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m really happy with the way this one turned out.

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