Monday, May 25, 2009

My latest painting

I've been working on this painting off and on for the last 5 years. Finally I finished it. The image is about believing in yourself. It's part of my Northwest landscape series. It's an oil painting wrapped in copper metal. Then I inlayed mosiac tile around the edge. Then I used leather tools to pound in shapes in the metal. The letter have been embossed in copper. The dragonflys are sculpted with sculpy then painted in acrylic. Check on my earlier post that shows the sculptures.
It's hard to explain how hard it is to live the life of an artist. What you do is put out there for anyone to say anything. So many creative people don't see their talent within much less believe enough to let it out. Our culture doesn't really encourage creativity unless it fits into a way to make money. 
Sherri and I began years ago to allow our lifestyle, living space and thought process to be more conducive to creative expression. It's our individual voice that gives variety to life. Wheither it's the colors you choose, the shapes you draw or the idea, your creative voice belongs to you and nobody else. Treasure it. Nurture it. Don't be ashamed of it. 
It's a joy to see each one of my friend's personal work. Each time I see a new piece I learn just a little more about them. 
blessings and art love,

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful Jeff! Just lovely, and the message is inspiring. :)