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Confessions of an Artist

by MILLIEGIFTSMITH , February 9, 2008—12:00 AM

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Well I must confess that an artist life is very rewarding and then again discouraging. I have many things on my mind to write to you--Let me start with--What to do with all the work that you never finish?? I have, over the years done many paintings--some are good and others are left behind. I have a shelf full of unfinished work and I know that I have no desire to finish them. I have given some of the paper to beginning students to practice on, I have used some to paint over and even taken a bit of pieces out and put them all together in one big painting- such as you see here on the blog. Well that is one of the things that is discouraging. But now to the better things. I am always painting a picture in my head. I see a painting in all the landscape while riding in the country. I can't wait for the day I can paint. I see another artists work I like and it inspires me to paint. It is an exciting life too. When you do get a work you like--you look at it and feel like "How did I do that?" I will study a painting as I am sitting and watching the television. I may start 4 or 5 paintings at one time. Some I finish and then again--there I go again.!!! ---on the shelf. I started putting my paintings on artid and I must say that I really love it. It got me taking pictures of my work that was in the drawers, closets, under the bed, and etc. Now I put one a week on my computer desk top and enjoy it everytime I turn on the computer. I can see some of my work that is in need of something--then again I find a painting that I didn't like at all and when I put it on the computer--I found that I really did like it. It is a good way to critique your work too. I sometimes don't know when a painting is finished and overwork it. I am always striving to get just the right painting that I know I can do--but it seems that, so far, I am not satisfied --but that is for the best-because it drives you to do better. I hope I am making sense here--it is late at night and I just had to write all this. Maybe you are like me and have all these things on your mind. How can I improve my art to where I really feel I have done my very best? I do appreciate getting remarks from the artist here. I sometimes feel that I will never sell much of my work--only give it away or donate it to some auction. I find that an artist life is a hard life if you have to support yourself with it. I have been fortunate to be able to teach classes and do demonstrations at clubs and that sort of thing. I have sold many paintings on ebay for awhile. But I don't do that anymore. There are so many fine artists now, and so much competition. Today I went to see a show that I had entered and didn't get in--I can truthfully say that it was a good show- but it seemed you had to do something very different to get in that show. It is only one persons opinion--so I don't let it get me down. I guess that is enough confession for tonight--as the sandman is coming. So hope you will enjoy my little blog. Millie



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