Compromise Mindset

compromise mindset

Compromise Mindset

Compromise Mindset Notes

To compromise mindset for me is quite difficult. I have a type A personality, always very busy and have my own set of high standards. I am a devote of Seth Godin. Recently, I read one of his posts and the follow quote was profound to me “Absolutism is a form of hiding. Perfect is the enemy of good.” How guilty of that I have been in my career. I really had to save that quote to refer back to as a lesson in humility.

Landscape Paintings

Compromise Mindset

I have been the captain of my own art ship for a long time now. One of my dealers said to me one day,” Linda, you are the only artist I know who answers to no one but the tax man and God.” He was right. My daughters are grown with their own abodes. I have to answer to no human really. I am my own boss, but Seth makes me wonder if I am a good one?

Compromise Mindset

I have over the last four or five years, distancing myself from situations like art openings and paint outs where compromise of one’s desires and standards are inevitable. I have let go of most formal galleries, art organizations, and any and all programs where compromise is necessary for the good of the group.

 

Compromise Mindset

Linda’s Bird Paintings

Recently I have become involved in a committee to work for a foundation I am thoroughly committed to. It has been quite difficult for me to compromise on some of the issues for the event, but I am trying. I have thrown myself into the areas where I can do some good, trying to distance myself from parts that I disagree with entirely. I suspect that this has been good for me, to have to play with others in this sandbox.

Compromise Mindset

I find that I have no difficulty at all working with  my friends an collectors. It seems to be the art community that is difficult for me. I suspect that too many years of my career were spent in stressful situations in art festivals, gallery openings, and paint outs. I stayed too long at the fair if you will. I have some form of PTSD due to memories of these events. Too many big egos from that period of my life, unfortunately, including my own.

Compromise Mindset

I’m happy as a loner, but I do feel that it is important to get out of my cave occasionally to try to compromise with others for important work behind the scenes to make the world a better place. I am frequently going to refer back to Seth Godin’s quote to keep my “my way or the highway” attitude tamped down. I am ever hoping to make myself a better, kinder person. It takes tremendous effort but hope springs eternal.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe

Corn Salad

4 ears fresh corn, husks and silks removed
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
3 limes, for juice
Cooking spray
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle-garlic seasoning, divided
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup pre-sliced green onions
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat grill (or grill pan). Remove husks and silks from corn.
Chop cilantro (1/4 cup) and red onion (1/3 cup); squeeze limes for juice (3 tablespoons).

Coat corn with spray and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning. Place corn on grill; cook 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Move corn over indirect heat and cook 5–6 more minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from grill and let stand to cool.
Combine mayonnaise, lime juice, and remaining 1 teaspoon seasoning in medium bowl. Slice corn kernels off cobs into mayonnaise mixture, scraping cobs with back of knife to release remaining juices. Add red onions, green onions, cilantro, and feta; toss until coated evenly. Chill until ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

Styles Repeat

styles repeat

Styles Repeat

Styles Repeat Notes

In my long journey as a painter I have observed that styles repeat themselves, not just in fashion, but in art too.

Back in the 70’s when I was in art school the rage was to present paintings with drips and areas unfinished. I have noticed a fair number of those lately. There was a lot of airbrush work being done with abstracts too at that time so I expect that will resurface too at some point. As the saying goes, there is nothing new really, just repeats and reworks of former styles and explorations over the centuries.

Linda’s Drawings

Styles Repeat

I don’t really see a problem with these repetitions unless you happen to be on the tail end of the trend. That is the problem with trying to be in the cool crowd, either in fashion or art.  By the time a painter realizes that this is the “new” style of painting, it is no longer new. I know emerging painters who change their style like underwear. Each new workshop they attend makes them want to paint like the teacher, literally. They scour the internet to see the latest from well known painters and latch on for the ride. This copy, repeat style of painting goes on endlessly and has for a long time. This happens to me and many other professional painters who sell our work online. I will begin to paint a subject and format size, putting them on  social media, and within a week I will see the same subject and format repeated by others. I recently put my rustic paintings on rough wood in a gallery show. A few of them sold. In the next show at the same gallery, others had added their paintings on rustic wood, duplicating mine.

Styles Repeat

When you put your work out into the public on social media and galleries, you will have almost immediate style repeaters for your ideas. It happens all the time. All you can do is to be yourself and continue to grow and evolve in a natural way. You can either be an innovator without fear of being different, or you can be a trend follower, who hangs on, hoping to catch part of the trend before it is over.

Styles Repeat

When I was a paint out artist, the trends were painfully evident. Those artists who painted out of subjects that were popular, who used different palettes, whose styles were too refined or detailed, were shunned by the trendy at any given time.  I would walk around the wet room and see painting after painting with almost identical palettes and styles, because that was, or is popular with plein air gurus. Without signatures they would have been indiscernible.

Styles Repeat

Linda’s Bird Art

I think trying to be a trendy artist must take a huge amount of energy. I don’t think I could keep up with being cool. In many ways, I consider myself to be so lucky to be just a country painter. I live in the woods. I have an ancient house trailer but a wonderful studio. I rarely go anywhere unless it is to the nearby town or a couple of residencies a year. I don’t have cool clothes, or a cool car. I do have the best art supplies money can buy. I have a great life as an untrendy, unstylish painter.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe:
I haven’t tried this one yet but it looks so good I can’t wait to.
SHRIMP & CRAB  BITES From the Land O Lakes Newsletter
A hash brown crust adds a new twist to these savory seafood morsels.
Preparation time: 10 min Baking time: 30 min
Yield: 16 servings
Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups refrigerated hash brown potatoes
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter, melted
Filling Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) container chive and onion flavored cream cheese
4 ounces (1 cup) LAND O LAKES® Swiss Cheese, shredded
1 (6-ounce) can crab meat, drained, cartilage removed, flaked
1 (4-ounce) package frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed, drained
1 egg
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Garnish Ingredients:
Italian parsley leaves, if desired
Salad shrimp, if desired
Heat oven to 425°F. Combine all crust ingredients in small bowl. Press into bottom of ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients except 1/4 cup cheese in medium bowl; mix well. Spread mixture over hot, partially baked potato layer. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese mixture is set. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Garnish each piece with parsley and shrimp, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Semi Abstracts

atmospheric painting

Semi Abstracts

Semi Abstracts Notes

I have been thinking about using markers for under drawing with semi abstracts. I rarely draw anything on my panels or canvas because I like to think in large shapes and masses rather than linear when I paint. I save drawing for pencil and paper and consider them to be two different approaches. Drawing is the skeleton of all good art as far as I am concerned and it is vitally important in learning all art skills, however, I don’t see painting and drawing in the same way.

Semi Abstracts

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I like to view painting as a puzzle with flat shapes,colors and values which are plugged into the painting as I process through it. Once the shapes are placed on the canvas, I begin to cut those up into smaller shapes of value and color, and then smaller until shapes become objects and so forth. That’s why I believe that the elements of design are so important to good painting. I like to think that all painting is abstract in it’s beginning, then refined to a stage of comfort for the artist. That can be minimal, refined to photo realism, or to someplace in between as my work is.

Semi Abstracts

I tried the markers last night. I used Chartpak brand, my favorite markers. Basically I did a crude rendition of the proposed painting and then proceeded in my usual method. It occurred to me that this might be handy to do location block ins in a hurry and bring them home for studio work. They were easily covered by  paints. I have heard that Black Sharpie pens bleed through. The chartpak was great!! There doesn’t seem to be an advantage for studio work unless you feel the need to draw in your composition.

Semi Abstracts

Birds and Nests Art

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the notan process and how well it lends itself to a more minimalist abstract form of painting. I have it in my mind to do a series of abstract landscapes in acrylics to try this out. Sort of a beginning to my regular approach, where I stop after the block in stage, but I use heavier paint application and brushwork, so it has a finished quality. I really don’t know that anyone would want these paintings but I do know that abstract, contemporary work is very popular. I want to try this just for the curiosity of it, but also, because I believe it will be a good learning process for my  notan and design element studies.The thing I like about notan is the versatility of the process, from basic and primitive to highly refined, it works!!! I don’t have any interest in pure abstract painting, but I do like semi abstracts, with recognizable subjects.  I m going to start this series and will show you my progress. Essentially, it will be colorful semi abstract. The other day, another artist mentioned that my landscapes have an abstract quality to them. I was unaware of this and it gave the the idea of exploring the color Notan a little more thoroughly.

Semi Abstracts

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe:

This is my basic Pate Choux Recipe It is the dough for cream puffs and ‘eclairs

1 cup cold water
1 stick butter cut in slices
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
4 large eggs

Heat butter/salt/water in a good medium sauce pan to boil and remove from heat. Add the flour and beat until smooth, beat in eggs one at a time until smooth. The dough will come away from the sides of the pan.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Use baking sheets covered with parchment or greased and floured. Us a pastry tube to make either strips of pastry for ‘Eclairs or little round shapes for cream puffs. You can use fork tine to create ridges in the dough which will make them crispier and you can wash them with egg for a glaze if desired.

Bake until puffed and golden 8-10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 and 5 minutes longer.

Warts and All

warts and all

Warts And All

Warts And All Notes

I want to remind my readers that this blog is my personal journal about my warts and all journey and life as an artist. I do consider my readers to be the most important part of this blog, but sometimes the blog is not pretty and bright. Sometimes it is dark and full of self doubt.

Linda’s Bird Art

Warts And All

I show the world my warts as well as my victories for a reason. I want artists who live with their own doubts to know they are not alone. We are all weak sometimes, especially me. The blog is my personal journal which I share with others. Sometimes it may not be what they want to read. I don’t have to live up to my readers expectations do I?, since it is my journal. Sometimes I must struggle with what might seem obvious and simple to someone else. I welcome all comments both positive and negative and don’t wish to live in a sanitized world, but understand that it’s my privilege as the writer of this journal, not to live up to your expectations ever.

Warts And All

Sometimes I will be bratty and self involved. Sometimes I will be clever and upbeat. It is all the real me. Please continue to comment whenever you wish to, but we may not always agree on what is best for me. I welcome all comments, and questions, always!!

Warts And All

Landscape Paintings

The thing is, it’s really ok to be afraid of things. It’s ok not to want to do things when we know we must. As long as we do what we must, it’s still ok not to want to, in our deepest souls. Somehow some have gotten this idea that we have to put up a facade that says to the world that we are brave, upbeat, full of self confidence, that we never allow criticism to hurt us, that we are super person. We must be oblivious to pain and doubt. We must let it roll off of us when we fail, having no fears about anything. If we show any kind of weakness, we have failed and are a disappointment to our friends. I believe those who struggle with demons and admit them, are far stronger than the fake people who won’t show fear and flaws.

Warts And All

I want to be remembered someday as an artist who had a real journey through life, full of triumphs and failures with everything in between. I don’t want to be remembered for my press releases, but for rather who I really was. I guess you could say I have enough self confidence to love myself even when I am afraid and low. I hope that is true for all artists. I don’t always do brilliant work. I don’t always agree with other artists. I am strong willed and opinionated about what is right and wrong.  None of that matters. Not be of us is perfect or wonderful all the time.

Warts And All

I’ve been through two and a half weeks of an RA flair up and it has been depressing. I realize that not being mobile has brought me low. Soon, I’ll be back to my manic self with more projects than I know what to do with, happy as can bee with my too busy schedule. Let’s all allow ourselves to be imperfect.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

 

Today’s Recipe

Crab Quiche

1/2 c mayo
2 T flour
2 eggs beaten
1 c half and half
8 oz crab meat, canned or frozen and thawed
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 onion finely diced
1 pie shell unbaked

Mix it all up and put in the pie shell. Bake for 45 minutes at 350.
Yummy!!

Career Apathy

career apathy

Career Apathy

Career Apathy Notes

Occasionally I am called on to help with projects with other artists. I constantly find career apathy from many artists.

Artists tend to be apathetic about the business and marketing side of art. They just want to paint. Wouldn’t that be great? I wish! The fact is that every opportunity we skip over or ignore, hurts our career. Even when they are offered free publicity, they don’t take the time to use it wisely. “I’m too busy” is the common excuse for this career apathy.

Career Apathy

Many of these artists don’t really have to make money from art. They have other income streams, by spouse or inheritance, or a sideline job. However, being a team player should count in group situations. A consistent response of unity should count.

I’ve been working on a specific project to assist a group of artists with publicity. I asked for a few thoughts and a short bio and photo to make a nice poster image for each artist. So far I have three responses out of 35 artists. One of the three is in a summer residency in another country but will do this for me. Who knows why 32 artists would choose to ignore this opportunity for free publicity.

Career Apathy

I don’t have a lot of sympathy for artists who complain about their sales and career. Most of the time they have made little to no effort to help themselves. This concludes my rant for this week.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe

Pie Crust

1 stick butter

1 8 oz cream cheese

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

Use a pastry cutter to mix everything into small crumbles. Press together in a disk on parchment paper. Refrigerate for one hour. Roll out with a sprinkling of flour on top. It will need to be rolled out thin. It is flaky and good!! I use it for pot pies.

 

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