Art is personal.
The important thing as an Artist is to be true to oneself, our own story, and our vision.
|Elaine Weiner-Reed (EWr) - Self Portrait XIII - Mixed Media (24" x 30")|
As Artists, we need to follow our own path at our own pace and in our own way. There are many art books, instructors, and art out there - both good, bad, and you-name-it.... Viewing other artists' work is a good thing. I have my favorite artists and generally find a new artist every year whose work intrigues me...or doesn't. As with any field, art reference, learning, and research is important: visiting galleries, reading journals, etc. It opens our world to more possibilities. While "copying art" may sometimes be good for art students learning a craft or a technique, what truly makes a work of art stand out and take our breath away and what separates some professional Artists from others is the authenticity and evolution of their entire body of work.
So, in the months and years ahead, I will continue to create from the heart and give my art all that I have. I owe it to myself...and I believe that my art legacy depends on it. Each day, I will continue to live my life, push my own limits, learn something new, laugh, and defy my own boundaries. Every day that I can paint is a very good day!