How I get to where I am going..

butterfly girl bestOne of the best things about creating pieces of art, is making the transfer from what I see in my mind to the end result on the page.
I don’t always have a strong picture of the colors or special touches..just a general feeling of what it is that i want to express and the mood I’m in as i work. Sometimes the picture evolves as if it had an opinion of it’s own.

That’s especially true when it comes to my ” Fantasy girls”..They take on a personality and point of view as I develop the colors I am going to use..sometimes, the hair color and eye color dictate where the art will go, as if they are telling me how they want to present themselves.

And so when those swirls of color and pencil lines begin to intrude in the day to day rolodex in my brain, i get excited. Sometimes as i refine a pencil sketch, the art goes in a different direction..it begs for an emphasis in the line work, or a brilliant burst of color..or just a line drawing that comes from my hand to the paper just as i want it..with no need to fix or fret over how i need to make it right and allow it to rest for all time as it is formed (this is VERY RARE!).

But the part that amazes me is reaching that moment when i know that the work is finished..it just is and i’m able to let it go because i know that i have made it as close to the perfection that each illustration deserves..that it is as “me” as i can give it and now it will represent me as it goes off into the world.For me the process of creating these pieces of art that people buy for their homes is such a humbling experience. It would almost be enough to just make them and have them as a testament of what i do.

The idea that people want to own them, that people enjoy them, that people want to hang them in their homes,or share them with their friends, or collect my art is almost more than i can bear..it brings me so much joy to know that i exist in another form for many different people in many different places and no matter what, I will go on even after i’m gone.

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