The World of the Empath exhibition open until Feb 16th at Cultivate 7Twelve!
I enjoyed drawing when I was very young and I noticed that my drawings were more accurate and detailed than most of my peers. When I was about 12 years old a women from my church saw my drawings and to encourage my skill, she bought me a set of art supplies. This encouragement really got me excited about art. In high school I took one of those Famous Artist School correspondence courses by mail. My heart was so set on art when it came time to enter college at Baylor University that I became an art major. However, out of college I decided on a carer in advertising design because like many artists I feared that I could not support myself and family as a painter. But my years of working in advertising eventually came to a close and I returned to my first love, painting. Painting has been my life for the past eight years, I paint every single day.
Early on it was the work of Norman Rockwell, Rubens, Velazquez and
then Saul Bass. Today I am inspired by so many artists of all styles and kinds that it would be impossible to name all of them. But my most recent muse has been work of California artist Erin Hanson. Hanson creates impressionistic landscapes of primarily California that are reminiscent of a combination of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Degas.
I just paint what interests me at the time and hope it finds a place in someone else’s heart as well. I used to paint only realism. In the last few years I have focused on abstraction and non-objective pieces. I quickly become bored painting the same things in the same way so seek to find different ways to interpret my ideas.
When I begin a painting I usually underpaint in acrylics and over-paint in oils. During the underpainting phase I try to establish the full range of lights and darks, which is an essential part of creating a dynamic and interesting piece of work. I usually have 8-10 pieces in process at one time. I find I can work on a piece for 45 minutes to 1 hour before needing to stop and set it aside to make more decisions about it. When I go back to the painting I almost always come back to a piece with new insights and direction.
You should learn something from every piece that you create. I remember sitting in one of my very first art courses and listening to the other students discussing the rules and theory of composition while I was still trying to learn to handle the materials and to get them to do what I wanted them to do.
Learning to paint is not unlike learning to play the piano. I can read music. I can find any note on the piano from the bass or treble clef, but I cannot make music because I have not spent enough time practicing playing the piano and putting my knowledge into regular practice. The same is true for art. First comes mastery of the materials
beginning with never using paint straight from the tube. Most beginner painters look to color (hue) rather than value and chroma. For example, when you are painting from nature it’s very rare that you’ll find pure saturated color (paint straight from the tube). Instead, the natural world is filled with tints and shades and muted colors. The value and chroma (lights and darks) is what the viewer uses to read the piece of art.
The biggest concern that I hear from intermediate artists is they want a show but do not have enough work. You need to have 70 – 80 pieces that can be sorted into a show or two at anytime. You then have to pitch that show to a gallery unless you
are lucky enough to be spotted by a gallery … which is rare.
“Empaths are affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods.”
Discovering that I was an empath was a major life event for me. I finally understood why I felt the way I did and why I made the choices that I did. I only regret that it took me 70 years to discover this about myself. Now that I understand myself I am a much more relaxed and happy person. And I feel a lot less weird and I’m more fee to let my freak flag fly!
This is the fourth place that has hosted the Empath exhibition and each place has generated growth and learning for its viewers. The biggest discovery that I’ve made through all of this is that the real purpose of my life is to help, to serve, to bring joy to and enrich the lives of others.
Come see The World of the Empath exhibition at Cultivate 7Twelve. Located at 712 Austin Ave Waco TX. Empath exhibition is open now and will end Feb 16th.