Welcoming spring and new beginnings

They say spring is the time for new beginnings, I honestly believe that.  I also believe it’s up to us to take full advantage of the new offerings spring can present us.  That said, let’s get back to some art!

Nature has always been an important aspect of my life.  Walks in the wild are nice, but sometimes just walking around the yard can be a joyous experience.  The garden has so many treasures and secrets to share.  My love for nature is going to be a very prominent part of my art going forward.  I think it’s time to open a new chapter and bring my creative energy into focus.

Woodland Hyacinth 040819 (1 of 1)Crocus 040819 (1 of 1)Tulips 040819 (1 of 1)

Lately, I have been using far less pen in my art, I’m really wanting to tune my watercolors skills.  The pencil will play a bigger role going forward, there’s just something special about a simple pencil.  But, I am not ruling out pens.

Wren 040819 (1 of 1)Robin 040819 (1 of 1)Chickadee 040819 (1 of 1)

This year one of my goals, I have given myself several, is to really loosen up the art and embrace the process.  Whether I’m wanting to capture treasures from the garden or our backyard birds, I want to capture the spirit and energy of what I see.  For years I was obsessing over the details and trying to capture a lifelike image, but the art always looked flat to me.  I want to capture the energy, I want to share what I see, how I see it, what attracted my attention.  Proportions are important but at the same time, I think art should have life.  It should be full of energy.  That’s a big goal for me.  If I can fulfill this goal I will be a very happy camper.

I think I need to stop the mental rambles here, I’m afraid if I go on this will be one of my longest posts ever.

I know I have not been consistent with my posts, and I do apologize for that.  It’s been a wild couple of years, with many starts and stops, in many areas of my life.  But I want to thank you all for taking the time to read this today and please realize appreciate you all.

Take care…Erik

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17 thoughts on “Welcoming spring and new beginnings

      1. I have not, I’ve debated ordering a tube though. I should put that on my running paint to buy list. The colors in the tulip glow much more in person, but you know how that goes, the images never look as vibrant as the original.

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