I have had an identity crisis of late.
For those of you who have read my blog since the beginning, 170 plus posts ago, you know that humor and bright colors have been an integral part of my work.
Last year with a personal challenge I set out to paint some portraits and what many would call “serious art”. The challenge was met and I achieved what I set out to do. There was no embarrassment in showing these pieces. They were well received.
So what is the identity crisis? I miss my humor, my colors, my niftyartgirl-ness. Is being taken seriously in my new city what I am striving for? Is being true to my goal of making people smile still my calling? Can I combine these and not have my website look like an old pick-up truck with parts from other vehicles?
Today was my Illustrator’s Group meeting. We are called Harold’s Friends after our host cat. The advice I lovingly received is to stay true to myself, let things evolve and listen to myself.
So I will proudly post this new piece I created before Christmas. It is 8″ x 10″, acrylic and ink on stretched canvas. The title is “Timmy Felt an Unsettling Presence”.
The work I did in 2012 is work I am very proud of. I can pat myself on the back for achieving things I didn’t know were possible. These portraits will continue to be part of my repertoire, but they will not be the only thing I do. Niftyartgirl is still here in bethrommel. This is a settling presence to realize the two can coexist.