Here is my final version of the painting I did to raise money for Art Van. I have to admit, this subject matter was quite a distance out of my comfort zone. Though I have painted architectural scenes in the past as assignments in college, they are not where I feel the most confident. I tend to gravitate toward more free-flowing, organic lines, and my subject matter is more likely to be a nude figure, or an ocean landscape than a row of buildings. I tried to remind myself not to get caught up in realism, and to keep it “painterly”.
Being a part of this was a terrific thing for me, despite the discomfort that came with stepping out of my usual realm. First of all, it got me painting again, during a time when I keep finding myself pushing my art aside. I had a deadline, so I could not do that. Second, it will be hanging in a public space, so I was forced to take care, and give this piece attention. I had to actually put work into it. Third, and perhaps, most importantly, it reminded me of who I am. I am an artist, and I often allow myself to forget that. As I worked on this painting for the final time, putting my brush to the painting surface, I went from a place of questioning into a place that was very zen. I got to thinking “Oh, yes, this is what I do.” Art making, for me, after a long time away, feels like returning home.
Making a conscious effort to make time for my art is something I need to work on. Creating art is important to me, it is more than just a hobby, it a part of what makes me feel centered and complete.
I look forward to seeing what the other two artists came up with. As soon as all three parts of the triptych are hung together, I will take photos and share them.