|watercolor on bristol|
4.5" x 7.5"
lately i've been all caught up on subject matter. i go on and on in my head with the question: what in the world should i paint? sometimes the idea comes like a beacon in the night, and sometimes i'll stare at the blank canvas for what seems like an eternity.
back in college i had a critique from professional artist sheila klein. for a final project i painted an oil portrait of my then-boyfriend's dog, champ. she said "it's clear you know how to paint. now paint something interesting." i was crushed. now that sheila & i are friends, i haven't had the gumption to tell her how that critique affected me. but ironically, since then, i can trace all my good fortune as a professional artist to a pet portrait i did for client, friend, and art-aficionado paige powell. it's funny how everything in life seems to come full circle.
today i grabbed the first thing in my environment that caught my eye. maybe it's the old-fashioned logo, the red-white-and-blue that screams "americana!", but this seems like an inadvertent homage to both wayne thiebaud & andy warhol. i've had the good fortune to see quite a bit of warhol's work and hear stories about him through paige, who worked closely with him at interview magazine. through this exposure, i've realized his influence in my work