Sunset at Mountain Lake…artist progress

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Nature is Magic-

I hear Alpha Ville’s Forever young, and wonder “are we going to drop the bomb or not”

Here I am in my 50’s trying to be the artist that I denied myself to be for so long. Working for myself. I’ve been reading a lot of books, about developing an art career, and in a lot of them it says that you should work, work hard, keep on pushing through till you’ve amassed a lot of work under your belt. So here I am finishing one or two works in a week, pressing forward.

Meanwhile the news is crazy, DT is rattling sabres with mr Kim of North Korea- and I am reminded to live every day as it comes. Carpe Diem. There is so much out of my control at this point.

Like the Rabbits from Watership Down who wrote poetry- I have a sense that my days are numbered, so I create, and keep on creating to make this day amazing. The Sunsets here in the part of the world where I live in are just beautiful. The clouds turn golden, the sun paints the sky with hues of pink and blue.

Night time is only a breath away, time stumbles forward, and symbolically, I sure hope our days don’t turn into night as of yet.

If you want to buy this piece you can get it here: https://www.artfinder.com/lydia-knox#/

 

Have you ever walked into a storm?

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This is one of my newest works. I have let loose the artistic beast so to speak, and have moved away from the controlled brush stoke. The control is for those other artists that love to make things look like they are real.

My job, as I see it is to expose the soul of the painting, to bring you into the storm with me and to dare to allow the mystery to be just that, a mystery. I have taken a small painting that was more controlled and then re did it (Tom Thomson style) on a larger canvas.

Jose Trujillo

Lately I’ve been following this guy on you tube and I must say, I love what he has to talk about. He verbalizes a lot of what I already am feeling. It’s good to hear that someone else is feeling it, that I’m not alone in the desert of my thoughts.  It’s tough to be an artist- you have this little voice in your head that says, “don’t do it” “it looks stupid” “no one will ever buy your stuff”. All I can say is WRONG or paraphrasing the fish guy in Star Wars: “It’s a Trap.” Cause it is a trap. People do buy my stuff. But I must do my work for the love of creation, and that is all. As long as I can create I will do it. Who knows where this journey will take me? It’s hard to tell.

When I was in grade 2 I decided I wanted to be an artist. I was a new kid in a new school, and my cousin Peter showed me how to draw the road runner. When it was art time, I drew a road runner, and all the kids wanted me to draw the road runner for them. This started the storm.

Storms are not bad, storms test us, they measure our courage, they can even kill us. Ok, sometimes storms are bad, but regardless, we can’t be afraid to go there, or we will live a life wasted.

 

Received an apology. Thank you.

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Re: my art feedback to a gallery- The owner of the gallery owned up to their mistakes and wrote me an nice apology letter on the art gallery letterhead. Thank you for listening and responding. Even though I was careful not to mention the name of the gallery I appreciate the response.

Sometimes I feel as if I’m just a voice in the wilderness, but in this case it seems like the right person heard what I had to say.

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Take a good look at yourself…

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experimenting with squiggles

I have started a daily sketch project, where I get my creativity going by learning something new in drawing and attempting something different. Pinterest is a great inspirational site, I check out other artists and then try some of their techniques.

Currently I am working on self perspective issues. I have always had trouble with understanding who I am, perhaps thats why self portraits are especially challenging (for me anyways).  Lots of questions in my head. My husband is looking for a new job, it feels like I’m free falling at this point and I don’t know what will happen next. I do know that I want to get out of the city, I’m done with the city. I want to breathe in fresh air I want to sit outside with no one around for miles. But we’ll go wherever the job is, that’s how it goes. I wonder about the friends I have here, what happens if I have to leave the province? What about those people who I leave behind? Those people who depend on me.

There is only now, I keep on saying to myself, hoping that that will guide me to the next moment.

Self perspective- a portrait of squiggles

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I have started a daily sketch project, where I get my creativity going by learning something new in drawing and attempting something different. Pinterest is a great inspirational site, I check out other artists and then try some of their techniques.

portrait lydia knox

experimenting with squiggles

Currently I am working on self perspective issues. I have always had trouble with understanding who I am, perhaps thats why self portraits are especially challenging (for me anyways).  Lots of questions in my head. My husband is looking for a new job, it feels like I’m free falling at this point and I don’t know what will happen next. I do know that I want to get out of the city, I’m done with the city. I want to breathe in fresh air I want to sit outside with no one around for miles. But we’ll go wherever the job is, that’s how it goes. I wonder about the friends I have here, what happens if I have to leave the province? What about those people who I leave behind? Those people who depend on me.

There is only now, I keep on saying to myself, hoping that that will guide me to the next moment.

King of coins

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Here is another instalment for the Triumph of Tarot supporting Cancer curing research. I am going through a tough time, my hubby lost his job (lots of people were laid off) and I struggle and almost lose hope about becoming a professionally paid artist, (who can make a living through art)  but I know I can’t give up. The king of coins is all about perseverance patience and knowing what to value. The earth is priceless, the moment is priceless, the rush and tumble of people who are lead by desire is pushed aside. The King of coins has what he desires, he is who he is, and because of that he is richer than anyone else and king of the land because he understands the land is an intrinsic part of him.

this is an art work I have made for a fr

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IMG_20150422_100352this is an art work I have made for a friend of mine who is struggling with cancer. She described what should be in here. It is an original oil painting 30×40 inches gallery edged canvas. It depicts a woman holding an owl looking towards a sunrise. It’s early spring, and the stormy night has passed away and a clear day is ahead.

I see art as an act of magic, and I hope that this gives her what she needs to push past this rough time and arrive at a better place. I have not charged her anything for this piece of art because that’s not my style, instead, she is going to donate money to an animal charity which is just great. I wish her strenght and courage.

Fire in hand

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large oil painting Lydia Knox 60 x 36 for sale

Lately I’ve been suffering from S.A.D seasonal depression, the snow and the cold and menopause all whirling up into me like a perfect storm of discontent. Also, I’m trying to make it as an artist and that’s scary as you all know. This is the latest piece of work that I’m happy with, It shows St Bridget riding a stag through a wintery woods and she has a fire in her hand., she holds it out to let the viewer know that winter doesn’t  last forever that there is still a flame burning. She also lights the way to better things. I’ve been doing a lot of meditation and that helps in a big way, cutting out junk food as much as I can and trying to keep things simple. Right now, I’m typing in my cool basement so the overheating body doesn’t stand much of a chance.