Sunday, January 22, 2017

Growing as an artist

I participated in the 24 hour show at the Grafton Arts Mill and it was an important exercise for my personal growth as an artist.

The show involved paying $15 for a canvas. Picking up the canvas on Thursday and dropping off a finished piece by Friday. My painting then was part of a show and auction that happened Saturday night.

I really enjoyed taking part in this show. The process of preparing a project, picking up the canvas, completing the painting in the allotted time and then exhibiting it was really fun.

I approached the process like a game. I had those 24 hours and that was it. I had to finish. If this was a project I started on my own, I suspect the painting wouldn't be done. I'd procrastinate or allow my inner critic to dissuade me from finishing. Instead, I finished, I showed it and ... I sold it!

So, the process of preparing and painting was fun. I have been wanting to become a better painter and the only way to do that is to ... paint.  Sharing my art with the world is difficult and I did it and I survived. I was able to quiet my inner critic and enjoy the entire process. I think this is a struggle that many new and emerging artists experience. That fear of failure - fear of people not liking what we do - fear of criticism. Instead, I faced it and survived. Even posting this blog is a step in my process.

I've exhibited work and even sold work before but that was always collage. One of my wishes, for years and certainly for 2017, is to become a better painter. Participating in this 24 hour show has helped me get closer to succeeding at that goal. Thank you Grafton Arts Mill for hosting this very fun show!


  1. Congratulations!!! It's so hard to get up the guts to put yourself out there, but it is so much easier when a venue is so welcoming.

  2. Congrats, Angie! Way to get at it. :)

  3. You and your piece were just lovely! Can't wait to see you next year!