It's so encouraging that God keeps choosing to bless me this way. Time and time again he opens doors that should be impossible, even when I feel like my art is terrible.
It's enormously clear to me that nothing I do is by my own merit, skill, or talent. It's only by God's blessing and grace that I'm able to make my living as an artist.
There were so many times this past year where I took a step of faith (even just a little one!) and the day after I would get a call with a new show opportunity, commission, news article, award, etc. Things that just shouldn't happen!
I can't say that I learned how to be an awesome artist this year, but I can say my God is an awesome God.
Good news! Part of my show at Divine Inspiration Gallery will remain up until March 2012. So those of you who didn't get a chance to see it still have time. I will also be adding some new pieces to the show, hooray!
I'm not usually a fan of gray days, but it turns out I am a fan of rainy days :) I saw this scene while I was driving home from Ventura one afternoon.
Also, don't miss the Carpinteria Women's Club Annual Christmas Boutique tomorrow afternoon! I'll be there selling prints, daily paintings, mini ACEO sized paintings for only $25, and more! There's also a raffle and food, it should be lots of fun, and a great way to get original Christmas gifts :)
I thought these 2"x3" canvases would be a nice little addition to my display table this saturday. I thought about turning them into ornaments, but decided against it. I plan to sell them with the easels for $25 each. Come check it out this saturday! :)
I completely forgot to post anything yesterday. I guess that's what happens when I try to do all my Christmas shopping in one day. I didn't get it all done, but I did get a good chunk of it out of the way. Now I can focus on other holiday activities, like the two craft fairs I signed up for, and of course lots of baking :)
Busy day yesterday, I managed to melt a teapot and crack the stove all before 10 am. I didn't even know I could break the stove. It's ok, now I'll have the fun adventure of attaching a new stove top. Luckily I live with an engineer, so I feel like we should be able to figure this out :)
The opening last night was wonderful! Thanks to all of you who came out for it. This was my first show where I was the only artist showing. I think I have to conclude that it was a little less fun that way, I guess I enjoy conversing with the other artists, and not being the only one people came to see (that's so much pressure for an introvert like me!). But overall it was a good night.
Although, I did have several people ask me "so you really paint a new painting every day?" yes I do. "do you also lie every day?" What? Why would I lie about that?
Hello, my name is Sharon, I paint, that's my job, and I do my job every day. "Schocking" right? (oh yeah, and I heard a lot of puns about my name too) . Ok maybe this opening was just as fun as the others.
Here's a link to read more about my show opening tonight. I'm getting pretty nervous, and a little excited (nervcited? excivous?) I haven't even seen everything hung up yet. I've been told that since we're listed as #1 on the passport, things are pretty busy right at 5:00 and tend to taper off by 7:00 (just FYI)
Also here's number 2 in my new series, which is getting me very excited for the Europe trip we're planning for next year!
I spent a lot of time a few months ago going through sketches and photos I took during my time in Europe. But then I got distracted preparing for my solo show and didn't get any of them painted, that's what I plan to remedy in the next few weeks.
My alma mater sent out nearly a 1000 sheets of 5x5 BFK Rives paper to artists all over the country, the returned pieces will be sold at the exhibition (in the gorgeous new Westmont Museum) in December.
I've never painted with oils on paper before and was a little nervous about how the paint was going to react with it. I used about 5 coats of clear gesso beforehand just to make sure it was enough. It turned out to be a great surface to paint on, no complaints at all! I did a larger version of this cliff previously, and since I like it so much I decided to use it as the subject for this piece.
I assume this couple was on a break from classes, judging by the backpack, either that or they were having a DTR (define the relationship) talk. Whichever one, the light was hitting them perfectly and that's what mattered most to me!
I wanted to do at least one painting for my show that was quintessentially Santa Barbara, I think this pretty much sums it up. Turns out I could have included the Mission too (had no idea you could see it from the pier) but it was just too small and would have looked pretty awkward.
I turn in the other half of my paintings to the gallery today, there's 54 in all, crazy! I'm getting excited for the opening next week, it will be part of Santa Barbara's First Thursday festivities. November 3, 5:00-8:00 pm, hope to see some of you there! :) Click here for more information!
Thinking today that there has got to be a better way to arrange my studio. I feel like I'm always at my tiny desk, and my large drafting table goes almost unused. That will be my next project after this show goes up :)
Hi! I'm Sharon Schock, an artist living and working in Carpinteria, California. In 2009 I started a daily painting project where I complete one small painting each day. These paintings will be up for auction or available in my etsy shop soon after they're posted here. To be the first to know about each new posting enter your email at the top of the page.