Day: January 22, 2020

Star of the Show featuring Cindy Mac

Rainy Day with Cherry Blossoms’
(16 x 12 oil on gessoboard)

I was recently accepted into The American Impressionist Society (AIS) Small Works Showcase. The particular painting that was accepted, came on the heels of completing Kelli’s Finding Your Artistic Voice Course. We had just completed the segment on identifying our Mirror Mentors, Artists from past and present who speak to us on a deep level. It was then I was able to reconnect with my deep lifelong passion and identity towards The Impressionists and Art History in general. (It reminded me that the first and only master copy I’ve ever done was of Manet’s Blue Venice Canal painting in 7th grade when I was about 12.)

This exercise touched me on a deep, soul level. It kept me up at night.

About a week later I set out to do a Sunday Painting! I lugged home a truck full of past-peak cherry blossom branches that my florist said would not sell, but she knew I painted, so gifted them to me.

I put my heart and soul into that rainy, moody day, setting up the scene in my tiny studio corner, taping up branches with blue painters tape, and finally got to painting! (Luckily I started early in the day). It was one of those times that I felt the painting almost painted itself. (Almost! LOL!)

I also was finally able to see my work clearly as Impressionist.

It received a lot of positive interest and feedback from my peers. It felt very natural.

During my research, I decided to join AIS. It was time to connect myself with a larger community of Impressionist Artists and have the confidence to be part of that and consider myself as such. I saw they were having a Call for Entries for their 4th Annual Small Works Showcase. I immediately knew this was the painting to enter. I didn’t even think twice.

I knew from what I was learning from more experienced artists entering shows, the chances were probable to NOT to get in.

I didn’t give it a second thought but had a very positive feeling in my gut and heart whether I got in the show or not.

When I saw my name on the acceptance list a month later, and thinking of it now, I feel so incredibly honored to be in this show, among many of the best and most accomplished modern day Impressionist Artists. I feel like it connects me to my roots, passion, and dedication. Based on some beautiful messages I’ve received, It helps me realize part of my life’s purpose of inspiring others.

Lots of Love,

Cindy xoxo

To view more of Cindy Mac’s work, please click here to visit her website.

Sabotaged by Shame?

Rice Basket and Pear, 18″x14″, oil on panel

Are you being sabotaged by shame?

I know many of us are participating in the Strada Challenge. Here we are day 22 out of the 31 days working from life Strada Challenge.

I know many are wanting to through in the towel. I don’t blame you. I’m not gonna lie I have too from time to time. Thoughts of “I’m too busy. This is too hard. As if I don’t have enough to do already!” Start to kick in. And worst of all the pressure we can put on ourselves to perform since it’s a public thing can be either very motivating or crippling. We can even be humiliated to post what we worked on that day. Thoughts of: “Oh my goodness this is awful! Everyone’s gonna laugh at me! People are going to see what a hack artist I really am. “ also start to kick in.

Who can stand up under that kind of scrutiny?

Here’s the thing every single time you create and practice it’s like investing a dollar in your skills savings account. That dollar isn’t worth more or less based on the outcome or level of quality of your practice today. Some turn out awesome. Some just suck. And here’s the thing, listen closely now THAT’S OKAY! It doesn’t mean you’re not a good artist. It just means your struggling right now or just not performing at your total peak right now. We all experience this. I’ve been painting for twelve years full time and I still experience these ups and downs.

Here’s the other thing, the pressure you feel right now you’ve put it on yourself out of fear.

I’ll say it again, you’ve put it on yourself. Sorry, it’s true. Here’s the good news though, if you put it on yourself you can also take it off of yourself. There’s nothing to live up to here. The only rule is to work on something every day from life. Not it has to be great or even it has to be finished.

Let’s not forget the bigger objective here and that is to follow a new DAILY HABIT. The reason why the challenge is so good is that it helps you turn creating art into a daily habit. It also shows you that you’re capable of making art daily! Even if that means it’s just a sketch or drawing. Then that becomes part of your identity statement. I’m an artist and I create DAILY. How cool is that?!

So the days not over. Don’t throw in the towel. You got this! And if you already threw in the towel who gives a shit. Start again!

Oh yeah and above is the painting that kicked my ass for 2 days.
Happy creating everyone!