Ethereal Connections

“…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–

And that has made all the difference.”

I took the one less traveled by

The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

I’ve been reading I’d Rather Be In The Studio by Alyson B. Stanfield of Art Biz Success, these past few weeks and one of the things she asks the reader to do are to make our artist’s statement clear. What I discovered through the exercises are that I do have I style I just hadn’t realized that it was within me all along.

I’ve shared a bit of this discovery with you on my about page. But, I’d like to ask you to come on this journey with me, so you might want to read my about page. You’re asking yourself now, how does the idea of ethereal connections help you understand what my artwork is trying to tell you? Let me answer that question for you with an example.

If you take a look at one of my latest paintings, Orange Sunflowers, it is just a drawing with flowers, right? Yes, it is. But it’s so much more. Beyond the sunflower, at full bloom, things had to happen for it to fully realize itself. One of those things that pollination. Do we always see this process? No. We just know it has to happen, otherwise, no flower.

Going beyond the notion of a bee taking a break and hitting up a sunflower for some libations, the plant still needs water, sun, sometimes fertilizer (organic preferably), and even a little bit of love from a farmer. See all the connections. Just one thing isn’t going to make this plant into a blooming flower we can enjoy. It has to take a journey of its own before it sways in the breeze dancing to a song only it can hear, full of life, ready to share its beauty.

What I hope to do is take you on a similar journey with me as my business grows, as my art manifests into new things. I want you to see what kind of ethereal connections appear or is what you’re not seeing a secret that only you can see.

I hope you’ll join me.


First of Many Paintings

I can’t tell you how excited and nervous I was to start painting again. It has been years since I’ve painted anything significant or should I say that I thought was good enough to share.

My issues with failing what I started were crippling. I never started anything, said I would wait until later when I was in the mood. Other excuses came just as easily.

It wasn’t until I started my business and took a good look at how stagnant my artistic life had become that a pushed my own fear of failure aside and said to myself that if I wanted to make things happen no one else was going to do it. So, what was I waiting for? There was nothing in my way but myself. That led me to say yes to doing a portrait of a friends dog (his name is Denver). And after that, it was a picture I found of Cosmos that inspired me.

Honestly, I was surprised at what I produced. I was proud of both outcomes. The fact that I have a platform to sell on now wasn’t even a factor, not then, not when I was putting brush and paint to canvas. As the images took shape and I set the paintbrush down after the final touch I got this warm feeling deep inside, that nervous stirring that I had been missing for a while. It was nice to feel it again. The sense of accomplishment and joy that comes from completing something that I thought would ever only be mediocre.

I’m glad I picked up the paintbrush again. I won’t be putting it down any time soon.

Things are changing!

If you’ve noticed a lot has changed in the last few days here at Let’s call it an experiment. I’ve combined both parts of my life that I love. Writing and WjK ARTiSAN DESiGNS.

I’m still writing romance, but I’ve now added my new business to the site. And with that said I wanted to showcase both. So, if you’d like to take a tour you’ll find some different drop-down menus and a lot more of my art under the WjK ARTiSAN DESiGN title on the menu. A side note, there’s a sale for Valentine’s Day on through the 11th. 

My plan is to change up the blogging from time to time. Romance versus my inspiration for my art so you can see where my ideas come from on both spectrums. I’m excited to bring those to you all. And maybe you’ll see an inspirational quote here and there that keeps me going when I’m in a creative stupor.

I hope you’ll join me.