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Friday, 24 August 2012

Art fit for a Spa

I don't know about you other arty bloggers out there but I often have doubts in my abilities as an artist - I struggle to even use that word - artist - yes I know I've called myself The Rambling Artist and all that but that's because I liked how it incorporates the art and the hiking and I wanted a catchy blog name - in fact it wasn't even my idea but an online friend who thought of it.  We all like to get good comments about our work and I've had some really encouraging and complimentary comments - but I still look at other artist's work and sigh - oh if only I could paint like that!    Anyway the point of this rambling post is that this week I've had a bit of a confidence boost as five - yes FIVE of my paintings have been selected to be used for one off prints in a hotel/spa outside London, with three paintings being used for 2 prints.  They said they liked the simplicity of my work - well hey ho I'll carry on keeping things simple then, that works for me!  I went through a tulip phase a few months back where I was had a thing about painting simple tulips and did quite a few of them, just studies and a more detailed one in acrylics, well I'm so glad I did because 3 of them will soon be on display in a London spa.

From a photo by Steven James Gibbs (PMP)
Tulip from a photo by Sue on PMP


and my two magpies which I have to admit I'm quite fond of have also been chosen



It's nice to think of these two spreading their symbol of joy to visitors of the spa....

Til next time fellow bloggers... comments welcome as always

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  1. Oh my, Sharon, so exciting news!! Very well deserved!!! Be proud, you are a great artist!
    I know what you mean though, I never refer to myself as an artist -only, maybe when I want to be self-sarcastic :) and I always-always admire other people's art, but am never satisfied with mine.
    Congratulations,
    Hugs

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    1. Haha Konstantina it's great to know I'm in good company then and not the only one who feels like this, thank you for your lovely comments

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  2. Congratulations, Sharon! That is exciting news. You are a wonderful artist, make no mistake! I know exactly how you feel. I just recently started getting back into art. I took a 12 year break. And part of that break was caused by my insecurities getting in the way. I wasn't confident I would "make it" as an artist so I gave up. It wasn't until recently (about 8 months ago), after taking a 2-hour art class on watercolor, that I was reminded of how much I love painting. Ever since, I've been obsessed...and I don't care as much now as I did then about "making it". I just do it now for fun and hope to improve with every painting. Best wishes!

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    1. Heather I think it definitely helps when you take pressure off yourself to 'make it' - the most important thing is to enjoy what we do, paint for the love of it - anything else is a bonus! It's so good to hear you are back into it again, enjoy every minute xx

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  3. Congratulations Sharon. You know simple things can make a big difference. And it just happened to you and with your, according to you, simple tulips, etc. Again congratulations and enjoy this exciting news.

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  4. Congratulations! I like all of these = good choices :)

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  5. I think we're all insecure folk but that is what's so nice about forums and Blogs where we can interact with other likeminded people - it can be a lonely existence otherwise and we can't trust the views of our nearest and dearest in case they are biased LOL

    I love all these pictures ... the magpies especially. Yes, one for sorrow wouldn't have been a good image ... but two for joy is so right!!

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    1. That's exactly why I painted a second magpie Sue - I'm quite fond of the magpies so I'm particularly pleased that they will be used, my family are actually the most critical of everyone and don't mind telling me when they don't like something lol!

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  6. Well done Sharon and you are an artist!!! Don't worry I have the same issues... me an artist?!?!? Yeh right!!! But we are all doing better than we were and now you have some real validation of what you're doing so onwards and upwards!!!

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    1. Thank you Judith we're all as bad as each other eh?

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  7. Sharon listen up....I don't understand all this 'if only I could paint like that'. Please just paint the way you always paint, and by the way....congrats on the selections.

    My Best Wishes.

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    1. Ah thanks Pete I will carry on painting the way I always paint - as it's the only way I know how!

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  8. OH Sharon, I am so excited for you! This really is a boost you are worthy of. I can so identify with the insecurities of applying the word "artist" to self... but I totally think of yo as a full-blown Artist with a capital A!

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    1. Bless you Minnemie, that's a lovely thing to say, thank you x

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  9. Well done you. As to artist or not... just be you as that is where the art comes from. A lot of us have to work hard at this but with you it comes naturally. That's what makes you an Artist with a capital 'A'.

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    1. Thank you so much Laura, you've always been a big support to me right from when I started x

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  10. Sharon.Many congratulations on your work being chosen...very well deserved.I don't think you need to worry, you are certainly an artist and a very talented one.Well done.

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Brian, hope you're keeping well, keep those fantastic photos coming and thank you for your lovely comments!

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  11. Oh how wonderfully exciting!!!! Congratulations! These are truly beautiful and simple. Love all of them!

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  12. Exciting and truly lovely work that captures the spirit of the flower, the bird. You have a wonderful creative energy. xox

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    1. Thank you Corrine, lovely of you to drop by and leave such nice comments

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  13. You should be proud of yourself!
    What a lovely paintings, well done!

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    1. Thank you Dorien, great to see you here!

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  14. Oh dear ... please do not have any doubts about your artistic abilities. Your work is absolutely lovely! Congratulations on having your beautiful work featured in the hotel/spa! Your wonderful pieces will be displayed for all to view and enjoy. I'm especially fond of the magpie paintings but all are so very beautiful. It is obvious that you are quite a gifted artist. A joy to visit your terrific blog!

    Also, a very gracious thank you for leaving such nice comments on my blog. I would be delighted to follow you too!

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    1. Julie it's really good to see you here, I enjoyed your blog and will be back for more, thank you so much for your lovely comments

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  15. Congratulations Sharon, what a lovely paintings, the two magpies are really fantastic. Be proud of yourself. Ciao!

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    1. Hello Tito, so glad you like my magpies, I'm thinking of entering them into a local exhibition I've just found out about

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  16. Oh, I so know that "if only ..." feeling. In my case it's "if only I could paint like Sharon". Your work is great, make no mistake, and being approached by a Hotel/Spa proves the point. Congratulations!! ;-)

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    1. Oh John that's such a lovely thing to say, thank you so much, we are all who we are and we all paint in our own way so maybe we should all begin to appreciate our own way of painting more and stop comparing ourselves to everyone else!

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  17. Congrats on getting your paintings chosen well done!

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  18. I am so proud of all the great comments you are getting, you cant accuse me of being biased anymore when I tell you how good you are getting, well done you x

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  19. You are an incredible artist, Sharon. Congratulations! You should be so proud of yourself! This Tulip is spectacular...as well as your two magpies!!!

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    1. Hilda, thank you for such lovely comments

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  20. Success so well deserved Sharon, nothing wrong btw at being humble it will always give you the edge required

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  21. Wonderfull paintings Sharon. I like more the close tulip and the first magpie. Blend colors on the paper in the tulip. Warm regards

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    1. Thank you Eva, the closed tulip is my favourite too.

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  22. you definitely shouldn't doubt yourself as an artist! your tulips are beautiful, and your birds are truly inspiring! great work!!

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    1. Thank you so much Veronica, lovely to see you here

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  23. Awesome work...I am totally in love with your tulip and those birds are gorgeous...simple and beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Ritu, I have just been looking at your blog, you're so creative, love all that mixed media work

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  24. These pieces are all great. I'd proudly display them on my walls.

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    1. Thank you very much Anthony, good to see you here.

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