Cheers to Conquering My Fear

20 Feb 2014

Cheers to the quiet moments at home that artists can capture. Sketch by James Jean.
Cheers to the quiet moments at home that artists can capture.
Sketch by James Jean.
As I am faced with being almost two months into this "new" year, I wanted to take the opportunity to belatedly craft a toast to 2014 and acknowledge all the great art that has been created in the past and has yet to be done in the future; all the work being made across the world; and how thrilled I am to be part of the continuum. I want to hail all the ways we express our artistic impulses and the places that creativity and thoughtful concepts can lead. From the bottom of my heart, I salute it—and all of you.

Cheers to sketching and catching our friends, family, strangers, and passersby in moments that last a split second but that we can make last forever in a quick drawing. I’m a better sketch artist for having worked through quick sketch after quick sketch, and I feel more confident about that part of my artistic process than ever before.

Cheers to the human form, and how it continues to inspire. Water Serpents II by Gustav Klimt, 1904.
Cheers to the human form, and
how it continues to inspire. Water
Serpents II
by Gustav Klimt, 1904.
Cheers to all the artists who realize how interesting and compelling the human figure is. Whether at rest or in action, ideally formed or not so ideally formed, the body is an endlessly interesting subject and one that deserves our attention and innovation. My place on this path may still be near the starting line, but I am always working toward ways to better understand the body so that I can better describe its forms and functions in visually powerful ways.

Cheers to discovering new ways of working with the materials you respond to. Here's to figuring out how to loosen up artistically and hone our understanding of pictorial language so that we can keep design strategies and choices in mind when working on our paintings and drawings.

Cheers to conquering...sorta...my fear of stepping outside of the studio and making sense of all the beauty and wildness that landscape oil painting brings. I don't think there is anything more rewarding than being out in nature, soaking it all in, and being able to create while out there is such a gift. Cheers especially to Peter Fiore for his abilities to paint light and atmosphere and inspiring us to do the same in his DVD oil painting demo, Painting River Bend.

And cheers to all of you who are a part of Artist Daily. It was an interesting and fun year, and I’m excited for whatever 2014 brings. All my best,


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kfountain wrote
on 23 Feb 2014 4:45 PM

I want to commend Courtney on her, Cheers to the quiet moments at home that artists can capture at home. I too find inspiration in observing my loved ones and pets at rest.

on 2 Mar 2014 2:09 PM

HI Courtney

thanks for sharing the sketch by James Jean! I clicked on the link and browsed his website--it is so amazing!! I feel like I have so far to go, but yet, I am inspired and awed by his vision and talent.

Thanks!

on 2 Mar 2014 2:09 PM

HI Courtney

thanks for sharing the sketch by James Jean! I clicked on the link and browsed his website--it is so amazing!! I feel like I have so far to go, but yet, I am inspired and awed by his vision and talent.

Thanks!