All By Myself

"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone."

                                            – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Solitude by Winslow Homer, watercolor painting, 1889.

Solitude by Winslow Homer, watercolor painting, 1889.

Contemplation and focus are at the core of the artist's work and necessitate great periods of time of working alone. An unfortunate side effect can be loneliness. Combining the need for working alone with choosing to live a rural life has made us acutely aware of the balance needed between solitude and social interaction. Our lives parallel the "life" of a painting itself.  Created with sensitivity and in solitude, some argue that a work of art isn't completed until it has been shared. We agree.

How do we find balance? Our internet community and social media have been a form of connection we could not have dreamed of a short time ago. Opportunities to paint together with friends or at organized events have become much more available in the last few years. These can serve to inspire and strengthen connections. However, some of these "paint-outs" have become more than social interactions and are highly competitive happenings with judges and prizes for the winning paintings of the day. For those who thrive on competition, these have their benefits. We find the lower-key camaraderie of painting with friends to be more invigorating and inspiring to our art.  

What seems to be required for a creative life is the ability to guard the fragile solitude needed against the myriad distractions of everyday life, and then, to find moments and places to share our efforts with the wider world. Opening our innermost thoughts and creative endeavors up to the judgment of the world outside our studios can be a risky venture requiring courage and self-confidence, but it is the sharing of ourselves that brings meaning to the work.

"One's better off alone, and yet there are so many things

that are impossible to fathom on one's own.

In fact it's a terrible business and the task is a hard one."

                                               – Claude Monet

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-John and Ann

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John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.