Thursday, February 24, 2011

Connecting the Dots

Pink Companions © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
5 x 7 oil on canvas

So the other day I put this little tiny question out there and and to my delight I received some insightful, rich, and diverse answers from some wonderful fellow artists Nancy Hartley, Kelley MacDonald, Carol Carmichael, Debbie Smith Rourke and Ralph Taylor. Each with their own twist. As with any question, you could get as varied an answer as there are snowflakes. The question being how does one artist become successful where another ones does not (see my prior post).

Looking back I can see that  there is a question that comes before this question, which may be the first question or... not, follow me? The first question is how does one define success for oneself.  So when I posed this question I all ready had in my mind how I define success. Without defining success for yourself, it is pretty tough to determine when you've reached it.  Like any statement, this one too, it could be picked apart and further dissected. But let's not go there...for now anyway.
Any hoo, back to the original question. So here is my hypothesis; some artist really listen to their inner voice, their intuition, to their heart and some artists do not. Not only do they listen but they act on what they hear. Notice I did say my hypothesis because I have not proved this theory. But, there is this kinda successful man (my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek) Steve Jobs ( you know, the guy with the little computer company) who may agree with me. In his  commencement address  to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University he substantiates some of my thoughts.  One of my favorite lines of his speech is: "believe (and trust) that the dots will connect down the road and this will give you the confidence to follow your heart. "He goes on to say "have the courage to follow your heart and trust your intuition because they somehow know what you truly want to become. " If you have a moment give it a listen, it's worth it.
What little things have been quietly or loudly been speaking inside you? Have you acted on them?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

That is the question.......

Proper Pink Poesies © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
5 x 7 oil on canvas
poesy: plural - sies,  "the work or the art of poetic composition"

I have a new question running around in my mind these days. Maybe you have had the same one running around in your mind.
Why are some artist successful and some artists are just not successful? What makes them different? Are they just fabulously talented?  Is it that they are smarter than the next person? Are they more gifted with time management? Were they born with a marketing gene? Do they actually have 34 hours a day vs the 24 hours that everyone else has? Are they luckier than the average Joe?

Since right now my focus is in oil painting, I pose the question regarding artists, but it can apply to any profession or endeavor.  Are there things you intuitively know you should do and you don't to make yourself successful?  I'm so intrigued by the why and why not of this question. Yep, so as you can see, this question is just flying around in my ole' noggin. I have some of my own ideas,  but I would love to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Be Mine Feline

Be Mine Feline © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 oil on board
I know, I know this is not a shoe painting, but this little kitty with her big ears and expressive eyes caught my attention. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

To Paint or Not to Paint

Pretty Peephole Pumps © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
18 x 14 oil on canvas

What do you do when you don't feel like painting? Do you  push yourself to do it or do you do what you feel inspired to do? This is a tricky one. I found myself in this dilemma for the month of January and part of February. For a little while I did just push through it, but it just didn't feel right inside. So I asked inside what would feel good. I was quite surprised with the answer. Clean out my office closet, my art closet, remodel my office and work on my taxes! I was shocked. I actually wanted to clean and purge and organize. These are things I usually have to really push myself to do. So I went with it.

I'm on the other side now. I now have super organized closets and a super organized ( and pretty) office with super easy access to everything. No moving this and that to get to things. (Jealous, aren't you?) Something I had been tolerating along time. It feels so glorious, I just want to do a little jig every time I'm in my office. I'm so happy I  just want to paint and paint and paint. I was a little scared about stopping the painting and following this inner urge, but wow, it has made such a huge difference. Once again I'm amazed at the wisdom of following where my heart led. When in doubt follow your heart!