I have been thinking about my life choices these days. I try to avoid the voices of doubt around me, but they have been louder than usual. In these economy, in this society, it is so hard to make a living as an artists. To live the art, to be the art, to breathe the art. I sometimes wonder if it is worth it.
There is so much ugliness, so much pain in the world…I just want to create things that remind people of the beauty in the world. I want to create a space where people can escape the pain (if only for a little while. It is hard to even be seen as artists as no one really thinks of being a creative professional a profession. Boo to that.
I am happy to report that I have been painting a lot more. Well, I have been digital painting a lot more. I still feel strange calling that painting because I am not using actual paint (I know, I have issues) but I have doing some really nice and interesting things. I really like experimenting with light and color and shapes in ways that most people cannot (or are not prepared to) relate with. I’m not a photo-realistic artist. I am more of an abstract expressionist (if you had to put me in a category)…I think. Sometimes, my work looks more impressionist like. I work from a very internal, surreal, subconscious space. Almost dream-like… here is one piece I finished the other night:
Touching, 2012 Digital Painting KBrown
I’ve also been editing some photos I took while still in Japan. I feel a little odd posting them after such a longtime. I think the distant between what I was going through at the time and now is helping me cope with not doing all I wanted to there. I tried not to take such “touristy” photos. There are more photos I want to go through, but here is one I am particularly proud of. I did do some “digital” enhancing via photo filters, but not too much.
I apologize for the delay. I didn’t want to post anything until I did some new paintings. My mini memoir is coming along…slowly. Yet, I am still very excited to be doing it.
I added some more necklaces to my shop. I think they are very nice. I have some earring ideas I’m still working out. I have to go to the craft store for more chain.
Back to my new paintings; these were done on my iPod touch using Artrage. I did one in a very sculptural style that I am going to explore more. The first one I did is called Sunny Sea. The second is titled Shimmery Tree. I really like them both.
A digital painting done on iPod Touch using Artrage. By Karmen Brown
Shimmery Tree by Karmen Brown Done on iPod Touch using Artrage. 2012