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About the Artist

RembrandtI have artist heroes, one of which is Rembrandt Van Rijn.  I love this image of him, because it makes me think that perhaps he found surprise in unexpected places.  He may even have been the surprise himself.  When he drew this self-portrait he did not yet know of the tragedies that would be coming his way.  Even if he’d have know, I think he would have remained true to his calling.

He’s my hero because he painted amazingly well, painted often and even in the midst of all.

Shelley in 1992 - self portrait

The self-portrait sketch of Rembrandt brings to mind one I did of myself (the only one ever done – so far) when we had just returned from three and a half years at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.  While there I had opened up two frame shops and a gallery, started an organization for American artists living abroad, and discovered how much I loved photography.  Yet ahead lay many adventures.

Oh, my.  I’d forgotten all of that.  Mr. Rembrandt, see what you’ve gone and done?  Now I’m a bit sleepy after travelling at the speed of time through my adventurous life.    Perhaps a little nap is in order.

11 comments on “About the Artist

  1. I hope you remember me. We were neighbors in Mittelbrunn Germany. Drop me an email.

  2. I would say have no regrets about the road not taken. I have to say this to myself often too. I also remind myself that had I not done the things I’ve done and not done the things I didn’t do I wouldn’t be who I am. And I finally decided I like me. I’m OK. Gifts, warts, and all. And I agree that life’s experiences change you and no matter when you come to the art table they make richer your work. And (wink, wink) when you do finally come you don’t have to look at earlier work and cringe. LOL There’s a book that I highly recommend by Joe Vitale called Zero Limits. It’s really helping me right now with all aspects of my life and I have a sense that you would also derive benefit from it.

  3. Hi Shelley, Thank you for liking my blog. I think you are a wonderful artist yourself and I love the way you described the painful point we go through while working on a painting. There is always a problem to solve at one point, a question to answer and it does feel good to get through it and feel the guidance from our inner wisdom or the Universe when we GET it . If you enjoy the Artist Way, you’ll enjoy “Finding Water” from the same author even more. It does give you the push to take it one stroke at the time and makes you see that progress is always there, no matter how small, it does add up to a beautiful artwork at the end.

    • Hello! I see that you paint mostly in oil. I am only recently beginning to paint in oil – though I’ve had the supplies for many, many years. I was looking at one of the tubes of paint and saw that i paid about $3 for each one. When I went to buy new tubes of paint, I selected professional grade this time and paid as much as $40 for one tube of paint. Still, I’m excited about the new medium. Can you tell me how long it takes you, on average, to complete a painting? My own can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of years. I do admit that the ones that took a couple of years are my very best. I can’t explain why they took so long. Ah, well.

  4. Thanks! This is a good place to do just that. I’m completely here.

  5. Shelley: I think I am going to love getting to know you better. Always been proud that you are my niece and special to me!
    auntie j

  6. Hello! I did check out your blog post. Thank you. I’m honored by your nomination. I spent some time at the other sites you nominated and they are great. It was so awesome to see the drawing of the dogs and the reference to yourself and foresterartist (his dogs! Wonderful!). I love that blogging started out being a place for me to share my thought and skills, to teach. What I’ve found out is that its really teaching me and inspiring me. I just had no idea it would lead down this path.

    As soon as I choose five sites to nominate, I’ll write my blog entry about it, answering the questions you’ve given.

    Your own site is a very fine site – gentle and gracious. I love the blog about painting by candlelight. I recently decided to turn back to art, because of my desire for a simpler life. Technology was always at my heels (upgrade me, buy more, try to learn this next big thing). I finally went over to the analog niche of my studio and started a watercolor painting – after many years of looking over there, but never venturing over. Painting again felt right. It was refreshing to do something that could be done even if the power went out. We lose power a lot here. As I read your blog about the painting, I was there with you.

    I see you’re participating in PiBoIdMo. I imagine you’ve really enjoyed the month. I participated in NaNoWriMo last year, but not this year. It was a great experience and I’d like to try again next year. I love the idea of PiBoIdMo, too. Good luck to you, Mary.

    Thank you again for finding my blog site and for seeing enough potential there that you nominated me for the Liebster Award and the opportunity to reach out to others and expand my world.

  7. Good Morning, Shelley! I nominated you for a Liebster blog award. Check out my blog post if you’re interested! Happy Thanksgiving!
    http://thebackdoorartist.com/2012/11/22/liebster-blog-award-thank-you/

  8. Hi Shelley, thank you for following my blog. I so appreciate it and if you ever have a question regarding nutrition, please feel free to ask.

    What a wonderful artist you are!! What a very impressive way to honor God. I hope someday you are asked to illustrate a Christian book!

    • Thank you. I’m reading a book called THE ARTIST’S WAY and I’ve signed a contract to follow the book’s request that I write three pages each morning in a journal, that I take a little time each week to go on an ARTIST DATE, that I walk two or three times (at least) a week, and last, but best of all, that I take good care of myself. I’m trying to be more conscious of what I eat – that it be good for me and good for my family. Thank you for your blog. I enjoy the things you write there. They inspire me to do better.

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