Monday, August 20, 2012

What makes an Artist?

"The only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out; a deeply lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out." (David Rakoff

Work-in-Progress • Texas Wildlife • Deer Fawn
oil on canvas
12 x 12 inches

I am slowly getting back into my studio, slowly making art—first watercolors, now oils. The above work-in-progress of a whitetail deer fawn is an oil paint version of the same fawn I rendered in pastel a few years past. My oil version will have a background and will, of course, look different because of the different medium. I love this little fawn who reminds me of Bambi all alone looking for a bit of sustenance on the edge of a deep dark forest. Sounds a little like life, doesn't it?

I haven't forgotten about you, but I have forgotten to do a few things such as paying a bill or two on time or taking a prescription med daily. I guess neither will kill me ... maybe. Thursday evening I broke into tears and boo-hoo'd so loudly that the dogs both cocked their heads sideways and stared at me. The sudden burst of tears came as I looked through the cow/farm photo album I made for Dad last Christmas. The finality of life with Dad slapped me in the face—visiting him at the farm, the rides through the pasture, laughs together. Even here in his last months at my house, we enjoyed our daily excursions and shared laughs, eating fish at Red Lobster, spending good time with Sean and Zain and friends Joyce, Cheryl and Miss Dot. Life as I knew it is over. Life has changed ... again.

Thanks for following my Texas Sauce Art Life.
V. Bridges Hoyt

Paintings available to help homeless dog rescue:
  1. Lady in Black Pearls
  2. Enchanted Evening