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pastelist
08-04-2003, 08:48 PM
Sometime ago, while I was in a non-productive mood, I happened to come across this wonderful site. I was having a complete lull in my artistic life. My exhibitions were down to one a year (usually 10-12 previously). My creative side was non-existent. There was no particular reason, personally or otherwise. I was painting nothing new and I was not overly excited with what finally ensued. Overall, I was not happy with the direction my art career was taking. The true love of my life was suffering badly. I knew things had to change. One day while casually searching the Internet, I happened upon this site WetCanvas. It seemed interesting upon first glance. It was certainly user friendly. The site seemed to give more to artists than I have seen on other sites. I especially liked the invitation to participate in various projects, that numerous artists have posted. Several artists complete their project and guide each other if necessary. In most cases they compliment their works in progress or their completed projects. If an artist is having difficulty, the artist is helped from various artists until they clear their problem. It certainly seemed inviting and not very stressful so I completed my first sign up for a project. I now had a purpose and a new reason to paint. There was no pressure and no due date. It was something new and exciting. There was a new challenge so to speak. I began and finished my project. The next step was to upload my project for all to see. As any artist is nervous about exhibitions, I was a little nervous about this new type of exhibition. The artists in this case are viewing and responding directly to your entry. Voila! I pressed the enter key and my creation was shot into cyberspace (to the forum for the project I selected). I now had a completed project. The work was well accepted and I was encouraged to sign up for more projects and donít be shy about it. My fellow artists loved my handling of my chosen medium (pastels).
After completing several projects and feeling quite confident, I decided to develop my own project. I was having success with other projects and felt it was time to step up to the plate. I entitled my project ďImpressionistic PortraitsĒ. I based my project on creating a portrait using the colors of the Impressionists.
I completed the needed information and it seemed forever (a few hours) before the project was accepted. Wow, talking about walking on cloud nine. It was my idea and it was accepted. The next step was to be accepted by my fellow artists. That didnít a long time at all. There were a total of 14 artists within a week. I received many compliments for my idea; as well as, my selection of reference material.
I was beginning to crack the non-productive mode in my life. I was now creating on a steady stream and quite content with the results. I started to venture to the various forums and met and keep in touch with several artists, including a Sunday evening chat session. I have worked primarily in soft pastels for many years. Through WetCanvas, I have been reintroduced to the world of watercolor. Several years ago, I attempted watercolor and failed miserably. I signed up for another project and completed the painting in watercolor. I was amazed with the result. I can only come to the conclusion, that I was enjoying the subject so much that I didnít stress or consider a problem with the medium. I was completely relaxed and the result was fabulous.
In conclusion I want to thank WetCanvas for the added inspiration and guidance it has provided for me; as well as, the thousands of artists that post regularly on this great site.
It is my intention that the next article I write will be a demonstration of a portrait done in my favorite medium, soft pastel.
Thanks WetCanvas for allowing me to become a member and being an inspiration for thousands of artists.

CarlyHardy
08-04-2003, 09:25 PM
Pastelist,
yours is just one of the many stories that I've heard about WetCanvas and how its really made a difference in the life of an artist here. From breaking creative blocks to just finding a group of common minds...its a great place to hang out!

So glad you shared your thoughts with all of us and I'm sure others will be glad to share how WC! has been an inspiration or and encouragement to them.

Thanks...and a hearty welcome!
carly

pastelist
08-04-2003, 09:38 PM
Thank you for your kind words, Carly. The intention for my writing was to hopefully help other artists going through the same problem. Hopefully others will find a guiding light like I did.
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Rose Queen
08-05-2003, 01:01 AM
This is quite a testimonial, pastelist, and I'm glad you took the time and trouble to share it with us. WetCanvas has helped you and you're helping the rest of us back -- thanks! :clap: :clap: :clap:



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pastelist
08-05-2003, 06:42 AM
Thanks for your kind words. RoseQueen.
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DanaT
08-10-2003, 11:05 AM
I just got around to reading this. Thanks pastelist for sharing your thoughts. :)

pastelist
08-10-2003, 11:43 AM
Thanks Dana for your kind words. I am glad you had the chance to read it.


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