As of April 28, 2019, I turned 40 years old. It’s weird typing that knowing that it’s true. I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember. My first interest in art was animation. I grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, video games, action figures, movies, and comic books. I tried to redraw the professional art I came across, and I tried to come up with my own characters as well. I loved Disney, but it was Pixar’s “The Incredibles” that caused me to enroll in animation school.
I developed the ability to draw realistically when I was 19, and my drawing ability improved in animation school. However, I never knew what I really wanted to do with it. This caused me to focus on my other interest (business), and I spent 20 years in sales and management roles earning a living. I did a little bit of art from time to time for fun, but I honestly didn’t do a whole lot in between the ages of 19 and 36. In some ways, I simply took being able to draw for granted. It wasn’t until 2015 that I really tried to make a living selling my art. I had a false start and went back to work in 2016, but by the end of the year, I realized that I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to pursue it.
One of the things I’ve had to figure out was what I like to create. I started making a few simple things, and in the process I realized that I had always avoided painting. While I knew how to draw and use computer software, I lacked the confidence to learn to paint traditionally. It wasn’t until I reconnected with an old art classmate and started teaching art classes for kids that I decided to get over it. I was encouraged to go for it by my friend Danielle, and it was just the shove I needed to jump in. I purchased the art supplies and got to work.
To date, I believe I’m still under 20 completed paintings. The choice of subject matter and style of these paintings have a lot to do with my interest in Monet’s Impressionist work. I love the colors as well as the sense of urgency and emotion in his work. I also love that he painted things that inspired him from his every day life. I have collected a lot of great memories and photos over the past 40 years, and I hope to live at least another 40. I’ve decided to share the things that inspire me by painting them.
I have a lot of work planned and a lot of blank canvasses waiting for me. If you read my blog to see what I’ve written about in the past, you might get the feeling that I’m all over the place in my writing. That’s how I’ve felt. It’s taken some time to figure out what Blue Creations could become. I realized that I needed to separate the business/branding/design part of who I am from the Blue Creations/Fine Art part. The branding services and topics have been moved to adamsmithbranding.com. That enables me to use Blue Creations as the fine art business I hope to build. I have some good ideas that I’d like to see happen.
In this season of my life, I plan to stick with the Impressionist style of work capturing the things I love about my life. I hope you’ll love the art that comes from it.