Painting a Lion!

I have just started a new painting, a stylized painting of a lion.  I am doing it in the Art Nouveau style, using lines, pattern and design.  A fun adventure.  I think artists should always push the boundaries of their talent.  Look for this painting on my site soon!

Surprised

I am often surprised when a painting actually turns out well.  I usually start out with something that looks fairly messy.  I often go through doubts as to whether the painting will end up being successful.  I go through moods, sometimes despair, sometimes hope.  Sometimes somewhere in between.  Sometimes the painting goes backwards instead of forward.  I have learned to persist.  Some people can paint something successful in a few hours or a day.  My paintings will often take about 3 days before I feel there is hope, and then several days or often weeks to finish.  They often take me places I didn’t expect to go.  And at some point I end up with a real painting!  A painting I can feel good about.  I marvel at the process and know that in the end art is a gift.

Creation Stories

I have created this new website as my previous one was outdated.

I am no longer selling online, but intend to keep this site updated with new creations and stories about the process.  The art journey is a very interesting one, so few guidelines, so much spontaneity.  Hopefully this site will be an encouragement to other artists and an interesting place to visit.

E-mail – donna@donnasmallenberg.com