Posts tagged #American artist

In the New Year of 2018

In this new year of 2018, I am looking back on 2017 with gratitude, and looking forward with optimism while working to enjoy the moments as I figure process and concepts at the easel,  make and develop relationships, while continuing on this path mostly by faith. Sometimes I can hardly believe I get to do this. Artist.

In the very recent 2017 I feel so very grateful for the artworks sold, and works commissioned. It has been so much more than I could have imagined just 3 winters ago, as I set out to dive into making art by attending a 2 week painting intensive in NYC.  I will not list all works sold or commissioned. But I will say about the works commissioned: "I'm learning through painting portrait and special moments it is a great honour that patrons bestow upon an artist to create the likeness of a loved one." It is as great an honour to have works purchased for one's home. With that said, "I thank each and every person who has been, and is currently a part of this artistic journey!  I cannot do this work without the support of so many! Thank you for loving my work and giving it a home!!!"

I will finish with this letter drafted to 2018:

Dear 2018,   Thank you for starting the year off crisp and bright! Thank you for health and family and growth (personal and professional) in 2017! In this new year please bless me with focus and follow through. Bless me with health, and kindness and understanding even when I resist. Bless me with finding the silver linings on stormy days, and be tough when I need a kick to straighten me out...;)  Finally, please bless my work that it may bless others.  ~ Coila

Cheers to you all and a stellar 2018!!

 

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Anniversary

On this day 13 years ago, It was a Monday, and Crow Fair had wrapped up. Recently back from his big weekend, and anxious to hit the ground running for the work week, the hubbs wrestled with the idea of making time to drive the 50 miles to Billings to come meet me.

 

Thanks to the coaxing of my Aunt Christine, he agreed to meet her niece.

 

We met for a beer at the Rex, went on to enjoy shuffleboard at the Rainbow, and wrapped up the evening sitting at the end of a beautiful tapas table he had only just built for the newly relocated Walkers Grille.

 

I'll never forget how he reached out to grab my hand as we walked down Montana Ave. or how he complimented my feet. You may laugh, but it meant the world, as I've always felt insecure about my long and skinny size 10s.

 

We went on to enjoy 2 more dates, out of the 4 days I was in Billings. The final day he ate dinner at my grandmother's house, I met his parents, saw the space we now live, and went on a horseback ride. On that final date I knew he was "the one". I had never had a  feeling of surety come over me like that.

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While our path can sometimes feel bold and exciting, and sometimes take us down a side street that feels scary and uncertain, I still know that feeling was right. Just because a person knows that it is right does not make it easy. It's been quite a journey, and I often daydream about what we will go on to accomplish in the next 13 years together...One day at a time.

 

Cheers to you Troy Evans for giving me freedom to achieve my dreams, thank you for all of the forgiveness you extend without condition.

I am grateful for you. ❤️

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Artwork: Michael Blessing

I love this piece Michael! I am reminded everyday how blessed I was to have a life changing encounter there. Thank you for making it. ❤️

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Growth - With One Eye

One of my favourite portraits is a self portrait of Pablo Picasso as a young man. Wether it was intentional or unfinished, he created a painting of  himself with only a single eye, and the other a bit smudged out. I had the opportunity of seeing it in person a couple of years ago at the MET. While it was small, it held so much strength.

Below is the second piece I have left, "unfinished", missing an eye. The first was a self portrait I did many years ago...I often wondered why I was attracted by something seemingly left undone.

Perhaps on a subconscious level, I like it because it symbolizes (for me) the human need for growth. We are all unfinished beings.  Or perhaps it means we like to keep something for ourselves, not giving society a full reveal - Guarding our hearts.

Today I decided it was time to place the final mark (my signature) on this 1 - ish year old piece painted from life at the Scottsdale Artists' School with artist Johanna Harmon. Her words of experience continue to echo through my thoughts as I paint. Thank you for helping me grow Johanna - you are an excellent artist and teacher! 

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Pablo Picasso Self portait - hanging at the MET

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Self portrait study 2009