Sundrip – where do we go from here?

The art site is going to change a little bit. I’m going to talk openly about the process of the painting and the feelings associated with it. I’m not going to journal issues like I do on my personal blog, but I’m going to be a lot more open about the feelings associated with my paintings.

I was a bit worried about taking the art site to the next level. I worried about posting art that looks crazy, but ya know what? This art site is about healing from PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress disorder can make you feel crazy. It can be confusing and consume you. I use art so I’m not gulped up by the issues associated with trauma. So yes, there may be art that looks a bit ‘mentally ill’, full of chaos or even crazy, but that’s fine. It’s my truth in art.

I will continue to paint what I feel. When I feel joy, I”ll paint it. When I feel excited, comforted, encouraged, discouraged, afraid or crazy, I’ll paint. These painting will be here on this site with a truthful explanation because after all this is Sundrip - Art for life , and life has more than just one emotion. I am no longer afraid to show on Sundrip the darker side of my existence as well as the playful side, the peaceful side and the lost me. So, sit back and get ready for a few changes.

I’ll sometimes post artist thoughts which are small posts about being an artist. I might talk about how hard I am on my brushes or admit that I’m happy my paint is non-toxic because I know I’ve eaten a good amount of it. I paint and eat at the same time and know very well I’ve had a lot of cobalt blue in my system. I metabolize Napa Red quite well. :-) So I’ll talk about being an artist and all the fun things that happen while painting. I’ll make artist confessions like how I can’t seem to throw away paint brushes even when they’re no good. I just can’t do it. I’ll confess mental anguish while painting or how hard I am on myself while painting. I’ll talk about confidence in my art as well as insecurities. Sundrip will be a little more wordy, a little more personal than just a list of paintings and where you can purchase them. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate purchases and hope that the more open explanations won’t scare people away. I hope people will connect instead of call me crazy and move on.

One of the other changes that needs to be made is how I file things in the galleries. I had paintings and originals on their own page but that page is very full right now. I don’t do much digital art anymore so I’m going to take advantage of the galleries already set up and just file originals in the existing galleries according to type. As I said in a different Sundrip News entry, I no longer offer prints from this site. All prints, postcards and canvas prints must be purchased from my Redbubble shop. That company does a superb job so I’ll leave it up to them for prints. My Etsy shop will contain all original artworks such as works on paper, canvas, wood and more. I’ll offer dolls and the occasional sculpture in my Etsy shop. So, prints and such are in the Redbubble shop, all original works are in my Etsy shop. Originals can be purchased there OR via PayPal.

Now it’s time for some thanks.

Thank you very much to all who have supported me and my art through the years. Thank you to the several collectors I have, and to those who find a piece of art that they purchase because it touches them. Thank you. It is the utmost honor to hear your expressions about how the art has personally touched you. Thank you.

SUNDRIP – Art for Life

2 thoughts on “Sundrip – where do we go from here?

  1. m.a. emanuel

    I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of our life than on the nature of the events themselves. — Wilhem von Humbolt, Germoan educator
    (I like this quote better with the word “joy” substituted for “happiness” and “joylessness” for “unhappiness”.)

    And what happens when one with little support, if any at all, is too overwhelmed with what is happening to him/her to be able to really “meet” hellish, crazy-making events when they occur??

    Over the years what I have seen expressed in your heART is it seems to me to be one of your courageous ways of your meeting past events as well as your meeting the present. Curious — does that resonate? Over and over again, I have been inspired through seeing your Beauty rising from Ashes. What I am sure of is this: For years this site has offered me Water in the Wilderness…i.e., helped teach me and give me Hope (& at times much appreciated chuckles!) that I could also, with help, find my own unique ways to meet my own traumatic past events so that the nature of what happened did not have the last word. The heART you have willingly shared — always offering me Light, Truth, and Joy in all sorts of amazing Shapes, Sizes, and Colors! — has made a profound positive healing difference in my Life. And for that, I am eternally grateful. Yes, this site IS about healing from PTSD! Art for Life! And the truth in your heART is exquisite! THANK YOU FOR KEEPING IT REAL!

    Take care,
    Mary Ann Emanuel

    p.s. Soooo what exactly does cobalt blue & napa red taste like? And what do you do with your paint brushes that you can’t throw out?

  2. F.Magdalene Post author

    You said: so that the nature of what happened did not have the last word.

    Never let it have the last word. As a matter of fact, I’ve been putting better into practice how to get those words to shut up. I still wonder though, what will my artwork look like, how will it change when PTSD no longer has a stronghold? I’m excited about those changes.

    I store the old paint brushes for some future sculpture that may or may not happen. LOL

    Cobalt blue goes well with chicken. I’d stick to pastas with the Napa Red. Really though, its been on my hands and I still pick up the sandwich and take a bite. I know over the years paint has one way or another been a regular part of my diet. I wonder what the calories are? Are there any vitamins? I might have to contact FolkArt Enamels and Ceramcoat Paints to urge them to put a nutritional guide on the side of each bottle.


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