And Now For Something Completely Different

Hello, my friends! I wanted to give you an update to let you know that I'm still alive and kicking and what I'm up to right now.

As I'm sure is true for most of you, the last year and a half or so has been a time of reflection and change. I went through a huge creative block which kept me from working and also afforded me a LOT more time for said reflection. One thing that kept coming up for me again and again was that I needed to spend some time painting for myself with absolutely no pressure of a specific outcome or deadline. So that's what I did.

Moody dark tree on a glowing teal background.
Shadow Sister #3 ©Jane Font

I painted and painted and painted. Acrylic, watercolor, oil, some pastels and charcoal, I gave myself permission to just do all of the things I always wanted to do but didn't have time for. In doing that, I started to realize that I didn't know who I was as an artist. I certainly had no idea who I wanted to be. I know that's a struggle that so many of you deal with too! And I can tell you now, from so much experience, when you give yourself over to your creative impulses, when you create just from your heart and make things simply because you want to, when you do it over and over and over and over and... [you get the point] you quickly discover who you are and who you want to be.

So that brings me to today. Today I'm pretty confident in who I am as an artist and the kinds of things I want to do. I'm back to painting about 6 days a week, roughly 8 hours a day. I have private students. I'm selling and showing my art. Basically, I've given myself permission to take my art seriously, which is kind of a hard thing to do. At least it has been for me. But now that I've got a path and some momentum, I gotta keep going and see where this all leads! I've encouraged all of you for years to follow where your art leads and to do things that make you happy no matter what anyone else says, and now it's time that I follow my own advice. That's a seriously tough thing for me to do!

Hintergarten ©Jane Font

Now, I'm not saying this is goodbye forever. I'm super impulsive and could decide that I have something new to share with you tomorrow! I just felt really bad that I kinda fell off the face of the earth without a word. In all honesty, the anxiety I've developed recently is what kept me from saying anything sooner. I just need some time to figure out how this new me fits into all of this. I think about you guys all the time, and I always have moments where I think "hey, this might make an interesting video for some!" So you never know.

Anyway, on Monday, July 19th I'll be putting my brushes on sale. I very well may clearance them all out. So when that happens, get what you need because they may not come back. They may, but they may not. I'm still really unsure about all of this. It's also possible that I'll launch a new line of brushes sometime down the road. These are all just thoughts I've had recently, and one of them is bound to take hold.

The Entrance ©Jane Font

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