Friday, April 11, 2008

New dimensions

Here are my new canvases I received yesterday (I already started to work on one of them):

As you can see, I moved on into the next dimension and grew in size (mug and my usual size painting for reference, Justyna.Ada wondered about the size of my recent Garden paintings, so here it is, about 25x35 cm). I like it! *^v^*

Recently I've received the inspiration from two different sources almost at the same time, one is the latest video by SuziBlu, in which she says:

"I own nothing, I have no life, (...) since I was 27 to I'm 40 now I painted everyday, I drew everyday, I didn't go out very much, (...) I just practiced my craft, I wanted to learn absolutely everything that I could, (...) It's Friday, Saturday night - I'm not at the bar,. There is a good movie "Crumb" - Crumb told his daughter - "if you want to be an artist you have to give up your social life", and I don't believe that you have to sacrifice, I don't like the word sacrifice, it implies giving up something that you want. If you're passionate about becoming a writer, an author - you're not giving up anything because that's what you want, that's where you want to be anyway. (...) But it might be uncomfortable at the beginning. It's a lot of hard work. It may not pay off, but it pays off in other ways, it pays off in a life worth living."

The second inspiration came from an article in the Polish newspaper "Wysokie Obcasy" ("High Heels"), where I read what Polish painter Maria Słojewska said about her life:

"I've always known that I'd be a painter. (...) When I was 13, I made a copy of Rembrandt, when I was 14 - Vermeer. When I was 19 I went abroad for the first time and and saw the originals. You can see layers on the originals. I had some revelation moments. So that's how you did it! I'm consequent. I learn slowly but never give up. I get up, eat breakfast, sit at the easel. It's like a ritual. (...) I don't hate the world for not buying my paintings, why would it do that? I don't need people to get excited about me. I just want to do what I can do best."

It's a food for thoughts for the weekend.
Today we are going to the cottage with some friends, and staying there till Monday, when we will visit some offices and check the papers of the land we want to buy. Keep you fingers crossed and have a great weekend! *^v^*


  1. enjoy your weeknd there Joanna, and luck with the land! oo wysokie had to laugh as my obcasy days are long gone! lol....

  2. Oh my, you have jumped the size. Can't wait to see what you do. Really like the one you have started.

  3. if you haven't already, you also need to listened to this interview:

    go art girl!

  4. Can't wait to see what you do with all that extra canvas space :) How exciting.
    Good luck with your land and have a wonderful weekend at the cottage :)

  5. isn't suzi blue so inspiring?
    I love her!
    and your work is wonderful, too!