During my studies I remember my sculpture professor telling me that one thing he loved most about being a professional artist was that he is constantly learning, whether that is fine tuning his craft, learning a new skill to enhance his message, or studying scientific principles to better represent them in an art form.
I have found this to be completely true for myself as well. Whether I am painting butterflies and learning about their structure or picking up a new medium for the first time I find myself always challenged and I love it.
As I have been developing my skills as an illustrator I am aware that some things come easier to me than others. For example I am easily drawn to still life objects and animals and plants. Most times when I paint them I can get it right the first try and feel their form fly easily off of my paintbrush. Whereas painting certain subjects, such as landscapes, take more time and effort on my part to achieve something that I’m proud of.
So what’s my solution to this quandary? The old saying “practice makes perfect,” my friend. I’m initiating a challenge to myself to create one landscape a week in my sketchbook. Will I miss some weeks? Likely. When will this challenge end? I have no idea. Probably when I’m feeling more comfortable in my “landscape skin” and am ready to face another artistic challenge. Will any of these be for sale? Maybe. If you see something you like and want, send me a message and I’ll see what I can do for you! And finally, will I regret the pressure that I am about to put upon myself? I would say that there’s a 99.9% chance that some weeks I will ask myself, “Why Trina? Why?!!” Haha…. But in the end I believe it’ll be worth it cuz’ it always is.
In any case, the above painting is my first one! It’s inspired by other artwork I have seen and I imagine over the coming weeks you will notice a development of my own voice in this area. That’s the hope anyhow.
So if you’re interested in following along and seeing this develop I’ll be sharing my weekly drawings on my Instagram feeds @tenderfolkco and @trinayoungfieldart! Let me know what you think and what you are working on getting better at in your own life. I’d love to hear about it!