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I am an Artist! Being an artist feels like I have a connection to nature. I am also writing a book about being an artist! My website: www.marshasavage.com

Why do we overthink what we are doing?

Marsh scene I was painting at St. George Island FL.
Marsh scene I was painting at St. George Island FL.

The plan for the day is to work on our objectives. I’m telling myself this, and I’m telling you to do the same thing. In my world it could be how to create a painting. It could be about the business side of my art.

Is there a plan? Does it need to be written down? During a marketing workshop, I was told some years ago about creating a weekly plan using a program that would show the week and times of the day.

I tried to use the process by filling in all the things I needed to do…


A discussion about composition

There are many struggles we go through during the process of creating a painting. Creating a well-composed painting is a huge one. The public has no idea and only sees the finished product.

We get past this struggle by knowing why we are painting a particular vision.

One such struggle that surfaces many times while painting is when to stop!

Many good pictures are ruined by constant striving to make them better. Over-modeling and accenting detail or highlights is an over-influence of realism. (Edgar Payne from “Composition of Outdoor Painting”)

I love this quote from the book “Composition of Outdoor…


It is called practice.

Painting is what I do. Study and practice is something I embrace! It is called miles of brushwork if you are a two-dimensional artist.

I know it is a complement if someone says to me: “I wish I had your talent.” Talent does not necessarily get you from point “A” to point “B”, but practice will!

If you do another kind of art, then you know there are skills you need to internalize by doing them over and over. And over! Learning to embrace the small things needed to do your kind of artwork is essential. …


Want to feel like a beginner again?

I remember painting plein air for the first, second, and third times but feeling like a complete beginner. It was strange when I could paint something worthy of a frame in the studio and carry to a gallery, but this plein air stuff was way more difficult for me!

Why not embrace the feeling of being a beginner? There is nothing to lose by doing so. If you do, there is no expectation except to have fun with the process of painting on location. …


Your voice is unique and so should your paintings!

What is style as it applies to painting? Are there parameters? Does the image above show a certain style that you could name?

I have been painting for 49 years. It has been a fantastic journey, and I plan for it to be for the rest of my life! I have been through different styles all along the way.

The love for me is painting nature. My work is representational, with a little impressionism thrown in there. I do have people tell me they can spot my paintings. But, I don’t…


Positivity might be the one thing we can all change in our lives if we try hard enough.

A row of sunflowers in a field, an oil painting by the author Marsha Hamby Savage
A row of sunflowers in a field, an oil painting by the author Marsha Hamby Savage

When you wake each morning, are you a happy person?

Do you meet your challenges with a positive attitude?

What do you have to lose if you instead choose negative thoughts?

Why should you think positive thoughts?

Every day is a whole new world of opportunities! I know that if I position myself with positive thoughts about the day ahead of me, they will most likely bring me joy. Even the frustrations that may happen are places that I can see something I had not thought might be the positive direction I need to go.

Wow! Did that make any sense at all?

I am an…


What kind of creative person are you?

Stacks of unframed studies and paintings that need a home by author Marsha Hamby Savage
Stacks of unframed studies and paintings that need a home by author Marsha Hamby Savage

Being an artist is not totally about mastery! I am a two-dimensional visual artist and do not claim to have mastery of my craft!

Although, I do know a bit about my particular field of art!

I have learned many techniques and rules in the 50 years of experience in my field. I have experimented in fun ways and some that were a little weird!

I have attained a level of success, being represented by a few galleries, accepted into shows and won awards, and featured in national art magazines. …


Life is sometimes finding a smile on a tough day

Desk With Nurse and Sign, courtesy of the Author
Desk With Nurse and Sign, courtesy of the Author

The ladies behind the desk start giggling. You can tell they are trying to keep it in check.

Oh, don’t do that, please. Keep laughing. It sounds good.

I couldn’t help but look up with a smile, even behind this awful mask I have to wear. I’m sitting in the family waiting room at a large hospital in our area.

There are several of us sitting in the large lobby, the surgical “family” waiting area, wearing a green sticker. Mine says: “VISITOR: Date 3 / 22 / 21”. …


Create a Group to Bounce Ideas Around

Teaching a student about pastel painting by author Marsha Hamby Savage
Teaching a student about pastel painting by author Marsha Hamby Savage

I am somewhat of an instigator of things and always thinking of ideas to talk to other artists about.

I have been told I ask the hard questions and also start some deep thinking discussions.

Here is an idea that you might try in your area

Find a way for a group of artists to come together to share ideas. If you are a writer, do the same thing.

What is it you want to learn? Do you have a goal and a timeline? Why do you want to involve others in the journey you are taking?

There are many groups that get together as book clubs. There are garden clubs…


At this point I think it is a joke

I have a few articles that have been published by a few of “them.”

One of those publications that published several of my pieces has gone away. And, they don’t tell us why it went. It was just gone one day. It was my favorite publication to read as well.

The articles I had accepted and published by them now look like I self-published them.

I realize my articles are niche topics in large part. I am a full time professional visual artist. Not everyone here wants to read them.

I get it! But … I bet there are many…

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