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Being an Artist

Updated on May 23, 2013

I Am Passionate About Being an Artist

To experience an emotion

Trigger a memory

Communicate a mood

Through the use of

Color

Composition

And light.

I am an artist and I love my work. My time is spent creating; painting and drawing. I want to share with you my wonderful life as an artist. Let me show you where I get my inspiration and how I spend my time painting on location in some of the most beautiful places you can imagine. See why I love what I do. Maybe I will inspire you to become an artist too.

I experiment with color, reduce my subject to abstract shapes and design my work to my liking, all the while taking inspiration from the natural world around me. How I translate my surroundings into my art is what motivates me. Realizing that I will always have more to learn keeps me inspired.

Sharon Weaver with Light Reflections; Her first ribbon and plein air event

Deciding to be an Artist

I Had a Dream

Since grade school I knew that I wanted to be an artist. i remember visualizing my future career as an artist, thinking I would live in NYC and go to important gallery shows. I would show my work in all the best galleries and travel all over the world. Certainly not all of my dreams have come true, at least not yet, but enough have been realized that I now can say I have a great life as an artist.

My painting journey started about six years ago when I took a plein air class. The term plein air is French meaning "in the air." This phrase refers to the practice of painting on location from life. That class taught me so much. I soon learned that the discipline needed to create a painting in a few hours was just what I needed to mold my crude attempts into better works of art.

I loved the challenge of painting plein air and it soon became a passion. I entered plein air events and competitions where I could show my work along side well known plein air artists. These competitions soon pushed me to be a better painter.

Sharon Weaver painting plein air in Malibu

Painting Landscapes in Great Locations

I Travel to Paint

I love to travel and I love to paint so being able to combine the two is the perfect situation. I pack up my gear in my trusty artomobile and take to the road several times a year. My road trips are an exciting adventure of discovery. Whether I go alone or in a group with other artists, I always look forward to discovering new places, returning to favorite locations or stumbling on an unexpected gem.

Add to that the unpredictability of the weather and you can see that my painting trips are something special. I have painted in the heat well over 100 and in freezing cold. I remember a trip with five other artists up at Big Bear Lake in October. We woke early to paint only to find it was 15 degrees and had snowed. Brrrrrr. Luckily I was prepared. I painted that morning and the next day and came home with three great paintings.

The trick to a successful painting trip is to be prepared for anything. If in doubt, I pack it. You can never be too prepared for all those unexpected surprises.

Sharon Weaver setting up to paint along the Kern River

Be Prepared - Hot or Cold: The Weather is Always Unpredictable

I am always prepared for severe changes in the weather. I have painted in the fog, snow, rain, heat and freezing cold but strong winds are the toughest.

Terramar Women's Thermasilk Pointelle Scoop (Black, Small)
Terramar Women's Thermasilk Pointelle Scoop (Black, Small)

Silk long johns are the best and they alos have white which is my choice. It is warm in the cold and cool in the heat.

 
Red Ledge Women's Free Rein Parka Rain Parka,Obsidian,Small
Red Ledge Women's Free Rein Parka Rain Parka,Obsidian,Small

I always have a light weight rain jacket that rolls up into a small space in my backpack. I like to wear neutral colors so animals don't get spooked.

 
Terramar Men's Thermasilk Filament Pant (Black, Large)
Terramar Men's Thermasilk Filament Pant (Black, Large)

Silk long johns are the best and the men's quality is usually better than the woman's so I buy a mens small. Again they have white which I prefer.

 
Guerrilla Painter Multi-Mount Collapsible Umbrella
Guerrilla Painter Multi-Mount Collapsible Umbrella

This umbrella is a must for outdoor painting. Make sure you get one with a black lining.to cut back on glare on your painting.

 

Painting in Carmel

Painting Water is My Favorite

One of the plein air events that I was juried into was the Carmel Art Festival. I have participated in this event for the last four years and each time I visit the Monterey Peninsula I find more great places to paint.

China Cove at Point Lobos State Park is a gorgeous inlet. I got up very early to capture the sunrise as it was just coming over the trees on the right. The sun lit up the water like a neon sign. I could hear the sea otters below in the kelp as they broke open shells to have their breakfast. I painted the cove in three hours and sold the painting in a bidding war at the exhibition. It was one amazing week.

When the world is your office, every day is an adventure with limitless possibilities. I see things few can and am surrounded with beauty as I work.

Photo of China Cove by Sharon Weaver

Selling My Paintings - I started to Win Awards and My Paintings Sold

Traveling to Carmel Art Festival was an amazing experience. My paintings sold and I won an Honorable Mention.

The original painting sold but you can buy a print of Playtime at China Cove, just click on the image.

Supplies You Must Have to Paint Outside - Painitng On Location Requires Special Supplies

Jack Richeson Weston Full French Box Style Easel, Brown
Jack Richeson Weston Full French Box Style Easel, Brown

Lots of people use a French easel. I prefer an Easy L.

 
Art Alternatives Canvas Panel (8 X 10) (1-Pack of 12)
Art Alternatives Canvas Panel (8 X 10) (1-Pack of 12)

Use panels, not stretched canvas. The sun will shine through a stretched canvas and change the colors on the canvas.

 
Permalba #12-Bright Artist Brush, Best White Bristle
Permalba #12-Bright Artist Brush, Best White Bristle

I like bore bristle brushes the best. Start with a large brush and go down to smaller ones as you refine your painting.

 
M. Graham Professional Oil Color Set of Six
M. Graham Professional Oil Color Set of Six

You Make sure you buy artist grade paints, not student grade. There is a big difference in pigment and you will not be happy with the cheaper colors.

 
Artists' Grade Gamsol Oil Color Size: 16 oz
Artists' Grade Gamsol Oil Color Size: 16 oz

I get paint on everything so I need the odorless Turpentine.

 

Meeting Art Collectors

When a Painting Finds a New Home

Buying a painting is an emotional experience. People who buy my work feel a strong connection with me through my paintings so I really enjoy the process. I like making people happy and I have a great time meeting everyone who stops by at the shows. When a painting sells it is doubly gratifying to meet the person who will be taking one of my creations home. Many clients stay in touch and come back for a second or third painting.

Photo of Sharon Weaver with Jerry Bean the proud owner of two of Sharon's paintings.

Photos of me taken by Jeff Allen, my husband.

Weather Can be Unpredictable When You Paint on Location

Which Weather Condition Is the Hardest to Paint In?

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Road trip to Arizona

So Much to Paint, So Little Time

I decided to take a road trip out to visit my brother who lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Although it is a long way, I drove out from LA in one day. I wanted as much time as possible to see the area and paint.

The Grand Canyon isn't to far from Flagstaff and the day I drove up there was perfect. The magnificent scenery was overwhelming and the colors divine. I loved the interesting shadows and the storm clouds in the distance.

This is my office for the day. Not bad.

Photo of the Grand Canyon taken by Sharon Weaver

My Painting of the Grand Canyon - Inspiration Comes Easily at the Grand Canyon

My painting of the Grand Canyon called Storm Over the North Rim, is only one of many paintings from my trip to Arizona. Although the original sold you can buy a print; just click on the image.

Painting the Red Rocks of Sedona - A Day Trip From Flagstaff

Cathedral Rock Reflection by Sharon Weaver was painted the day after I was at the Grand Canyon. This time I traveled south from Flagstaff to Sedona were Oak Creek cuts through the red rocks. Beautiful. The original painting is available. 14x11 Oil

Best Guide to See Sedona - I loved Sedona and you will too.

Sedona Guide: Day Hiking and Sightseeing Arizona's Red Rock Country
Sedona Guide: Day Hiking and Sightseeing Arizona's Red Rock Country

That view looks familiar. The cover is the same spot where I painted. Find the best places to see in this great guide book. The majesty of the Red Rock Country is awe inspiring with amazing places to see. Take the time to hike some of the back country. You will find all levels and great hiking.

 

Painting With Friends - Nothing Better Than Sharing

Being an artist can be a solitary business so it is always great to travel with my painting buddies. Discovering new places, critiquing each others work, laughing at misadventures.and sharing nature make each trip something to cherish. If I also come home with a couple of great paintings it is a bonus.

Painting Local

There Are Plenty of Places to Paint Nearby Too!

When I am not on the road I find plenty of beautiful places to paint locally. The ocean, local lakes, the desert and the mountains are all within a day drive from my home. In fact my search for painting spots has taken me to places I would never have found otherwise. I have explored the local and state parks, found hidden lakes and hiked into spectacular vistas that I otherwise would never have seen. The coastline of California is a constant source of inspiration. It is one of my favorite places to paint and I always find something interesting at the ocean.

Morning at Leo Carrillo by Sharon Weaver 8x10 Oil

The original painting is available just click on the image.

Meeting Other Artists

My Network of Friends

Being an artist can be a solitary business but there are opportunities to meet and paint with other artists. Every year I make it a point to participate in a few group paint outs so I can keep in touch with the community of local plein air painters. Painting together is not only fun but I learn so much from the other artists. They will help me find a good spot to paint, give painting tips and provide encouragement. My painting buddies add so much to my life as an artist.

Sharon Weaver in center back row at painting trip with the California Art Club at Rankin Ranch

Have I Inspired You to Become an Artist?

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @lisln: I know. I am one lucky lady. Thank you for reading my article.

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      You are a very blessed woman to have this gift. Beautiful paintings!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @topbuilderlist: I hope so. Thanks for stopping by.

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      Good way of inspiring us to awaken our interest to draw.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @anonymous: Thank you and never stop creating.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love that you are living your dream, I want more time in a day to get back to be doing more art again and your story in an inspiration for sure and I love your idea of traveling with painting buddies. A belated congratulations on your LotD and purple start...can still do the traditional dance of joy! :)

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @AlbertVang: Work does get in the way of life but I hope you will start to paint again.

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      AlbertVang 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your paintings and your inspiration! I had quit painting after I started work and now I have a tremendous urge to start over.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @LacyChenault: I too will take a trip to a museum or do some writing. There are so many ways to be creative. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Lacy 4 years ago from Chenault

      Oh gosh I love so much being an artist for a living. I find that when I'm having a hard time with my usual medium it can be useful to switch mediums or even switch to other art altogether - like trying some music, dance, photography or theatre just to change it up and get the juices flowing again as they say.

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      allaneaglesham lm 4 years ago

      Yes you have inspired me! I would recommend that you come to Scotland and do some painting!!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @centralplexus: Thank you. I like to think I am where I should be.

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      centralplexus 4 years ago

      Your paintings are amazing, it clearly shows that you are doing what you were destined to do. Awesome lens!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @castelloautore: Thank you. The painting of Cathedral Rock seems the favorite.

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      castelloautore 4 years ago

      You are inspiring yes. Your reflections on the water of Cathedral Rock is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your work.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @anonymous: Thank you. I am pretty proud to be living my dream and hope you too are finding success.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So very few people ever get to live out their dream and make a living do. I'm am proud of you for following your dream and being so successful in doing it. May you always find the beauty in life! Congratulations on winning the purple star.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @HSP Connections: Thank you for stopping by. I was always a creative thinker and started working from school as a fashion designer. Writing is becoming more and more important to me but my first love is painting, Good luck with your writing.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Your art is beautiful... I've always had a great fondness for both impressionistic and realist landscapes; perhaps a product of my introspective nature. I love the fact that you always knew you wanted to be an artist... I knew I wanted to write when I was seven, and even though I have been on many sidetracks, writing is still very much at the core of "who I am."

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you. It is so beautiful there. A unique place.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Your work is beautiful. You really captured the Red Rocks of Sedona especially. What memories this brings back.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @Fran Tollett: Most people think all you need is Talent but hard work and persistence are much more important for success. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      I had NO idea of what is involved in being an artist. WOW! Very informative lens. Great paintings :-)

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @francescajohnston: Thank you. I am very thankful for my life.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @francescajohnston: Thank you. I am very thankful for my life.

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      francescajohnston 4 years ago

      Your paintings are gorgeous! I am so happy for you that you get to live your dream of being a painter. Also, congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @thingz1: Thank you. LotD is a wonderful thing.

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      thingz1 4 years ago

      Congratulations on living your dream and having a lens of the day.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Wonderful lens. Thanks for sharing your wonderful artwork.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @DebMartin: Thank you Deb. I am lucky.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Congratulations on being able to pursue what you love. It's often not true for many. Your paintings are beautiful.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Very nice. Congeatulations on the LotD!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @iamraincrystal: Thank you. I appreciate the label real artist but there are so many ways to define art. Whether a writer, a painter, a chef, a gardener or a crafts person, there is art in all we create.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @BusyQueen: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed my work.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Awesome! I love landscape paintings. So cool to meet a real artist on Squidoo. ^_^ Congratulations on the LOTD!

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      BusyQueen 4 years ago

      Wow, nice lens and paintings!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @sorayac: Thanks and I will check out yours.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @emmajowebster: Sometimes we forget what a great live we have and it is good to be reminded of that. That is what I thought of as I wrote my article on being an artist.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @mycanvas: Thanks Ling. Good luck with your work and I will check out your lenses.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @SteveKaye: Composition, values, drama and color are used to make a great photo and a great painting. We just use a different medium. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @hovirag: Artist are collectors too. I have bought other artists work and enjoy those paintings very much.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @JackNimble: Thank you. I hope that you pursue your art.

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      sorayac 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this page and I love your work. Will definitely be checking out your other pages!

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      emmajowebster 4 years ago

      great! being an artist myself - tho in a different medium - I appreciate some of the experiences you've had - ringing a lot of bells as they say!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Very inspiring! Thanks for telling us your art story.

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      Congratulations on the LotD!!

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank u so much for sharing. I'm also an artist and a designer (from Malaysia). Hope we can share more with each other regarding our experiences. Cheers, Ling

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      I'm an artist who uses photography to show the extraordinary beauty in nature. Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoyed your story.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      great story :) I love to buy paintings - maybe one day I'll paint - who knows?

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      JackNimble 4 years ago

      im a wanna be artist and i enjoyed your lens. Thanks for sharing

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @AlleyCatLane: I am one lucky artist. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @lewisgirl: Thank you. I hope you do start painting again.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @squidoopets: Thanks. I am glad you stopped by.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I love doing art too. I want to do more! You are a talented artist. Thanks for sharing your work and thoughts here.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Your art work is wonderful! It must be such a blessing to be able to do what you love all the time. Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD! I painted a lot when I was younger and have been thinking about painting again. I love your style!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I have always wanted to paint the red rocks of Sedona - very cool to see your work!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @MichaelDubrovnik: Glad you found my lens inspiring. Thanks.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      Good lens, very inspirit :)

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @norma-holt: Thank you for featuring it on a great lens. I guess I am going for quality not quantity. Maybe it's time I go for both. I enjoy writing too.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @jnstewart: That is wonderful. I hope to be painting for a long time too. Great to hear from you and thanks.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @inspirationalmo: Thank you. Being LOTD is great. I have had a great day connecting with everyone.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Lovely lens and your passion really comes through both as a painter and a writer. I can see why you don't spend much time writing lenses when your art takes precedence. Featured this on Art Supplies. Congrats on LOTD

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @mcspocky lm: Thanks. I had a blast painting this one right on the rivers edge.

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      I've been fortunate to have made a living doing art most of my life. I'll be 73 next month and am in the middle of doing a 20/30 challenge (20 small paintings in 30 days). I belong to a couple of art groups here in the North State and agree that the art community is very important. Enjoyed your lens. ;)

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      inspirationalmo 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Unfortunately I've never had the talent to be an artist.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      The Red Rocks of Sedona was my favorite one, I think because I like looking at those kinds of landscapes.

      Very awesome lens!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @MissMalaprop: Carmel is a great place. Nature is amazing. There are so many other ways to create, I hope you can explore that side of your personality.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @tejax-Khanna: Thanks for your comment.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @BarbsSpot: Thank you so much for that praise. I enjoy writing too and do it on my blog and website. It is my second favorite creative thing to do (after painting of course).

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @jlshernandez: The challenge of painting outside on location is very real. There is so much information it can be overwhelming. I found it really pushed me to be a much better observer, to make better choices and to execute more quickly but it isn't for everyone.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @MBurgess: Thanks and being appreciated is great. Opening my email this morning was something with over 100 comments. Wow!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @criysto lm: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed my art.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @ismeedee: Sounds like you may have a visual artist inside that needs to be nurtured. I like to write too but the visual aspects of painting are what I love.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @anonymous: Thank you. I had fun writing this too.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @jessicavenne: Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @RawBill1: Half the fun is the exploration, taking the road less traveled and finding out what is around that next bend in the road.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @anonymous: Thanks. It is very exciting to be LOTD.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very interesting journey. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I have never felt inspired to pain or draw, but I used to be into photography and quite enjoyed the travel and exploring out of the way areas in order to get the perfect photo, much the same way as you do with your paintings. You have made me think about getting back into doing that some more!

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      jessicavenne 4 years ago

      Excellent Work :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your writing and images are quite amazing! Congratulation for the LOTD!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I get mad moments of inspiration to paint, but my art is primarily writing. Funny thing is one day I noticed every book I've written has an artist character in it!

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      criysto lm 4 years ago

      Your work is amazing! Congrats on your LotD.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Your paintings are beautiful! Congratulations on your LOTD and Purple star -- Very nice lens! =)

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      A wonderful and great read. Thank you for sharing your passion. I paint occasionally, but did not do well as a plein aire artist. I prefer studio painting. Congrats on LotD that you so well deserve.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...You are more than a painting artist; you're also a writing artist! Congrats on the Purple Star! This Lens is, indeed, beautiful to look at and written well with the passion of a creative spirit!

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      tejax-Khanna 4 years ago

      Very nicely put... Thanks... Congratulations for LotD

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      gordon-bruce-art 4 years ago

      congratulations :) Great paintings

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      Carmel is such an artist's paradise! I visited there in 2006 and it was so beautiful. I'm not a painter, but I love art in all of its forms!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @Sharlee01: I try to put my feelings in my paintings so sharing them is always a labor of love.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @fifta: Thank you. Those red rocks are challenging.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @Dressage Husband: Thanks for you honesty. I have developed into a pretty good photographer out of necessity. Good luck with your work.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @Deadicated LM: I was a fashion designer and designed prints, plaids, stripes and other fabrics. Color is so important when working in textiles. Glad to hear other creative areas can find inspiration too.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @RustyDoodle: Don't dismiss your talent. I think you are an artist too. great cartoons.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @neosurk: Rejection is always difficult and I am sorry that it discouraged you but maybe your talent is elsewhere. Maybe writing or in business. Good luck with all your endeavors.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful work. Congratulations on LotD!

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @soaringsis: Thank you. Being LOTD has made my week.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @ideadesigns: Thank you. It is never to late to start painting. Enjoy.