Ever since I decided to become a roving equine artist a few years ago, I have been blogging about it not only to let people know what I’m up to, but also as a means of keeping me focused on my goal and making me keep to my blog-imposed schedule. It’s amazing, but even early on when I knew nobody was reading my posts I still felt this obligation to an unknown audience to be creative, inventive and informative.The roving artist part was a whole new experience for me, from acquiring all the paraphernalia (exhibit tent, display racks, tables, sample portraits, banners, promotional materials…you name it) to deciding which venues I wanted to appear at (tack sales, horse expos, horse shows). Not to mention cultivating a business persona–me, the hermit who never had much to say in public!
One of my artistic quirks is my tendency to procrastinate if I’m unsure how the finished product should look. Which is most of the time! Since having a finished painting look just like I imagined it would has never actually happened for me, uncertainty ought to be my comfortable companion by now. Instead, I use the blog to show all the stages the painting goes through before it is finally finished. This keeps me moving along, and also lets me appreciate the various twists and turns along the way.
I’ve been painting pretty much forever, but got serious about it around the late 1980’s. At that time I connected with a mentor who helped me let the paintings just happen instead of planning them in the manner of illustration. This didn’t do anything for the procrastination, but it certainly helped me let go of a lot of artistic frustration. Seeing a completed painting produces a measure of joy that quite overcomes the roadblocks along the way. And knowing that I was able to push through those blocks to a satisfying conclusion is a feeling quite unlike any other. So I continue to paint…and invite you to come along for the ride
In 2019 I took a big risk and decided to put the horses in the background and concentrate on the Sky Pads series which I had started in 2016. I signed up for several outdoor art fairs to test the waters and try to find venues that would work for my subject matter. Along came 2020 and of course, “poof”–all the exhibit opportunities were canceled. I’m pretty sure I’m going to participate in one “virtual art fair” because the producer is the same one that organized several of the outdoor shows I did in 2019 and they run a very tight ship. I think I will also, if “non-essential” businesses such as art galleries somehow manage to spring back to life, investigate the possibility of exhibiting in a professional space.
All of my current work, along with some highlights from the past, is compiled in one convenient place…www.allifarkas.com. Stop by and take a leisurely tour. You can subscribe to this blog by clicking the box on the right side of the Home Page that says “Sign Me Up!”. If you would rather send me an email than leave a public comment, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for spending some of your time with me!