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Rinnie Orr

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Rinnie Orr

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Video summary: "Why Is Your Art So Weird?"
A blog post on my artistic process, and why I paint.

Art is my passion! I want art to bring joy and color to the world.

I started painting maybe 13 years ago, when I bought my first house. I was in my mid-30s. My walls were empty, but when I started looking at art for my home, I realized that art is expensive. Instead of buying art, I decided to take some art classes to create a few pieces of art for myself. I didn’t know then that those early classes would transform my life and that painting would turn into a multi-year passion that continues to this day.

For the longest time, I was embarrassed by my art, but I still hung it up on my walls, giving my home a unique, personal character. But still, I didn’t show my art unless people came by to visit. I believed my paintings to be “messes”.

Even when people said that they liked something I did, I had a hard time believing that my art was good enough to show.

But…my "messes" began to accumulate, my walls began to feel crowded, and I was storing my art away. I took one or two particular “messes” to work, and discretely hung up at the office. At some point, the “real” artists at work said I should “put a couple pieces in the the annual art show.” People began seeing my work, and it became easier to put it out there.

It’s been a process to become an artist…and the process continues. I know I haven’t perfected my art and sometimes am not sure I have a particular artistic voice. My paintings have no particular theme. I just paint what comes to me.

I’m still making “messes” but I do know that I am finding control over the medium – control I really started developing over the past two years or so.

Thank you for checking me out, and blessings on your own journey.
In Peace!

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