Posted 3 days ago

"Wall Flowers" by Shelby McQuilkin

Beautifully dressed, ready to dance, but instead of being noticed, instead of basking in the spotlight, you stand in the corner and watch.  It’s difficult to be overlooked when you’ve worked so hard.  Everyone wants/needs recognition for their accomplishments and it’s not easy to just be ignored.

You know you’re ready to be seen but why isn’t anyone paying attention?

It’s been my experience that the more you focus on getting attention the less you get.  When you relax, focus on the work, and stop looking for the praise, you’ll find it comes to you.   When you’re doing good work, when you pour your heart and soul into it, eventually people will take notice.  And if for some reason they don’t, that’s OK too.  You know in your heart you’ve done your best.

Posted 5 days ago

"Commitment" by Shelby McQuilkin

Posted 6 days ago
Posted 6 days ago

Out of My Comfort Zone 

Recently, I sold a couple of paintings to a collector in California.  She wanted to hang one of the paintings over her couch but found that she needed to fill the space with two more paintings.  She asked me if she could commission me to paint two more pieces that would match.   Wow!  What a great opportunity for an artist and I felt grateful for the opportunity.

As excited as I was, I was also scared to death.  I’d never taken a commission and truth be told, I was nervous about whether or not I would be able to match the first painting and I was worried that I would paint something she didn’t like.

Fear can easily stop us from stepping out of our comfort zones.  I could have easily said “no” to this opportunity and saved myself potential disappointment  or failure to please my client.  Not only would I have missed out on a financial benefit, but I also would have missed an opportunity to grow as an artist.

In doing the commission I encountered new inspiration and painted two paintings that I am really happy with.  I also formed a new relationship with a wonderful client  that I really like.  And finally, I proved to myself that I can do more than I think.  I’m ready to take on new challenges and expand as an artist.


Posted 1 week ago

"Watching" by Shelby McQuilkin

She sits resting, watching the other dancers, waiting for her next part.  She’s enjoying a moment to breathe, to think about what comes next.  She’s a seasoned dancer, not a young impatient beginner.  She still gets nervous before a performance, but she’s mature enough to handle her emotions.  She’s performed many times and still has many performances left in her.  She watches the other dancers knowing her hard work and determination has brought her to where she always dreamed she would be. 

Posted 2 weeks ago
Posted 2 weeks ago
Posted 2 weeks ago

"Waiting" by Shelby McQuilkin

This abstract, figurative, oil painting is called “Waiting” and it speaks to a place that my family is in as I write this.  We’re all waiting for something:  a promotion, a soul-mate, a check in the mail, a hope, a dream.   I’m not a patient person, I don’t like to wait, but there are times in life when waiting is not an option.

Waiting can feel like you’re out in the middle of nowhere, nothing is happening, no excitement, no one to talk to, it’s just nothing.  You’re looking into the distance trying to see if the thing you’re waiting for is on it’s way, trying to judge how long it’s going to take to arrive and frustrated with the whole process.

But, when I take the time to just relax and breathe, I realize that “waiting” can be a beautiful process and not just a frustrating one.  Waiting gives me time to ponder, to reflect, to be grateful.  Waiting can be full of anticipation, excitement and wonder.  Waiting makes you slow down and think about your priorities and figure out what it is that really want.

For me, this painting is about the beauty of waiting, longing, and hoping.

Posted 3 weeks ago
Posted 3 weeks ago
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.