Marianne Morris | Artist

Living Life in Full Colour

New Abstract Painting: The Smouldering Ember

Smouldering abstract painting in orange and blue

“The Smouldering Ember”, 22×30″ Acrylic on paper. Available.

I like painting abstracts. I really do. There’s something about not worrying what something is “supposed” to look like that is incredibly freeing. It’s just colour and shape and feeling. I know a lot of people don’t “get” non-objective work. That’s ok. I know there are some very famous paintings that just don’t do it for me, and others that I could look at forever. It’s all personal taste.

Selling art is one of those things that is a challenge no matter how you go about it. It seems like selling abstract art is even more so. I don’t make a living from my sales. I don’t know a lot of people who do. With the crap that has been my life the last couple years, I’ve decided to cut myself some slack and take a break from the hustle. There will be no art fairs in the next year. Possibly no shows. I’m not going to go hunting down opportunities.  I’m just going to do what I feel like doing. That means drawing if I feel like it. Working in my journal. Maybe doing a landscape or a portrait if I that’s the way I’m leaning that day. I’m tired, and I think I need a little break.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a boatload of medical practitioners. I’ve been told, many times, that it would help me to reduce the amount of stress in my life. How the hell does someone do that? My job is deadline driven. I have no idea from day to day what I’m walking into. I can think I’m caught up when I leave at night, only to walk into a deluge of work the following morning. My corporate overlords do everything by the numbers, so if my account doesn’t generate enough profit we don’t get the hands to do the work. That’s the way it is for everyone these days. Everyone I talk to is overworked and completely stressed out. Adding a 2nd career to the mix just seems to be hastening my burnout.

I’m not going to stop creating. It’s something I love to do, and when I’m in my studio I feel totally at one with myself. But I think I’m going to stop pushing myself to have something new to share every single week. My life just isn’t that interesting. I want to keep the blog going, so I’ll figure out something… maybe guest posts from my artist friends? I know a lot of really talented people. Maybe I’ll share some of my photos. Or interesting books I’ve read. I don’t know.

Anyone have a suggestion?


  1. I absolutely love this piece Marianne. I will say that I love reading your blog and I find what you have to say to always be interesting. What you shared about selling art and shows is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. Although I have never had a show, and have never even tried to sell anything, for a while I had a goal of painting very large abstracts and maybe one day having a show.

    After talking to many artists about some of the challenges they have had, and giving it a lot of thought, I have decided that it is not something I really want to do.

    I love creating from the heart, painting and drawing whatever comes to mind and would hate to approach it from the perspective of ‘will this sell.’ Not to mention the huge expense to create a body of work and the reality that it is unlikely that everything will sell. If I created 10 huge paintings and only 1 sold, where would I store 9 huge paintings in a tiny house anyway?

    It has taken me a while to get here as somehow along the way I got this idea in my head that I am not really an artist if I never sell anything or have a show, but now I feel completely different about it.

    I do hope that you will still continue to share what you are making, even if you don’t write a full blog post each week. I love seeing your work.

    • Thanks Tom. I think with the way the world is, many don’t think what they do is of value unless someone else thinks it is. But art is a path to your soul… its a way to figure out all the hidden bits and pieces of ourselves. That is valuable. So do what you love, and if it finds an audience, that’s awesome. And having “known” you for the past year or so, I’d say you are most definitely an artist. 🙂

  2. you will be missed, Marianne, but please do take care of your health.
    Love to read your weekly posts, but I could simply look at images, in progress or completely finished, sketches, no words, one or two words, just stay in touch

  3. Hi Marianne, I love this new painting! How much are you asking for it?

    I really enjoy reading your blog and hope you find some equilibrium in your life so you can enjoy your creativity more and regain your health too.

    For your blog: have you considered recycling some of your old posts from your old blog? You could find 5 or 6 that could work with minor updating, schedule them in WordPress to appear every Sunday or every other Sunday, and voila, you have a blog break for a month or six weeks hiatus. 🙂

    Not really my business, but you did ask for suggestions… 🙂 have you considered a job/career change? Or working remotely from home with your current job?

    I don’t know what kind of job you currently do or what your skill set is but I’m guessing you’re good at what you do and you do need to consider your health and future. With repetitive stress injuries happening, maybe you and your employer need to work to make your work environment more ergonomic?

    There really isn’t any easy answers is there? Wishing you well! 🙂

    • Thanks Cindi… I’ll inbox you details on the painting. Because of the size shipping might be a bit high, but I’ll find out. You’re in BC, right?

      Good idea about recycling older posts. I hadn’t thought of that. I’ve been at this for 4 years now, so I have a load to choose from. 🙂

      I have thought about a career change… but I’m just not all that good at anything else (I do graphics for packaging… so I work with pictures all day. There was a time I loved my job…). I’d love to work from home, but sadly my company won’t allow that. Kinda crazy, given that everything we do is digital and it would really solve some space issues, but I’ve tried to fight the system and gotten nowhere. I think I’m going to have to slog it out for a few more years until I can either reduce my hours to part time, or retire early. But I am keeping my options open. You never know when something will come up. 🙂

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