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Getting Back Into the Flow

April 18, 2018

Finally, my space is starting to feel like an art studio again. After a year and a half of false starts, my daily art practice is back. Now that I have a new gallery for a total of two, I have plenty of reasons to paint. I know we shouldn’t need a “reason” but somehow it does affect my productivity.

This painting is brand new, and designated for the new gallery. I think they will like it and be able to sell it.

Underwater World – Acrylic on Canvas, 24x36x1.5 inches

In addition, I had a surprise studio sale 3 weeks ago, to a person who had seen my work at the local art center. He had later looked at my website and wanted to know about this specific one, which had been hanging in my studio for quite a while, and though I will miss it, I’m excited that it’s found a new forever home:

Gentle Wind – Acrylic on Canvas, 48x36x.75 inches

And the new series of acrylics on paper that I’ve been working on still doesn’t have a name. Here’s another one of those:

New Series, #1 — Acrylic on 300# Arches with hand-deckled edge, 8×8 inches FOR SALE $100 – Contact me

And the cherry on top of this delicious sundae is the watercolor class I’m teaching. It’s been a great diversion and a way for me to stay disciplined at improving my skills. But the best part is that this group of women has really jelled and we are having a blast.

Art is not just part of my life now. It is my life.

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Reclaiming My Time (And Space)

April 5, 2018

Studio from Entrance

Lots of exciting things going on in the studio these past few weeks. But first I had to clear the space in order to work. Since then, I’ve been painting away, and in the down times (what are those?) have been teaching a weekly beginning watercolor class to a group of 8 women.

I’m teaching it because I want to get better at it myself. I have taken numerous watercolor classes and workshops over the years, but never did keep it up. It was frustrating every time, and so unforgiving that I just gave up. But it has always been something I wanted to conquer, primarily because it is such a gorgeous medium when done right. I stay just a step or two ahead of the students, so it’s a win-win for all of us. Teaching gives me the discipline that I need to stay on task and practice daily.

The bonus surprise from immersing myself in watercolor is that it is making me a better painter overall. It’s a little too soon to see where that will lead, but already it’s beginning to break me out of some of my old habits and helping me to see new possibilities.

I’ve been working on several new paintings on canvas, and a new series of 8-inch square paintings on paper. I’m struggling at the moment for a title for the new series of squares, and it just isn’t coming to me yet. So I’ll stop struggling and then maybe it will reveal itself when the time is right.

Here is one canvas that I finished over the weekend.

“Spring Thaw” – Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, 24×30 inches – Available for Sale

And here’s a peek at one of the 8″ square ones. These are acrylic on Arches 300# rough paper with a hand-deckled edge. No titles as yet.

New Series, #2 – Acrylic on 300# Arches watercolor paper

I am overjoyed to have had some recent painting sales. That has provided a great impetus to keep heading out to the studio every day.

Here’s hoping you’re having some discoveries and inspirations too. Stay creative!

 

What’s New in the Studio

January 13, 2018

Just looking around the studio this morning at a whole bunch of unfinished projects, wondering which ones to focus on first. That’s not a bad problem to have, actually, but it does tend to give me pause. What it means is that I need to clear some space in order to focus. Am I the only one?

Over here are several little baby canvases ready for their last coat of clear gel. Once that’s been applied and has a day to dry, I can move them out of the way.

Over here is a stack of my favorite size of small panels with texture applied, waiting patiently for me to get back to work on them.

And in several places around the studio are some half-finished, fairly large canvases. I’d say there are a half dozen of those standing up against the wall.

It’s been unusually cold in our neck of the woods, so that’s going to be my excuse. It’s cold in the studio. It has its own heating, but I’d have to commit a day to be out there working. OK, I’ve talked my way through this dilemma. Now time to get to work on it.

Just a quick note about my Etsy shop: If you know of anyone who’d like some affordable art that is small enough to fit just about anywhere, and can brighten your day, please save the link and share it freely. You, my faithful blog readers, have always been the people who have kept me going and helped me get the word out about my work, and for that I am forever grateful.

Have a creative day!

 

‘Tis the Season

December 20, 2017

It’s holiday time again, and I hope many of you are planning to spend it with family and some great friends to celebrate the traditions you love.

That tradition for me is Christmas. And, for me, every year seems to be a little different. Some years in the past, depending on the family’s big plans, the holidays were a marathon of cooking, cleaning, decorating, and late nights standing over a bed or counter wrapping an endless assortment of gifts. But there were years when I couldn’t quite anticipate them with joy. Couldn’t quite get into the spirit of things. My Scrooge years.

Then there was the occasional Martha Stewart year, when I would string lights all over inverted tomato cages and put them on my front porch. And then I was over it for a couple of years. This year I have my same little table top tree, and a few lights strung across the mantel. And it gives me a cozy feeling.

But as an artist, the constant for me has been the anticipation and relishing of the quiet time right after the madness of the holidays. When others are happily occupied elsewhere and digging out from under the trappings, I love the solitude of my studio and more art supplies than any one person deserves.

It’s a season of creativity and promise, and like the dormant bulbs in my little flower bed, a lot is happening just under the surface. I can feel the shift already. My thoughts (and dreams) are already turning once again to creating with a renewed energy.

Yesterday I started cleaning my studio, which I’d been avoiding, plugged in all my big lights, and turned on some music. Next, I put the finishing touches on a painting that I hadn’t quite managed to resolve back in the summer. It’s been shown in this blog before as a work in progress. It’s now finished and ready to find a new home.

Fire and Ice – Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, 20 x 24 inches.

And here are a few works in progress. Just like me.

On a table over there . . .

In this corner by the window . . .

And in another corner:

So many possibilities. Have a wonderful rest of the year and a fabulous new year!

 

A Brand New Day

November 25, 2017

This brand new day is full of possibilities and promise. So before someone, or something, tries to grab it away from me, I will claim it as my own. My very own day to spend as I alone choose. How will I spend it?

I will definitely include a second (or third) cup of coffee.

A little background music — this might be a nice choice.

Add some paper from the stash . . .

maybe a canvas or three . . .

some paint . . .

Get out the glue, and maybe some other interesting things . . .

And I’ll see what my very own day brings. Perhaps some buried treasure just waiting to be brought to light.

. . . out of all the chaos.

Have a brand new creative day!