Health, Painting

No (new) dancing animals

For those of you who were worried about my sanity because of the recent influx of dancing animals, you will be relieved to know that this post does not showcase any NEW dancing animals projects. Yellowstone Dancers – the pause before commitment I am still working through my ideas around Yellowstone Dancers. I think I’ve landed on a plan, but…

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More Dancing Animals

I told a friend this week about my latest project and she said, “Tara, do we need to talk about this recent obsession with dancing animals?” No, Gretchen. I’m as sane as I ever was, and yes, I’m aware that is not a high bar. Unfortunately, my sanity or lack thereof was of little import this weekend. The memorial for…

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Evolution

I need to announce that there is a vanishingly small chance that I have learned something. This is a red letter day! Let me explain. Back in June, when I went on my great Western Adventure, on Day 6 I went through Yellowstone National Park. I started pretty early in the morning and witnessed a herd of young bachelors tussling…

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Moooooo-ving On

After the great cow adventure of a couple weeks ago, I had reference photos of cows sitting around all over my studio. So, obviously, I needed to paint a few to get this cow thing really out of my system. Cows aren’t really my thing; except that cows and horses are a little like peanut butter and jelly. So, a…

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Editing

Almost every discipline requires some kind of editing. If you garden, you have (at a minimum) weeds. If you cook, you try substitutions or variations. If you run, you try to better your time or lower your heart rate. With painting, there are a lot of editing opportunities. What to paint? Materials? Colors? Which details should be left out or…

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Standard vs. study

This was a big week for art show notifications; I received two acceptances, both of which pleased me to no end. The first was for the Watercolor Society of Oregon fall show. Even though the in-person convention has been cancelled (some digital classes will be available, but it’s not the same), the show will still hang in the Elsinore Gallery…

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Birding, Painting

Well, there goes that plan

This week I was talking to a friend about COVID-19. And I admitted to her that I am finding this “stage” of this–group project?– to be the hardest yet. She agreed and admitted she was struggling, too. As if the gods were listening, the next day the WSO convention–the first in-person convention in two years–was changed to virtual. I’m going…

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Health, Painting, Pets

Captive Ball

captive ball A pinball trapped within a small area of the playfield. The captive ball never leaves this area, and the free ball can never enter it. However, the free ball can knock into the captive ball, which in turn can knock into targets in its area. I was searching for a term to describe the last week, and nothing…

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Desideratum

Desideratum:¬†noun –¬† something wanted or needed I am still working toward being (consistently) on the mend, but it is a goal that I have found elusive. One day I feel pretty good. I eat well, get in my steps, and feel pretty perky. The next, for no apparent reason, I’m tired and wheezy. Everything is a struggle. I’m not noticing…

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Four feet by 1293 miles

This weekend I drove down to the Lincoln City Cultural Center to see the Seventh Generation panomural as presented by the Elizabeth Jones Gallery. Hundreds of artists are joining to create For the Seventh Generation: a free-standing, two-foot by mile-long painting dedicated to ocean protection. When the mural is complete, every mile of the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline will…

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