Will they have art therapy in the funny farm?

I was just messaging an artist friend and I was assuring her that I was TOTALLY sane after a weekend of painting. The dog project continues, and I feel like I’m getting my stride. Sketch Image Painting Focus Spring: Yellow Flowered Collar portrait / face Fast Friends relationship Dribble (or Play Maker) object Summer: Red

The Panic Zone

I think I have officially entered the panic stage of this experiment. Several things have happened in the last week. I took half the paintings to my critique group. They made some goods suggestions, among which was that the paintings needed a unifying force… such as similar backgrounds. Or at least styles (Portrait of Young

meraki

Thank you to Ruth Armitage who used this as a blog post title. I’ve had it written down ever since! meraki meraki [may-rah-kee] Meraki is a Greek word that describes doing something with love, creativity and pure soul. It means leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work, whatever your work may be.

rhopography

rhopography, n.: “Chiefly in painting: a depiction of subject matter considered insignificant or trivial, as still life, the domestic interior, animals, etc.” I have been wanting to use that word-of-the-day for a long time. Finally! Work on my Minto Brown series goes apace. I have been surprisingly focused. I currently only have two more subjects

Deadline? What deadline?

For those of you who are counting (not that I’m among them…) I have ten (10) weeks until I need to be ready for my show at the Salem Art Association (opening night, March 6; delivery by Feb. 27). So, what did I work on this weekend? Certainly not that! Because obviously anything is more

Gotta catch up…

Hello all! I’m alive! And back to blogging! At least, that’s my story. First of all, thank you everyone for your lovely can kind words about my last post. In spite of the somewhat gloomy nature of that post, the last month (again, sorry) has been a good one. NaNoWriMo My main excuse for not

Around the Bend

My apologies for the “radio silence”. I truly intended to post the whale watching pictures the next day, but there are SO many that editing got me really bogged down. And then life happens, and all the plans go out the window. Today I returned from a brief but fun adventure in Bend, Oregon, where

Suspending secret

Artists have a secret. Well, maybe it’s not a secret, but it definitely something that non-artists might be surprised about. We have a lot of art. And that’s not including our own. The problem, of course, is that we tend to be a gregarious group that does things like enter shows, take workshops, and generally

esquisse

esquisse a first usually rough sketch (as of a picture or model of a statue) Some days, it just doesn’t come together. You do the work, you make the marks, you think the thoughts, and it’s just not there. Today was like that in life drawing. (Note: This week we drew a man, and this