Painting

Overcommitted and brief

I had every intention of writing a big long post, because I have lots to report and many paintings. And the day and weekend caught up with me. And my phone stopped cooperating. And I scratched my eye and had to go to the urgent care. So, it’s 8:30 on Sunday and I’m calling it and I’ll try to write…

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So now what?

For the last three weeks, I’ve been exploring the idea of artistic style. Week one was about determining if my style was noticeable. Week two explored what elements of style might come easily to me. And in the penultimate post, I discussed what elements of style my paintings displayed. So where is all this taking me? Earlier this year, I…

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A plan forms (in the middle)

As usual, I came up with a plan for this series someplace in the middle of the process. I’ve had the idea for a series on painting style for a while, but my ideas seemed too uncoordinated for a real series. Then I had a week without a topic and… BAM! This series started. To recap, I started with a…

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Then a survey

Take a simple survey (this link will take you off this site.) Style is a fairly encompassing term which can refer to several aspects of art. Style can mean the technique(s) used to create the artwork. Pointillism, for example, is a method of creating a painting by using small dots of color and allowing color blending to occur within the…

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Starting with a Quiz

Quiz: For each line of paintings, choose the painting that was done by me. “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” by Barney “ABC” by the Jackson Five “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash Side by Side The final day of the Jean Pederson workshop (back in May) my table mate, Chris Kondrat, arrived late to the workshop. We were just about to…

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Personal

Unimpressive

While this week was singularly lacking in art, unless you include organizing art supplies, it was a busy one. The Keizer house went on the market (lots of showing, no offers yet.) I had the pesky job to occupy me and walking the dog took up the rest of the free time. But I hit it hard this weekend and…

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Personal

The enemy of the good

“Perfect is the enemy of the good.” ~ most often attributed to Voltaire “Done is better than perfect.” ~ Sheryl Sandberg I am moved. Done. Out. The Keizer house is empty, clean, and ready for whatever happens next. It goes on the market this week and fingers crossed it sells quickly. Of course, this means that the beach house (now my…

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Painting, Personal

It got away from me

It continually amazes me. You want to take the tiniest break from something, and suddenly it’s been a month and you can’t figure out how things got so far out of control. Please, folks, forgive me for not updating this blog for a while. I’d like to tell you that amazing things have been going on, but the truth is…

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Flow

This weekend something unusual happened. I suddenly became interesting finishing all the things. This almost never happens. It’s much more common to get “startitis” where you want to do all the things. For once, my location and available interest coincided with this passion for finishing, so I have been quietly chugging through the items on my desk, getting up every…

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Opprobrious

opprobrious [uh-proh-bree-uhs]  (adjective): outrageously disgraceful or shameful. There are many reasons why this seems like a good title for today’s post. Whatever your guess, you probably aren’t wrong. (Seriously? We are here again?) But the introduction I meant to start had to do with my travels over the last week. A week ago Saturday, Key and I went to a nosework…

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