Painting

Dawn Emerson Workshop – PanPastel

As alluded to in previous posts, I have felt the need to get into trouble. I sort of forgot, I think, that that was 2020’s nickname and 2021 is still in the process of getting over the hangover. Nevertheless, I signed up for Dawn Emerson‘s workshop through the Tubac School of Fine Art. It was a virtual (Zoom) workshop, but…

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Personal

Did I shave my legs for this?

Apologies to Deana Carter for the title, but I couldn’t resist. Warning: This post shows a (real) photo of blood and talks about an accident. As you know, my life is a never-ending parade of glamour and high-society happenings. In keeping with this lifestyle, Friday night I decided to shave my legs. While I was in the shower, I proceeded…

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Painting

Find You Working

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso This felt like a LONG week. In addition to everything that everyone else experienced, there was some sad, personal news from my work place. Wednesday night I turned off everything and doodled this. Friday was the first session in the new Roaring 20’s Mentorship. A few things have…

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Painting

Preparation

With the goals for the year published, this weekend was spent pondering where to go in the next six months of Roaring 20’s. Fortunately, my brain was prevented from overheating by a few mundane tasks. I decided to take a workshop in a couple weeks with Dawn Emerson through Tubac School of Fine Art. Therefore, I had to go to…

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Goals, Health

2021 Goals

I’ve started this goal post several times over the last few weeks. As early as late October I was making plans for a year that was not 2020. Aside from the obvious society-wide issues, 2020 had a lot of personal highlights. I had my first solo show. I coped with a pandemic. I moved. I got a pair of new…

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Goals

2020 Goals in Review

About 365 days ago, I wrote a post about my 2020 goals. I was coming off a hard year of grieving my mom and I wanted to push myself a little more while still give myself space to do any additional healing. I came across an idea for resolutions, and I filled it out like this. I will learn: What…

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Goals

How’s the blogging going – 2020 version

For each of the seven years I have been blogging, I have posted a fairly geeky post about my progress and numbers. It’s something I look forward to, and it helps me get an idea of what the next year might look like. Posts and Other Numbers 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Posts 158 124 71 64 112…

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Painting

Land Lines – Day 3

Though I woke up to a beautiful sunrise, my artistic inspiration was a bit lacking today. I didn’t sleep well and my mind didn’t want to shut off from various worries. I made a trip out to Basket Slough to get some inspiration, but when I got home did some cleaning and took a nap instead of actually painting. Shockingly,…

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Painting

Land Lines – Day 2

Got up this morning, did a walk, then ambled out to Ankeny where the camera stayed mostly in its basket. It was a lovely day, there just wasn’t a lot of action. Basket Slough reported elk, coyotes, and lots of action. Made the wrong choice of tour today! When I returned I took up the curriculum for “Land Lines” –…

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Birding, Painting

Land Lines – Day 1

Happy Holidays to all who are celebrating and (possibly even more exciting) happy countdown to the end of 2020. We’re in single digits now! While this Christmas season hasn’t been as raw for me as last year, when it was the first anniversary of my mother’s sickness and death, my mood hasn’t been chipper either. I got up and wandered…

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