Painting

Not just sweet

The journaling challenge this week was “sweet.” As I worked on my (on a deadline) paintings, I spent a lot of time contemplating how to prevent the paintings from being sweet. One thing that surprised me about being an artist (actually, about being human…) is just how free people are with their suggestions. A friend will show me a photo…

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Health, Painting

Focus

When starting Ruth Armitage‘s Roaring 20’s mentorship program, I filled out a little questionnaire about my goals. One of the questions was about how much painting I did and if that was enough or if I wanted to do more. I answered that I painted from 1-4 hours a week, and that felt like enough. This weekend was a “1-hour”.…

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Painting

The glass is.

The journaling prompt this week is, “The glass is half…”; however, I’m struggling with just the fact of a glass. Without going into detail, it was  tough week at work. It was my Friday off, which I needed, but I had an “anxious day” most of the day Friday, which is not fun. Thankfully, but Saturday I had calmed down…

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Painting

In the stars

It’s somewhere between 97° and 99° degrees here. I’ve lost the will to do anything. Fortunately, I have art assignments to prompt me along. And air conditioning in the studio. This week’s journaling prompt (week 3, first time I’ve done the prompt) is “It’s in the Stars.” When I saw the prompt, I figured I wouldn’t do it this week…

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Painting

Working SMARTer

After yesterday’s finishing marathon, today’s goal was to start putting in some time on my SMART goals from the Roaring 20’s workshop. For those of you (like me) that need a reminder, my SMART goals from my initial session were: Leave out some information Change something Define what emotion (in the beginning) I am trying paint. What is the personal…

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Painting

Finishing Process

Yesterday I went to pick up my paintings from the Bush Barn Art Center. It was a bittersweet trip. I was so proud of the show and have such good memories of the reception. But it was a lot of work for a small return on investment because COVID-19 shut down the show and all other operations prematurely. Since then,…

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Painting

To paint, but not to finish…

This weekend I did stuff. I don’t know what, but the hours definitely filled up. It was a busy week in general. The fencers arrived on Sunday and by Wednesday the new fence was up, the trees gone/pruned, and I had this loveliness to behold. (Here’s a video.) In other interesting news, I had guests. A good friend and her…

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Goals, Painting

It’s not procrastinating if you need to do it…

Friday I started a new adventure. I have been feeling like I needed an artistic shove, and so when Ruth Armitage advertised she was doing a new, 6-month mentorship program called Roaring 20’s, I decided to go for it. Friday was the first meeting of my group. I would guess there are about 20 people in the brasserie, and my…

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Painting, Pets

Four paintings and an attack

To paraphrase Victor Hugo, some weeks’ function is to serve as a bad example. This was one of those weeks. By Friday, stick a fork in me because I was done. I sat down in my studio Friday evening and basically destroyed some paper. I would like to report, that got it out of my system. Maybe it did. Saturday…

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Painting

Guest Posting (mine)

I believe I have mentioned the wonderful painter, teacher, and mentor, Ruth Armitage a time or two. Ruth is celebrating twelve years of blogging this month by inviting some guests to post, and I was one of the lucky ones! Check out my article (it’s a new one) and stay for the art. I’ve seen her pieces in galleries, museums,…

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