Painting, Personal

Crack-up (myself)

Unable to Friday psychasthenia: A sudden collapse in someone’s mental health or stability of mind After a five-day weekend last week and a mere three-day workweek, I would never have suspected that Friday would be the day that did me in. But Friday morning, by 7:15am, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to cope. Issue 1: I had…

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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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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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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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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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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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What IS experimental?

Recently I joined the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). This week, I was invited to join their new Facebook group, and I gratefully did so. I need to get into some trouble. Trouble shouldn’t be hard to find. Some of my personal trouble pipers are in this group too: Ruth Armitage, Liz Walker, Kimberly Santini, Ann Moore, Sue Martin,…

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Birding, Painting

Getting weirder

I think I’m getting weirder. This was a LONG week. Work right now is very busy. I got a new cell phone, which resulted in three days of technology rants. Various animals in the house are doing well, but the kittens are entering the “too cool” tween stage. As this was my short weekend, I had a modest list of…

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