Painting

Risk it all!

Many of you (hopefully) got my newsletter (if not, the sign up is right over the side.) I only put it out once a month, but I enjoy the feeling of professionalism it gives me to say I have a newsletter. If you got the newsletter, you know that I finished “Yellowstone Dancers”, have the Salem Reads show coming up in…

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Birding, Painting

Tsunami survivor

I have said it before, and I’ll probably say it again: Art is time-consuming. I’ve spent most of the day (and the weekend, for that matter) slogging through the various tasks that have to be done if I want to get into shows or other opportunities. But that doesn’t mean I like it. Particularly irksome is a multi-page application for…

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It was an accident

With this new COVID variant, I’m back to staying home. Not that I ever left. It’s just that for the first time I feel like I’m getting cabin fever. It didn’t help that this week DUMPED rain. Nearly four inches and that was usually with a brisk wind. Indoor, inside, at home. That was me this week. Obviously, my job…

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Out with the old…

The last half of December always feels like a march through a marshmallow. I’m going along, trying to get things done, and then something sparkly or sweet comes along. Days off. Fun meals. People you don’t see often. While the time before December 25 (or so) feels like plodding part of the agenda, once the magic date hits, we’re all…

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A new thing called “subtle”

This week was busy (I had to work five whole days! It was awful!) and I was tired at the end of it. My list of goals was small, which was a good thing because a large, wet, and windy storm hit Saturday morning (a bit unexpectedly) and even the dog wasn’t interested in venturing out. Saturday, I didn’t even…

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Important

“We must paint only what is important to us, must not respond to outside demands. They do not know what they want, or what we have to give.” – Robert Henri One of the artists I follow (unfortunately, I have forgotten which one so I cannot provide credit for the inspiration) put the above quote on their newsletter. It struck…

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pareidolia

pareidolia: the perception of apparently significant patterns or recognizable images, especially faces, in random or accidental arrangements of shapes and lines. pareidolia: the human tendency to find patterns in experiences or sensations   A few months ago, one of my favorite artists, Kate Dardine, did a newsletter with this title. I put it in my “to do” pile for the…

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A Different Sort of Art

I am the (volunteer) webmaster for the Watercolor Society of Oregon. It’s not a big deal, except when it is. And the last couple of years, with the increased demands of everything going online, the website has become a bit of a burden. This last year, at the fall WSO convention, I was named volunteer of the year, which was…

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Home again, Jiggity Jig

Tonight will be a short post because I’m tired and I don’t have a lot to say. Obviously, we are all home again from our time at the beach house. It was lovely, and I got a lot of thinking done. I’m hoping some of my thoughts and plans come into fruition. Today I received a “rejection” from ISEA that…

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Lesley Humphrey “Workshop” – Day 4 (sort of)

Today I did watch the 4th (and final) video in Lesley Humprey’s painting horses series. However, I did no painting of horses. Debbie Loyd, a magnificent painter I have known for years, saw on Facebook that I was complaining about my original workshop getting cancelled, and offered to drive down for the day and provide an online workshop on waves…

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