Goals, Painting

Studio Initiation

With the word “opening” but COVID on the rise, I am very much hunkered down at home. Last week we got word that the work from home orders will extend through August. Yesterday was the summer equinox. We’re just about halfway through 2020. And who could have foreseen what a year it was going to be! I thought it was…

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Scale. Small.

In the last two weeks, a lot has happened. Simultaneously, it’s been pretty quiet. That’s the contradiction of life right now. The Move I haven’t talked about this for about a month. I’m completely out of the Salem house and everything is in storage in the garage down here. The Keizer house is still a go, and I’ll be signing…

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Just try it, you’ll like it

Just so you know, I could probably be easily talked into jumping off that metaphorical cliff with all my friends. As an example, all my Facebook art friends have been posting little demos, Instagram chats, and various other fun looking activities. Of course, having a pesky job, I can’t partake of most of them. So… this week I decided to…

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Interesting times

Lately, life has felt like that old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” I don’t think I’m alone! Interesting is part of the reason I haven’t updated my blog in a couple of weeks, so I’ll try to plow through and get you all up to date. The Reception! Finally, after months of work, the reception at the…

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Goals, Painting, Personal

Chapters

I’ve been thinking a lot about chapters. According to the Mirriam Webster dictionary, chapter has at least three definitions, including this one: period of time that is very different from the period of time before it. The problem is that many times, chapters aren’t easy to define. 2019 was absolutely influenced (read dominated) by the death of my mom in…

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Flirting with the finish line

This weekend is essentially “the end” of the painting push. I will devote next weekend to sealing and preparing the paintings for hanging. So, where did I end up? I’m so glad you asked. I have 11 of my 12 done. I’ve marked them finished and they are signed. I’m not precluding adjustments, but I can’t find any necessary adjustments.…

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When is enough, Enough?

Two weeks ago when I posted, I was feeling nervous. My show was in just over a month and it felt like there was a ton to do. The promo (provided by Salem Art Association) wasn’t finished and they wanted more paintings than we originally talked about. Salem Reads was coming up as well as two nosework trials which would…

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Will they have art therapy in the funny farm?

I was just messaging an artist friend and I was assuring her that I was TOTALLY sane after a weekend of painting. The dog project continues, and I feel like I’m getting my stride. Sketch Image Painting Focus Spring: Yellow Flowered Collar portrait / face Fast Friends relationship Dribble (or Play Maker) object Summer: Red Portrait of a Young Lady…

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The Panic Zone

I think I have officially entered the panic stage of this experiment. Several things have happened in the last week. I took half the paintings to my critique group. They made some goods suggestions, among which was that the paintings needed a unifying force… such as similar backgrounds. Or at least styles (Portrait of Young Lady is an obvious outlier.)…

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