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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Birding, Goals, Painting

Concluded

Today I finished my NaNoWriMo project with a total of 50,010 hard-earned words. Forgive me a sigh of relief. As a celebratory measure, I drove down to Finley where a friend told me that Short-eared owls were appearing by the dozens. I don’t know about dozens, but spotted five and managed to get one very distant photo. I spent most…

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The days just slide by

This weekend I had a long conversation with a friend about covid / lockdown / 2020 mess. Her point was that we should stay inside and be as safe as possible, treating any are out of your house as hot lava, to be avoided and if forced to go over it, as quickly as possible. I don’t necessarily disagree, but…

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Going Dark

Things have been a little dark in my life lately, both figurately and literally. I’m struggling a little with depression and my breathing problems have resurfaced, none of which makes me feel better. I’ve put myself on a strict schedule which means I’ve been getting up and heading out for the first walk of the day in the dark. I’m…

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Should I invest?

This has not suddenly become a financial website. I’m just pondering buying a real set of acrylics. I’ve been painting (mostly) in watercolor since 2006. I’ve done a few acrylic paintings and certainly done more with mixed media. I’ve even tried oil painting. But, by and large, I’ve resisted investing in another medium because I have so much invested in…

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The gift of a failed painting

I am going to make a bold claim. Artists don’t know what they are doing. Every artist starts out with a basic idea that can be summed up as, “Let’s try this.” And at some point, it doesn’t work. Some artists mitigate this failure by doing sketches, value plans, and studies. Some artists just start applying paint and fix problems…

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The myth of the palette

This may be a bold post. It may be a controversial post. It may even be heretical. Brace yourself. Palettes are stupid. *** Forgive me a history lesson. When, as an adult, I began taking watercolor classes, I was given a list of supplies. The list included brushes, paintings, paper, and a palette. I happily went down to my local…

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