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Getting my act together

Let’s face it. This month has not gone according to plan. I started out thinking I  would work on the Cheltenham Gold Cup painting I mentioned here. Then I got word that the For the Seventh Generation show was on and worked mostly on that. Along the way, I apparently missed a couple of assignments. Week 1 – I can’t…

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The evolution of a painting

One of the things I find fascinating about painting intuitively, as opposed to with a plan, is that the initial plan evolves (devolves?) drastically. Take “Barometer Drop.” I first posted about this painting March 17. It next appeared August 17, after I got word that the show was indeed still on. I hadn’t done anything to it in the five…

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Elemental

For the Seventh Generation A Community of Coastal Watchers The one-mile panomural project dedicated to ocean protection. Our oceans are continually threatened by pollution, coastal development, and over-fishing that taxes these finite systems. Decisions made today are to be mindful of their impact on the environment and on our children, grandchildren, and future generations. Without a strong advocating voice, the…

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My secret? I’m feeling blue.

I’m having a little trouble following the journal prompts and challenges from Roaring 20’s. So I’m going to use the last prompt I remember to create a title and go with it! Friday would have been Mom’s 73 birthday, and to be frank, I missed her. We weren’t really a “big birthday” kind of family, but it was certainly a…

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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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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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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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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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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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