Birding, Pets

The best (and the worst)

Sometimes (most times) I feel like Facebook doesn’t give a very even picture of an actual event. For example, this weekend… Friday, Key and I loaded up in the car to head up to Camano Island, Washington (north of Seattle) to do a nosework (NW3) trial. This is our second trial in the last three weekends (in other words, of…

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Painting

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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Painting

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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Painting

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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Painting

meraki

Thank you to Ruth Armitage who used this as a blog post title. I’ve had it written down ever since! meraki meraki [may-rah-kee] Meraki is a Greek word that describes doing something with love, creativity and pure soul. It means leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work, whatever your work may be. Introducing A few weeks ago,…

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Painting

rhopography

rhopography, n.: “Chiefly in painting: a depiction of subject matter considered insignificant or trivial, as still life, the domestic interior, animals, etc.” I have been wanting to use that word-of-the-day for a long time. Finally! Work on my Minto Brown series goes apace. I have been surprisingly focused. I currently only have two more subjects to select and three paintings…

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Goals

2020 Goals

Heading into 2020, I feel a little daunted. Last year I put my goals in a new format in an attempt to recognize that it would be a tough year for me. I think that gave me the space to grieve Mom’s death (not that that will stop), but it was demonstrably a less effective way of getting things done.…

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Goals

How’s the blogging going – 2019 version

For each of the six years I have been blogging, I have posted a fairly geeky post about my progress and numbers. It’s something I look forward to, and it helps me get an idea of what the next year might look like. Posts and Other Numbers 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Posts 158 124 71 64 112 41…

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Goals

2019 Goals in Review

Well, just a few more hours of 2019. It was one for the books. Last year, knowing it would be a tough year, I did my goals slightly differently. I tried to be less (ha ha) goal oriented. And, well, not as much got done. I’m okay with that, and it was probably unavoidable. But in 2020, I’m planning to…

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Birding, Travel

Milestone Wanderer

Last Friday (Dec. 20), I took off on an epic trip to Monterey, California, and back. 1500+ miles of driving in 8 days. The main goal was to a) avoid the holidays, and b) see birds. I managed to do a spectacular job at both. Day 1 – To Redding This day the goal was to cover miles. According to…

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