Painting

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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To paint, but not to finish…

This weekend I did stuff. I don’t know what, but the hours definitely filled up. It was a busy week in general. The fencers arrived on Sunday and by Wednesday the new fence was up, the trees gone/pruned, and I had this loveliness to behold. (Here’s a video.) In other interesting news, I had guests. A good friend and her…

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Painting, Pets

Four paintings and an attack

To paraphrase Victor Hugo, some weeks’ function is to serve as a bad example. This was one of those weeks. By Friday, stick a fork in me because I was done. I sat down in my studio Friday evening and basically destroyed some paper. I would like to report, that got it out of my system. Maybe it did. Saturday…

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Painting

Guest Posting (mine)

I believe I have mentioned the wonderful painter, teacher, and mentor, Ruth Armitage a time or two. Ruth is celebrating twelve years of blogging this month by inviting some guests to post, and I was one of the lucky ones! Check out my article (it’s a new one) and stay for the art. I’ve seen her pieces in galleries, museums,…

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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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Personal

In. And out.

The news from the world at large has been so horrific lately that I have been paralysed in front of my keyboard. I don’t know what to say. And frankly, I don’t know if I should say anything. Many of the guides right now make a good point that being an ally is about stop promoting yourself so other voices…

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Personal

The end of civilization is a queue

This weekend I spent my first few nights in my new, Keizer home. And so far, I love it. The backyard is lovely and quiet. The inside spaces are interesting and fun. I don’t have a refrigerator (it’s a couple weeks off still) or a washer and dryer (same excuse), but the heating/cooling system is swift and the dishwasher works…

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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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