Orbs Circles Spirals - Mind Mirrors

life as an artist orbs Jan 23, 2021
 

For today's challenge, scroll down to the end.

Perhaps you’re more fortunate than many of us who are feeling worn down by the challenges of the pandemic, the politics, the natural disasters and the isolation from one another.  And … perhaps not. 

 Being an artist who...

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Turning the Page

life as an artist Dec 18, 2020
 

Like many of us, I’m reflecting on the year 2020 and having incredibly mixed emotions about it.  It's been simultaneously horrific and enlightening, wiping clean the slate in many ways.  I'll focus on the more positive aspects of 2020 because the negative aspects don’t help...

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Analogous Color Schemes in Painting and Nature

Portrait of Louise with Natural Dye Vats of Logwood and Weld

I've had more time this year to dig deeper into the caverns where my inner artist lives.  My inner artist was born as a sculptress, not as a painter.  During the warmer months I created abstract forms out of clay dug from the...

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DIY Sketchbooks and Painting in a Canoe

 

What a fantastic week!

The rain held off until after the Boat for the Vote event on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn last Friday evening. 

photo taken by my daughter, Nicole, from another canoe as we drifted along

The first mini course in the Series of DIY Sketchbooks & Illustrated...

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What Keeps You Going?

 

If you're reading this, you can count yourself extremely fortunate, not because it's my blog you're reading, but because you're reading about creativity with the intention of learning something ... or improving upon something you already do.  You're actively moving forward in your life...

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A Peek at Progress in the Studio

 

Some of you may have seen the first portion of this video.  I've added to it since I posted that first section.  Progress is being made, a little bit each day.  It has been so much fun working larger again that I've pulled out more blank canvases and I'm working out how to capture...

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Handling the Heat en Plein Air

There are advantages to being at home in New Jersey during the hot and humid summer months. I can work in my Perpetual Plant Journal or on a painting, en plein air, over a period of several days without having to complete the illustration in one sitting or complete the illustration in my studio...

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Why have Multiple Works in Progress?

 

 The above video is one I made a number of years ago showing a watercolor technique I still love to use.  Over the next few months I'll post videos of current studio techniques as well as en plein air easel painting.

Many of you know my travel sketchbook work, my Dala Art, Morning...

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Along the Way - Apprehension to Connection

 

July 16, 2020

Along the Way - The Transformation of Apprehension to Connection

Through hazy eyes, not quite awake from a night of slumber, I gaze at the drawing on the screen of my iPad. Only three closed shapes remain empty.

Even in my still-sleepy state I felt automatic responses quickly...

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Farewell to Facebook as I Return to Large Intuitive Paintings - On canvas

 

Today I celebrate shutting down my Facebook pages and reclaiming precious moments to dedicate to creative endeavors in place of maintaining an online presence on the Facebook platform.  When I made the decision to streamline the time spent on my computer and spend far more time with paint,...

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