Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Further Swimming -- Let it Go!

"Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.. if you love what you are doing, you will be successful."    -  Albert Schweitzer

I think sometimes I try too hard to figure out what the expectations of me and my paintings are, rather than painting what I feel.  Lately, it's been refreshing to let that go!

I like the photo below of my palette mixtures -- which would make a cool abstract painting -- better in many ways than lots of my "real" paintings.  I have, however, turned a corner of sorts for me --  letting spots of paint fly and enjoying the process.    Knowing the basics is necessary, but fun experimentation is giving me a new lease on life -- woohoo!  

Photo of my palette mixtures

Welcome Home, Charleston, 12 x 12

Class Demo,  
from recent Opelika Workshop, 
White Roses, 14 x 11

Knock First, Charleston, 16 x 12

 Sunny Morning, Charleston, 12 x 9

April Sunshapes, Charleston, 14 x 11

 Block-In (which I like better) of painting below 

Au Nom de la Rose, 30 x 24

Memories of Provence, 48 x 36

Sunporch Bouquet, 18 x 18

Tutu and Boots, 16 x 12
 Class Demo, 
recent Opelika Workshop


"You were never in control anyway," 

Steve Maraboli,
Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Swimming Along

“Swimming is simply moving meditation.” 

Sestri Levante Morning, 9 x 14

Ooh, the heat of summer, which I have learned to appreciate, is upon us here in Atlanta...
the sun is shining brightly and I swim whenever I can in the mornings  -- as it's so very nice to float along and stay loose.  
Of course, staying loose is easier said than done, both in life and in painting!

The Italian painting trip was truly a special time -- a joining of like minds, in very many ways.  Along the sparkling Ligurian coast, it's easy to be enchanted, by the views, the lovely food, and the chance to paint small slices of the shimmering color and beauty!  The paintings here were plein air sketches or petite demos.

Morning Colors, 12 x 9, Oil Sketch

Colors of Liguria, 12 x 12

Time Apart , 12 x 9, Oil Sketch

Memories of a Special Time with Special People:

Molte Grazie!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sparks of Light

Wander a whole summer if you can. Thousands of God's blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted.   (John Muir)

You are the Sunshine of My Life, detail of 40 x 30 painting

Sun Hat, 16 x 8

I saw her at the pool on Sunday and had to do this quick study
(after a surreptitious photo)!

Summer is here...the light is incredible...AND, as we leave tomorrow for an Italian painting experience with many good friends,  
I am so appreciative of it all, and the surprises to come.  
A re-boot is in order, and here it is just in time! 

This art life just gets better and better....

Summer Table, 40 x 40

Yellow Peonies, 12 x 9

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dreaming Along

"Listen to the color of your dreams,"
The Beatles 
(Tomorrow Never Knows)

Lots of travel the past month -- so much fun and re-charging too!  With extra time to think outside the studio, I have been transforming my goals as a painter as well.  Why  not?  I am painting for ME now, feeling my way into the subject, no longer worrying about the subject itself.  The subject is the starting point -- for my dreaming and fun while at the easel. 

Most importantly, I am learning to paint what I like and hope that others will like it too ...instead of trying to anticipate what the unknown "others" might want!
It is truly exciting to be able to refine and re-imagine this painting dream -- that what keeps it interesting, non?

Below are some recent paintings:

Points of Light, 12 x 9
Small study from a photo

Brand New Day, 12 x 12
Painting below is based upon this small one, done from a life set-up.

Rose Colored Glasses, 40 x 40

Set Up Photo for painting below-

Surprising Liaisons, 24 x 24

 Tender Mercies, 12 x 12
Study from life set-up, and inspiration for large piece below.

Sometimes When We Touch, 48 x 36

This is an exciting week here in Atlanta -- lots of very prominent national plein air painters are coming in for the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational April 22nd - 26th; then the next week the Portrait Society of America annual conference will be taking place here as well.  I plan to be inspired by it all and to have some fun too!!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Path Lights Up

It's OK, 12 x 9

Choosing Joy, 12 x 10

Winter Sun, Paris, 16 x 12

Dance Team, 12 x 9

Let It Shine, 36 x 36

Spring Fever, 24 x 24

At the Quinlan, 18 x 14

Sandy O, 16 x 8, demo at Naples Workshop

Busy times lately -- so glad spring is making an appearance - the light is inspiring to me already...  on that note, I have taught a couple of terrific workshops, one of which was in Naples, FL, at the perfect time to escape the cold in Atlanta!  
Then back in the studio: painting, painting, doing much revising, revising, and over-thinking. 

After times such as these, though, often a breakthrough can follow -- fingers crossed!  As one of my painting friends just said to me... clear out the pipes,  release the self-judgment,  allow the clarity to flow.  Amen to that.

Of course, seeing the Clyde Aspevig paintings at the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville, GA, can tend to make one dissatisfied with one's own efforts.  He has an exhibit at the Booth until May, and Clyde himself was there last week for a gallery talk and painting demo.  Lots of painters were on hand, and of course, and we all had lots of fun!

A Master at the Easel

Below are a few of the Clyde Aspevig (www.clydeaspevig.com) pieces on display that blew me away-- the lighting, the skill, the composition, the honor paid to even the simplest subject -- amazing!