Sunday, October 27, 2013

What It's All About



Little girl spotted near the carousel in Avignon




30 minute workshop demo (10/19/13) of la petite fille, 12 x 12


It's a bit new to be painting again... after traveling lots during the month of September, October has flown past with another trip, a great workshop, and getting (re) acclimated to my studio.  Wish I could just buzz in there and create good paintings, but I'm not sure right now that I know what that might be! My eye/taste/expectations are always shifting, which is good, but keeping up with painting commitments can be a challenge when I'm trying to keep up with myself.

As many know, all is put into perspective after reading Robert Genn's recent post on his illness (http://clicks.robertgenn.com/the-bomb.php); I have been thinking often of his wonderful articulation of the painter's life, his consistency with the twice-weekly letters, and of the humble truth that he speaks.
I am re-committed to painting from my heart, rather than to deadlines...only those inspired pieces ever speak to me or to the viewer anyway!

I celebrate and so appreciate this journey.







11 comments:

  1. A beautiful painting Nancy. 30 minutes - OMG! brilliant!

    Re-committing to paintings from the heart is worthy.
    I try to mix in my personal soul ventures in painting with my bread and butter stuff.
    Thanks for the link to Genn's letter so i could read about his devastating news.

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    1. I try to do that too, Julie...to varying degrees of success! thanks for your comments to me....N

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  2. Lovely painting...30 minutes wow!! I try and paint from the heart and will do so more now, it means so much more to me when I do! I always read Robert Genn's letters too, so saddened hearing of his illness. Thanks for sharing Nancy, I have loved your work for a long time and enjoy your posts!

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    1. Well, I had done the sketch ahead of time! Thanks for your kind words...

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  3. Love this one!!! What a great source photo also...love seeing the source and the demo. Painting from the heart is the only way to go.
    I was very moved by Robert Genn's latest letter. I enjoy getting his letters and cannot imagine his path now. It also recommits me to improving my work. Seeing your work inspires me.

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    1. You inspire me as well, Maria! Thank you,

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  4. I love how you captured the little girls enchantment and gesture- so well done! Love your children's studies and paintings.
    I was also so sad to read about Robert Genn...treasure his thought provoking writings and how much time he has spent doing that for all of us for years. I think Robert knew how sharing that news would touch us all and further encourage us to keep painting from our hearts. And keep learning too!

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    1. Kathy,

      Greetings, my friend. I have treasured Robert Genn for the past few years, and think of him a lot these days. Thanks, always, for your thoughtful and kind comments to me.

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  5. Always happy to see a Nancy painting. Especially a child painting. Great mood!
    Yes, we need to live every moment to its fullest not knowing what happens the next.

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    1. And I'm always happy to see your children paintings, Carol! Your energy infuses your work...

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  6. Hey Nancy. Just saw your blog and the precious painting. So glad it went to a happy home where she is fully appreciated!! I loved being with you. You are such a joy and inspiration to be around. I'm so sorry I am just being introduced to your friend Robert Genn. He sounds like a wonderful man and has had much to share with all.

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