Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dream Your Paintings

"I dream my paintings, and then I paint my dream,"
Vincent Van Gogh

"Andy," 12 x 12,
Thirty-Minute Workshop Demo,
Atlanta Artists Center, May, 2014

Recent Study,   "Her Own Magic," 16 x 16

Below is an excerpt from my handout for the workshop I will be teaching June 13th and 14th at Atlanta Artists' Center.  I am honored to be able to share these times with fellow painters!

Paint is the language we are using to communicate. We are the lucky ones.  Not many people have this ability, this fine journey, this camaraderie, this evolution of seeing… PAINTERS DO…. We get to spend our time in this absorbing quest, while trying to slow the clock from its swift passage. 
Remember, we are ever-evolving; that’s what keeps us intrigued and staying with it; life is ever-changing.  We never get it done; we just ride the wave and enjoy the ride -- reaching new stages, then jumping beyond.  AND, every now and then, a painting magically paints itself; practice in drawing and in direct painting can make those magic moments more likely to happen.

Two spaces have opened for this workshop; if you can attend at the last minute, contact Zindi at Atlanta Artists Center (404) 237-2324.

Monday, June 2, 2014


You Honor Me, 30 x 30 
A tribute to my art friends and fellow painters

Yes, synergy!  I have been enjoying conversations and critiques with some very talented painting friends in the Atlanta area, and am finding the sharing helps us each to be more.
Synergy is so much more rewarding than split energy -- i.e. doubting oneself, over-analyzing one's own work, trying to produce rather than to create.   
My workshops are great for synergy too -- we all lift each other, joining forces to get excited again, finding the freedom in the stream of positive sharing.

So, get with a few (serious, dedicated) painters who like to have fun, and watch what happens!

Very simple set up

 Bonjour, 36 x 36, first (kinda boring) finish

Bonjour (same painting, perked up), 36 x 36
I gave it some new life, thanks to synergy and great art discussions!

It comes back to dancing that line between joy and skill -- we want to stay fresh and engaged through our connections to others; the FUN is what it's about.

A designed beauty of synergy is that is serves only to add, never subtract." 
 Barb Rentenbach