Wednesday, May 27, 2015

she dreams of a kinder World

"she dreams of a kinder World"
20"x20"

I think she's finished!  She was a joy to create, and I think it shows.  

 (detail)

I'm using this detail for my header here on the blog for now.  (You can click on the image to enlarge it.)  All year I've been thinking about how I dream of a kinder world, so sharing this painting here is almost like putting my heart on display.

"You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know 
how soon it will be too late."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

I'll be working on stitching and upcycling some clothes next, in addition to painting more.  Upcycling clothing is something I've wanted to tackle for quite some time, and now seems as good a time as any.

"You are never too old
to set another goal
or to dream a new dream."
~ C. S. Lewis

I'll probably be tempted to show some of the stitching I do, so I'll be back again soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

getting there

"She dreams of a kinder world"
work-in-progress, detail

It's taking a long time to finish this painting, but each time I work on it a bit it's like a lovely little meditation.  Since I tend to paint distinct edges, it's been a challenge for me to keep the lines blurry and the image more ethereal.

 work-in-progress, detail

Another challenge has been to keep the colors muted.  So far so good, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing where she takes me.

"Art enables us to find ourselves
and lose ourselves
at the same time."
~ Thomas Merton

Friday, May 8, 2015

I'm still here


I'm still here.  
Toying,
seriously now, 
with the idea of really, really getting back into art 
with my entire heart 
and soul.
Easily distracted, though,
by happy, colorful things.
Leaves popping out lush 
and fresh 
and green,
before my very eyes.
Tiny blossoms,
and bird songs.
All reminding me
to enjoy this life.
Now.
This second.
And this one, too.


When the colors of my art supplies please my eyes nearly as much as the miraculous colors of Spring, I think I'll be ready to dive into art again.  I hear the desire to create calling to me again much louder than it has in quite a long time.

In the mean time, though, I'm enjoying our unruly back lawn before it gets its first cut of the year.  My hippie soul is feasting on the best crop of Dandelions, Creeping Charlie, and Wild Violets we've ever had!


Enjoy life, OK?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

evolving


The painting is slowly evolving.  I really liked the way the winter sunshine coming through the lace curtains in my kitchen looked as it fell on the painting this morning. 


I've sketched a light whisper of her face in pencil, and I'm quietly living with her just as she is for a while.


While I was playing with her image on the computer, I really liked how she looked here, as even more of a pencil sketch.  It reminded me slightly of some of the faces Hans Holbein drew in the Middle Ages.

Hans Holbein the Younger,
Head of a Woman
1522

I have no idea how long it will take for me to finish this painting, and finishing her isn't the point.  In my new way of working, I'm learning to enjoy every little step of the process.

"If the path be beautiful,
let us not ask where it leads."
~ Anatole France

Sunday, January 11, 2015

slowly, slowly

letting a new way of working evolve. . .

first few minutes of a new work in progress

Starting this time with a simple wash of color and a quick, rough sketch in chalk pastel.  I already really like her face. . . Trying to keep it all loose and spontaneous.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

gently, gently


I was playing around with some photos I took of a beautiful papier mache angel I found at Goodwill a few years ago, and I was thinking about what I want my art and my blog to stand for going forward.  It didn't take long for me to realize that what I want more than anything is more kindness in the world.  But how can I do my part to make that happen?  I can focus on the kinder side of the issues facing us and our world.  I can open my eyes to the kindness around me.  And I can BE kindness, myself.

Yes, I can.

I am, by nature and by nurture, sometimes quite a negative, cynical person, so this will be a challenge for me.  But what a worthwhile challenge!

So, here I go, gently, gently into the new year, with thoughts and dreams and acts of kindness guiding my way.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blogging will resume in 2015

"Celebrate"
16 x 20
acrylic, oil pastels, Caran d'Ache, Inktense, Pitt pens

Hello dear followers! My sincere thanks to all who have stayed with me while I was gone.   Here we are, just a few short days before Thanksgiving, and the last time I blogged was way back in April.  It turns out that I really, really needed the break.  I've been able to work through quite a few things, and I've got a clear idea about where I want to go from here, especially in my art.

After not painting anything for over a year, I finally finished the painting above, which I started in late summer of 2013.  I'm calling it "Celebrate" because it was inspired by a photo I took during a very special family celebration several years ago.  And because I feel like celebrating that I'm finally painting again!

I'm looking forward to many new beginnings in 2015.  And I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful blogs and bloggers I've neglected for so many months.

In the mean time, I wish you all a most blessed and joy-filled Holiday Season, whatever you celebrate.

See you in 2015!