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The Shadow Knows!

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Like many other artists, inspiration pops up in the strangest places….  This is one of those times even a simple photo can inspire us.

I’m a terrible quick sketcher!  So I take pictures, and then I sketch them imperfectly.  Go figure!!!  

Personally, I think perfection is for cameras, and since I’m not  a perfectionist any longer, I embrace imperfection.  To be honest, my hand shakes, and perfection is no longer an option.  I laugh and make fun of myself because I’ve learned to laugh at myself…..a healthy way to look at life.

So I thought a shadow might inspire someone else.   Enjoy!

Things I’d Forgotten

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Over the years, as I’ve changed my medium, my style, tried & experimented I’ve realized that my drawing skills have fallen behind, and I’ve always loved drawing. So recently it’s been my decision to start sketching again, & I’m loving it.
Sketching is something I can do that’s fun & not so serious, not that anything I do is intended or serious!

The Ghosts of Egon Schiele

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The Ghosts of Egon Schiele

I recently took an abstract class at the Oceanside Museum of Art.  Since it’s been years since I’ve taken an art class of any kind, I was attracted to this particular class because I’m always looking for more incite into a form of art I really enjoy, but still have trouble understanding occasionally. Abstract

Please don’t ask where the idea came from for this piece, I don’t think I even know.  I remember walking into class with several printed copies of ideas I could work with.  But, that was all incase the instructor asked us to do the exercises I was prepared for.  (Wishful thinking)

I always like the idea of stacking things together.  Like coffee cups, bowls, bottles etc.  In my mind was an idea simmering  of what I might paint based on the guide lines we were given.  Other than that, we were all using student grade paints…I guess that’s ok, we were the students.  Brushes had been trashed, so I had a few of my own, but I swear that’s all I brought with me!

Before I knew it I had my sketch roughed in, and was planning to do something I’ve never thought of doing before.  Putting the heads of one of my favorite artists…..”Egon Schiele,”  on the bottles.  I soon realized there are many self-portraits done by that artist, and have many examples to choose from.

Even the simplest of pieces can cause a bundle of pain.  Even when you are committed to being abstract, and loose,  it’s painful to paint.  It’s painful because even the smallest of creations is something I pour heart and soul into,  getting it just right. Even though “Just Right” is subjective,  my just right is the one I’m concerned about.  It can’t look like I’ve worked too hard, or cared too little.  Even if I do work hard, and care very much.  After all, each creation no matter how small, is our own creation, and we love and care for them all the same.

My Granddaughter the Artist!

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Last weekend my Granddaughter Sage spent the weekend with us. Before she left her house, she told me she wanted an art weekend.  Actually she said, ” I want to be able to do art all weekend, just two days to do art, nothing else!”

I think God created granddaughters because we have to make up for what we couldn’t do with our own kids!

Somebody wants to spend the weekend with me…

Sage finished three paintings over the weekend, one of the three was a school project.  This piece of her project was completed in a half day.     (We got that out-of-the-way!)  The other painting was wrapped & given to her Mom as soon as she appeared.  (Still needs her Mom at eleven.) 

I had such a great time with my granddaughter, and she had a great time creating.  (I’m blessed!)

While Sage was painting, and drying her work, I had to work on something.  I didn’t want to be looking over her shoulder all day, I wanted her to build her confidence by having some guidance, and letting her fly. ( She’s a flier!)

I worked on my Daisy Dog Pic…  Admittedly, I was once again playing, and nothing happened to me…No Anti-playing Police, or the Poor Linework Police, not even the police that monitor the imperfection on ones creative process!

There was a time when I would never have painted with a color that shouldn’t be in its place.  It would have to be real or, I wouldn’t do it.  I’ve over come nearly a lifetime of being taught perfection, and it being demanded.  I broke out of the box, years ago, but not without the expense of everything I painted not being  any good  – because it wasn’t perfect.   I looked around and realized Everything is perfect in its imperfection.

(I love doing different things, and with different ways of expression.)