Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March - Showtime x Three!

Every now and then I enter a show or sale which requires a massive amount of extra work - framing, pricing, entry paperwork, drop-offs, and way too many decisions.  This month three events piled on.  

Art at the Mill Spring 2021 - Burwell-Morgan Mill, Boyce VA 

April 24th - May 9th

Huge juried show with hundreds of artists.  It will be different because of Covid, but the up-side is they are also doing a virtual site!  Excited about that part.  Here are my entries complete with frames which I'm trying to "perfect match" to the painting. Apparently that makes a big difference, but yet another expense, decision, and timing "knot" to unravel.

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Etc! Round Hill, VA 

Also discovered a local shop run by artists who open the last weekend of the month and invite other artists to show their work.  Happy they included several of my paintings to celebrate spring.  While nothing sold, I am looking forward to working with them in the future.  After a major disaster with the black frames I normally use, tried some white ones and like them a lot plus they worked much better at the store - Etc! Round Hill.  Now a few in my DPW the gallery have the new frames included.

Sunlit Daffodils
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River Creek Art Show - Virtual Spring 2021

Finally, the neighborhood art club committee decided to do another virtual show for Spring.  Lot's of computer work for me to get everything loaded and working, but here it is to be launched April 9th.  Also got the go-ahead to do our in-person show in October (What??? another show???) 

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Happy Habit of Painting Every Day

What seemed like a delightful challenge kicking off 2021 has turned into a boot-camp!

Maybe surprising but I love boot-camps - you just get excited and find the energy to go for it, quickly letting go of any perfectionism, deadline management, or literally anything else that gets in the way of just getting through the camp (i.e. dinner, chores, ha ha).  Okay this one doesn't trap you physically, but it has become the daily FOCUS.  

The idea of creating a habit is being rigorous about keeping a schedule, commitment, and focus --- then repeating it enough that it just "sticks."  Funny that we have so many "habits" we don't even think about - brushing your teeth, having the same thing for breakfast, taking out the trash . . . .  Why not create a habit for painting everyday?  Sounds reasonable.  But no matter what, it's tough because creativity is not toothpaste, but we're definitely gonna figure out how to make it so! 

Another key aspect of habit forming is reward - for me that's coming up with a painting I want to share with others and hopefully connect enough that someone "has to have it."  Blows me away every single time.  But guess what, the ANTICIPATION of achieving that goal is what makes you stick to the habit, not the outcome.  Light-bulb đź’ˇmoment!

Anyway - this virtual workshop is to paint everyday for 30 minutes just to get the habit entrenched.  So here is the outcome - the 30 minute hack-jobs, a couple of decent stabs, and the joy of reflecting on my art journey in this blog.  You know us Type A's gotta do it.  As always, thank you for hanging in there with me.  

Here they are - all together

The second row, challenge to paint and count the strokes - 40, 30, 20, 14 strokes - the first photo is the painting and the counting. fun.  Other paintings mostly 30 minutes. Last one is one I forgot to post a long time ago - wadda gonna do with an empty square?  Excellent group of fellow artists from coast to coast, championed by Monica Linares.  Highly recommend. 

Finally - local art show is coming up so I painted a very special one.  Rather proud of it and hope it sells.  

Veggies on Parade
Oil on canvas

Enjoy! Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Wrapping Up January

Enjoying a little lull after the January "10 paintings in two weeks" challenge - charging up for a February workshop with Monica Linares - The Happy Habit (how great is that?). The workshop is one day a week, but I suspect there's going to be LOTS of homework. Stay tuned. Did someone say d-a-i-l-y? yikes

It has been a great month:
an awesome challenge, a couple of paintings sold, daily blogging, and a lot more painting enthusiasm than I've had in a long time. Happy Girl, bring it on 2021!

What's new

Sweet thoughts (macarons anyone?) and perfect Valentine gifts - Perhaps a toast to romance later in the day with this painting that says so much without a word. ;-)

Valentine's Day - Memory
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Long time since I've painted birds - added a feeder upstairs so I could watch their happy frolicking while getting ready for the day. Perhaps the theme now should be Outside My Window. Geez this pandemic thing has gone on too long, but hanging in there and staying safe. At least I can see others fly. . . .

Say What?
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Wet and Wild
click to zoom - but sold way fast?

Enjoy, Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Friday, January 15, 2021

2021 8 - 9 - 10 Challenge Finale

Whew - forgot how much focus is needed to do a daily challenge - this one was so much better as we took the weekend off and painted five days, break and five more days.  Blogging, posting and all the other work takes a back-seat so catching up for the last three days.  Where does the time go?  Anyway a couple up for sale and one quick pic to close things out for now.

Just love the boldness of these flowers that take center stage, but still leave room for a cup of coffee, fruit and the famous croissants!  #8

Peonies in Paris
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A little break to explore the idea of "too close" literally eye-level, face-to-face still life. Loved painting this one. Wine, cheese and globe grapes - perfect for the transition from work to play.  Now looking for more inspiration reference photos. #9

Too Close
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Photo reference - Viacheslav (Russian photographer) pmp-art.com 

One more balcony - just finished and working on a title - any ideas?  Lovely view.  This reference had a balcony with wrought iron - but it just seemed like a time to skip the "inside-out" feel and just be open to the Parisian rooftops across the way.  Quick pic #10.  Official photo & links coming soon.

??? I Need a Title.

Lastly, feeling geared up for next month's The Happy Habit of Daily Painting Workshop.  I hope this challenge and refocus will make the class doubly worthwhile.  More to come. 

This one has a new home.

Poppy and Bud - Northern AL

Enjoy, Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 7 of 10 In a Fog

New day perspective when everything seems a bit off and the sky is filled with heavy mist, but the sun is up and shining. You know the blue sky will be there after your first cup of coffee. If only you could just wait.  

The tall / little pastry is called CanelĂ©s de Bordeaux. A small cake flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. Yum!

Morning Perspective in Paris
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Not quite as dark in person, but so much fun painting a different pastry, but who can pass up a croissant?  Captivated by this bold wrought iron and the perspective as it leads you from left to right. 

Nightfall official - zoom/purchase link

Enjoy, Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 Oops 6 of 10 - Crazy Day & Too Close

Painting is one thing, but success involves social media which is somewhat time consuming and frankly I'm out of practice!  So this painting is actually # 6 of 10 with the official photo and links.  The last blog was catching up with more of the same, updated links.  

Week two of the painting challenge  -- All excited, prepped the next three paintings over the weekend, and so relaxed -- but then the day got way ahead of me and had to "punt" to the less complicated one.  Had the idea that a series called "Too Close" might be interesting as the quarantine continues and the four-walls (are definitely) getting closer. . .   This reference photo just begged me to go for it, so consider the new series launched! Not to worry tho two balconies are on deck.

Blue Bowl with Tangerine
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time,

photo reference Viacheslav (Russian Photographer) - free registration Paint My Photo

Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 6 of 10 More

Weekend to rejuvenate and get ready for another five.  Feel a bit more organized, but also have a list of to-dos this week.  Hopefully all will go smoothly.  Love being back in the groove and have to thank Kate Williams for providing the incentive.  

Recent postings - professional photos, purchase info, and available . . . .

Good Morning 
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En Terrasse with Tea
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Breakfast on the Avenue
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Sold two over the weekend. Nothing creates incentive like having a few sales.  

Late Afternoon - NC
Summer Heat - VA to NC lake house

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Friday, January 8, 2021

2021 5 of 10 Nightfall

Sunset on the balcony - pink sky and dark shadows at the foot of the Eiffel tower.  Someday I will try to get the nerve to actually paint the tower.   This is from a reference photo I love because it is in the late sunset / early evening.  Challenging colors, but fun.  Got a really late start today and realized the blog is out of sync with the five painting days.  Guess it will catch up too.


Happy to say the first painting of 2021 has sold and on the way to North Carolina.  A sweet memory shared between artist and patron.  Funny how favorites sometimes linger and others don't.  I may have to start painting windows again!

German Window

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Thursday, January 7, 2021

2021 4 of 10 Quirky

Not sure what to say about this one - other than I really need to find simpler subjects!  But I just loved this quirky ironwork.  Asymmetrical, curves, lines - oh my!  Shiny objects too . . . .  

Anyway what a challenge and that's what this 10 in 2 is all about.  Have learned that I need to set up the idea for the next day otherwise it turns into a day of reference photo surfing.  Will just have to cross my fingers for tomorrow.  TGIF!

Terrasse Petit DĂ©jeuner

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

2021 3 of 10 January 6th

What a day. Speechless.  Living near DC has it's "front-row seat" challenges - both good and not so good. Such an incredibly sad day. 

Luckily started this one yesterday evening and managed to get through it somehow today.  No Words, Only Hope for Tomorrow.

Tea time with OJ in one of those deep-cut-crystal glasses.  Super fun making that happen, but not sure it looks like a breakfast drink (mimosa in disguise?).  Anyway, can you see yourself lounging snug-as-a-bug on this patio with a pot of tea?  

Quick pic - A different kind of ironwork. I have one of these cast iron teapots and used it for years.  A delightful Zen moment no matter what the day brings.

How fun was it painting a pillow - i may have to find more. . . .  

Life is joy we make one moment at a time,