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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Finding a little Moxie

I am so excited to make a big leap and show in an upcoming craft show for the first time! I am SO nervous, but I once heard that if your scared you definitely should do it! So I'm there in 1 month!





Sunday, July 17, 2016

Putting in the work

Back at it and it's just so hard to get into the meat of the work. I  have had to push through the crap and let myself make some truly awful things. You just hope that out of the mistakes you catch a glimpse.
A glimpse of something that might be good....or at least in the direction of good.
It has its own time line and I can't force it. Only live it and let it happen. Of course there are the things you have to keep reminding your yourself to do. 

Keep it simple
But not too simple
Be careful and measured
But make expressive strokes that give feeling
Don't do what's easy
But do what comes natural

After not being active in the blog world lately. I still find Austin Kleon saying the things that are hard to hear but have to be said.
Making art is about humility, not pride.
I'm feeling pretty humbled today.

Monday, July 11, 2016

I am not dead, neither is Mac & Lucille

I found this unpublished post from last October while reevaluating this blog and my big little dreams.
It felt like finding an old journal entry.
It made me smile.


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I know it has been like forever. But I had a reason. 
My son was born 2 months ago. After our experience last year I couldn't even let myself relax until 25 weeks into the pregnancy. Then I realized that this baby was actually happening so I should get ready.
I just had a lot going on blah blah...
Anyway moving on. I'm afraid of keeping this thing going, but the thing is...
I believe in myself.
Feels weird to say that out loud.
I don't know what the future brings. I go back to work in a matter of weeks so I'll have a full time job and full time baby! Wow. But I don't want to give up.
I have to give myself a break and accept that I won't make progress as quickly as I would like.
The last week before giving birth I never felt so inspired and such urgency to paint!
If I could just bottle that feeling!
I always feared that having a baby would take things from me that I couldn't get back. Now I know that is far from the truth. I have less time of course, but I have much more.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Studio Sound

What makes you feel creative? Music usually does it. I feel like my work takes on my mood and my music is a deep part of that mood.
My favorite? Well I must admit it's my Big Band station on Pandora. I feel like I'm in a black and white movie or at least far away from the crazy modern world.

A band nerd for most of my adolescence I learned early to love John Glenn. I still remember how much fun it was to be part of a big group playing great music. When you all played well...oh man what a rush. Too bad I wasn't much good at the clarinet. Maybe I could have played in a big orchestra.
That sound of a hundred instruments all playing together still gives me that feeling.
I hear every part. Every instrument.
In college I found the group Pink Martini and boy did that send my imagination soaring. If I had the guts how much fun would it be to a singer with a big group.
Music is magic.
The spark is undeniable.

With good music and great inspiration this is what happened last spring! (We are gonna pretend that big laps in posting didn't happen.) We were pregnant, now I'm a Mom so there, explained in brief. 

Onward and Upward

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Inspired Spring

I have been so frustrated lately. I just haven't had that spark of inspiration that made me desperate to put brush to canvas. In the effort to make something happen I've wasted a lot of paint. That's just as bad as feeling like you've got nothing to say.
Then spring happened. And azaleas started blooming.
I just have to have flowers apparently and pictures of flowers will not suffice. 
I have to paint from life. 
I have to have that feeling of excitement and awe to move me. 
These pictures are not particularly great but they captured the moment. The joy of a flower you didn't expect to see as you went about your day.
Here are a few of the things that have caught my eye.



That fresh spring green of a new leaf



The mash of colors in a mound of Azaleas


Vines dripping with blooms


And bringing it inside! Ah! The best!

That last one did it for me! I had found a color combination that I just had to put on a canvas. 
It was to me an explosion of color. I felt the colors coming from inside of me bursting out. 
Like new flowers bursting out all around me. That is why I want to paint. 

Color
Expression
Emotion

Always driven by the way I feel about nature.
Like I'm blown away every time! 
Like I've never seen a flower or never seen the sky!

A blind person that can finally see. 

I don't think I will ever loose that child-like amazement and I wouldn't want to!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring


The light still changing from winter to spring. 
A sharp ray that pierces the cold and melts the heart.
It's a glow that no other time of year has. 
So much hope and promise. 
A light that seems to come from the inside out.



Photography by L. Dunn


I love light! That seems silly to say out loud, but that perfect clear light of a beautiful day is a wonderful thing. It's too cold to sit in my sunroom during the winter without bundling up. 
It won't be long that I'll be spending my Saturday mornings in there drinking coffee! 

This time of year when each day you get off from work it seems imperative to get outside for an hour or so. Because you are just so excited that the light stays later. It's also the first time the weather has been nice so you feel like if you don't enjoy it now that it may slip back into winter forever.
Happy Spring!










Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's up?

Oh man I know, I know. Where the hell have I been!
I think I lost my momentum there and it's so hard to get it back.

Okay so this new job has meant a very welcome schedule change. I get to spend my weekends at home with the husband instead of having random week days off. It is so nice to have so much more time together. It also means I have to rework my schedule to make painting/writing time.

I would be lying if this wasn't also because we started watching a couple shows on Amazon Prime and I happily plop down on the couch for a couple hours to relax and watch TV. We are not TV people so it's kinda novel for us to have a "show" or two.

First we had to re-watch an old HBO show that we both liked, Deadwood.
And as if that wasn't enough we started Justified on the recommendation of several friends.

I've also been doing some baking. It's funny how making a batch of cupcakes can take up a couple hours. Somehow I think that it only takes 10 minutes plus baking time for a recipe, but that's never the case. This Pinterest find was totally worth the effort!
And no shame in some amazing brownies right out of a box from Ghiradelli. Who doesn't like dessert with their tv bing?

I am almost back to where I was this summer before I started. Nearly paralyzed with what do I do first. But this time I've done it before so I don't have much of an excuse. It just got to feel like a chore. Like something I had to do when I simply didn't feel like it. So when it feels like that it's best to follow your instincts and take a break. There is no point if it isn't fun.

I also have had a bit of an identity crisis with this blog. I don't want this to become my personal complaining or whining about my own work all the time. "Is it good enough, can I do it" blahblah

So I am planning out a new direction. I just don't know what it will be. Or if my future can even include a regular blog. For now it's Sunday and that means we cook! I love a Sunday morning spent in the kitchen making something good to eat for the rest of the week.

Happy Sunday!