New Beginnings

New Beginnings

I want to thank everyone that supported my art business and visited my website in 2021. Whether you bought a greeting card, a painting, a print, or are taking classes from me, your support means so much. 

I was going to write a post about the new year and resolutions and how to keep them or should we hold ourselves to them. But as December flew by, I took winter break to slow things down and spend time in nature and prepare for the holidays. In some idle moments, I began to reflect on the month and how crazy we all get with the big end to our year. I asked myself what I thought were some highlights and what might not have been very successful. The first thing I thought about was just December. What was going on and what was happening to my students and their families? I had lots of cancellations and forgotten lesson times. And I realized that it’s okay. Life happens and we don’t always have control of who, when, and what happens to us. 

As winter break came closer I enthusiastically booked every hour with creative projects, unfinished classes, and tidying up my studio. Time seemed to stand still but also fly by. I had a hard time keeping track of what day it was. I stayed up late watching movies with the family and sleeping in to almost noon and after. So those “things” that I had crammed into my days didn’t happen.

And that’s okay. It’s okay that you didn’t create all that you had hoped. It’s okay that you got so busy that you missed a class. 

After my reflection on the month, I started thinking about the year.  Not to see what I didn’t make happen or what I didn’t create or try out, but what worked. What was I most proud of what was are the things that make me smile when I think of them? What were the gems and light bulb moments with my students? What can I do more of in 2022? What can I offer? How can I take those things that are so stand out for 2021 and make them inspire me?   I don’t like to dwell on the negative, but I do want to see the things that just didn’t work or were not very successful. I found that I want to keep my art supplies minimal. Because I don’t have a lot of room to spread into the house, I want to keep things organized and work on small art projects. Don’t get me wrong, if someone wants a large commissioned piece, I will work with you.  But for now, I want to flow in and out of my creative space and pick up anything to create with there.

What are you doing going forward into the new year? Do you set resolutions or goals, or pick a word for the year? Do you have any standouts from 2021 you’d like to share? Do you reflect back on the past year and see what you want to try or do differently?  Leave a comment. I’d love to hear how you go into the new year and say goodbye to last year. 

Sprouted

Changes

Changes

We all do it. It is what makes us such creatures. Everyone changes their mind. We do it when we are ordering dinner. We change our minds about what we will wear on  any given day. We will sometimes even change our minds about more serious things. What about buying a house or car, or to have children or not? We can and do change our minds.

 That’s why we are interesting humans. We change and evolve. I will change my mind about what is the best course for me to take in my business. I am changing my mind about my art and what I want to create and how I will create it. This is what I’m doing now. I was sitting at my work table and looking through the Garden Gate magazine, the other day. For those that don’t know this magazine, they have the most beautiful pictures of gardens, flowers, trees, and bushes. I use to pick up this magazine once in awhile at the bookstore. It was a treat. I didn’t have a very nice garden or yard and I loved falling into the photos. Recently I decided  I needed a subscription to this magazine and it now comes directly to my house. I’ve always loved flowers, trees and botanicals. Some of my favorite paintings that I’ve created included trees, flowers, and plants. The magazine confirmed the direction in my art. 

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Reflecting Back To Move Forward

Reflecting Back To Move Forward

There are themes and techniques in our work that will persist and continue through out our creative lives. Finding some paintings, drawings, collages or other art forms from years back can sometimes cause head-scratching, gasps, and overall feelings of regret. But there are learning experiences that can come out after some investigating. If you have found these old paintings or drawings and are wondering why you framed them, or what to do with them, I have ideas. 

I was talking to my students and almost each one told me that they found work from other times. We talked about what to do with them, like they were some sad, abandoned toy. Do we tear them up? Do we un-frame them? What can we do with work that seems to no longer reflect the way we paint now, or that we think is not frame worthy.  I too have these questions because I’ve been sorting and organizing my garage and storage room. As I did, I came across photographs from college, old drawings, and designs from my 2D and 3D design classes.  I dug deeper and found paintings from not too long ago, that I created in watercolor classes as an adult. I framed some of those. Oh boy, what was I thinking? In my eyes now, they are not frame worthy. 

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My Natural Path

My Natural Path

I’m an artist. I teach private lessons and workshops and I’ve been creating some kind of art for about 65 years. I’ve always been drawn to nature.  I spent the last year searching for a new creative direction for my art and the resounding NATURE echoed in my head. I can’t live without plants, flowers and trees in my life. 

Royal Gorge

There’s something about being in nature that brings me peace and relaxation. I feel really connected to the earth. I don’t just stand on it, but am deeply rooted here. A breeze rushing through pine trees in a forest and a nearby babbling brook can make me so relaxed, I could fall asleep just standing there. Driving through the redwood forests up north was always a joy for me. I’d roll down the windows even if it was raining and take in all the colors, smells, and sounds whipping by. Slowing way down or going into a turn-out to stop. All the sounds: birds chirping or a deer stepping on a branch would bring an involuntary sigh. The smells and colors of the fora would feed my senses.

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Changing Direction

Changing Direction

At the beginning of the year, I created a vision board. I’ve been creating one or two a year for about five years. This one was all about what inspired me. There were things I thought I’d like to make and colors I was drawn to. It didn’t stay that way for long. In March, my vision board did not reflect how I was feeling, but most of the colors stayed the same. Now, nature inspires me. Going on little walks and wandering in my own backyard made me feel that all I needed was to be in nature and experience all its beauty. I made a small vision board that reflected this renew love of the outdoors.

I love flowers, trees, and mountains with creeks and streams in and around rocks, covered by mossy slime in the most vibrant greens. After I created my nature vision board that I call “The Dirt”, I had dreams of making art with dirt and mud, rocks, and brick dust in a muddy stream that made me want to cry with joy. I hung these works on a clothesline under a freeway overpass. I’m not sure why there was a freeway in this dream. I have had this dream a few times and think that I need to explore its contents.  

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