Jun 26, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

WIP, Bee on a wild rose (study)

wip, 6x6", oil on canvas on panel

Coming along...I didn't have much time to put in yesterday but it is always a good feeling when the background starts to get laid in and the focal point begins to pop.  My main goal now is to simplify and soften as I work my way out.  It feels sort of funny to call this a study, since I've put more time and patience in than what I normally would term a "study"...but really, I've "studied" this more deeply because of the extra time and meditation.  I'm always up for a play on words though!

Thank you for following along!


Jun 22, 2016

day 2 WIP, Bee on a wild rose (study)

wip, 6x6", oil on canvas panel

Taking my time with this one and enjoying the process.  Blending can be as therapeutic as chopping vegetables, at least in my opinion.  :-)

Jun 21, 2016

work in progress (Bee on a wild rose, study)

wip, 6x6", oil on canvas panel

Getting to know this little guy.  My brother took this photo of this sweet little bee, after it had taken a 15 minute nap on my husband's shoulder during which time we thought there must be something wrong with it.  We carefully maneuvered him onto a wild rose bush, when all of a sudden he came to and went right back to work buzzing around gathering pollen.  In hindsight it felt pretty special that he felt safe enough to rest on hub's shoulder and let us get so close.  If this one turns out like I'm hoping it will, I'll likely paint it again, much larger.

Jun 18, 2016

Jun 12, 2016

Jun 2, 2016


Solitude, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel

I've always found it interesting how solitude is such a different experience for each person you meet.  Some people fear it; it means loneliness, boredom, or vulnerability.  For others it can mean space and breathing room and rejuvenation or contemplation without distraction.  Artists are notoriously introverted, which is in many ways our downfall as the last thing we want to do is actually talk about or promote our artwork - especially to people we don't even know, eek!  I'm certainly one of those people and have always struggled with sharing my work.  The internet is a wonderful thing for us introverts, whether we are writers or painters or sculptors etc...because we can just put it out there and then close that computer tab and pretend we didn't just do such a crazy thing and get back into our room with our tools and our paint (or whatever it is we use to create).

In the rest of life, I'm actually glad for this part of my personality and think of it as an advantage.  None of us can escape periods of alone-ness or solitude at times, and for that I'm lucky that even as a child it seemed like a precious gift: time to think, to imagine, to plan, to daydream, to recuperate or heal, to recalibrate.  

Diane Hoeptner wrote a really neat ebook on the topic of introversion as an artist and ways to work with yourself, not against yourself.  I highly recommend it. 

May your day be peaceful with some time to daydream!