Friday, January 22, 2010

Joy Ride

No painting today, but I wanted to give you an update.  When I started out my blogging journey I started with the idea that the commitment was going to be a problem.  It has been quite fun to observe the changes that have occured within myself. I thought it would be so hard and so scary and all that rig-a-ma-roll jibberish.  I guess when something is right you feel pulled to do it but, I did need to get over that initial hump. So I got in my metaphorical car, started it up, gave it some juice, got over the hump and have been enjoying the ride.  I think I am getting ready to go off-roading soon, but not quite there yet.  I will let you know when I'm getting close though.  So if there is anything you want to do but you are scared to do I highly recommend stepping on the gas and going for it, you won't be sorry. I loved this quote:
I had trouble making a commitment to songwriting until I was thirty-two, even after I'd won fifteen or twenty BMI awards. (Gerry Goffin)
I wonder if he had fun along the way?  Stayed tuned.  I am in the middle of a fun painting, can't wait to show it to you...    

Friday, January 15, 2010

Chair Presence




14 x 18 Oil on Canvas




In my last post, if you recall, I said I was going to STOP the hurry up, hurry up self talk and I am proud to report that I did.  Well that made my painting experience totally different it was so much more fun!! And if life is about the process or journey, I certainly would rather have fun in the process.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bernie goes Green


8 x 10 Oil Painting

Not sure what kind of dog this is, maybe he is a mut, but boy he is cute. Would love to have a little cutie like this, but don't know what my little assistant would say about that.
 In the back of my mind I still have the commitment that I am going to paint 100 paintings by September.  My Christmas break was quite long, I didn't intend to take a break at all, it just happened. I have to say I did have the passing thought well maybe that was a silly commitment.  Those little voices are so cleaver aren't they. So anyway the commitment is in the back of my mind and I feel it caused me to rush through this painting. Needless to say it did not turn out the way I saw it in my mind. Well, "they" say that awareness is the biggest step, right? So now I am aware and the plan for tomorrow is to STOP IT, good plan, right?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lounging in White


8 x 10 Oil on Canvas

Holie Schomlie, its 2010, can you believe it!! Boy, I've had a rough time getting back to painting after the holidays and there was a trip to the Carribean thrown in there too.  It felt very much like falling of the exercise wagon, once I'm in the groove and in the exercise habit,  my day doesn't feel complete without it.  But then there is an interuption and it's tough to get back into it and maybe even there's a little fear. Totally unfounded and completely ridiculous fear.  So the best way I have found to move past the fear is to take action, it works everytime (not always easy to do).  I started this painting yesterday and felt really rusty, but when I went back to it today it felt much better and the joy of painting was stirred.  My little painting assistant was so excited to be back in the studio she stepped in my palette in a moment of glee, see below: