Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wrapped Up Tight

18 x 14 Oil on Canvas

I used to live right on the beach in beautiful Del Mar, CA.   There were small propeller airplanes that used to fly by with banners attached to their tales advertising this or that. They were far enough away that you couldn't hear the plane noise above the surf, but you could sense it and when you looked up it was hard not to miss the message.  Well this week I had a banner flying around in my head. It wasn't loud, but I definitely could sense it and every now and then I would plainly hear it's message. My little banner message was about different ways to achieve a goal (a) all stressed out with a lot of tension or (b) with joy, enthusiasm and excitement.  At times I forget that I have a choice, because I get all wrapped in striving for the goal and I opt into old habits. I have found out from past experience acheiving a goal in this manner is anti-climatic; I may have achieved the goal, but it was hell getting thank youuuuu.   So, I plan to take my little airplane message and choose differently this coming week. You'all can borrow my plane if you like.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clear Illumination

20 x 16 Oil on Canvas

Remember the black hole discussion (see last Wednesday's post), Side Stepping, well it has really been quite, dare I say it, illuminating,  ...yes I did, I really did say illuminating, but it really has. I have surprised myself because it has been easier than I thought it would be.  How many times do I need to have the lesson shown to me that the anticipation of something is always worse than the actual moment. Oh boy did I dread going through all the stuff in my office, but now it has become a little sport for me.  So the whole point of this purging exercise was to free up some creative space in the ole' noggin, I do think this is working because I was driving down the road today and I had a great idea for some paintings, cool huh? Thank you Marisa. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Side Stepping

10 x 10 Oil on Canvas

I've been taking this e-course called Together from Marisa  Haedike a wonderful artist.  The course's focus is about living  a creatively fulfilling life.  In the first couple weeks she asked to take a look at what we were tolerating in our lives. I'm glad she couldn't hear me because I gave out a big loud groan! when she suggested we look at this part of our lives.  As a Life Coach, this is homework I oftern give my clients, but felt very resistant (resistant doesn't quite describe it, poking hot daggers in my eyes felt easier).  This big resistance was because I knew right away what I had been tolerating. It was right there under the surface driving me crazy(oh I thought I was fooling myself by brushing it under the proverbial rug) and I didin't want that to be the "thing" I had to work on.  I had successfully side-stepped it for a couple years or should I say unsuccessfully?

So what were my big tolereations you ask, 1) the big black hole of my office filled with a zillion trillion papers each one needing me to make a decision 2) the very tight, jumbled, scary little room normally referred to as a closet, also with a million trillion items that need me to decide their fate.  See hot daggers sounds much easier doesn't it?  Well, today I tackled the black hole, whew! It's not done but I'm I have made tremendous progress.  It sure feels good.  Marisa's hypothesis is that when you free yourself up from the things you are tolerating you have opened up more room for creativity. You will have to stay tuned to find out if that part works.  Scary little room next...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


10 x 10 Oil on Canvas

Yesterday I was frozen in a state of overwhelm.  Ideas were flooding my mind, I could do this, I could do that, I should do this, I should do that and they all seemed important.  Underneath it all was this hidden belief if I choose this one to spend my time on it would be the wrong one and... there is just not enough time to do it all.  Because of the state of overwhelm, I almost threw my hands up in the air, got out the box of chocolate bon-bons my husband got me for Valentine's day and was prepared for a day of old movies on AMC...I said almost!  In the end I wrote all the shoulds and coulds on a piece of paper and then picked a few and gave myself a time limit on each one.  Then I was off to the races. I also reminded myself all things happen with divine timing. Then after dealing with some of the shoulds and coulds, it was time. There was a calm and I was able to focus on my task at hand.     Voila` painting!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Shelf Accessory

16 x 20 Oil on Canvas

Here she is, my little princess, Sophie.  When I was little we played a game called Statue Maker, one person twirled the other person around and let go. You froze in place and then the others had to guess what you were.  Sophie is playing her own little game of Statue Maker. She wants to lure you into thinking she is one of the accessories that sits on our baker's rack that is situated next to the back door.  Once the deception is in place she can make a run for it when the door opens, oh that sneeky little bugger! Just gotta love her.

Friday, February 5, 2010


10 x 20 Oil on Canvas

Meet Steve. Isn't he cute? I bet he loves to stick his head out the car window, can't you just see him? In my mind's eye he has on goggles and a scraf just like Snoopie used to have.  I have such fun painting when I like the subject matter and every time I looked at this little guy I just have to laugh.  I think my Sophie is getting a little jealous of all the dog paintings I have painted lately so now I am working on one of the little princess. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Feet

14 x 18 Oil on Canvas

I discovered something the other day that made me smile.  I love to finish a painting, it gives me a great feeling of satisfaction to have done it and completed it. Back in the day when I did commercial interiors, my projects could take anywhere from 8-9 months to 2 years or more.  That is a long time to wait for the feeling of accomplishment and completion, now it is 3-8 hours wha-hoo! The Happy Feet painting you see above took me 3 days working on it 2-3 hours at a time and I thought that was long.  When I was having a wee moment of complaining on this 3 day time span, my friend, Kelley, said well, of course, it takes a little longer each pair of shoes... it's like a mini little still life on it's own.  I took this in and realized that it was fun to see each pair of shoes come alive with paint and therefore felt the sense of accomplishment after each pair.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Painting Reunion

The Gang

Day 1 Painting, The Glass was really hard
didn't get to finish

Day 2 Painting, I was much happier with this

They came from far and wide to the 2nd annual Santa Fe Workshop in Austin, Texas.  We had all met each other at a workshop held by Carol Marine in Santa Fe in the fall of 2008.  We recaptured the magic this past week right here in my home town of Austin. We started with a day of gallery hopping, stopping to eat at some great Austin restuarants, (including the fine dining experience at Debbi's Westslope Bistro and fine art gallery), and of course painted ala prima with one of my mentors Laural Daniel. I also had the honor and pleasure to have the famous artist and blogger Kelley MacDonald stay at my home during the workshop. I think it is safe to say, fun was had by all.