Friday, June 27, 2008

last day of workshop

well the last day was today. We were all tired but persvered to the end. The picture of the meadow was done on Thunder Hill above Boone. It was so windy I had a hard time keeping my easel upright, and my canvas was hard to keep from flopping over into my wet palette. But I managed thankfully due to some very large rubber bands. Almost blown over myself at the time but I stayed upright and kept on going. The second painting was done at Bass lake. There were waterlilies scattered across the water that you may not be able to see in the photo. I have mixed emotions tired as anything but I dont want to leave such a beautiful area. Gods gift on earth.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

workshop day 3

Well three days down. Already beginning to kind of feel sorry 2 more days then I have to head home. NC is such a beautiful area and the rest from home responsibilities is priceless, but I am getting tired. I get to paint all day but it is like going back to school. Well come Saturday I'll wish i didn't have to go home again.LOL

Monday, June 23, 2008

day 1 Kevin Beck workshop

Have to say I didnt do bad here. He did a pastel demo. i decided to use oils cause my brushes haven't had much exercise lately. Ive been doing pastels and WC.I needed to play with some oils.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A view of the mountains

This place is gorgeous I could stay forever


well I didnt do well with the painting I did today. I have a whole new set of colors of paints the instructor wanted to be used at the workshop. Where my old reliables. I couldn't figure out how to mix them. Of course I am tired from all the driving yesterday but I just had to get out on the parkway. It is gorgeous.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Im off

Well traveled about 400 miles today by car. I'm heading for NC to take a painting workshop with an instructor I had about 5 years ago. It should be fun and educational. So I did spend most of the day driving. I hope to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway tomorrow and take pictures, view the scenary and hopefully paint. So heres to the next great adventure.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

i love this song from the show

cant find this song anywhere on playlist

another form of art

well today is my oldest grandsons birthday. It has become a real tradition for me to make them cakes in the design they select. His is Indiana Jones. The last cake was from my youngest grandsons birthday. Speed Racer. So instead of painting as we have had a few birthdays lately, I have been making other creations. Wish you all could be here to celebrate. Happy Birthday Zack. Lol i didnt realize tht GiGi is in a picture in the background eating. How poetic. She died in November. I was saying to my husband this morning if she was here, she wouldnt be able to eat this cake because of the snakes. Absolutely terrified of them and couldn't even watch them on animal planet her favorite show. Well I guess she is still with us in a way. Now I think I will go have a cry.

How to See the Way an Artist Sees: See the Way an Artist Sees-Lesson#1

How to See the Way an Artist Sees: See the Way an Artist Sees-Lesson#1

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Well I have been pushing myself with water color and I have to say Im improving. I bought a book by Stephen Quiller color choices. Now I didnt get all the paints till tonight but I did work bolder. One thing I have been having trouble with in WC so I have to say hooray, I am pushing through.


just a little view of home

Thursday, June 5, 2008

being me

The art community that I belong to is going thru some growing pains. People seem to be intimidate by the ones that are so much better then they and almost feel like giving up. Some times you feel like you need to teach not painting basics but psychological encouragement. LOL. This is the post I gave and if anyone else needs words of encouragement here it is. While I agree that sometimes one can get intimidated by the excellence of some painters, but dont loose site of the reason you came here. To learn and teach and be a part of something. I like the friends I have made and each one has a little tidbit to give, and an inspiration if you look at something you like. Even looking at masters like Rembrandt, you feel like,"I'll never paint like that". Just remember you are you and when you create there is no one else in the world that has your voice thoughts and feelings. I remember a quote and I can't remember where I read it. But it goes something like "you are the only you that will ever be. If you fail to be what you are, what you could have created will be lost forever". Don't worry about anyone else. Seek you own voice style and practice and learn. It's a journey of discovery that takes forever. Even professional artists will tell you that they are still in the process of learning and changing. New colors ideas and styles. Making a mark is an ever changing expression. So be all that only you can be. It's a journey of joy hope discovery and a passion that can not be denied. Dont loose yourself in anyone elses work. Loose yourself in your own and you will find that artist thats begging to get out.