Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Process Isn't About Repetition

"Nature is an endless combination and repetition of
a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air
through innumerable variations."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Star Gazer - Original Watercolor

Although I work in various mediums and in different techniques, I almost always work in series of paintings these days. Searching, exploring, and refining variations of the same subject uncovers hidden nuances with layers of possibilities. It exposes a certain depth and proficiency that wouldn't be present in a single work or two.

Original Galaxy and Aurora Paintings

"The process is not about repetition at all, but rather about being able to explore, investigate, examine or address particular ideas, themes, issues, compositions, concepts or topics in progressively deeper and more meaningful ways, and from a greater variety of perspectives than is possible by making just one or two. It's like looking at something under a microscope as opposed to giving it a casual passing glance. The closer you look, the more you see, and the more you see, the more fascinating your explorations get." ~

"Repetition is the key to mastery."
~ Sandy Sandy
 Thanks for stopping by. Stay Safe and Happy Creating!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Instagram Giveaway!

“It's not how much we give
but how much love we put into giving.”
~ Mother Theresa ?

Announcing - I'm having a
#CantQuarantineArt #LearnLoveCreate #OnlineArtCourse #Giveaway
on Instagram ?
? See part of the lesson in alcohol ink on Yupo HERE.

on Sunday, April 5th! ? See part of the lesson in watercolor on Yupo HERE.?

Enter to win and see more information on
my Instagram page.

“When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so
regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."
~ Alexander Graham Bell 

Hugs, Stay Safe and Happy Creating!
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Many Benefits of Creating A Series

"A series is a collection of paintings that when viewed
leaves no doubt the same artist created them all.
The theme running through the work is stated and restated
in different yet interconnected ways and the viewer can
look at the collection and understand more easily
what the artist is trying to convey."
~ Lynette Ubel / Ubel Arts, LLC Blog

In Lynette Ubel's excellent blog post, she states, "After the commitment to begin a series is made, it begins to take on a life of its own. With each additional painting in a series, the original thought grows into something more refined and bigger than a singular painting could ever be. Every addition allows the artist’s voice to get louder and clearer, demonstrating that they are on a path,
know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and what they have to do to get there."

I have noticed something happening every time I do a series. It refines my skills as well as my vision. This week's advice to an online student was; "You will really benefit from playing with the pigment without trying to create a masterpiece. (Case in point, below) Because I am rusty at this technique, I did 16 backgrounds - all one right after the other, to re-establish and refine my skills and get comfortable with the results. I didn't get it the first one or two or half dozen, but by the 12th or so try, I felt like I was starting to get the hang of it again. The bottom line is, get help from someone with real experience and don't give up. You need to set up a factory. 

Over the past four Saturdays, I've been giving private lessons to a student
who's been creating a series. She is flourishing and astounded by her progress
and inventory by "building a factory" and doing them assembly-line fashion.

I'm convinced that working on the pieces together and repeating one step at a time,
over and over again can really reinforce and expedite learning and spark individuality.

Actually, I think I'm always working on a series of series these days, lol.
I can't really even remember the last time I worked on a one-on. 

"Not many of us can be convinced that working in a factory is a lot of laughs.
Being a factory may be even worse. But there's something to be said
for building one and getting into it."

Happy Creating!

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Friday, December 13, 2019

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

"Only one thing has to change for us
to know happiness in our lives;
where we focus our attention."
~ G. Anderson

All sold out as of 1/1/20, thank you!

"What we call the secret of happiness is no more than our willingness to choose it."
~ Leo Buscaglia

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