Friday, February 25, 2011

Beautiful Bloomin' Blumen

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On Valentine's Day, my thoughtful husband surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

They were freshly cut and just beginning to blossom so I was looking forward to their blooms opening.

The next morning I made a beeline for the sunroom where the blooms had opened quite a bit with more to go...

Twelve days later (yes, you read it right) those gorgeous blooms are still open! I am in awe!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Capturing A Moment

I need to learn to keep my camera with me at all times, it seems.

 Hundreds of "photo opps"  fly by me in a day and what's terrible is I don't even think of them as a good painting possibility until it's totally too late.
I need to work on that.

An artist needs to see a little differently. Some of it comes naturally but it can also be learned.

Here's one moment I did capture and it resulted in this watercolor of my grandson, Lucas and my father. I like the way it turned out.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Too Much Time Away

I guess you could call me a "round robin" kind of artist.

I call myself that because I find that I cannot spend all my time, day in and day out on one type of project. Instead, I find wonderful satisfaction in spending a week, two weeks, maybe a month working on watercolor painting. And then after a time, something switches over in my brain and tells me that I need to work on some crafty art project.

That's what happened last December when I was creating doll furniture as a Christmas present for one of my granddaughters. Something took off in my brain and I began this whirlwind of doll furniture making! I was having so much fun, before you know it, I was opening a shop on Etsy to see if anyone else liked it as much as my granddaughters. Six rooms of doll furniture later, here I am.

And like so many times before, I'm starting to get that feeling and the messages in my head are telling me, "...too much time away - it's time for some more watercolor..."

So, all I can say is, "Watercolors, here I come again..."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sit Still and Think a Minute

That's not as easy as it sounds.

Even though my husband and I are emptynesters and the house is child-free most days, I can still get wrapped up in noise, chores and activities that rob me of my "think tank" time.

Grandson, Joey in Thinking Mode
I have found that simply turning off the television and radio is very helpful. Music may be soothing for some but for me, silence is golden.

My artistic dilemmas are often solved when I take the time to think them through. As much as I want to rush and quickly achieve results, it doesn't seem to work that way.

So, as I sit still and think a minute I can take a breath, direct my focus and in time, accomplish the task at hand - my newest masterpiece.

Blue Ribbon Winner

I'm excited to share the news - just found out I won a Blue Ribbon 1st Prize for my watercolor painting, "Myah" in the Wilson ...