Counting down to....Happy New Year!
It's true, my pen (i.e. keyboard/blog) has been idle this month, but I'm happy to say that my paint brushes have been quite busy. (sneak peeks to come in 2015!) It is never my intention to blog you sweet readers to death and I've been able to achieve my initial goal to blog at least twice a month with a balance of amusement, info, and inspiration. I do love your comments so keep them coming...and if you haven't learned how to send a comment then make it one of your New Year resolutions for my sake, please!
Speaking of New Years resolutions, I sat down yesterday and made a few of my own. My best teachers exhort to set strong artistic goals if you want to become a truly good artist and let me tell you, their goals gave me a few more gray hairs just hearing them. The goals I've set for myself this next year are definitely going to push me hard to apply the things I've learned in the last two years. It's so easy to accumulate knowledge and never assimilate it into real practice. Assimilation is pure discipline...to take the time and mental effort of thought and intention before sailing off into the land of creative flow.
Goodness gracious! So many "fifty cent words" right there!!
Fortunately, the stuff I need to assimilate comes in one syllable words for the most part: *slow down *big shapes *start thin *squint more
I'll leave you (and 2014) with the first habit I want to make my own: "Start like a Snail" It's so fun to jump on a new, blank canvas and see what happens...but in order to apply all the truths that go into good art, a slow and thoughtful beginning paves the way for a delightful and often, wildly fast finish.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!!
Saying goodbye to my friend
I don't feel like I can wax eloquent here today; just going to speak from my heart. Today was my friend, Mimi Walsh's funeral. She had been having some ups and downs with her health the past few months and gamely gave up her darling independent living cottage for a large private room in the assisted living area of her retirement center. In true "Mimi Style", she eagerly anticipated fitting it out with many of her beautiful art objects from her cottage. Maybe she did so: I was to see her Sunday...she passed away Saturday. Oh, I will miss her. I wish you all could have met her. She would quickly become your dear friend, too.
(if you want to read more about Mimi, see my January 2014 blog post)
What is art for?
I can get so philosophical over questions like this! I stumbled upon this great little Youtube video that enlightens with 5 answers and lots of artsy eye candy.
I hoped you loved that. I would love to read your comments on what you need art for...to cheer? to appreciate? to challenge?
Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...