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06/30/10
Saturday’s Painting Adventure
Filed under: General, Painting, Creativity, Inspiration
Posted by: Mary @ 7:02 pm

Saturday was a great day for painting. My plein air workshop got canceled and there already were two boards prepped with pre-soaked, stretched watercolor paper and a small canvas (my first ever) prepped with matte gel medium. All was not lost and the dining room table became mine for the whole day.

My approach was to just let the paintings begin spontaneously and not plan anything out. Pulling out tubes of my favorite colors inspired me to start a loose landscape, wetting the paper one section at a time, adding in separate brushes full of color and letting the colors move and blend on the wet paper. The second piece began with a series of curved lines of green paint. The canvas had me stumped for a while, not being sure if watercolor paint would work on canvas, but then some curved echoing lines to define some shapes flowed out of my hand with a smaller brush dipped in brown paint and the side edges got painted as well.

It was fun to just let things happen and work on the pieces on and off throughout the day, going about doing other things and having time to just think about line and shape and color and form in an abstract way. I also spent some time on Saturday working on my art journal workshop pages and that has become a great way to explore new ideas and expand my horizons. All together right now I have 8 painted pieces going which is a first as I usually work on only one painting project at a time. It’s good to change things up as a way to bring out creativity and inspiration. These paintings are just experiments and may never end up becoming finished pieces but that doesn’t matter. They are important because they are a new way of thinking and being for me.

The journey is the reward.
-Steve Jobs



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06/13/10
Art Journaling Workshop - Week 1
Filed under: General, Mixed Media, Painting, Creativity, Art Journal
Posted by: Mary @ 5:20 pm

I am taking an awesome art journaling workshop with Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio and really enjoying myself. There are a lot of talented and creative people in the class. Connie shares so many incredible ideas and she has created a supportive, caring environment for us that encourages interaction and sharing. My painting experience has been with watercolors and I am learning to use some new materials such as matte gel medium and acrylic paints. Here are the results of my work for week 1, which actually took me two weeks to finish. Fortunately this is a self-paced workshop with no pressure, making it really enjoyable.



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06/08/10
Clutter Cleanup and Swans
Filed under: General, Photography
Posted by: Mary @ 8:29 pm

I am not sure how clutter accumulates and returns over time, but it does. We have slowly been going through everything and a lot of paper went into the recycle bin. What I like the most about clutter cleaning, besides restoring a more harmonious living space, is the treasures that are uncovered in the process. Rearranging things in your space is a way of making new discoveries, and that includes photos.

While sorting through things I found this photo that had been taken a few weeks ago. The swan family has emerged from the nest and there are now two cygnets, a white one and a gray one. It brings back the peaceful feeling of observing the way they glide through the water and feed on the vegetation growing underneath. This is the same mated pair of adult swans that I have been observing for over a year now, this time with a new brood to raise. It makes my day to see them when I drive past this pond. They are so graceful
and beautiful - it is hard to describe in words.
Here are the swan parents last fall with three cygnets almost grown and getting ready to go out on their own.



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