Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Blending and Colours

Yesterday, I decided to take a risk and increase the contrast of the foreground by using a chrome oxide green. It still felt a little off. As I allowed my eye to wander across and over the canvas, I felt the problem was the free-floating horizon line... it needed to blend in more and become … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Blending and Colours

A Creative Block Project – Day 2

It seems I still have an obsession with faces... even when I start with abstract work. To be fair to myself, I am still preoccupied with other work that is in progress. I need to allow myself to be mindful and let the work speak to me. I forced this one a little. I started … Continue reading A Creative Block Project – Day 2

Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Initial Horizon

I've been staring at this for over a week now and trying to imagine a grassy horizon line... hoping it would cut the page and add tension between the foreground and sky. It feels wrong or in complete at this point... just a random line that floats in space without attachment to either the foreground … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Initial Horizon

A Creative Block Project – Day 1

I'm going to try something for the next little while to break what I feel is a creative block. For a little while now I've been preoccupied with several other life events: completing a new certification in Art Therapy; preparing for a new year of teaching art and the first time teaching to teenagers; completing … Continue reading A Creative Block Project – Day 1

A little good news — about protecting old trees

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/the-25000-monumental-trees-of-italy-are-old-habitats-shrouded-in-legend/ I recently had to have a hundred year old sugar maple tree cut down in front of my house. It was diseased and rotten from the core out, so it was dangerous. However, while I was waiting for an available tree doctor to determine it's fate, I got an eyeful of how old treen … Continue reading A little good news — about protecting old trees

Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Of Course! It’s Yellow!

Yesterday we discussed the crossroads one might face when painting... initial colours don't always work best for the composition, for the expression. I had in mind that there was a need for yellow and that need was expressed clearly by my nephew Mat, for whom I'm painting this. I also mentioned that I was still … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Of Course! It’s Yellow!

Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – My first dilemma…

Yesterday's post set up the serenity journey I'm on for my nephew, Mat... I found my tension colours to indicate some if the struggles and triumphs, but as in all journeys... there are things that must change for it to continue... we sometimes need to redirect... In this case, I have two crossroads to choose. … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – My first dilemma…

Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – First Steps…

My nephew, Mat, has been asking me for some artwork and we hadn't had time to sit and discuss what he wanted until a few weeks ago. I started by asking him some basic questions: "what styles, colours, and moods do you like?" He said abstract for style, greens for colours, but couldn't quite verbalize … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – First Steps…

A little good news — about repurposing

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A little good news — about self-esteem

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/self-compassion-researcher-suggests-4-steps-to-overcome-negativity-bias/ Very much worth the read!