Friday, October 31, 2008
This is one of the paintings I did down in Frontanac last weekend. The colors were so muted with lots of neutrals, difficult for me. Here's a story I'm going to share because it may strike a chord in others. Like I said in a recent post, we have all these gourds and squash from the garden. I have brought a bunch into my studio and every day have been admiring them, arranging them, playing with light. But its been so nice out and I know my outdoor painting days are limited, so I have been forcing myself to leave the gourds and go out to paint - or try to. Needless to say it has not gone well, as my heart is back in the studio... After three days of failed attempts I let myself stay in the studio, happily painting gourds!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday in Frontenac painting outside in the snow; my painting weekend was one of those times where things feel difficult and stuck - the silver lining being that this is often when growth occurs, even though it may not be apparent at the time...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We didn't plant any gourds but we have them coming up all over by the garden and trellicing (I know its not a real word but I like it!) on the fence with the grapevine. I am leaving this week to go to Frontenac to paint again, I hope the weather stays mild. I won't be able to post for a week.
Duck stamp contest was exciting - no family winners, Jim got 2nd and Bob got 6th. The winning painting is a beautiful Long Tail Duck on the water with a decoy.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This piece was in the show but I never had a chance to scan it. It was done at Frontenac State Park overlooking Lake Pepin. A reminder to anyone who is interested and lives in Minnesota; the Federal Duck Stamp Contest is being held this Friday, October 17 from 9 am - 3, and Saturday, October 18 from 10 am - 1 pm . All the entries can be viewed at the Bloomington Art Center. Its pretty interesting if you are interested in art and/or conservation, wildlife. More information is at duckstamps.fws.gov
Monday, October 13, 2008
I want to thank everyone who came to our show - we had a great turn out and a beautiful day. The Fall colors and the warm weather made me happy ( rain threatened through most of the day). Of course, once the first person arrived I totally forgot all about taking photos, so these are all pre-show pictures with no people. I also forgot to take photos of my studio, which was set up with paintings and ceramics...
I have been busy getting ready for the show this past month and look forward to getting back to the paint! Thanks again to all who came and made the day a success - also to all who couldn't make it but sent their wishes - much appreciated.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Its that time of year when it is very easy to be overwhelmed by... not exactly sadness but a bittersweet feeling that comes with the wind and the crickets and the wafting leaves. Reading a book called Art and Fear, it has some great things to say about the creative process. Two quotes I like:
"Writing (painting) is easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." --Gene Fowler
"Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgement difficult."