Sunday, March 11, 2012

Try Something New Today - I Did!

Wow... Big doings over here. I'm taking the BIG painting workshop on-line. This is week one and I finished my first gigantic (for me) mixed media painting today., you are not going to see it. That's not the point of the workshop, The point is process, now product and that's good because the product looks like the first.

Yesterday, I set up a studio of sorts on the glassed-in porch. I haven't really needed a studio before since I usually produce 6 by 9 inch pen and ink drawings. So to paint at 35 inch sizes means I had to clear out some space. That done, this morning it took me quite a while to really put that first bit of paint on paper. I procrastinated quite a while getting everything set up just so. Fear... I think it was feat, but I talked my way out of being afraid of the paper, afraid of the paint. 

Today's painting... if I had to name it: Garden Covered by Mudslide.  Ha!  but the process is the point!

Have a great day.... Trying something new!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


The word focus has a specific meaning when speaking of photography. Wouldn't it be great to point your attention to an event or project and have your mind's automatic focus feature zoom in on it and stay there until you release it.

Too often, however, we focus to sharp in the initial minute or two of a session working on a project, then our minds betray us. A stray thought creeps in and before we know it, we are thinking of something else entirely while drawing or painting or writing. Consequently, quality suffers.

Here are some suggestions on how to increase focus:

1. Assess your creative environment. You know what your working environment needs in order for you to focus. If you  can't work in a messy environment, clean up before you start to work. If you can't focus with the TV on, turn it off. If you work best with soft music, tune in. If you like to rock out while working, then rock out. An environment that helps you zoom in is entirely individual, so assess your needs and make your environment meet those needs.

2. Start your work session with a few minutes of quiet. Sit quietly at your desk or easel and let your mind settle on the task at hand. Once you start working, gently redirect your focus each time it strays. Don't be harsh with yourself. Rather, keep the creativity flowing by nudging your attention to your self-assigned task.

3. Believe you can achieve greatness with every project. Believe you are capable of producing your best work.  Be your own best cheerleader and your work will reflect that positive energy.

Monday, March 5, 2012



In anticipation of St. Patrick'sn Day... GREEN