Tiger Lilies’ Unfold

7/12/15 Notes to Myself: Practicing meditation is an important part of my day. I notice so much more as I proceed within the next 24 hours. This week I came to a further understanding of the tiniest moments of change. The things that within a blink I can miss and so often do, never really […]

Creativity

3/5/15 Notes to Myself:Creativity is part of my nature. Although, I don’t always acknowledge my creative potential. By denying this innate capability I deny a vast range of opportunity and on some level avoid accepting responsibility for my life. The fact is, I always have choice. I always have creativity. On any given day I […]

Becoming Undone

1/22/15 Notes to Myself:Sometimes I find my artistic expression mirroring my internal journey. I don’t always understand or see it. On occasion there comes a signpost of awareness direct to my heart and spirit. Affirmation of the path emerges. Lately I feel as though I am becoming “undone”, broken, exposed and vulnerable. Pieces of me […]

Extension and Expression

“In time, as an artist’s gestures become more assured, the chosen tools become almost an extension of the artist’s own spirit.  In time, exploration gives way to expression.” Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland One of the most important things I’ve learned is commitment to the process of painting.  All work counts. […]

The Work Vibrates

” The work we make, even if unnoticed and undesired by the world, vibrates in perfect harmony to everything we put into it — or withhold from it. “ Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland “Encapsulated Spring”   This excerpt is inspiring to me.  I find that it validates the creative process […]

Expectations

“…expectations based on the work itself are the most useful tool the artist possesses.” What you need to know about the next piece is contained in the last piece. The place to learn about your materials is in the last use of your materials…..Put simply, your work is your guide: a complete, comprehensive, limitless reference […]

Art Making, Uncertainty and Tolerance

“Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-pervasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.” Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland As this week unfolds I consider how “uncertainty”  and “tolerance” are incorporated into my painting. Questions for consideration: How do I relate to […]

One Painting at a Time…

One Painting at a Time…One Day at a Time. I’m reminded over the past weeks how my journey as an artist so clearly parallels my life.  The two are not separate entities but a beautiful dynamic relationship from which patience can be developed and is frequently needed. What I am learning to embrace is the […]

Who’s creation is it?

“Who’s creation is it?”  Is that a personal question for an artist? Perhaps and perhaps an uncomfortable one to consider.  For me it’s a valuable opportunity for reflection and investigation into my own motivation for painting. Looking closely at the “why” behind what I do draws me to closer to truth and usually inspiration.  Often, […]