Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Ah, the change of seasons...especially the sense of Fall around the corner, always reminds me of family. Maybe it's the holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas that help define this for me. Fall seems to be a time for reflection. A time to re-energize for a new season and yet to slow down and ponder a bit on the front porch with a cup of herbal tea.
This is the time of year I want Sunday suppers with family, walks in nature, quiet days at the beach right before sunset, and night walks with my camera (the kind with real film).
If I could take a leave from the day job any time during the year I'd choose September through December. I love the smell in the air, the celebrations, the idea of Fall bursting with color and light and then quieting into winter with a neutral- subdued color palette; yet promising a lovely, peaceful sense of solitude and rest while the snow sparkles under the moonlight. (Which by the way is the perfect time for a walk).
I often fantasize about how wonderful and magical it would be to take a four month art/writing retreat September through December. If I figure out how to do this I'll let you know.
What time of year would you do a retreat?
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Jonathan Twingley is teaching in Sketchbook Skool for the "Stretching" klass. He is a powerful and imaginative artist. The homework was to draw objects...anything your imagination came up with, onto a large sheet of paper. Cut them out, and build an image on another piece of paper. I'm working in an 11x14 sketchbook. I have layers of collage paper, gesso, paint, oil pastels, acrylics and ink. The image is pieced together from different drawings. As I was working these words came to mind so I quickly scrawled them on scrap paper then wrote it onto the finished piece with a dip pen and india ink.
Image 1 text: "Every evening I go outside to stand under the night sky, the influence of the moon visits me in my dreams. I hope the power of the sky and everything beyond touches my soul and at least humbles me a bit so I don't get in my way...so I don't hurt anyone thinking I'm bigger or grander than they are. It is a constant practice to let go of that me image."
Image 2 text: "The other day I noticed a spider on the kitchen window ledge. Although it creeps me out I can't kill it. I carry it outside so it can crawl back inside tomorrow and say hello again."
Friday, August 5, 2016
Doodle Theory Club is having a contest. If you want to participate get started as it ends August 8th. Here are three Doodles I have entered and I hope to draw all eight Doodles. Many prizes will be awarded. One is Danny Gregory's "Art Before Breakfast" workbook.Cheers,