Blog Post 12.15.12 (I want Peace…)

I am done with giving my energy to all the negative horrible news, bombarding me non-stop.  I have had so many thoughts running through my head, so I thought I would put them down in a post to share.  Some will agree with what I say, some will not.  But I thought I would get this off my chest and move on.

The last year or so I have been on a search.  You could call it a search for myself or a search for inner peace or a search for happiness.  Some will probably say I am in a “dream world”, or I am naive, but if you just allow yourself to open your mind you may see a different point of view.

Peace, we all say we want it.  But how do we exactly achieve it?  I do believe that we will never achieve it with violence (of any kind).  I believe that if we truly cared about others, their happiness, their well-being, we would eventually have peace.  We have to get out of our “what’s in it for me” mentality, well-being for everyone will only make things better for everyone (this includes healthcare, both physical & mental).  I think peace is contagious and it spreads.  Peace cannot be forced on someone.  It has to be shown by example.  ANYTHING negative or violent will NEVER achieve peace.

Guns = negativity = destruction.  There is nothing positive that would ever come from them.  You may try to rationalize it but the bottom line is all they do is destroy, that IS their function.  You can say protecting yourself is positive, but if your mentality is about protection, you are not thinking peace and it’s a negative thought.

People are not born wanting to hurt others.  That is put into people’s minds.  Everyday there is violence and negative energy on the news, on tv shows, on the roads and people’s attitudes.  Have you ever tried to say something nice or help someone that was angry toward you or meant harm? Maybe you should try it and you may be surprised!  I do believe everyone wants to be loved, it’s human nature, and a lot of people have never been given that.

Ok, I have expressed my opinion.  I will now stop commenting, “liking”, re-tweeting posts related to the horrible event from yesterday.  I will stick to my usual positive thoughts.  You may comment or share this post.  I will not comment on positive or negative thoughts, all my thoughts are above.  I will approve comments as long as they are constructive whether positive or negative.

Thank you for listening.

Peace…

If you want to try and open your mind and find some happiness & inner peace, check out the book “the Secret”.

 

Blog Post 10.30.12 (Favorite Art Supplies)

I thought I would share some of my favorite art supplies and stores with you.  I paint mostly with acrylics, and lately I use them pretty watered down or liquid (for my Cosmos Series).  My new favorite place to get paints is Nova Color (in California).  I found out about it through Artist Robert Burridge, when I took one of his workshops.  First of all I LOVE the price, they are extremely economical.  The colors are highly pigmented, and I have not been disappointed yet.  I have been using bold primary type colors so far, but I just ordered several earth tones that I can’t wait to experiment with.  You can also order large quantities, which is nice if you use a color a lot!  Also they are super nice to deal with!

One of the coolest things EVER is the Gold Gesso from Daniel Smith.  It’s like liquid gold! I have not experimented a lot with it yet, but I have used it as gesso and painted over it with acrylics and you get a wonderful metallic sheen that comes through the color.  I have experimented doing some drips with it and it’s beautiful, but it is on the thicker side, so keep that in mind.

I also love the high pigment content of the Holbein Acryla Artists’ Acrylics.  I usually get them through Dick Blick, they are pricey compared to the Nova Color paints, but they are worth it, specially for specific colors! The violet purple is my absolute favorite!  I have not found one with the same intensity.

I am still searching for the best deals on canvas.  I may stretch my own, it is more cost effective, but it does seem harder to do the larger the canvas, so my local Jerry’s Artarama get’s most of my business on that.

Almost forgot!  Also super fun to use are the FW Pearlescent Acrylic Inks by Daler Rowney, I like the very liquid metallic consistency.  It’s easy to drip them since the bottles come with a dropper.  I also get these at Jerry’s and they have a ton of colors!

Hope you try some of these out if you have not done so yet.  Also share with me any other great places to shop for art supplies!

Blog Post 10.26.12 (Great Pinterest Idea)

Well, I LOVE Pinterest! But it can be quite addictive!  I joke around that it just sucks hours out of your life, but I have found great ideas.  I have found art inspiration, handy ideas, and more info than I need!  One of my favorite ideas that I found is one of the simplest! I can’t believe I did not think about it on my own, it’s genius.  I have tried to find things to place under my paintings when I apply varnish to them, to keep them from sticking to the table, but nothing I did was perfect.  Until now… Push pins! Just pin them to the wood under the  canvas and it’s evenly away from the surface.  Here’s a couple of photos:

 

I also realized they I don’t have a Pinterest button on my blog! One of those things that I will try to work on soon!  By the way, you can find me on Pinterest under my name!

Blog Post 9.30.12 (Boiling Mud!)

Just got back from a trip to Yellowstone, and had a fabulous time taking photos.  Unfortunately it was smokey a lot of the time, which interfered with scenic shots.  But, I did have a great time taking photos of other things.

The boiling mud was my favorite!  Love taking drops of photos, but the mud is so thick that the bubbles & drops seem to move in slow motion.  The spot was at the Dragon’s Mouth Spring which is fascinating!

 

Blog Post 8.28.12 (Just doing it!)

I have been having a lot of conversations with a lot my artist friends lately, trying to figure out the future, figuring out how to be an artist & make a living at it.  Also have come across a lot of articles on the subject (funny how these things pop in front of you just when you need them).  One thing I noticed is that the more painting I do, the more thinking I do! I guess it opens my mind, to think deeper than I have before.

Tranquility 36″x48″ Acrylic on Canvas

A thing I came to realize is that if you want something, really really want it bad, you will work really hard to accomplish it.  I noticed a lot of people want things now, they expect it to be easy, or they say they don’t have the time to work as hard to the depth they need to to accomplish that goal.  Then in the next breath, almost always is “I don’t know how you do everything that you do!  I’m just not you!”  Well, I know I am no super-woman, I just have this emergent urge to reach my goals.

I always wanted to be an artist, or I guess I always “have been” an artist.  But I was waiting until the time was right, when I could quit working and go to school so I could learn how to be an artist.  Well, time kept coming and going and the time to go to art school was not going to happen.  So, I decided that I could just do it, teach myself.  I have read everything art related I could get my hands on.  Got brave enough to try different techniques, got over the fear of “wasting money & materials” (you have to do that!), took some painting classes at the local museum, joined an art guild, learned how to hang exhibits, learned how to publicize, learn to inspire other artists, finally took a painting workshop, got a studio and have been painting like crazy!  And, all this while working full time at a non-artistic job!

Maybe I am a bit crazy, hyperactive, or just desperate to get my art created before time runs out.  Either way I am having the time of my life!!  I don’t have the answer on how to get my goals accomplished, but I am figuring it out along the way.  And I am still determined to make a living with my art!!!

(The photo above is not perfect.  Taken with my phone camera)

Blog Post 8.18.12 (Son & Baby Photo)

I love technology!  What would we do without our smart phones? When you just don’t have your camera with you and you just have to take a photo these smart phones really come in handy!! I went to see my new grandson (my son’s baby) and I had to photograph their interaction.  It’s just so sweet! I love this photo!!! (Next time I need to remember to take my big Canon!!) 🙂

This was taken with my Evo, made B & W in Photoshop.

Blog Post 7.23.12 (Dino Paintings)

Inspiration comes from all over!!
I just became a grandmother for the first time, and Mom & Dad wanted to get dinosaur things for the baby’s room. Dinosaur kid things are not that easy to find! Also I decided that he just had to have some original paintings from his grandmother, so I decided to paint a series of dinosaurs. This is one of the paintings from my “Paxton’s Dinos” Series.

I really like the way they came out!  They are playful & bright!
I decided I will sell prints of them, since the originals obviously belong to Paxton!  I will be posting the series on my website shortly with prices for the prints.

I did giraffes a few months back that came out really cute also…

This got me thinking about making different animals also, so I will have a whole children’s line of paintings!  Stay tuned!

Blog Post 5.11.12 (Night Flood- Photo Challenge)

I think sometimes I am just drawn to see if I can capture something specific in a photograph.  If it seems difficult it just makes me try to figure out how to do it.

The other night it was raining really hard, and the drive at our apartment complex had water rushing over it.  I really wanted to capture that so I could share it.  I didn’t really feel like going out in the rain and covering up the camera, so I set up the tripod right inside my window and I pretty much just did a long exposure.

Low Water Crossing