Art and Creativity

Creative explorations in paint, pencil and charcoal.

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Daily Painting

Everyday I create a small painting. The intent is to practice loose, intuitive painting that is reflective of an abstracted realism.

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Charcoal Drawings

I enjoy drawing very realistic charcoal drawings as a way of pushing my abilities to represent realistic imagery

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Daily Art and Happy News!

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Well you push the wrong button and there are no backsies! Sorry if you got the blank teaser post with nothing in it I got a little carried away with getting this post ready.

I switched things up this week and decided to start working on larger paintings and not worry about completing a painting a day but, rather, practice painting on a larger scale. Don’t get me wrong I really do like doing the little ones but since I am on school vacation I should be sinking my teeth into a bit more challenging painting. When I am painting little I find that I have fewer options and therefore they are faster and less complicated. When working larger there are more steps and the working process has to be different.

I have tried to become mindful of “tricks”. The things that you fall back on because they worked in one painting and so you try them again. The problem is that falling back into worn tracks leads you to the same outcome BUT it is never as fresh as the first time. You expect to experience that same “YES” moment and it doesn’t feel quite right. Sucks.

I don’t want to be an artist that does the same thing over and over again because it was “successful” or because other people liked it. I want to be an artist that challenges herself daily and seeks that “Holy Crap I Like That” moment when the convergence of paint, line, colour and composition come together and one moment of perfection. 

So onto this weeks paintings!

Day 112  

Day 113 

 
Day 114 

 

Day 115 

 

Day 116 a work in progress day!


Day 117

  
  

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Daily Art and a commission!

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I really enjoy the daily painting exercise. From deciding at the last minute what I am going to paint to prepping the support and working through the process it is turning into a very meditative process. I don’t listen to music or have the tv on. I stand there, most days in my pyjamas and explore lines and shape and colour without overthinking it. In fact I think the days that I “plan” something are the days that I struggle the most. Those are the days when I fight to try and make the paint do what I want rather than collaborating with the paint. My favourite paintings have been more of a collaboration and I’ve been able to get into a good “art mode” and the entire process has been pretty quick and seamless. 

Here are this weeks paintings.

Day 106

Day 107    

 

Day 109

 

Day 110 


Day 111 


Day 112 – I decided to change sizes ans worked on a 9×12 canvas.

 
Day 113 -then for this one I thought “Paint bigger! You’re on vacation, you have time!” So this on is 16×20

   As I have been working on the everyday I have been doing a couple of other things. I was going to start filming for a online course that I was going to help create…and then it was cancelled…then it was back on with a few different woman. So I had time to take on some commission work and then I had a lot back on my plate again. Oh well I’m having fun creating the commission work and I get to figure out how to film and that will be a good thing!

So the commission work is a 22×30 pan pastel drawing. The original picture is a sunset proposal but I am going to “artsy” it up and keep the faces looking realistic. So the original picture is this one 


And I have started this composition on paper to get the sketch right. 


And I started on the sky and mountains.

  
Loving it so far and thank goodness I have two weeks to work on this because this is about 3 hours of work so far. Next up is the water!

I post updates of my current work on Facebook and Instagram so follow me if you would like to see updates and progress!
  

Painting and Art Quilts

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I finished my 100 days of painting challenge and decided to continue painting for as long as I was being productive. The one hundred painting have all been completed on 6×6 prices of watercolour paper and I am working on how I am going to finish them. At this point I am thinking that I am going to mount them on 6×6 pieces of wood and will have a hidden hanger that I will drill into the back.

Day 99

  

Day 100

 
Day 101

For the next part of the series I decided to paint on a different surface. We made 7 inch square wooden panels that have an outside wooden stand edge. They will sit 1.5 inches off the wall.   

Day 102

 
I actually remembered to photograph it so that you could see the side of the painting.

  
Day 103

This painting was based off of a chalk pastel drawing that I did earlier in the year.

 Haha! I didn’t crop this one. Alł of my photos are taken at the kitchen sink because it has the best lighting!

  
Day 104

  
Day 105

 
I have also been doing lots of work outside on my house. I haveainted my house yellow and decided on a whim to paint the gate to my backyard turquoise. So then I have shutters that are going to be white and a deck that needs to be white.

 
I have also been working in the evenings on my art quilts. My fingers were taking a beating until I pulled out some pliers! Full steam ahead!

 

So this coming week I will be working on some filming, continuing to paint, get some of the paintings up on Etsy for sale, work on house painting and finish this art quilt and start the next ones that I have on mind. 

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Connect with your Creativity!

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I am so close to finishing my 100 Days of Painting project and I have learned so much through this process. As I was painting it became more clear to me that I could share some of what I learned with other people that are struggling to be creative.  With that in mind I am developing a 7 day creativity kickstarted that will help you start and maintain momentum in being creative. Honestly it’s not just for painting or drawing. Being creative could be cooking, woodworking, gardening, decorating, writing! Really it comes down to what do you want to do with your hands and heart…what is calling you and what would you like to try to do if you could do anything?

I am working on the videos and PDF’s this week and will hopefully have something organized and ready to launch next week. 

  
I have also been getting so close to the end of my 100 days challenge…and planning my next one! Silly me but I really am just brimming with ideas and plans.

Day 85 – I really love this one and think that I will be painting from life more often.

 
Day 86

   
Day 87

 
Day 88

   
Day 89

 
Day 90  

Day 91

 
Day 92

  
Day 93


Day 94

   
Day 95

 
Day 96

   
Day 97


Day 98

   
And since I didn’t already have enough to do I started a new art quilt series that incorporated my mixed media girls and quilting. This is the first one in a series that I am planning to work on in the evening.

 

   
So next week I will be completing my first series of 100 paintings and starting my next series…more details next week. I should also be officially launching the start of my “Connect with You Creativity” email series. And I will have managed several naps during that time!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!
 

Art Envy Wednesday- Richard Diebenkorn

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I first saw Richard Diebenkorn’s work in the mid 1990’s when I went on a college trip to San Francisco. Sadly I don’t really remember a lot from the trip (I don’t think I was even 20 at the time and I lost all the photos from the trip), BUT the visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art introduced my enduring love for the work of Richard Diebenkorn.

  
Richard Diebenkorn, Cityscape I,(Landscape No. 1), 1963

There was something about the work that sang to me and although I couldn’t articulate it at the time I was very drawn to his work. Interestingly enough I never sought to emulate his work though. Something in me has always hesitated in not expressing my own style and although it is always evolving, I have never wanted my art to be overtly influenced by another artist. I am perfectly happy with it showing up but I don’t want to start a painting thinking “how would so-and-so do this?”

The work that I remember the most from the exhibition was from his “Ocean Park” series. This work was directly influenced by Matisse’s paintings that were  created in 1914. 

   

Matisse, View of Notre-Dame (1914). 

 Matisse, French Window at Collioure, 1914
 

 

Richard Diebenkorn Ocean Park #79, 1975 Oil on canvas 93 x 81 in.

  
Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No. 54, 1972

This series of painting produced over 100 paintings that took there subject matter from ariel landscapes and, perhaps, even views from his own studio and is named after the area where he lived and created his work in San Francisco.

I am currently loving the paintings based on everyday scenes such as these.

  

 Richard Diebenkorn, Interior with Book, 1959
 Richard Diebenkorn, Bottles, 1960

  Richard Diebenkorn, Corner of Studio Sink, 1963
  
Richard Diebenkorn, Knife and Glass, 1963

I am drawn to the quality of brush strokes and how he handled both the paint and the forms. I enjoy the elevation of the everyday and being influenced by your surroundings and expressing that through colour and form.

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Daily Painting Extravaganza-corrected

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The app that I was using had duplicated one of the pictures and I did not catch it…sad face…Thanks Jen for pointing it out. It gave me an opportunity to fix the letter too! So I had not miscounted anything and still have 10 days to go but that is a good thing because it gives me time to get myself organized for the next series.

I thought I should start organizing my daily paintings so that I could write about it and thought that I was on Day 90. So very wrong. Somehow I must have messed up on my labelling and as I was creating these graphics realized that today I actually painted my 99th painting!

Well then. Yesterday I spent a significant amount of time making wooden frames that I was going to use to frame all these painting. However they didn’t work out like I thought. Disappointing but I “Plan B’d” it and continued working on the frames with the thought that I could use the frames as a painting surface and rethink my plans for framing the “100”

I have to fix a couple of the graphics. The looked fine when I saved it and they were wonky when I opened the files. Oh well you will see the progression of my painting from 1 to 99.

Soon I will be putting these, ready to hang, on Etsy for sale. I bit of work ahead of me but they should look fabulous.

                     
    
    
    
    
 

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New Art Quilts

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Monday was an exciting day for me.  I opened my email and there was an Etsy conversation from the new editor of “Art Quilting Studio” inviting me to submit my Art quilts for potential publication!

So excited and of course I jumped up and down and emailed her back immediately and said “YES” and got things organized to send to California. So fingers-crossed, I have my work accepted and you will be able to hear the squeal all the way to the moon!

As I was organizing everything I realized that I had four art quilts that I had made and never posted. So this was the perfect time to get them out there.

  
   
 
Each of these three mini quilts are only 4×4 inches. I’m thinking that I will have to start exploring these again!  

 
Mr. Owl is much bigger and measures 11×14 inches. I was exploring machine embroidery, appliqué and hand embroidery. I ransacked my fabric stash and used a bunch of vintage fabrics on the owl and do you see the green star burst fabrics on the body? That was from an old set of ikea sheers that hung in my bedroom for a while!

In the next couple of days I am going to post these in Etsy so if you are interested in buying one check it out there or use the contact form to get in touch with me!  I got right on it and listed all of these Art Quilts here

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Art Envy Wednesday

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I have a continuing love of Pinterest and the multitude of ideas and inspirations that I find there. I can get sucked in for hours jumping from DIY ideas to school planning and art ideas.

So I thought I would share some of the Art that I have admired while on Pinterest. I guess Art Envy is a bit of a strong title…I might change it…but it is Art that I admire and appreciate.

I am loving Linda Christiansen so much! I love her bold use of colour and form. I love the large swaths of flat colour juxtaposed with pattern and design. I love the scraped and dripped application of paint. I love the sense of capturing the subject in a moment of a ritualistic daily task. A mundane such as washing the dishes is rendered into a beautiful, contemplative moment.

Love!

   
     

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Daily Painting

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I’m coming into the home stretch with my daily painting exercise. Today will be day 84…when I do the painting later on this morning and I have already been planning my next Daily Painting Adventure that will be my “200 Series” of paintings.

I’m also excited to be on vacation for the next two months and to be able to have time to focus on the things that I have been wanting to develop for the website, some online classes that I want to develop to teach and to take some of the little mini paintings that I have been making and transform them into a larger scale painting.

I wrote out a “to-do” list last night and it was one full page! Granted it included wish list items of things that I want to learn how to do and to get done around the house but it was still significant.

So here are this weeks paintings.

Day 80

Day 81

Day 82

Day 83

I’ve also been playing with a new app that allows me to make posters, banners, Facebook posts! So..Many…Ideas…I think I am going to use these in conjunction with my online class “Everyday Gifts” and I can use them in the free offer that I am developing for the website. Here are some of the examples I have been playing with. Some of them I can’t use other than in this type of post. I am not willing to pay for a commercial use licence so I am looking at ways that I can use to create my imagery without having to reinvent the wheel.

  

I’ve made a couple of new banners for my Facebook page also. You can like my page here.

 

Finally I was just playing with some Instagram imagery.

  

So onwards on my busy to-do list. Today I am going to be making the frames that I need to start mounting my daily paintings on…and a little pool time if I can manage it, in my little pool! It’s going to be super hot here (for northern BC) and I’m going to enjoy it as much as possible!

Painting and Summer Plans

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Another week closer to finishing my 100 days of painting!  I’ve continued painting every morning and thought of how I want to finish the paintings and display them. So those forms need to be made and then I have to attach all of the paintings…another job for the summer.

School has been winding down and all the tasks that go along with that are keeping me busy to say the least.  I have also been thinking about what I am going to be teaching in my beginners drawing class that will be at the local cultural centre.

I have also signed up to do an online class…and by do, I mean teach! About gratitude and Art. I will be teaching an intuitive style painting that focuses on being grateful for the things that surround you everyday. So far my plans include 4 days of videos, PDF files and visuals so I really have to get started on that.

I have also had some ideas for the website and so I am going to have to sit down and do some work to develop those ideas.

Here are my last 9 days of paintings! As you can see I have been on a bit of a teacup craze. It’s part of my development for my online class. I am thinking of calling it “Everyday Gratitude” 

What do you think?

 Day 71

  Day 72
 Day 73
 Day 74

   Day 75
 Day 76

   Day 77
 Day 78

 

Day 79