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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

“My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.” 
--William James, The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1

This was posted on Gretchin Rubin's facebook page for the Happiness Project

It is so perfect for painting which I am sure is a mantra that all should heed.  Don't paint everything you see!  The lost edge, the mysterious shadows, the bleached's just a slab of paint...that's what makes the difference between the ho hum painting and the jaw dropping paintings. (well, one of the things)

Outside my door

Up the road
$249. SOLD

AGAIN I harken back to the post previously about using new eyes.  I look outside and everywhere I look once I drive out of the neighborhood a few blocks is beautiful, gorgeous, countryside.  I've painted so many versions of the "vineyard."  To someone else it may seem redundant but I see something new everytime.  I not only paint what I see but I love to simultaneously change my color harmonies and see how to build it.  I always do best if I paint the forest before the trees and it's especially fun if I paint the details after the drying.  It's easier to get the big shapes.  The atmospheric effect can come from a simple scumble of the of medium and a warm color. and a tightening of the harmonies.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Freshness is the prize

Another Pear


"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." 
 Marcel Proust

I thought this especially profound for artists and perhaps everyone.  The eyes we see with today are not the eyes we saw through yesterday.  That is why it behooves an artist to be forever dynamic and expanding.  The process of learning is exercised every day with every perception, every placement of color and value.  As a former educator in the public school system I wish we could convey to children and young adults that the real prize is the exercise of  learning and hence, expanding, and that the content is secondary.  I delight in how many times I have opportunities to revisit something I thought I knew and to see something new again.  I had that feeling just a minute ago looking at a demonstration of oil painting.  I had that feeling yesterday as I listened to a young mom describe her life with three boys under the age of 7.  I had that feeling a week ago as I listened to something my ex husband said.......and on and on......It's that feeling that keeps me from ever tiring of life itself and wishing I had a dozen more lifetimes to taste it all. I think every time we use our senses we are experiencing the act of creation and in that holy land of being at one with the universe and the planet.