Monday, February 28, 2005

New Supplies!

New Supplies!

I've been looking for some markers that are lightfast and permanent and found them at a local Crafters store. They don't have the brush tip that I like but they are archival and the colors are very intense. They have a "bullet" tip and a fine tip on each one. The brand is "Zig", I tried them out on my drawing last night and I think I'll get along well with them :-D ($88 for the set of 48 is actually pretty good I think!)

Scissors

Scissors

This is the little painting that I worked on at the gallery last Thursday. You will notice that it is from my sketchbook design from a couple of weeks ago. I call it "scissors", I did "Rock" last night and I'll be doing "paper" sometime in the future. It's 9" x 12" watercolor and ink.

The letter "D" and the crunch

The letter "D" and the crunch

Today's drawing is brought to you by the letter "D".

I feel like I've been working at a snail's pace. Today my goal is to have everything ready for the workshop by the time I hit the sack tonight, that will leave me all of Tuesday to do other things that I'd like to get done. I'm not going to spend much time on the internet today but I'll probably be back with more time on Friday.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Icky Drawing Work Day

Icky Drawing Work Day

Today's drawing is a quickie done with colored pencil, I don't like it at all but since it's a daily drawing I am sharing. Oh well.

Yesterday I had a nice time shopping and going out to lunch with my mom. We spent ages looking at purses, it is amazing to me, someone who doesn't even shop on line much to see the crraaazyy colors that women's handbags are in this year. Eek, I would feel like I needed a different color for every outfit. Well, I know some say that it's not important to match but I like to match in that way. So we looked and looked, picked out some darling ones and carried them around for a while but in the end neither of us bought one. It was fun to look though!

Today I am working on my workshop stuff again, it's this week and I'm almost ready. Well, it's already 1:30 and I haven't gotten started yet, but I'm getting ready to anyway.

So, I'd better get going, I want to be finished early so I can do some other stuff too.
Hope you all are enjoying a relaxing Sunday.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Saturday and the Letter "C"

Saturday and the Letter "C"

Today's drawing is brought to you by the letter "C"!

Today my mom and I are going out for lunch and a Costco run. I'm looking forward to it. No time to goof off this morning so I'll see you this evening.
Have a good day ok?

Friday, February 25, 2005

I had Fun!

I had Fun!

Today's drawings is brought to you by the letter B!

Last night I got myself fixed up as well as I could and went to the gallery will all my supplies to get set up at 5:30. They had a table set up for me right in the middle of the little gallery, visible to everyone who walked in to Rembrandt's! At first I felt a little intimidated but I just set up my little painting spot and pretended like it was perfectly natural to be there. Before long I was having fun, I just chatted with the people as they came through, answered lots of questions and made friends with lots of people. I think it was actually easier than just standing around the gallery greeting people. Now I'm looking forward to doing it again!

Today I'm in a big panic, I think I've double booked myself and need to go find out right away so I can get things straightened out. Probably won't be back till this evening.
Hope you all have a great Friday.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Fw: Illo Friday- Sorrow

Fw: Illo Friday- Sorrow

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I did a whole series of work that I called, " The Mother's Heart Series" it was about the more difficult side of being a parent/mother. It was about the heart ache and sorrow we experience when our children experience difficulty and pain. The grief can be as agonizing as death in some cases. In the series gems, often worn on a chain as a necklace or in this case imbedded in the heart represent the mother's offspring. (Remember the old testament account of the high priest wearing an ephod on his chest? An ephod had 12 stones on it which represented the 12 tribes of Israel. The high priest wore this to bear those 12 tribes before God when he entered the Holy of Holies. In the same way, the mother bears her children before God always, in constant prayer.) The painting actually is a bit larger and the breasts are bare but in this case I felt it would be fitting to crop it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The Letter A

The Letter A

Today's drawing is brought to you by the letter A! I'm doing the alphabet in a different way than last time- I got started on this while I was messing around with ideas for my workshop.

Feeling like I need to be super productive today and that is going to require less checking in with my computer, I've just been spending way to much time in cyber space lately. I hope you all have a wonderful day full of free flowing creativity!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Just stuff

Just stuff

Today's drawing is a poor representation of my son Daniel. The 18th was his 28th birthday, I got him a great sofa for his apartment and got to surprise him with it, he's tickled! We also took him out to a nice dinner. Later in the evening I did this drawing and I wasn't looking at him or a picture of him so it's really just a symbol. He does have a mustache and he wears a cap a lot.

Today is my Monday since Tanner had no school yesterday. He and I both got hair cuts yesterday and did a wee bit of running around to keep ourselves occupied, it was a pretty nice day. I also dropped stuff off at Drop Leaf Gallery so they can get it hung before Thursday night's "Last Thursday" event. I will be set up and painting in the gallery that night- bleh.
So today I've got lots of stuff to get done, working on Workshop stuff as well as some extra stuff that must be done for the gallery. I'm happy to be home working without (much) interruption. (Paul and I are here in the same office) At least there's no question about what I need to get done today. Still feeling a bit blue, I think it is a multi faceted depression, still adjusting to my Holly being in Chicago, gray depressing weather and hormonal stuff. This too shall pass and I'm not letting it slow me down.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Monday and the uphill grind

Monday and the uphill grind

It's President's day, that means no school. Tanner and I will be hanging out together today, I don't have much of a plan but it will happen as the day gets along.

Of course I still have lots of work to do on my workshop but I don't concentrate well unless I am alone in my office so I guess that will have to be put on hold for the day.
Heck, I may even make a Costco run or something, um, like I said, I don't have a plan.

I'm sort of blab-less this morning so I'll get movin' and fix breakfast.
Cya

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Needing quiet contemplation

Needing quiet contemplation

Another "flight" illustration:

Tanner is at a friends and Paul is gone roping. I'm home alone but I don't have the usual peaceful Sunday feeling at all today. I feel disorganized and slightly depressed, bah. I think I need to spend some time alone, no computer, no book, no sketchbook. You know, contemplation. At least this is a day that I can do that and know I won't be disturbed for a while. I am aware of how important this is, I just find that I resist until I am in knots and in need of answers for myself.

Yesterday I worked on my workshop plans and I hope to do a little more of that today. Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend and doing what you enjoy most.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Leather Chair, Little Boy

Leather Chair, Little Boy

We slept in and it was so nice! We had stayed up and watched some old Batman movie last night after having company for a while and so it was late when we finally toddled off to bed.
I've got work to do today that I neglected yesterday, bad me. However I did spend lots of time with Tanner and that was good for both of us.

Today's picture is what I would call overworked, I was just messing around drawing a chair in my living room and found it hard to get the feel of the black, soft leather.
My wall does not have wall paper with rectangles on it, I just did that to make the little drawing more interesting.

Here is a picture of my little guy yesterday, he had gone hunting but didn't actually find anything so he was disappointed. He's so cute running out with his little bow and bear skin quiver. He was trying to look like the mighty Legolas in this picture, that's who he imagines himself to be when he goes out with his bow. :-D


Friday, February 18, 2005

Illustration Friday- Flight

Illustration Friday- Flight

Friday's roll around so fast that I feel like a day has gone by instead of a week. Anyway, the theme this week is flight and there are some wonderful illustrations to be seen here: http://illustrationfriday.com/dev/index.php?section=participate

Today Tanner does not have school (again!) so we will be bopping around together. I think we'll be home mostly, while I work on my workshop details there will be lots of battle noises in the background while Tanner plays the rolls of both good guy and bad guy with Ninja Turtles and other super heroes. He'll probably make a whole array of weapons with tinker toys too and may even go outside and hunt for varmints with his bow and arrows. He loves having a day off of school so he can let his imagination go wild.

I may come back later right now I need coffee....

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Analog Drawing

Analog Drawing

Today's drawing is another of the analog, intuitive drawings and is supposed to be my right brain's problem solving made visible through drawing. I did this one on Monday night when I was feeling really happy and content. I think that shows and I'm amazed at what I think I see in this type of drawing. I'm still investigating the whole idea. Read Drawing on the Artist Within, by Betty Edwards to see what I'm talking about.

My workshop is a "go" so today I'm working on preparations for that again. I'm a little nervous but if I don't do well it won't be for lack of trying.

Gotta run and get the little one ready for school....

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Update about Holly, Peace, Etc.

Update about Holly, Peace, Etc.

Good Morning!

It's another one of those cold, crisp but sunny mornings here in Idaho, the frost glittering and flashing fire as we walked past made us smile.

Yesterday was one of those rare, extremely peaceful days that I cherish. It's actually possible that today will be a repeat :-D

Holly update:
Things are going quite well at this point and she seems to be adjusting nicely. In fact she has found that for people with disabilities there is much more help there in Chicago than there was in our area, this is a HUGE deal. Also, she was able to drop one of her studio classes and free up a day that she can use for homework in her other classes. She has a job at the library at the school and that seems to be going well and she also got high speed internet access right in her own apartment for free! She was posting a sign in her building that she would be happy to pay someone to let her on with them and right at that moment a lady came in and read her notice and said "here's my password, go ahead and use it, you don't have to pay me anything." There have been many wonderful "blessings" and I really believe they are blessings, that have come Holly's way and she if so thankful!

Right now I've been on the phone with my sister who called this morning, she's trying to schedule a visit for March! This will be fun and I will look forward to it.

So that day is starting out well and now I'm off to work on some art related stuff as well as looking for a good air fare to go see Holly.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Analog Drawing and Little Diamonds in the Morning

Analog Drawing and Lttle Diamonds in the Morning

My drawing today is taken from an analog drawing I did as an exercise from my book that I've been referring to lately. (Drawing on the Artist Within, by Betty Edwards) It's the "personal problem" one and the idea is that our right brain mode can explore and help us solve problems in a non verbal way and then we can get insight by analyzing the results and tag the drawing with words using the left brain mode and thus use this method to help solve problems. It's more complicated than that but that's a quick explanation. Anyway I liked the analog drawing (done quickly in graphite) and decided to add color and develop an abstract composition from it.

Go ahead and "read" the problem if you can.

It will be late this evening before I find out if the workshop is a go or not, I hate this waiting. If I were an experienced teacher I'm sure it would be not big deal but as it is I will have lots to do if I find out it's still a go. Oh well.

Paul and I walked this morning and it was very cold but beautiful because it looked like little diamonds had been sprinkled on everything because of the frost and the bright sun. It was only 16 degrees but we didn't mind, we just bundle up and go and it's a great start to the day.

Well, that's it, I've got things to do and want to have the afternoon free to...... DRAW! surprised?

Monday, February 14, 2005

Siblings and losses

Siblings and losses

This is an old picture of my husband Paul (on the left), his brother Phil and their sister Rita. She was beautiful and this picture shows her "heart" she was an incredibly sweet and loving woman. She was murdered on March 24, 2002. Such an incredibly sad loss. The man who murdered her will be out of prison in less than 15 years. I'm not trying to be mean or morbid, just got the picture in an e-mail from my brother-in-law and since I have mentioned Rita before I wanted you to see her. I honestly don't know how my mother-in-law gets through her days with the grief.

Work days are good...

Work days are good...

Some of the tools I use for me daily drawings. I'm trying to do more drawings of real things for a while.

Today will be a housework day and I feel good about that. I've done exactly as I pleased the last couple of days and today I don't have any place to go and I'm sort of between preparing for the workshop (don't know if it will happen) and getting artist statement and other things done for my show (not sure when those things are needed yet) so it's a great day to get other things done.

Tanner has all his little valentines ready for his classmates. I don't think he cared at all, it seems to me to be something 3rd grade girls are more interested in than the boys. Anyway he's all ready for the little class party.

I'll check in later when I get a minute, right now it's time to get the guys moving....

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Sweet Sunday

Sweet Sunday

I like Sundays, so quiet her at home after the guys leave to go team roping.

Today's drawing is a little out of proportion but I had fun doing it anyway. It's one of the exercises from the book, Drawing on the Artist Within By Betty Edwards. I've been enjoying the book.

The little bad girl on my shoulder has won the battle two days in a row, I've skipped the housework in favor of doing what I want (reading and doing exercises from the book). Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

Paul and I went out to a really nice breakfast after church this morning, at a great place called Bardenay which is right along the river and has a wonderful Sunday Brunch menu. The food is really good and the view is lovely. It was sort of an early Valentines date and we both enjoyed it. Besides that I am just going to goof off today, go buy Valentines for Tanner's class and then read more of my book and explore the way the right side of my brain works.

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday also.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Thankfulness

Thankfulness

This is how I'm feeling about mom's good test results!

It's all soft and gray and sprinkling outside this morning- we need rain desperately, I wish it would cut loose and rain an inch or two. We are in a serious drought.

I've got lots of things I need to do today and a few that I really want to do. There is a battle going on inside to determine what I will do with the hours ahead.

Since I was overly tired yesterday I didn't make myself do much and took advantage of the time to read and do some of the exercises in my book. I did an analog drawing for one of my current problems as well as some other experiments with using the right side of my brain. It's very interesting and I think this new/more in depth knowledge will have a positive effect on my work.

The latest news on Holly is that she was able to drop one class giving her a full day without school or work- a real relief for her. She's also gotten much help with medical issues and it looks like she should be able to get much better and less expensive medical care there in Chicago, there seems to be much help for people with disabilities. I didn't talk to her yesterday but the day before she was feeling very positive about life there. I know she's on a roller coaster ride emotionally trying to adjust but overall I think she's going to do fine.

I have much to be thankful for today!

I am hoping to go and visit Holly in late March, will be looking for inexpensive ticket today I think.
Hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, February 11, 2005

Prancing Rooster, Deeper Meanings and Sleepless Nights

Prancing Rooster, Deeper Meanings and Sleepless Nights

I almost always do the illo Friday theme more than once, and today's drawing is the second try at Year of the Rooster. I think he looks like he's prancing or strutting. Typical male!

Today I'm wiped out because I didn't sleep well. I had a disturbing conversation on the phone which got me all wired and anything but sleepy (all turned out ok though) and a couple of weird phone calls in the night (Paul's phone vibrating on the nightstand) his office is somehow sending calls through his phone that make it vibrate (the ring is turned off at night) and it's loud against the wood of the nightstand. Then Tanner was coughing at 6 am. Bleh. I will probably require a nap today.

The good thing is that I will be able to nap today, I can stay home all day and don't have to go teach art at T-boy's school because they are having a talent show instead today.

I'm still reading Drawing From the Artist Within, by Betty Edwards, it is fascinating. This morning I did an exercise from the book that involved making "marks" with graphite which are to be how I would draw (without symbols of any kind) 8 different concepts like, Anger, Joy, Peacefulness, Femininity, illness, depression, human energy and so on. I was to make the marks in 8 rectangles on a sheet of paper each labeled with a different concept but I was not to look ahead in the book at the marks that others had made for these concepts. It is pretty amazing how similar my marks were to other peoples marks for anger etc. When I looked at the way other people had drawn out marks for the concepts it made me realize why so many of my drawings are interpreted as joyful, the kind of line that I generally use (which seems very natural to me) is the curvy, common way that is interpreted by most people as joyful. Maybe ridiculously so in the case of my work. I'm sure the way I look at art is forever changed by the exercise that I did this morning. I'm not saying I wasn't aware of this at all before, it's just a lot more clear to me now. It's not exactly that simple either, there is much more to be learned I'm only in the second chapter of the book.

I had an interesting experience along these lines a couple of weeks ago when I brought my newly framed abstracts home. I had painted this series of abstracts about a year and a half ago and thoroughly enjoyed the projects. They are done with acrylic on paper and they were painted intuitively. I knew when I painted them that there was a deeper meaning than just painting a pretty picture with nice colors, I could tell by the way it made me feel as I painted and solved problems and worked out the designs etc. I entered a couple in shows, they won awards, I've had a couple hanging in my living room and looked at them almost every day and several of them had been put away in my storage room until I could afford to frame them. As I was looking at the newly framed ones the meaning behind the work was suddenly clear, here is one of them to show you what I was looking at: The title is "Grid": (I know many of you have seen this one before)








What occurred to me was that I was attempting to organize chaos. First I saw it in the painting and then as I thought about it I realized that this was a natural thing to do, at the time I painted this series I felt like many things in my life were in chaos and I was struggling to make sense and order out of it. I know that some people determine the concept that they want to express first (sometimes I do that too) and then paint it. In my case there are many times when I paint first and then realize what it is I was trying to say. I also think that in this particular series it is apparent that my art is my joy and sense of accomplishment in spite of the struggles that exist.

So there you go, I'm not sure I'm making myself understood but at any rate that's what I had to say this morning.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster

A day early but here is my illustration for illo Friday. The Year of the Rooster is the theme. I really enjoyed doing this little drawing this week.

We don't have results yet for the test mom had yesterday, it's still a wait and see. We do feel relieved that nothing blaring showed up right away.

Had fun last night going out with friends, we went to Red Lobster and ate to much and felt like slugs when we got home but since we don't do that often it was fun.

Today I'm going to go look for some furniture for my guest room, I had bought rattan for it but it never suited me so I sold it and now I want to find something eclectic and different. I'm in the mood to go look around for something so I'm off to town shortly.

Since we were out and I didn't get to do a drawing yesterday I'm getting more behind :-( A girl just can't do it all. I need to have a few days that I get 2 drawings done so I can catch up and have some breathing room.
I know, sort of boring blab this morning, sorry.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Hump day stuff

Hump day stuff

This drawing started with the little head set for my phone, then I added the other designs. I've decided that I will draw everyday items sometimes and this is the first one in a long time.

Mom came home last evening and as expected she was wiped out. She has the nuclear stress test today which is making her kind of nervous, we just hope they find out what the problem is and can do something about it. I guess I won't know until this afternoon.

I feel all disorganized and unsettled this morning so I may just give myself a break and draw or read and not worry about trying to get a bunch of stuff done. One reason is that I found out last evening that my workshop will probably be canceled, not enough people signed up. The final decision will be on Monday. It's ok with me, I would like to practice teaching it here in my studio first so I feel more confident. Maybe if I get a chance again I'll be ready to do a first rate job. (Maybe I would anyway, don't know because I've never done it.) I think it sounds fun to get a few artists together and teach some classes here, I think depending on what I was teaching my studio could handle 3 or 4.

My February show has been delayed until March. I will have some inclusion this month in the gallery, will be taking some additional work in and possibly doing some painting in the gallery during the Last Thursday event, but MY show will be in March. It's ok with me, I am very happy to be associated with the Drop Leaf Gallery and very happy to have shows scheduled and be featured on the monthly events.

Tonight Paul and I are going out to dinner with some friends, it's her 50th birthday and we need to celebrate, I'm really looking forward to it. Dan will be taking care of Tanner so they can have a nice father and son night. Well, now that I think about it, I guess I won't read or draw, I'll go to town and buy a gift for my friend! Better get a move on.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Running out the door

Running out the door

This morning during breakfast my step dad called to say the paramedics are taking my mom to the hospital, she's seems to be having an heart attack. She has been having problems and was scheduled for a test tomorrow. She already has one stint in her heart. Bleh! I'm worried. All prayers for her are appreciated!
I'm running out the door now.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Alarms in the night!

Alarms in the night!

Last night after we were sound asleep the smoke alarm in our bedroom went off, talk about scare people! It was so horrible and disturbing, so Paul gets up to see if there may be a fire anywhere (none of the other alarms went off) but there's no fire. We go back to bed and of course it's not easy to get back to sleep and then it happens again so he got up and disconnected it. Tanner never woke up but although I had given him cough medicine before he went to bed, he started coughing bad again. Poor kid. So I got up and gave him a second dose and went back to bed but he coughed for a long time anyway. I got up and took some Tylenol PM and sent Paul downstairs and finally went to sleep around 2:30 or so. Tanner started coughing again at 6:30, so I'm not very well rested today.
I can't believe it, just as I was typing the above words the smoke alarm here in the office went off also!!!! My heart races because it scares me so bad when that happens!
Bleh, we've got to figure out what's going on! There is no sign of smoke in our house or outside, but something is causing the alarms to go off.

We've already walked this morning, it was sunny and crisp, just the way we like it.

I've been working on my workshop plans, writing some stuff and trying to organize myself. Hopefully I will be productive today.

I have a huge batch of chalupa cooking in my turkey roaster and it smells so terrific. So far it's 5 lbs black beans, a whole globe of garlic chopped up and a large pork roast simmering nicely all together. Later I'll add more seasonings and shred the roast and let it continue to cook. We'll have Chalupa for dinner tonight and I'll be putting lots of it in the freezer for future meals. It's so handy and can be served many different ways. Tonight it will be served over Fritos with cheese, salsa, olives, green onions and sour cream on top.

Ok, gotta run and keep things going for the day!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

I like Sunday's

I like Sunday's

It's almost one o'clock and this is the first chance I've had to post my daily drawing. The first half of the day on Sunday's is always busy for me and the second half is usually quiet. Both are good, I like Sundays.

I've been working on getting things ready for my little workshop at the end of the month and that is my main focus today while I'm alone and feeling like I can concentrate. Because I've never done this before I'm anxious to get it right and give the students plenty to think about and take home with them. I love the kind of workshop that sparks creative ideas and motivates me and stretches me just enough to be challenging but not overwhelming. I know I'm enthusiastic about working with a sketchbook and I know that the work in a sketchbook needs no justification, it's an art form in itself. I hope I can express this to the class.

Holly Update: The last few days have been much better, she's feeling more confident and positive, thank goodness. She has Elton with her on the weekends and together they are exploring as well as taking care of things like finding inexpensive stuff to make her living space more homey. It is a huge relief to me to know that she's having some better days and able to see the bright side of her life there, whew.

So, that's it, I'm just a busy little bee these days. I'm still doing the daily drawings but I'm not as far ahead as I was at one time, this makes me realize that there will probably come a time when I won't have one every day. I'm going to try, I love doing them, we'll see....

I just took another look at today's drawing and realized that it makes me think of conception, I like that.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

nuttin' much

nuttin' much

I don't have an explanation for this guy, he just appeared in my sketchbook with this attitude.

We slept in a little but it doesn't feel like it, I feel kind of headachy and Tanner's got a bit of a cold, drat.
I had company for a few hours yesterday, it was a nice visit and I was happy then but today I wish I had gotten more finished in other ways because I'm in the mood to relax and read and draw today and as it is that isn't going to happen. Oh well.
I also have to mail a big package to Holly today, she left her printer and some other stuff and now she needs it. I didn't get to talk to her for long yesterday, she had classes and then Elton was going to be there. Hopefully they will have a nice weekend together and she will get rested so Monday will be an improvement. Things may be looking up for her, she told her boss at the library that she can't lift the heavy books and was thinking before hand that she may get fired but instead the boss was kind and gave her a desk job, isn't that cool? I plan to talk to her this morning and find out what else is up.
I think I'll drag myself away from my computer this morning, I need a cup of coffee and breakfast.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Illustration Friday- Friendship

Illustration Friday- Friendship

I almost forgot to post my illo friday drawing :-/
I really wanted to say something about my relationship with my sketchbook, my friend. In the last year I've been with this friend daily and I've grown very fond of it. Inside I've done silly drawings, emotional drawings, and attempted to illustrate themes and I've enjoyed every minute. Usually it's the last thing I do each night, I've got my little drawing area set up in my living room and while I listen to whatever is on TV, glancing up occasionally, I draw and color and relax. So, in honor of my relationship with my sketchbook.....

I'm very anxious to see the other illustrations posted today but, drat!, I've got so much to do. Hopefully I'll get a look before the weekend is over.

Thoughts of Spring

Thoughts of Spring

Yesterday I saw a Weeping Cherry tree with a few blossoms already popped out on it and lots of buds ready to burst. Oh yes, it's too early for this but it's happening anyway. Our weather is very dry and warmer than normal and this tree was in a protected area near the front door of someone's home. It made me think of how nice it will be when spring arrives in full force. Especially if we get some rain, lots of rain to make everything grow.

I'm up early, Paul has to leave early for a meeting so here we are. I don't really mind, I've got things I want to get done today.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Green Eyes and stars

Green Eyes and stars

Good morning. I'm so happy to be on line again! Geesh I hate it when I can't check in on my friends and post my pictures and such.

Anyway here is today's daily drawing for your viewing pleasure.

Turkey, Kung Fu and Art Business

Turkey, Kung Fu and Art Business
Update: This is actually yesterday's post (2/2) my internet access was down all day yesterday so I couldn't get this up until this morning. Just thought you should know.

It's been a busy morning already, whew. But not bad as days go.
Right now my house smells like turkey dinner because I've got giblets on the stove for putting in the stuffing I'm making. I'm cooking a small turkey for dinner tonight, it was given to us at the holidays and since we have a few in the freezer I thought it best not to waste them. It sure is hard to diet when the house smells so good, keeps me thinking of food :-/

I got a bunch done on my planning for my workshop yesterday thanks to my friend Kathy who helped. She's the president of Idaho Watercolor Society and seemed to know just how to get an outline going and help me. I'm starting to look forward to doing this which is a change for me, I've been asked many times to teach but always been afraid to try.

Today I'm meeting with the main guy, Ryan, from Drop Leaf Gallery and hopefully we can get a few things ironed out and I can find out when the abstract show will be hung.

So, it's just a busy business kind of day with a little Kung Fu and turkey thrown in!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Ah Ha! moments and Holly update

Ah Ha! moments and Holly update

Do you know this woman?

Sometimes I wonder if the things I share in my journal make me seem like a simpleton, the things that seem like epiphanies to me may be things that those on my friends list have already experienced. But at the risk of seeming like maybe I'm slow at catching on to things I just have to tell you about this;

I'm reading a book called Drawing on the Artist Within, by Betty Edwards. Actually I've only read the first chapter but what I read actually moved me to tears. Many of you may have read this book and you are wondering, "what the heck could make someone cry in that book?"
Well, the first chapter is about the successive steps in the creative process, things that creative people of any kind, not just artists, go through to get to the final creation. The steps aren't new ideas they are, 1. first insight 2. Saturation (research) 3. Incubation (mulling over) 4. Ah Ha! 5. Verification (putting the solution into concrete form while checking for error and usefulness)
The part that moved me was that an American Psychologist Jacob Gretzels pointed out that creativity is not just solving problems of the kind that already exist or that continually arise in human life. CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS OFTEN ACTIVELY SEARCH OUT AND DISCOVER PROBLEMS TO SOLVE THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS PERCEIVED.
My favorite kind of art has always been the exploratory kind, I like to make drawings from squiggles, like to start a painting by just moving paint around randomly and "finding" my composition or subject, don't often have a preplanned composition. I've always known I was creating problems for myself and then solving them but I have felt like my approach was somehow less valid than other approaches, like maybe I'm just "messing around". When I read what this guy had said I had an AH Ha! moment and it brought tears to my eyes. I read it to Paul and he looked at me with that ... ummm, so? look in his eye, (not to be mean but he didn't understand). I finally realize WHY I work the way I do! It's so strange to have been working this way for years and to only now feel validated/understood in this way. Well to understand myself better is liberating! So I just had to share that!

On to other things. Holly moved into her new place on Sunday, managed to get a bed that night and I feel good about her being safe and somewhat settled. She is still not sleeping well, everything is so new and requires adjustments and so she struggles to get used to it all. Her words were, "Nothing is familiar at all, nothing besides Elton". (thank goodness she has him) She starts her new job at the library at school today- 9 to 5, I'm sure there will be a certain amount of stress with that too. She has to learn to use the public transportation system wisely. She was so homesick last night when I talked to her that I could tell she was fighting back tears. She is on a roller coaster emotionally and I think that is to be expected, she knows that too. So she's making great progress in her life there but it's a bumpy road so far. She had a painting and drawing class yesterday, the one she was most intimidated by and she had understood that it was painting with acrylics. Instead it is painting with oils and she has never painted with oils. Oh yeah, she's intimidated but she said she really liked the teacher and knows the class will be good for her. She also found out that she has to go this week and get some vaccinations which will cost her about $70 bucks (that she doesn't have) and she hates needles! There are a multitude of other things that are hard to get used to not the least of which is missing all the wonderful friends that are still here in Boise. So you can see, it's going to take a while to adjust and get through the preliminary upheaval. Poor kid, when she gets through this she'll feel like she's grown a lot!

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