Posts Tagged ‘painting’


We all sat down to paint at Connected Lakes and wow!

there were a lot of fish! We were so inspired to paint them and here are the results….

by Adina, 5 years old


by Linea, 9 years old

by Siana, 11 years old

Sunset by Adina, 5 years old

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Face painting season is right around the corner….

Here some new designs we tried out from a library book:

Linea the Earth Goddess, Samantha the Gemino Clown

and below Adina the Flower Girl…

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Self-doubt creeps into my mind sometimes, this weekend was one of those times. I felt so critical of all my paintings! Looking at them I only saw what needed to be changed, some I just wanted to paint over. It was not a good mood to be for painting, the paintings annoyed me! Who do you think you are anyway? Why do you think you can paint? Those kinds of thoughts will kill creativity anytime! So I let the paintings be and I went hiking and read a good book instead.
Then Monday night, my husband Dion decides to grab a hot dog @ Target and when I join him, Lisa (the “other” face painter) and her husband (the balloon guy) are at the next table just inches away. I excuse myself for interrupting to see/hear if she remembers me.  Her face lights up in a smile and yes of course she remembers me, in fact she was just at the Art Center where her and Steve, her husband, had seriously thought about buying one of my paintings! “you have really mastered your style” she tells me and “your color scheme.” “Thank you” I reply, “you have no idea how good that is to hear!”
Then the next day @ Michael’s I go in to check out their frames because they are having a sale. “Seed of Life” is the piece I brougth with me. The middle age woman helps me pick a frame, and figures out how much it would cost with the discount. Then she confides in me that she really likes this painting. “You are onto something really special here” she says to me. I thank her and she says “you should do more on this theme.  Wow I think to myself another affirmation!
You would think that would be it, but then a lady @ the book store falls into conversation with me and she wants to know if I sew. I tell her not really, I atually paint. She asks which gallery I’m in, and I tell her about the Two Rivers art show and hand her one of my business cards. She tells me I should think about teaching workshops and /or classes for kids who are homeschooled. By now I’m smiling to myself, it is almost like it’s too much! All these affirmations to keep me going…
I pop in to see what Caole is doing @ Planet Earth and the Four Directions Gallery, she’s remodeling, but says she is so glad to see me, and that she has been thinking about me since she saw my paintings at the Art Center. She said she was drawn to them!
So there it is! All these affirmations left me feeling warm and inspired to paint! Yes, I will keep painting!

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Tonight we have the First Friday Art Hop happening all over the Grand Valley. I’m particularly excited for this one because the member’s show will be up at the Art Center. I have two paintings in the member’s show, and when I dropped off my pieces I saw a lots of work getting dropped off. It’ll be quite the opening tonight.
I also have art at the Frame Depot (the frame shop at the back of Artist’s Haven). The show is titled Art from the Heart, and I put in a piece that is titled: “Listen to Your Heart” a watercolor collage.

“Drifting Off” Oil on canvas. This painting will be at the Art center tonight!

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This year I decided to participate in the Sketchbook Project. All the sketchbooks will go on a tour around the USA to major cities. The coolest thing about this is that it is not juried so people get really creative! I wanted to try to follow the theme that they have you pick. My theme was “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and for me that was becoming a mother; birthing, nurturing, guiding and loving unconditionally with my heart wide open.
Here’s a glance at my sketches…

to be continued….

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O’Keefe book inspired my daughters to paint BIG! Here are the results…

Obviously Siana’s is not done, and Linea might add a little white, Adina’s is done!  I love seeing their enthusiasm!!!

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My black and white designs

My girls designs

I painted a large rock yellow white to look like an egg.  Adds mystery to the Fairy Garden….

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