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Friday, April 8, 2011

Studio Dreams

I dreamed about my own studio for a long time. I shared a space with another artist for years, but I felt ready for "a room of my own". I wrote that dream down on paper, in detail. And since I was dreaming, I included EVERYTHING I thought I might want. Everything.

This fall I was delighted to be offered a space that I loved. It had everything except the balcony/deck. Well, at my Open Studio celebration in March it was pointed out to me that I had a fire escape. So I do have a balcony! I just needed to broaden my criteria. Enjoyed lunch out there today!

Pay attention to those dreams, and keep those criteria flexible, you can't anticipate the wonderful things that may happen.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Creating a New Painting from an Old Painting

Painting in New Mexico with painting friends was a wonderful experience. Along with great memories I also came home with paintings I created there. Something about my Santa Fe Sky piece just didn't work. I've had it a few years now, and have now decided what to do - turn it into a more local painting! The clouds needed only a slight tweaking: softening edges, adjusting values. The mountain and scrub shrubs had to go, though. And what should be seen in the distance from the overlook? Lakes, of course! How many times have I come across a scene such as this while canoeing or hiking?! It is a memory of summer, now called Summer Skies - Lake Country, the newest addition to my Summer Skies series. 10 in x 8 in, pastel.