The Obvious Path
This is a painting I did while we were in Maui during October and November of this year.
I haven’t been painting very long, only since September of 2012. So, maybe what is difficult for me, is old hat to other artists. Although, I think that most artists have the same recurring difficulties that I do.
I can often get myself to think I’m not a very good artist. I know I’m no Gauguin, although I would like to be. But, I think my painting is pretty good. I know that it makes people happy to look at it. I know it is cheerful and filled with bright, beautiful colors.
But there are days, and it happened in this painting where I think I’m horrible. I get to a certain point in a painting, and it become difficult and challenging. This is when I can tend to beat myself up. I don’t get too severe with myself. I told myself a year ago, that if I continued to do that, I would have to give up art. I was making myself too miserable.
But when this painting got about 3/4 done, I became very frustrated with it. But I finally worked my way out of the little snit and finished it.
I used some new brushes in this painting. They were made by a friend who has Painter. They are Liquid Brushes. They are a very old technology in Painter. So old, in fact, that they do not paint on layers. But they were fun brushes to use. They make a very nice bristly stroke.
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Dreaming About Maui
I just returned from a two-month trip to Maui. It’s like I’m a new woman. I have more energy than I’ve had in over 20 years. I have Lyme disease. It went undiagnosed for 18 years. I think that the treatment for the Lyme is finally starting to work.
I usually feel like I’m carrying around a 50-pound rock and always feel exhausted. I never do anything without first thinking about it to see if I have enough energy. That feeling is gone. I hope it continues to last. The pain is also being controlled with medication. I am so grateful.
This painting I did while in Maui. There are so many incredibly beautiful flowers in Maui. I just had to paint a few.
I started this painting in Rebelle with watercolors and inks and finished it in Painter with oil paints.
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I am going through an extremely prolific period with my art. I’m making it so fast, I don’t have time for anything else, including blogging my art.
I have decided to take a break and try to blog some of this art.
This piece, I started in Rebelle with watercolors, acrylics and inks. I love the app Rebelle. It runs water just like how real water runs. I could sit and stare at it moving water and colors around all day.
After doing most of the work in Rebelle, I took the piece into Painter and used some camel hair brushes to add a bit more.
I hope you enjoy Wandering Thoughts.
I struggled and struggled with this painting. I started it in the application Rebelle. I used watercolors and inks and had lots of drips in bright colors. But, I just couldn’t get it to come together.
This painting had at least seven incarnations before it became what it is now.
As I got close to finishing it, I felt it was missing something. So I started putting in circles. Then, the circles started to look like windows.
Thus, the name.
I Say Hello
This is a painting I recently finished.
I started this painting in an app called Rebelle. I used inks and watercolors in Rebelle.
Then I took the painting into Painter to see what I could find. These three birds showed up right away. Initially, there were four birds. But common wisdom says that one should use odd numbers in grouping images in a painting, or just about anything. Odd numbers always look better than an even number of objects.
As the painting progressed, more and more flowers and various shapes just showed up.
I am very excited as we leave for two months in Maui this month. This is a dream come true. Right now and through November, is hurricane season. Usually, I don’t worry about that. But there have been several near hurricanes hitting Hawaii lately. There are three off the islands now, and high winds up to 140 mph are expected. The increase in hurricanes is due to global warming. More and more, I am seeing the effects in my life of global warming.
Here in Seattle, we are having a drought. Last night we got our first real rainfall since April. Everyone knows we are famous for rain, yet we’ve had none. There is a chance that the high pressure system laying off our coast will keep rains from El Niño from coming in this winter. That would mean two years of drought. This is very serious, but no one in government seems to care.
This painting is a continuation of painting flowers. I’m not sure where they are all coming from, but flowers they are.
I painted this in Painter 2015 on my computer.
I have heard some people say that digital art is not really art. But to me, it is. I use a tablet and stylus, that are just like a pen and pencil. The marks I make are mine. That is what’s important to me in my paintings, that all the marks on the paintings be mine.
Lately, all my paintings have been influenced by my trips to Maui. There is just so much color there. The flowers are so bright and beautiful. The water is a gorgeous blue and the dirt is a glorious red color.
The island is made from a volcano. That makes the scenery unique and very different from what I see at home in Seattle.
My husband and I are getting ready to leave for two months in Maui in October and November of this year. I am very excited about this trip.
For years we dreamed of being able to be retired and spend two to three months in Maui. Now, our dreams are coming true. I have to say that staying positive in thought and consciously claiming what I wanted in life have worked for me. I stayed an active participant in my life as I went along.
Of course, becoming ill was not in my plans. But, by staying positive and focused, I have been able to adapt to a chronic illness and still live my dreams.
This piece of art was done on the computer, using Painter 2015. I started this painting by splattering drops of watercolors on the canvas. I put down three layers of colors, red, blue and yellow. Then, I sat and looked at the drops and suddenly saw the flowers. I pulled them out with one of my watercolor brushes. It was a fun exercise that I did in a class on Japanese Inks. You can read more about that class here.
Have a great rest of the summer.