Recently, I had the pleasure of being featured on Jamie Ridler’s podcast. In it we talk about everything from my relatively recent journey to discovering I was an artist, to the various types of journals I keep, to making time and space for your own artistic adventures!
I generally paint with no plan whatsoever. Which means I have no idea of what subject I’ll paint. I think the only time I’ve ever done that was for a class.
My plan is simple. Choose 3 colors I’m drawn to, and add black and white. That’s it. Next, I begin smooshing the color onto the canvas in any way that feels good (expressive) in the moment.
I also try to keep my body moving and my head out of the game! Eventually a direction reveals itself and I go with that – until, and unless, it changes – and it often does.
So when I’ve stacked up a few paintings, it’s always a surprise to find similarities among them. That’s how my “series” come to be.
I do recall painting the one below. It was a dark and grey summer afternoon – a BIG storm was blowing in. I had all the windows in my studio open to enjoy the breezes and tingly electric atmosphere.
It rarely rains in Southern California, so when it does it’s an event!
Newscasters excitedly repeated their “storm warnings” and bragged about their modern (but seldom needed) radar system. No wonder “Storm Chaser” came into being.
I remember feeling in my bones that my next way to paint was revealing itself as I blended the many shades of blue.
I was “in it” – the flow, that is.
That doesn’t always happen, but I always pray for it.
There’s no more joy-full feeling!
Since then, a few paintings have the same aerial feel. As I paint, land and seascapes emerge from under my brush or fingers. Hence, the “Bird’s Eye View” series is born.
(The painting below was four-different-paintings before this finally came! I’m learning patience y’all. Really – painting teaches you stuff.)
During this same time period (since June) another series is taking shape…..one probably influenced by my daily walks – during which I’m amazed by the beautiful vegetation in my neighborhood, or in the wetlands and beaches I frequent.
I’ve taken so many photos of flowers lately, I’m sure it is the inspiration that’s become visible on my canvases.
This series, I’m calling “My Secret Garden”.
Even my art journal pages seem to fall somewhere between the two series now.
It’s all a mystery to me.
I never know what’ll show up!
If I’m not in love with a painting or page, I simply add another layer of paint the next day or flip the page.
Non-attachment is necessary, or I’ll make myself crazy – which is so NOT the point of creative expression.
“No worries,” I repeat under my breath.
“Breathe,” I tell myself.
It’s just paint.
Let it go.
Let it go.
Tomorrow, I’ll share something new and exciting – I’ve been interviewed by Creative Life Coach, Jamie Ridler, for her weekly podcast! OMGosh she’s about the most supportive and creative person I know!!
And guys – there’s 1 seat open for the upcoming art journaling retreat I’m hosting in Palm Springs in January. I KNOW it’s waiting for just the right person…..if it’s calling to you,
There’s been so many different things happening in my world lately. It’s a mixed-media-life dontcha know!
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a class with Misty Mawn. I’d never met her, but had done her online classes. Misty is so funny and a truly generous soul. The girl over-delivers let me tell you – I have enough ideas to keep me busy for the next year!
The combination of story and painting is something I’ve been musing on lately. Misty’s class dove deep into that process. I will share more as it unfolds in my studio. Meanwhile, here’s a couple of quick sketches and a small painting from the class.
Tomorrow, I begin another workshop with Katie Kendrick!! I went to one last year too – but couldn’t resist another opportunity. Katie is beyond talented!
Ya know, I have done many classes, both online and in-person. But I dig the in-person workshops so much, I’m trying to do that as often as possible. Being in the company of other artists touches my creative soul like nothing else can!
There’s also been art play in the journal too. The writing journals I use are hand made by Jenni Bick and are a combination of writing and “artist” papers. My latest has so many watercolor papers, I’ve been inspired to do more “art” than I usually do there.
A bit of paint or marker, some quick and clean collage and ta-da!
There’s been work on the easel too. I think my daily walks are leading to lots of abstracted flowers and nature-inspired paintings. Here’s a new one.