If you haven’t listened to any of their episodes yet, you really gotta. I highly recommend subscribing!
“Room In The Trees” is a valuable (and fun!) resource for artists – they discuss lots of topics that matter to we creative types. I’ve enjoyed every episode (but forgive me, I may be partial to the one where I’m the guest.)
In my 55 years, I’ve held a few jobs and one “career”. However, my education was in cultural and earth sciences – archaeology and geology. It didn’t take me long to conclude those jobs wouldn’t pay my bills – not very well at least. So one thing lead to another and I mysteriously landed in the world of television advertising. (The “career”.)
Long story short, I eventually married my boss. Yeah, I did. We didn’t want to work and live together, so I retired. My new husband, or the “Dream Maker” as I like to call him, set me free to discover what it is I really loved to do. Oh God.
Yes, that may sound like a blessing to you (and indeed it was). But, not until a years-long-tortuous-journey of self discovery . . . I had no idea what I loved! I only knew working to pay the bills, ya know?
Somehow, my husband survived it all. Several years later, after much searching and crazy making, I discovered I am an artist. Which is really weird, since I was raised by a lifelong painter! (But until this time of wandering about, I had never once picked up a paintbrush.)
These days I may paint, wander with camera in hand, write a bit, teach an art workshop or host an art retreat, but I’m still treasure hunting and documenting my findings. This is exactly what I did as a young archaeologist. Now I KNOW, Treasure Seeker is my calling, my vocation, my career! I was born for this.
Through a commitment to my 7 year long painting practice, I have found my process. (I tend to paint deep layers of color-filled strata. Then I begin my real work of uncovering the treasures beneath. I use a handful of tools I’ve tucked away in my treasure hunter’s knapsack.)
On daily walks and adventures, I focus my lens on the world’s treasures. I’ll go to any length to capture small moments of wonder and beauty.
In my personal journal and sometimes here on my blog, I document and share my discoveries. I can’t help myself.
ALWAYS AND FOREVER A TREASURE SEEKER.
ALWAYS AND FOREVER SEEKER OF BEAUTY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY.
ALWAYS THE DREAM DIGGER.
I want to share with you some of my discoveries.
If you’d like to take a look, my photographs can be found here – my “Project Wanderstruck”.
Some of my more recent paintings can be found here.
My only hope in sharing this with you, is that it will in some way inspire you to dig your own dreams . . . Enjoy!
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.