How much is that dress form in the window?

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I had a fun day celebrating Father’s Day with my hubby and darling daughter. We also ran into a friend unexpectedly. This was not the first time that we’ve run into this friend in random parts of California!

We spent the day in Gold County on an excessively hot day. Either most of the cute antique shops did not have a/c or the a/c they had could not keep up with the 100 degree temps.  With that, we still had a lovely day with hubby proclaiming that this was the “best” father’s day.

I want to do some more sewing themed art and was looking for some inspiration. This dress form was calling me…..

Moving on up…

I am mostly set up in my new art studio. We had to move out of the Downtown Studio space so that the city can develop on that prime location space. Now, I am in this multi-use facility called the Bothwell. I am hoping that I set it up for my best creative possibilities to emerge. Here’s to the possibilities!

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New art studio at the Bothwell

The water rises

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I’ve been unable to get the time to do art this past couple of weeks. The train wreck that is currently going on in our country has me feeling anxious and depressed. It has left me depleted.

I  initially set out to the studio today to throw away some paintings that were not working for me. I felt that I should just get rid of things that are not pleasing to me. Why surround myself with things I do not like? I thought that there’s enough going on in the world (our country) zapping my energy – I don’t need to have that in my art space.

At the last moment, I thought about adding some more paint to cover some of the spots that I did not like. Like magic, I found myself reconnecting and enjoying the piece. It needed to be reworked! I saw a female figure emerging from her water world.

There’s a life lesson here, I know. Sometimes, it is best to get rid of the depleting items in your life. They just take up space and do not serve a purpose. Other times, things can be improved and you can see its possibilities.

Ligature

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Did a quick painting for day 17 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. “Ligature” is a 8×8 acrylic painting on wood panel. The ligature is an important part of the clarinet – it holds the reed in place on the mouthpiece.

I remember declaring to my painting teacher that I will not paint a reflective surface because I just did not want to deal with the thousands of subtle colors. My teacher was wise and encouraged me to do just that. Face the things that are a challenge – purposely embrace it – stick with it. Great life lessons.

 

 

MLK – Quote

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This is my day 16 painting for the #30paintingsin30days challenge. I wanted to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. I feel these words are so important, especially now.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail.