Oh! And the hit count for March so far is 14,270, surpassing last month! Thanks, and I will try to be more active blogging and posting images. I have one that I am almost ready to photograph. I am just living with it for awhile to make sure there are no changes that need to be made.
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I did manage to go to a wonderful workshop with Suzanne Northcott on Friday and Saturday. She is a wonderful person and an amazing artist. Talk about great positive energy. Google her name and you will see for yourself. We learned about the "language of line and space." I bumbled through the two days attempting to absorb everything I could in order to have it brew in my creative thoughts for the next few weeks. I am heading downstairs for the studio after this entry to try a few new techniques on some paintings I have already started. My excitement unfortunately dampened by a wall of discontented physical being. The good thing is that walls are made of whatever you think they are. I think this wall is made of scrapbook paper. Nothing I can't cut through and even use in a collage!
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I wasn't feeling so good yesterday after painting with my oils. I am fine using odorless mineral spirits, but I tried some "Grumtine" I have and it didn't agree with me at all. Just because it smells like lemons, doesn't mean it isn't toxic I guess. I am very sensitive to my environment. I have been told it is a common redhead affliction. Kind of like freckles......
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The other painting of Shack Island was started while on an outing with Nana Cook, Charlotte Madison and an artist friend of theirs. I finished it up at home. It was a beautiful day and I had a nice couple stop by to see what I was doing. I gave them a card, so hopefully they are visiting my site regularly and they can see the final outcome. This was the painting that I complained about previously, the one with the ever changing roof colors.
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I have started an 8x10 in oils. Actually the paints are not true oils, but alkyd oil paints which dry faster. They are a good "go between" paints as I am used to the fast drying qualities of acrylics. I am so excited because now I get it!!! I now know why so many artists have told me they prefer the qualities of oils. What a blast I am having. I can move the paint around to my hearts content and they really do glow all on their own. I have been working hard at trying to achieve a glow with my acrylics, but it just isn't the same. I don't know what the piece will look like when I am finished but I don't really care because I am having fun.
My sister in law just phoned me to say that she saw my article in the Nanaimo daily news and the Harbour star. I was interviewed last week regarding my 100 paintings in 100 days. It is great exposure.
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I really would like to bring out my oil paints and play with them. I think I will prepare some wood panels with gesso (primer) and give it a go. Usually oil paints make me feel "icky", but I will try them with the room fan on and maybe the window cracked if it is warm out.
note:Over 7,000 hits so far this month.
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I haven't listened to my stereo in the studio for a long time. I think it is because during the day I like to know if someone comes to the door. When I play my music the way I like, I do not hear too much else. It's as though I am absorbed into the rhythm and my creativity is full on. I had forgotten how much it helps. So I started softly with a Loreena Mckennit CD. The problem with that disappearing time factor when creating is that a CD seems like it is only 5 minutes long. My little stereo plays one at a time so I am forever changing music. I usually go for an hour or so in between music selections as I am usually too involved (and annoyed that it finished so soon) to stop right away. The next CD I grabbed was "Supertramp Crime of the Century". Oh wow, it was right on the mark. I got goose bumps and a joyful, overwhelming feeling of energy washed over me. The paint began to flow effortlessly. It was very loud. In " 5" minutes, that CD was over so I dug out "Theory of a Deadman" . It didn't cut it. Traded it for "Nickleback", which was better. I ended the day with "Seal". I was musically all over the board yesterday. It may have had something to do with working on three paintings.
My goats are no longer mountain pigs (previous blog entry), that issue is resolved. I now need to decide where and how to put in my lightest lights. I have lots of textured mountain rock and it is a little overwhelming at this point. If I look at it long enough it will come to me. The second painting is of assorted fishing paraphernalia. I was out digging in the garage looking for items to go with an old fishing basket that belonged to my husband's grandfather. The third is one that I have been trying to resolve for a week or two. Not sure if I have it yet.
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There seems to be a lot of shows and festivals I want to be a part of this year, so I need to buy one of those big white tents. I tried a couple of outdoor shows a few years back and I really disliked the whole thing, but I am a better painter now with a good grasp on what I am wanting to do, so maybe it will be better. As long as I can get it all into my Mazda hatchback. I looked into roof racks but they are fairly pricey. I thought of a little utility trailer to tow around, but I am already bad enough at backing up, I couldn't imagine trying to go in reverse with something attached to my behind. (I have never backed into anything, I am just ridiculously over-cautious) Oh, hang on. I ran over something my husband left behind my car in the driveway ; okay, I ran into something once. I think I am also ridiculously over-honest....
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I had my show opening on Saturday but was competing with a beautiful spring-like day so it ended up being a great time to visit with my friends and family who came by to support me. Thanks for stopping by, it was so nice to catch up!
I am re-thinking this show opening thing. There has to be a better way to get people in (before I am famous of course :) How about if I hire someone like Wayne Gretsky. He would sit at a table surrounded by my paintings and would have to redirect any questions about his career by saying things like;"well how about the way Cindy handles her brush", or "investing in this artist is as sure as my skating abilities". Better yet, what if I hired Johnny Depp? I could just see him now, sitting at the back of the gallery surrounded by my paintings, wearing his cool little sunglasses, leaning his chair against the wall and nodding silently to onlookers while wearing a large button on his organic hemp tee that says "I SUPPORT CINDY MAWLE'S ART" . Now that would be effective!
I am almost finished #10 of the 50 series. I need to take it to my critique group because I am not totally comfortable with it but am not sure why. It is probably just something very little that I am missing. Critique groups are very helpful.
I have also started on 2-16x20's. I am allowing myself to go off the path a little because I intend on entering a few shows as well as some outdoor venues in the summer, so I will need work to display. My 50 series is tied up till November. I am still not sure what I am doing with it but I am sure something will come up.
Ok cindy, copy this first,,,,then enter.
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I tried to fix a painting when I got home this afternoon. I should know better. I have no patience in the afternoon. I cannot seem to resolve some rooftop issues on some beach cabins. So far they have been dark grey, light grey, brown, red, pink, yellow, blue, green, and white. Too bright, dull, shiny, too boring, too prominent, too smooth, rough, too elusive.....It's a mystery to me! By this time my husband comes down to see what all the noise was about and he says "You should put a beach fire in front of the cabins and paint lots of smoke". Suggestions like that are usually met with a low growl and a quick huff as I am pretty wound up with frustration by that time. He knows it too, throws in his ideas and takes off quickly to safety, with a grin on his face I am sure.
This painting is of some of the treasures I have stashed away in my mothers old jewellery box. I painted the cloth orange-red to set off the turquoise stones in the bracelet. The main subject, the locket, was my grandmothers. I have small photos of my mom and dad inside. It is my favourite piece of jewellery. The two pairs of earrings have screw on posts that eventually, with good reason, went the same direction as the 8 track and dial telephone. I remember wearing the earrings as a child playing dress up. I am sure I screwed them on far too tight because every time I see them I remember how painful they are. Ears and nostrils. (I was a creative child)
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I am almost finished my last painting. I find I have set the bar higher for myself lately and I need to "sit on" the paintings for a week or so to make sure there are no blaring blemishes that I may have missed. I set the "finished" pieces on my mantle in my living room and they become a part of my everyday life. Sometimes while watching the TV I will look over and see something I missed, jump up grab the painting and head downstairs to fix it. My husband is used to my disappearing acts by now.
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I decided that if I was going to be on any talk show, it would be Ellen, not Oprah like I had said earlier. Have you ever seen a painter on either one of those shows? Lots of actors, singers, people who do strange things....but I have never seen a painter. I guess we are really not all that exciting...hiding in our studios and such. Actually, honestly I would be mortified to be on TV, I would probably say something really stupid, like I do on answering machines...there's something about being recorded that turns me into a babbling fool.
I painted tonight, not finished my jewellery painting yet, but its coming along nicely. You will be the first to know!
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