I am going to be very busy for the next 5 days, and may not get to my blog postings. If I do post, they will be "short and sweet". I will be back in full force after that with plenty more to talk about.
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We were working on a "dogpile" of fat little piggies last nite. We colored each of them a different vibrant color, then chose the last one in the middle to be filled in with a wild pattern. (also one of the color choices) We made up a story about how he was a special pig who wanted to be different than the rest.
After that we erased the colors and started again, this time we colored all the piggies green and the last unique little guy red. Complimentary color scheme. wooh! she said. Then we did the same with the blue/orange and yellow/purple pairings. Art is fun and learning all at the same time!
Other things I like to point out to her while out walking or driving: The irregular shapes of dark trees against a light sky and how they are all unique. The new yellow green leaves on the trees and how they glow against the dark backdrop of evergreens. The mountains across the water and how blue they are. How light filters into a forest and "spotlights" areas of interest.
Oh! I have to go now. She just got up!
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My workspace is closing in on me so I am going to have to do some re-arranging and stretching out. I am trying not to get too fixated on my future free standing studio. These things take time....I will be patient and make due.
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Here is a list of "Why" that I came up with this morning.
1. Because it is who I am, it is what I do and I may as well take on the challenge and go as far as possible as long as I am here.
2.The drive to better myself has never let up.
3.Talented and professional artist friends support me and pick me up with words of encouragement and put things into perspective when I question myself.
4. The time my husband ran outside and built me a specialized easel when I was struggling with a certain size canvas, because he believed it was important.
5. The encouragement, excitement and support I get from the outlets that sell my work.
6.When another artist purchases one of my paintings.
7.When a painting sells.
8. When a client actually seeks you out after viewing your art on your website and asks you to do a commission in your style.
9. When your actual true vision appears on your canvas in a magnificent swoop. (thats a little dramatic but sometimes it kind of feels that way)
10.When you just know it is what you are meant to do.
There. Now that I feel all "positively like" I can continue painting for today!
Oh, and I was in Coombs yesterday, and they have those wonderful pencil sharpeners in there again. They have a little sign that says something like "The best pencil sharpener in the world", and they just may be right! After struggling with crummy sharpeners for so long, I was so glad to find these a few years back.
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The other "normal" thing I did yesterday that I am very proud of is I cleaned out my little car! It is now like driving a new vehicle...I was even tempted to take it for a little spin afterwards because it felt so wonderful. But I thought that was maybe over the top... One of the reasons I cleaned it out was because I was tempted to check out the Mazda dealership while in Courtenay yesterday and I needed to feel better about the car I have at this moment. I will eventually need a larger vehicle to pack my canvases in and I am in love with the Mazda 5 mini van. But for now I have decided I need to keep my little protege hatchback for at least 10 years to get my moneys worth. I really like the car, so its no problem and it runs like a "hot damn" but it has surface rust around the outside of the wheel wells so I will never get my moneys back out of it. Eventually someone will get a really nice little car for a good price because of it.
I am sitting outside on my back steps listening to the birds and watching the sun rise up from behind the trees. I believe it will be another glorious day!
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The draw begins. The way it works is the first number drawn gets first choice of all 60 paintings. Second number, second choice..etc etc....People are holding their breath throughout the room in anticipation. Oh!....someone chose their first choice, cross that one off the list and hold breath again and cross fingers...please please please..my number next...!! It is fun to sit back and watch the expressions.
My painting was chosen mid way through the event and I could finally breathe myself! I introduced myself and we had a wonderful discussion. Interesting thing was the woman who chose it, vacations in the very same location as the person I am doing the commission painting for right now....What are the odds of that?! Just another sign that I am on the right track.
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In my bedroom as a child I fashioned a quiet space out of a closet, stringing xmas lights inside for ambiance. When the world got to be too much (usually my messy bedroom) I sat inside and closed the door. Ahh....silence...
These days in my makeshift workspace I also have daily distractions. Ones that will be remedied once I get my free standing space, a space in which I can close the door and shut out the rest of the world allowing my creative mind that free uninterrupted reign it needs. One feels guilty at times needing so much time alone but the guilt is quickly brushed aside by the drive to create. A drive that has been there all along but mislabeled by "those in the know".
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This time I will keep it short and sweet!
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Yesterday I said I was going to begin painting the commission piece. Much easier to make that decision yesterday. This morning it all began with the snooze button. I made myself a cup of tea and headed down the stairs. There staring at me, looming on the table were the three canvases, lined up on the 6 foot wide easel my husband built for me yesterday morning after my blog post. The fear kicked in big time.... "Oh no! I forgot what colors I like to use! The lighting on this side of the room is all wrong! My paint brushes are too worn and frayed! I am doomed!"
"Get a grip. Choose the colors you always use, lay them out. Move the lamps to the side so you are not working in your shadow and choose the best brushes for the job. Mix the paint and just start somewhere....you can always paint over it! Oh! and no blogging until you are over your fear and your urge to procrastinate."
There, phew! I did it and am feeling much better now. I have many hours left ahead of me but the most difficult part is over. The older I get and the more I paint the better I get at talking myself out of talking myself out of....!
Just a glimpse into the "conversations" that go on down here in the studio!
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There are times when I am down here working, listening to my music away from the rest of the world that I come up for air and hear something tragic on the news. It sometimes filters into my work in some way. A small undetectable "note" painted somewhere in memory. Not for anyone to see, just my way of showing the "universe" that I feel the sadness and I care......
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I also managed to sneak downstairs a couple of times and splash a glaze on a painting I am in the midst of. I am afraid I cannot go a day without doing something creative. Its what I do.
Recently I filled out the information section of my Linked in page. There was a question asking where I used to work etc etc.....I used to be an optician, amongst many other things, but I left it blank. I decided it had nothing to do with me being an artist, except for showing me what I did not want to be!
Oh, and my painting "untitled" which is now titled "Branching Out", was accepted into the Vancouver FCA's Canvas Unbound show. I kind of threw it in on a whim.....I should do that more often!
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So there I sat, watching the stages of sunrise and how the light subtly spread behind Denman and Hornby. It was amazing to watch the changes along the horizon...how a mountain would ebb and flow into my sight as the light changed and the cloud cover drifted. I feel much better this morning. Much more in touch with myself. I should do this every day.
I have posted photos of this morning on my Cindy Mawle, Westcoast Contemporary Artist Page if you are interested. https://www.facebook.com/cindymawleartist?ref=ts&fref=ts
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It does work well though. Now I need to figure out how to fit the walk or the jog into my day. Once I get painting I don't want to stop. If I could incorporate aerobics into my painting stance I would be just fine....as long as I dont have to leave the easel. I am a work in progress, in many ways.
If you have been following me you would know that I am a lover of many kinds of music with the exception of a couple which I wont mention as to not offend anyone. Most often I have the cbc world station on my laptop with my little "cheapie" speakers plugged in, but lately I have been smitten with classical piano. I have been painting trees with their "dance" of branches these days and have discovered that "trees are classical piano". The swoops, the smaller spaces between the leaves, the rhythm.....Also, I understand piano. I can see in my minds eye the artists fingers dancing over the keys, much like my paint brush dancing over my canvas.....Its a wonderful way to start the day.
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I have been commissioned to paint a triptych (3-24x24 canvases) of the view over the water in Bowser. I was going to head down to the water this morning at 8:00 am, but I left it a little late. The sun was too high for my liking so the "drama" of the scene was washed over with too much reflected light and to make it even less appealing, a fog bank on the far shore was hiding the mountains. I will see what the weather will be like tomorrow and get out there earlier!
This image can be viewed in my WestCoast Studio....
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