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Artist?...how do you get there???

Gotta say, for years I quietly longed to paint like "an artist". Whatever that means, right? For me, it meant picking up a brush, going to the canvas and painting a portrait that when finished was something I could frame and proudly hang on a wall. And for years it didn't happen. I am not formally trained so I convinced myself it was because I had no training. I didn't know what I needed to know about drawing the human face or anatomy of the head and torso so I was convinced that was my…

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Re-working a Painting

Hello Everybody,

I have not been here in a while and wanted to check in.  See what everybody is up to etc. etc.  I called in sick to work on Thursday (bad me) and re-worked a painting that I thought I had finished over a year ago.  I had varnished it and everything.  I just thought it needed more.  So I painted over the varnish and that worked fine for me.  I changed her eyes and I added a branch and an owl.  I'm really into owls these days.  LOL.  I wrote on the branch the following…

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India ink

I have used India ink for years in my paintings.....generally at the end when I hold an eye dropper of ink and splotch it onto the painting as a finishing touch.  It was my favorite part of doing the painting.....but then!!!!!!! suddenly several months ago the ink smudged when I was applying a finish.  I tried drying it longer (3 weeks) and also tried applying a fixitive prior to the finishing coat....all to no avail.  I wrote the company who did a series of experiments I was told, with…

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Make it Personal

Hi,

In response to Jane's vlog.....one of the things I got from it was how do we take her teachings and put something of ourselves into it?  One little thing I did to make the Beyond Skin Deep class portrait more mine was to use little paper punches.  I have one shaped like a flower and I used it in the paper on and next to her chin.  This isn't a great picture so believe me, in person it looks great.  It added even more texture. …

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Friday night..

I painted this little painting tonight on a small canvas that was layered with thick acrylic paint from a workshop I did this summer. I was going to throw out the canvas but after sanding it down a bit I decided to just have fun and release any expectations ...there is still a lot of textures and bumps and it was tough working on it but I did it all in one night. I think my cat Athena inspired this!
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Ressurected

Found an old canvas I started about 3 years ago, had one figure...added another and some cats and voila! A quickie but it felt good to finish it! That's my major accomplishment since working with Jane, I actually finish what I start, no more abandoning my art!
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Hibernation begins!

I agree with you about loving the time in the studio during the dark months when the outdoors isn't always beckoning! I live right on the ocean and struggle always with staying indoors to paint versus getting out there in the salty air. I'm looking forwArd to the hibernation... Until it becomes depressing! And yes, it is so wonderful To be able to connect with the many like minded creative souls visiting here!
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That time of year

I suppose it depends on where on the globe you live, but here in BC it is a time of fast changes in the weather and falling darkness. In two weeks we have gone from shorts for a walk to hats and gloves. Frost hit the garden last night....darkness visits by 7:00 or so. Hibernation time for some. I confess....I like it for a couple of months.....gets me to the studio every day for hours.Inward looking time I think, as being inside on my own differs greatly from being out chatting with neighbour's…
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Feeling Vulnerable

Tonight I sit here vulnerable. Somewhere in between enlightenment and being punched in the gut. Maybe that's what enlightenment feels like? Maybe I've always thought it would be light and airy. Maybe this is just what the truth feels like. So, I come here to ramble and put my…

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