Creativity, like the ocean, has an ebb and flow built into it, a coming in and a going out. This is the very thing I LOVE-- it’s on and off moments that create the mesmerizing sounds and movements that we can't get enough of. We are the ocean, you and I. It's okay to float and drift, to move inward and outward, to be busy and to rest, to give and to receive. Embrace the rhythm and know that what flows out will surely flow back.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
LIVING ON ISLAND TIME
Telling time here, you quickly learn to depend on the sun rather than an electronic device for frequent power outages and surges cause clocks to run fast or not at all. Battery clocks are okay, but have no lasting power… So when the sun zaps its rays into the eyeballs, it’s time to get up. Later in the day shadows on the porch tell me it is time to read a book… So nature serves me well. I rarely have to be anywhere at a certain time for time is irrelevant to my island friends.
Telling the day and month is way more challenging. With weather that varies little – ranging from “perfect” to “outstanding” – I can’t tell whether it’s February or April and knowing the day of the week is almost impossible, especially for those of us of “a certain age.” In the States, audible clues signal the day of the week. Trash pick-up is Wednesday. The recycling truck rumbles through the neighborhood on Thursday. The condo community’s landscape crew mows on Friday. The school buses don’t run on weekends. The mail truck doesn’t come on Sunday. Here, we don’t have trash pick-up or mail delivery, so all I hear are waves, the call of the osprey, and the click of palm fronds. I only get concern when I am preparing to head back to the states. Afraid I might find that my flight was YESTERDAY or that I might miss painting en plein air on FRIDAYS!
Sunday, March 19, 2017
When was the last time you immersed yourself in something? I mean up to your eyeballs, forget to eat, and totally focused on ONE thing. This seems NOT TO BE my mode of operations. I think I can juggle several things at one time… called today multi-tasking. The most ridiculous idea to come out of my generation (re-define as “screwing up several things at once.) However, I still find time to paint....
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time flying by. I love the skin I am in and the journey I am on. A thinker, born in the thirties, going on eighty, living in St. Croix as a child and according to this math I am getting younger by the day. Completed my first Art Installation and showed all my clown paintings.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
When I don’t have an original idea, I copy for I think drawing is ever so important in developing a painting. I can draw better than I can paint. Further I find, if I work within a specific theme, creating different moods, my creativity seems to flow. Last year I concentrated on waves. This year I just finished 4-orchid paintings for the 10/11 Show and I am currently working on an exhibit of clowns and balloons for a February Art Thursday show to be called “Balloon Blast”. Also I am striving to develop something for an Art Thursday show to be called “Spring Showers bring Great Flowers. So flowers are on my list. So painting something for the community is what drive me.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Remembering angles. Sometimes I forget how effective layers of hatching and crosshatching can be in a pencil drawing to create the illusion of volumes in space. Building up line for highlight, midtone, and deep shadow means that all of a sudden I have a sharply turned form. Trees are a good example of this process, and I have also included drawings created through the practice of Zentangle.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Art Abandonment Project ... I just found this group on the net and it seems there are 7,000 Artist participating with yet more to come. The group suggests that you Create something for the joy of making it, and then leave it for an unsuspecting person to find--be it on a shelf at the library, a park bench, a table at a coffee shop or anywhere a stranger might stumble upon it. I have created my first piece that I plan to abandon tomorrow .... I think I will staple it to a light post in Fredriksted.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Monet also said: “It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” “When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you own naïve impression of the scene before you.” Then add some people to the scene.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Watercolor is the very best medium for painting water because of its delicate transparency and its freshness. It is majic to watch what ahppens as the colours blend on a wet surface or a raidly scrumbled brush expresses the vibrancy of shimmering color on the ocean surface. Or when a few touches of a dark tone suddenly transform white paper into the bottom of a crashing wave. Because water moves fast, there is something sartisflying about painting it fast. It is nore than an impression... it is an inner vision and it becomes an expression of myself.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, November 9, 2013
November, the beginning of the holiday season, is always the time of year when I feel really inspired. New ideas pop up, collaborations can be on the horizon, and I seem to look at my art-making with fresh eyes. To get the most out of this feeling when I am in the studio, I always try to be prepared and stocked up on my go-to materials so that nothing will slow me down. Perhaps it is just another reason to spend money and blow my budget, but love searching out a new technique. New art products are incredible and plentiful. This piece finished off with pastels.