Monday, May 31, 2010

Angels at the ready

I read not long ago in an old book that I found in a thrift store, a wonderment statement for me. In the margin it read, "we are each of us angels with only one wing, there to help each other to move towards their goal".

Without one another to foster our artistic talent, oh we can do it, whatever that it is, but how much sweeter the success when shared with another angel/artist.

We here at Pagan Artist's Network serve that purpose for each other. We are flapping our way along, holding each other up and reaching for our goals. Some members are fine artists, others like myself are dabbling and enjoying it. Won't you come and join us on our journey to ...................? Can we help you flap alittle easier with encouragement and comradery?

I am but one of the group but we all invite you to flap along with us. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mother Moon

Sometimes it's just nice to gaze at the beautiful full moon...
Sometimes I like to work more abstract...
Sometimes I do both...
Have a beautiful full moon :0)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Attack Of The Field Mice



I was having a clear up of some old work the other day...(we have a nest of field mice moved in and they are eating my work again)...and saw some of my earlier stuff...and as with all of us it seems I had managed yet again to ignore my UFO's (Un-finished Objects).
Oh yes...they call to me...but I just stroll past without a care in the world...
See how easy it is to neglect art?
It may feed our souls...and nourish our hearts...
But we sure can starve it when we want to!

So...being fully aware of my neglect...
I saw some life studies done with charcoal (which I love using...very messy)...and thought that they would make lovely faeries...their poses seem to suit the subject.
The sketches are on A3 paper and my scanner chopped bits of them off...but you can still see the main parts of them...

So...now comes the hard bit...
I have the idea for the pose...
I have the model...
I have the materials (clay or paper...or both)
So what's keeping me from doing the thing that most fires my spirit?

I'll tell you now truthfully...
I have made a career out of "Putting Off"...
I am now a Professional Putter Offer...

But...as you are all my witnesses in this horrible life of crime which I have led myself into...
I am coming clean and purging myself ready for this new life of diligence...
I am really going to try to get my finger out of the dyke and FINISH some of these tasks I have set myself...
I know we are pretty much the same...we all do this...it seems to be an Art thing...
So...you will understand if I falter...
And I give you all permission to kick, prod, poke, or whatever it takes to get me to keep my finger out...
Although...
The sun is very sunny...
And the wood is very inviting today...
Mmm...maybe tomorrow would be a good time to start...;0)


In case anyone was concerned for the field mice...we use humane traps and set them free down the bottom fields...away from the house...they still manage to find a way back though...





Sunday, May 09, 2010

Life, the excuse or muse

When approaching a deadline for a project or a commission I am an Aries to the inth degree. I find every reason to put my head against the deadline and push as hard as I can to make it move further away....to no avail, I should add.


I start way too many "new" projects and let the old ones hang around and haunt me, taunt and insult me.


I love every bit of what I do and yet find every excuse in the book and obstacle to place in my path. Other arty friends are at it all the time. Head down, producing and finishing and I am thinking, yeah that's what I should do, but well I'm like the dog Doug in the movie UP......"squirrel" says I and run in another direction.



Now that's not to say I'm not working on crafty things.....with the grandkids.....and teaching others techniques and cleaning up the ensuing messes but really getting down to what I do....well let's just say, it's been awhile. Portrait & Pet photography, silk painting and pottery all have escaped my grasp. But they have been replaced for lack of a better term by Altered mixed media play. Fantasy sculptures. Paper art.



I asked my colleagues (sp) here at PAN if I could take the 9th of every month as my time to post. The reason is because 9 is my lucky life number. Here are some of the career choices that might suit you particularly well if the number 9 is predominant in your chart:
Designer, photographer, politician, lawyer, teacher, healer, statesperson, writer, philosopher, artist.

And more importantly posting on the 9th of every month....I wouldn't forget or put off or excuse or muse on this date. Baby steps people, baby steps. How about you? Is life your muse or your excuse?

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Sea Witch..a return to sail..



'The Tea Clipper Sea Witch'


It's been may years since I've painted a Sailing ship, so when I got a commision to paint one I experienced a strange fear of the task...a number of paintings started and where finished during the course of this one, for goodness sake it took nearly a year!

Eventually I felt some kind of artists blok had set in and sought advice, this I did on Yahoo answers forum, the response was useful......Fearing my paintbrushes
Whatever, it is now done, joy from the friend it was for, and relief on my part have me eager to get back into this topic, the strange ice is broken.

If the Internet is to be my field, an my website my Gallery, then SOE (Search Engine Optimisation) is a skill worth having and this produced a couple unusual tactics here.

The choice of a ship called 'Sea Witch' makes itself quite clear, but the creating of a small sister painting less so.

House Flag of the Sea Witch
All ships have a House or company flag, and so a small painting of that was produced to be displayed and associated with it. The Howland & Aspinwall company incidentally had an illustrious past and may wield lots of traffic too...time will tell!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Tree of Life - A Work in Progress





I've been itching to use a large 24"x30" canvas with a failed sketch idea on it and wanted something to hang in my bedroom that would be calming and meaningful. I opted to paint my own rendition of a tree of life, all gnarled, with many branches and it's rootwork visible below the ground.

This is my first go at a large scale acrylic painting in almost 10 years, so I thought I would share my progress here with all of you. I'd say I'm not even a 3rd of the way done. I want to blend more blues into the sky, I'm only about 1/4 of the way done with the bark work and then there's that pesky underground, which I'm unsure how I'll tackle. All black? Black and dark brown? Mottled black around the edges fading to grey towards the center?

Any and all thought and ideas are welcome.