Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day - WIP Ladies at Tea

Gaylynn M. Robinson     Ladies at Tea WIP     Watercolor

Who asked for this weather? I want the low seventies back please.
The Ohio valley has gone backwards in
the weather conditions.
I really hate pulling my sweaters back out.

I worked along the edges this week. 
I put in the beginning shapes for the material on their 
clothing and darkened the wood on the 
table and chairs.
I also put a layer on the background.
Anything to keep me from the skin tones. LOL

Stay warm,

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ladies at Tea WIP

Gaylynn M Robinson     Ladies at Tea   Watercolor WIP
These ladies are moving along. They have been fun so far to paint. 
Hair and faces will be my nemesis as I go forward. 
There are lots of color in that gray/white hair.

 I have tentatively called it Ladies at Tea. 
Hoping to come up with something more clever.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Gaylynn Robinson     Ladies at Tea     Watercolor WIP
Happy Easter Everyone!

I took a picture of these ladies while out to lunch with friends at a local tea house. The ladies spoke French to each other, adding to my intrigue of watching them that afternoon.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Creative Process or Lack of

The other day I read an article on Fine Artist Newsletters by Moshe Mikanovsky titled "Am I an Artist?" Moshe began his article by asking if anyone noticed that he had not posted, blogged, or written for quite awhile. He stated, "In one word – Resistance. I was overwhelmed by that multi-headed monster, which told me that I am not a real artist. That I am not good enough. That I am a fraud. That I cannot give advice to other people while I have not succeeded much on my own.....And I believed it....This was on the bad days. On the good ones, the resistance was just tasks I had to do.....And I let it take hold of me and keep me away from making art."

WOW! this hit home for me. I have been sooooo complacent for a very long time. I was riding on the euphoric feeling of getting my painting into Viewpoint. Then my private painting class ended and the holidays hit and I just stopped. I am (and have been) working on a painting, but did not feel the need to push myself to finish it up. Then I got the notice that Viewpoint was moving their date to enter from August to May. Yikes!

I always begin the new year selecting the shows I want to enter and what I want to paint for these competitions. This early deadline totally overwhelmed me. Because the show meant so much to me, I became frozen and found the task to move forward hard to do.

Moshe said that several things helped him to begin to be reborn in his art. He gave a lot of credit to Seth Godin's book Linchpin. Moshe put several quotes in his newsletter, but the quote Seth wrote that spoke to me was,

 “Most of all, art involves labor. Not the labor of lifting a brush or typing a sentence, but the emotional labor of doing something difficult, taking a risk and extending yourself.

Taking a risk and extending myself. That always seems to be the elephant in my room. Putting oneself out there is not an easy task, yet the task that has to be dealt with is to push ourselves to paint, to run our homes, to take care of our families, to achieve our goals. Funny how I (we) can easily lose site and let complacency set in.

I am not going to promise that I will be a better painter, blogger, worker, wife, mother, etc... I will, however, try to take one day at a time and promise MYSELF to take the time to assess what needs to be done in my creative process so that I am happy with my progress.


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