Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 8

Well here it is the end of The Challenge week. It is interesting how something like this can make you work even though you really are not in the mood.

So for the final work I think I have created a keeper......a fish! I didn't start out to paint a fish....first I dropped the red on the paper and just started to play. The next thing I saw was the fish....he just was there.

This was a fast painting and criteria. I am not someone who could labour for weeks over a painting. It needs to happen quickly or I put it aside. Sometimes I will come back to the painting and work on it again with a fresh perspective but I could never work for weeks on just one painting.

I will live with this one for a few days to see if I want to add anything but it is on rice paper so this is pretty much it.

I think I like it!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day 7

One more day to go .......

Not masterpieces but despite some unexpected life turns that occupied my time and certainly affected my creative mood I have almost completed the challenge.......a sense of accomplishment if nothing else!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Day 6

Yesterday's efforts....

not a very creative day for me but at least it was something

Friday, August 28, 2009

Day 5

More doodles .......the birds look human

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Day 4

So here is yesterday's painting. These were some new colours of paint that I hadn't tested.....I think I like them.

I must say this challenge is really keeping me working

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 3

So last night I played with colour......great fun with two paintings on rice paper.

One of my favourite songs is the Beatles
While my Guitar Gently Weeps.....not any other version, the Beatles. I was thinking of that song while I was working on these paintings. Another challenge might be "What does music look like." Hmmmmm

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Challenge Day 2

.....actually 2 paintings of the doodle ladies.

Just fun stuff!

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Challenge

So I have been reading a lot about how to get your creative juices working because as I mentioned in the beginning of this blog I have been in a rut. I want to draw or paint but other things seem to keep coming up to interfere with my getting down to work. This has been about the longest dry spell that I have experienced so here it goes THE CHALLENGE. One of the things that I read is how important it is to do something every day. I know this! There is one artist who is painting and posting at least one new work a day.

I think I will start with baby steps. I will post something every day for the next week ....from August 24th to 31st. They won't necessarily be finished paintings but it will be something.
Here is today's doodles created last evening.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Storms

I don't like thunderstorms....never have. I really don't like tornado warnings.....they really scare me! Glad I was not home alone when the storms hit yesterday...the thunder was unbelievable. More thunder today, just part of this crazy non summer.


So evidently fish can hang out on their backs but not swim on their side. The goldfish died yesterday. We will have to get his tank mate a new friend after the appropriate waiting period.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Latest work

So besides watching my fish I have been painting....This is one of my latest inspired by the new white cone flowers that are hanging out in my front garden.

Still working on the doodles....maybe a painting of them?

Maybe I needed the summer heat ...bring on more 30 days!

Very Strange

Anyone who has seen my work would quickly realize that I paint fish, lots of fish. I see fish in abstract work, I have painted many fish in Sumi-e and watercolour, some might say I have a fish fetish.

I love the way fish move and currently we have 2 Betta and 2 Goldfish. The Betta are very easy fish to keep; they just need food and their own domain. Our Goldfish are new and that is a whole other story.... they were also very ill with ick and I "nursed" them back to health. One of these fish [a$3.99 value] is very strange; he lies on his back in the corner of the tank....yes on his back! Several times we have debated whether or not to flush him because he looks dead! He stays in the corner for awhile then off he swims. This has been going on for about 5 weeks [after the ick recovery]. We have gotten use to his tank is to say the least bizarre. Last night we really thought he would be dead by morning.... a new trick lying on his side not moving in the middle of the tank.

I really felt I would be having a fish funeral this morning but no he is fine again, I think I will name him Lazarus and maybe he should be painted.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Feeling Good

Yes, for those of us in the GTA summer has arrived....nice and hot.
This is what summer is suppose to be.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


So paintings are not working yet but the doodling is going great!
It is all a process ......keep telling my is all a process.
Here are the latest doodles and yes I am having fun!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Check us out

Coming soon to downtown Stouffville [yes there is a downtown Stouffville] this great banner advertising the Stouffville Studio Tour.

They will be hanging out on a lamppost September and October. It is always a fun ....

Check us out!

Friday, August 7, 2009

A New Adventure

So here we go .....I am going to chronicle my artistic journey.

I have been stuck in a bit of a rut this year so I am really hoping that writing will help my focus. I love to paint and create...I love the excitement of a new painting.....when it is working well and even when it is not.

I spent some time doodling the last few evenings and have some characters that are inspiring me to paint is a great feeling again to want to pick up a brush!