A Joy Forever

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Excited to announce that my “Goldfinch on Hydrangea” painting took third place in a contest entitled A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever on the Fine Art America website. With over 1,000 image entries, the subjects were as varied as they were beautiful.

What’s your personal joy? Obviously my painting must have fallen into a number of people’s definitions of beauty.

But, what about the joy part? What truly brings you joy? Your children, a fresh cup of coffee sitting in the morning air, the smile of your lover, good health, spending time with loved ones?

Serious or simple, do we savor? Have you stopped to define and really experience joy?

So today, during the daily rushing that we define as life, I challenge you to stop. State your joy, and take a breath. Enjoy, appreciate, be thankful.

Perhaps that’s the universal appeal of some art. Expressing that moment of beauty, reminding people of joy.

Joining you in my challenge today, when I pick up my paintbrush, I will pause, pray and rejoice in my joy, allowing it to sing in my soul.

Wishing you the same.

“Did you Art today” ™

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Do Over Challenge

In the past two months, I’ve been asked to repaint two images that I had already done. Not one to suffer from a lack of ideas and subject matter, I had never done this before. Neither party would entertain the thought of a print….they wanted an original.

The first was a bit intimidating. As my palette has remained the same for about ten years, I knew I could replicate the colors….but would it feel the same? Brushwork and innuendos are a natural process. But I would give it a go.

And in the process, I learned a lot. The brushwork was different, but perhaps a bit more bold, the painting process was less difficult than I imagined. The map was already in front of me. And I was able to correct past “oops”‘ and fix a bit of design in the new painting.

Below are the paintings, the original and the “new” painting.

So to those of you who have the summer off from my art classes, my challenge this week is a “do over”. Look back to some of your first pieces you did with me (painting or drawing) and redo it. Let me know what you’ve learned.

Did You Art Today? (Tm)

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Window of Artportunity

Through the looking glass, or at least through the glass, that’s me sitting in the window of Medford Florist & Gift in my town of Medford during our annual Art, Music & Wine Festival. And to answer the question I posed in my last blog, it was both crazy and exciting.

In hindsight, choosing one medium to work in would have been a bit easier, and painting two smaller paintings versus one small and one large, might have been simpler. But the watercolor fetched a nice auction price and the money will be donated to Camp Oasis,

What a great day. Interacting with people, having dear friends and neighbors stopping by, painting and just connecting through art is a wonderful way to spend a day.

Here are the two paintings I did of the same floral arrangement. Do you have a favorite?

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