"Strategic patience" ~ It's the strategy of letting time take care of at least part of the process. It precludes running off willy-nilly in a knee-jerk reaction--a reaction that often does more harm than good. Half-finished paintings left deserted and grumbling in studio corners are often busy mending themselves. Pulled into the light, they re-boot the artist's neural pathways. Solutions are often clearer, easier and less painful than originally thought. "All things come round to him who will but wait." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)Robert puts out a twice weekly newsletter smack full of interesting artsy tidbits of info. Have a look... It is well worth subscribing to. And just because I am very thrifty with my paint, I have been keeping journal pages beside me to wipe all of my leftover paint on. These are the result. Well, my friends, there you have it~ March creative color challenge complete! My time with blue and green paint also done. Time to move on to some bright and sunny spring colors. Towards the end of the week I will be back to share all of the beautiful flora and fauna found here on the Big Island. I have spent hours, camera in hand, admiring. Until then, I hope everyone is well and happily creating. Dont hesitate to email me directly if you have anything good and juicy to share...wouldn't want to miss out!
creature of habit
I am definitely on island time now... I know its Monday, but catch myself wondering if it's not Tuesday and where did Sunday go? The days start early here and are very long and very full. My goal during this trip was to disconnect ( from the computer that is...)...and as you can see that goal has now been changed to an attempt to try and disconnect. It is very hard indeed. Call me a creature of habit, but my week "disconnecting" has been a mixture of relief ...and anxiety. I catch myself thinking "oh I should blog about that...someone would find that interesting" I have had to stop myself many times.There is just so much to share though! I am full of mixed emotions ~ good and bad. The bad ~ I have a serious case of FOMO. For those not in the know...FOMO is a serious ailment known as Fear Of Missing Out.. I have had this all my life. I am familiar with it and have become quite good at handling it but I know there is lots going on in the online communities that I have become a part of. I know they are all up to good stuff ~ sharing, asking questions,offering tips..I want to be part of the action.I want to see everyones work, hear their comments, make my own comments and generally...be present.It causes me a wee bit of anxiety to think about all the fun I am missing out on. The good ~ it really is true what they say about disconnecting and creating. I have had oodles of creative time. None of it has been a struggle. I am relaxed, focused and present.. here in the real world. It's a very good feeling..the ideas are flowing freely. No need to worry about me...I think I will be just fine:) Back to reality... Louise Gales creative color challenge for March was tranquil blues. It's always fun to see how others use color...and the medium they choose to use. Here is a piece I have been working on. This started out in my typical, intuitive painting kind of way.... Missing a few photos from above...to below, but I think you get the idea now.. This baby is now resting. I have lost all patience with it and when this feeling overcomes me ~it is time to face the canvas to the wall and allow it to recuperate. Personally I would like to see this piece have a bit more softness, maybe a misty-like feel to it. It is not making me feel very tranquil. Funny, but when I think of the word tranquil I always imagine soft, misty pastels. Anyhoo, I do like the top portion with the vertical lines and wondering if I should possibly make the reeds on the right hand bottom of the canvas similar? All suggestions welcome! A great term I heard recently from Robert Genn was that of strategic patience.Read more →