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Water Song

Water Song

Acrylic on Linen, Mounted on Birch
11 x 14″
$350.00 

Water Song is finally done.

 

I am happy to announce that I have finished another wave painting.  I just have to sign it and then varnish it and it will be ready to go.

 Lately, I have been pursuing a more refined look. I had no idea how hard it would be to change my style.  Mostly, it consisted of me training myself to make new marks. Varied marks and working on pefecting single, elegant strokes.  My idea was that it would simply consist of slowing down. That seemed logical, what a laugh!

It felt like I learning to swim all over again. Ha, ha that is funny since I am painting water. I would be painting and suddenly my hand would simply surprise me and jog left instead of right.  Where are you going? I would also fall into old stroke patterns and then I would have to go back and erase my mistakes.  Come on left hand! Pay attention.

Muscle memory is what I was retraining myself to do. Sometimes, I would be completely wiped out from doing my “scales”. My husband would walk by and ask, “What’s wrong?”

My answer would be, “I am wiped out”.

“Well, if it was easy any one could do it, ” he said.

So true.

I am happy with the result and I am looking forward to adding more paintings to my shop and even showing them in some local galleries and competitions, now that more and more places are opening up. Painting sometimes evolves slowly but this wasn’t the case when I started this new series in acrylic. I have been working diligently everyday and slowly my left hand is skittering less and less.  Dare I say, it is getting easier?

 Follow me and I will blog about the next paintings in the series.  I don’t know when I will finish the next painting but I do have ten more in the queue right now! 

I know there is a pandemic and protests going on right now but since I almost never leave the house, it feels very far away.  My problems are, how do I make the world more beautiful and peaceful? These waves are my answer.

Take care, from my little studio,

Lisa 

 

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Painting with Friends

Rodolfo’s Demonstration
Oil on linen
9” x 12”
available

It is always more fun and motivating to paint with others. Thank you, California Art Club, for scheduling events. I painted this at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center on Sunday September 29th 2019. Not only did they schedule a paint out but they had a duel oil demonstration with Rodolfo Rivademar and Lilliana Simanton. I watched both for a while then I toured The Muck to see the California Art Club’s Autumn exhibit. Both the demos and the exhibition were great. Suddenly, I was no longer tired. I ran to the car (in a dignified manner) and started on Rodolfo’s Demonstration.

Why do you like painting in plein air (outdoors) with others?

I love seeing other peoples’ gear, which mediums they use and loaning out a jacket or a wad of shop towels, so they can continue. The camaraderie is also vital. I know my husband and two daughters are bored by talking about linen vs. canvas or which brand of paint is best, but your fellow artists can tell you what they like and why.

Why not just stay in the studio?

It is important seeing how artists start a painting. I can ask questions at the demonstrations, see how they make their strokes, what mixes they make and even how they hold their brushes. I can talk with other artists and find out how they start. Do they jump right in? Tone their canvas or sketch first? No matter how they start, it allows me to determine if I am painting in the most efficient and joyous way.

Why is it important to stay positive?

Hey, it’s not easy dragging all of your gear out, finding a spot or motivating yourself to paint. Sometimes, nothing works but keep positive about it. Focus on one positive thing, “I made new friends and I did my best” is usually what I keep telling myself, if I am having a crummy day. No matter what, become a cheerleader for yourself and others and guide conversations towards a positive outcome. Why? Because it is easier to stay in bed. It’s harder to become disciplined. Keep doing your best, no matter what you do!