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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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Family Draw Day

Old Mill Demonstration
for Family Draw Day
Pastel on Newsprint
24″ x 18″
Lisa Mahony

Sunday Fun Day

What a time we had at The Old Mill on October 6th, Sunday. Thank you, to the parents, individuals and kids for joining in our Family Draw Day. There was even a gallery wall where people donated their artwork. It was fun to see the gallery fill up with the day’s artwork. There was a lot variety and style!

Demonstrations give you new ideas

The above is my demonstration piece. I decided to work in one color because it is all about values. Contrast your darks and lights to create drama! Step back and simplify your work but above all, be positive because drawing takes work. It can be expressive, funny, delicate or bold, just keep trying.

Any last words of encouragement?

Something NOT to do ( yes, I did this one), is to compare yourself to the masters. You will run screaming and never try again! You’re really looking at decades of their hard work. Even the masters had to start somewhere.

Keep a eye out for more fun activities

One of the participants today created this!
Graphite in a watercolor journal, next comes color!

Finally, a big thank you to Gary Spisak, the Education Director for the California Art Club. Gary put this adventure together, I helped a little. I hope to see you soon. Feel free, to send your drawings to http://www.LisaMahonyFineArt.com or, to http://www.CaliforniaArtClub.org, we love seeing new artwork.

Take care, and keep drawing,

Lisa