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Cloudy With A Chance Of Hope

Peach, digital painting 30×30”

I created this series of clouds to bring peace and a sense of hope.  We all need a little hope right now. It is crazy out there.  A few weeks ago we were just worried about the novel coronavirus.  Who knew those would turn out to be simpler times .

Well, let’s forget about that for a minute and talk about art. The clouds are starting to pull my interest away from all the waves I have been painting. It is too hard to paint waves from photo references alone.  I need to be at the beach and seeing the water turn into waves and roll towards me.  Actually, it’s more than that.  I need to be irritated by noisy gulls, hot sun or overcast skies.  Anything except air conditioned, well lit rooms.

The problem with painting inside is it doesn’t help with a sense of urgency.  Fear of getting sunburned, or sand in my iPad are real things I have to contend with and it makes me work harder! Well, for me, that is a ways off since I am still recovering from damaged lungs due to painting in oil.  I can almost walk two blocks.  Yeah, it IS going to be quite a while.

So, I am looking  up and up and up.  Clouds don’t care if you are quarantined, they are still there.  They are accessible and  challenging to paint.  Right now, I am painting them digitally. Later I will explore acrylics and gouache.  I really do like painting digitally because I can carry a whole studio in my iPad Pro.

If  you can, take a hike and cloud search. Pay attention to the subtle color changes and see if it connects you a little more to the present.  That is what it does for me.  My cloud paintings are now available in my shop with some of them also available as prints and some smaller sizes too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa

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How to Paint Happy

Painting is hard. Don’t make it harder by reciting negative mantras.

No one starts out hating art

When we first started painting, we were full of wonder. Swirling paint, mixing colors and creating storylines was enchanting. We made all the things we loved: trees, rainbows and smiling people holding hands.

Then we look around and spy some one doing it better. That’s all it takes to cast doubt and our creative spark wobbles.

The truth is that the amazingly gifted kid, simply put pink flowers in the foreground of a dark painting.

All of this happens in grade school! So when your seven year old shows you the painting he made, he worked on it just as hard as you did at your job that day. Take a moment and say something intelligent. Ask him why he chose that color or ask him to tell you the story of his painting. Listen and learn.

We are all learning so be nice to yourself, celebrate your victories. Getting your gear together is a victory. Organizing the studio is a victory. Get into the habit of complimenting yourself, your friends, the mail carrier, a waitress because we all need a little happiness to continue. That way, when someone compliments your work you won’t be thrown off balance. Say thank you and how much you appreciate the compliment. Anything but, do you really think so? I messed up the water and the trees are all leaning to the left.

Wow, that wasn’t what anyone expected to hear. I whoop or hop, sometimes I do a little dance. Sure it looks mad but I am experiencing joy, so why not?

People have come up to me and asked me who I am talking to? This usually happens when I am working out a tricky bit. I laugh and tell them what I am actually doing.

Look, people don’t know how to talk to artists and their only references are from sitcoms and their friends that paint to relax.

I tell them. I am trying to pick out a color for the shady side of the rocks that is a bit surprising and fun.

Now back to my dance off with the cat.

Stay positive and paint happy