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Private Beaches, Secret Kisses

Hello November. I just opened my shop at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California.  Mask – check, Hand Sanitizer – check. I started selling my paintings and greeting cards today. I will be selling more items but I am happy with the sales I had today.


My Sale sign says cards are $6.00 each, 3 or more are $5.00 each

There are ten artists at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California.  Everything is made by hand by local artists and nothing is imported. A rare sight indeed.  One artist left October 31st and I took her spot.  I was isolated for so long, I forgot how nice it was visiting,  from behind my mask and hand sanitizer, of course.

I have been painting waves since December 2019 but after reading, sketching and trying dozens of new methods, I am happy with my my new process. I am so happy, that I am throwing out the failed attempts.  There were many, attempts. That is what it takes though, when you are changing from oil to acrylic. I wanted it to feel the same. My acrylic paintings are much more refined, which was what I was looking for.  Working on specific skills was frustrating but I am much happier with what I can do now. It was like practicing scales.

My goal was to get my paintings was to keep the feeling of freedom, like I did get when I painted in oil.  Since oil has damaged my lungs and I can no longer use the silly paints, I had to learn acrylic completely.  Not an easy task. Not easy at all. I had to figure out what type of acrylic worked for me, there is heavy body, soft body, fluid and then it branches off from there with mediums and surfaces.

Seriously, I didn’t think I would find my happy place but I finally stumbled upon it. Luckily, I wrote everything down.  Now, I am happily painting in acrylic, without yearning for the good old days of oil paint. I look forward to painting more waves and beach scenes.

I also am happy to announce I have two paintings in the California Art Club’s Virtual Show: Welcome to California. The online show opens November 29th. The artwork will be available exclusively on the California Art Club website.

Sometimes I get one painting in to a show, sometimes I get the dreaded rejection letter but this time both of my entries were selected. One is in oil, Roadside Attractions and the other is in acrylic Gallery Opening. 

Take care out there and if you want to visit me on November 15th or November 29th, I will be there from 2:30pm – 6:00 pm.

Bye for now,

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