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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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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