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On Dreaming Dreams

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on October 16, 2017 by sebland

imageI don’t recall my teachers complaining about my lack of attention or day dreaming during class when I was a child. Perhaps this is an art I have perfected after years of putting in long hours at clerical jobs or in business looking forward to retirement. There is something wonderfully freeing in the knowledge that the day is yours, and looking at all the possibilities each day holds. I like to tell my students that the first step toward that long awaited dream trip is just that: Dream it! When I had only been painting for a couple of years, I dreamed of an artist residency in Santa Fe, where the demands of work and family could be set aside and I would be free to study and paint without interruption. I knew my limitations, but the dream persisted. I began saying, “what if?” I knew the chances were not all that favorable, but I began to dream and then to scheme! If I applied whenever I saw an opportunity, maybe things would happen in my favor. Sure enough, to my surprise, I was offered a two month stay in a gallery and atalier  in New Mexico, rent free! I asked for and received a leave of absence from my job, kissed my husband goodbye and took a leap of faith. It was an amazing learning experience. If you have something you’ve always wanted to do, some place you’ve always wanted to go, do it! Stop making excuses and letting common sense take away your dreams. Life is only given to you once, so find a way to make those good things happen. You will not be sorry. This painting is available through my gallery:http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/762418

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Lying Down in Green Pastures

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , on October 10, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegI’ve spent some time recently memorizing some of my favorite Scriptures. Psalm 23 gave me a bit of trouble trying to remember which verse came before or after the next. To my great delight I realized before the Shepherd leads me beside the still waters, He makes me to lie down in green pastures. Isn’t that neat? Before I do anything else, I get to rest! And I get to eat! I don’t know what or if you have a faith, but I do know as an artist, you share some of my weaknesses. One of them is the challenge of creating when the energy evaporates. There are ways to revive that creativity, but sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to lie down in those green pastures. If your muse has run off with a traveling salesman, let me encourage you to take a little time away. If your dreams seem far away, give yourself a little “downtime” – Find yourself some green pastures, pull back from “30 paintings in thirty days,”  take a deep breath, and rest. You’ll come back ready to meet your deadlines and wrap up those projects with renewed energy. At least it seems to work for me!   This little reminder is available at my gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/s-e-bland/green-pastures-/628204

Standing Tall

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Southwest, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 6, 2017 by sebland

imageI’ve often thought when I see a tree standing alone, could a tree be lonely? When all the leaves have fallen off  and there’s nothing left but a dead branch or two,  does it feel the loss? Standing alone in the middle of a field, do memories of sweet green new growth make that tree yearn for days gone by? Or does that tree just bask  in the freedom to stand tall, feel the wind and the sun and rejoice in the knowing that despite it all, with roots reaching deep into the good earth,  the tree still stands. This painting is available on my new gallery site: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/758816

Learning to Paint a Wave

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2017 by sebland

A THOROUGHLY BLUE DAY

There’s an old saying that goes: “You can’t teach without learning.” I think that is true.

A while back I was teaching at a local crafts store and one of the students asked me how to paint a wave. Knowing that I had a lot to learn, I visited a number of instructional sites and found there really was a formula for how to paint that wave breaking. I won’t fill up your time with a step by step, but I will advise you to do a search and find some good how-to’s on line. This one came out pretty well, and my students enjoyed the exercise. So did it! So, if you want to learn something try teaching. There’s always more to art than you ever imaged! Just show up and you’ll find something new, all the time! Thank you, Lord, for the internet! By the way this painting is acrylic on watercolor paper and is available at my new gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/758356

 

 

The Journey

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2017 by sebland

SOJOURNERS

It seems to me in all the chaos of this world, the differences of opinions, the way we deal with one another, that we have lost something very precious: our civility with one another. Though we come from many different directions and our skins are many colors, our faiths, or lack thereof may be oceans apart, still one fact remains. We are all on the same journey. No matter from whence we come, or where we end up, we will travel together. Wouldn’t it be nice if on your journey and my journey., we might walk together, pause a while, and become friends? That’s my wish for you today, my fellow sojourner. At the end of the day, we will face the end of the journey. Let it be in peace. “Sojourners” is available on my new web site: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/757902

Cooling it – On the Rocks

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Pastels with tags , , , , , , on October 2, 2017 by sebland

ON THE ROCKS

Living in the Texas Hill Country was always a dream of mine, and I’ve been delighted since we moved here several years ago. The friends and neighbors, the rivers and streams, the sunrises and sunsets have all been delightful and thrilling. Still, this land-locked person loves and misses the cool salty air from the ocean. We’ve made numerous trips to the Gulf, the East Coast, the West Coast, Alaska, and points in between, but on a warm autumn day my thoughts still head to the ocean. I love the smell, the sounds, the breeze and the excitement of watching each new wave break on the rocks. I’m playing with pastels for the first time, and had a good time painting this small work. Hope you like it, too. It is available at my new gallery: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/s-e-bland/on-the-rocks/626656.

Something About A Sunday

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting with tags , , , , on October 1, 2017 by sebland

DAY IS DONE FINAL (2)

The sun is going down over my green valley. I’ve been to church, made the customary visit to the nursing home where my brother in law resides, had a nice long nap, and now that Sunday evening feeling is coming to visit.. You may know that feeling – not exactly sad, but a bit nostalgic for what was and is no longer. Memories come flooding back, thoughts of people and places that have meant a lot to me, and I feel grateful for what has been, but also a need for just a little bit more. Ever had that feeling? As the birthdays pile up, I realize how really blessed I have been. I’m also greedy. I want just a little bit of a second servicing. When that feeling comes over me, I usually put on some music, pour a cup of coffee or glass of wine and dream. Today the dream is to make one more trip – maybe take some buddies, pack up my easel and go – to paint beside the ocean, watch the sun go down and appreciate the beauty that is our homeland. Come along with me, if only in your dreams! This large painting is available at my new gallery: <a target=”_blank” style=”padding: 5px; font-weight: bold; color: #1e477a;” href=”http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/s-e-bland/day-is-done/626530″>Buy with PayPal</a>

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