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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

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

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>

The Three Fountains of Fun

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2017 by sebland

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In my classroom, we have one very firm rule: you must have fun! I tell old and young alike that if you can’t have fun why waste your time? Life is short, chaotic, full of challenges, doubts and fears. Why ever would you bring that into the studio? Colors, textures, forms, lines, brush strokes, what’s not to like? Approaching a blank canvas should be like sitting down to a huge banquet in your honor – the food is ready to be placed before you, and you dive in with anticipation! Why should you not approach your art with the same sense of awe? Nobody else in the whole universe holds your ideas, your dreams, your inspiration. Having a bad day? Paint it out in dark colors! Having a good day? Put it down for everyone to see and rejoice with you.  Being creative is one of the finest gifts The Creator could give you. Take advantage of it, and remember to feel the joy. That’s my word of wisdom for today!

How Green Grow Your Lilies?

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2017 by sebland

imagePainting white flowers on a white background can be a challenge. Add to that, white paint is not a part of a watercolor palette, so I’m spending a little time experimenting with various ways to make my lilies speak for themselves. How’s about those greens? I challenge my students to reserve the white in various ways, whether it be masking fluid, resist or background color. We’ll try several ideas in the studio and see what happens.  By the way this piece is available!

Loving Those Lilies

Posted in art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 26, 2017 by sebland

imageTo many of us, finding inspiration is not always easy. We don’t always stroll into our studios with a clear plan. It’s very nice to know exactly what we’re going to paint,  and some of us try to find our prompts, or ideas, in magazines, photos on the Internet, or even our imaginations. It’s really nice on the rare occasion when a friend will trigger your imagination. This happened recently to me. I’d been painting every day for a month and was frankly running out of ideas.  One of my friends told me she’d love to see some Calla lilies. Cool! For the next several days I plan to paint a number of pieces . I hope you will enjoy them with me. This piece is available at my new gallery on http://www.dailypaintworks.com, under artist S. E. Bland.

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