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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

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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!

The Gathering

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting with tags , , , on September 29, 2017 by sebland

imageOne of the joys of being an artist is the journey. You have this lovely blank canvas and you begin to play with colors and shapes, textures and ideas, and things begin to happen! This piece began with an exploration of mediums, modeling paste, iridescent paints and several paint overs. Students in my studio made suggestions – some were helpful, and the women of my tribe appeared. The client who bought this kept saying: “More bling! More bling!” So in a spirit of playfulness, we gave it more bling. I hope you like this piece as much as I do.

When Chocolate Is Not Enough

Posted in Acrylics, art, How to Paint, inspiration, Painting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2017 by sebland

imageDo you like chocolate? So do I, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate with nuts, chocolate with coconut, coffee mocha, chocolate ice cream, you name it, chocolate is my favorite vegetable! However, if I could never have another lemon crisp cookie, or strawberry shortcake, or a pineapple upside down cake, I would not be happy.  When I took an art marketing course I was told: “Your work is  all over the place. Find one medium and one subject and stick with it! Paint a cohesive body of work and stick with it.” Well, I’m sorry, but that does not work for me! I want to do seascapes, landscapes, still life, portraits and when I grow up, people! I want to play with oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, chalk and pen and ink. Being creative means to try all of it. For me it means trying to learn something new all the time. I enjoy getting comfortable with one subject and one medium. Then I want to move on.  If you like honing your skills with oils, go for it. If you find more excitement in exploration, go for that! In our classroom we  may study color theory for a while, then move on to drawing, or composition, or watercolor. The wondrous thing about what we do is, we learn! We explore, we make messes, and we learn. I hope you do that too!

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