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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. ┬áBeing 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!

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A Walk in the Woods

Posted in Acrylics, art, inspiration, Painting with tags , , , , on September 18, 2017 by sebland

imageAs much as I look forward to a cool autumn, it just hasn’t made an appearance. In fact, our deck is not at all appealing, with the temperature reaching ninety three degrees this afternoon. The joy of being an artist is that I can go to the beach, create a snow scene, or remember with fondness a special morning near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Driving down the mountain, I was caught up in the moment by the light shining through the brush beneath the trees. We stopped and took some photos, and I just couldn’t wait to capture this setting. It’s still one of my favorite memories. I hope you enjoy this one also. I like to remind my students ┬áto hang onto those memories. They’ll come back to bless you when you need them the most!

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