Archive for rocks

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 ┬áin 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

Advertisements

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.

Where I Want to Be

Posted in Acrylics, art, inspiration, Painting, Southwest with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2017 by sebland

imageIt’s ninety plus degrees out on my deck, and much as I love my home, I’m spending this Sunday afternoon dreaming of far away places. The Rio Grande flows through some mighty pretty country, and I seem to recall some place north of Santa Fe where the river and rocks come together. I painted this a while back , just feeling nostalgic for a pretty place and time. Hope you are having a laid back day and maybe traveling someplace nice in your day dreams. I’m posting this for sale at my gallery, http://www.dailypaintworks.com if you are interested. Look for S. E. Bland. Thanks for stopping by!

Peace Be Still

Posted in Acrylics, art, Painting with tags , , , , on August 29, 2017 by sebland

image.jpeg
Water is so refreshing. Standing on the shore smelling the salty air, feeling the spray hit your face, ah! There’s nothing like it! But muddy boiling flood waters in your home? Not so nice! I’ve been heart broken for friends and family in Houston this week, fighting desperately to protect home and pets from the rage that is Hurricane Harvey. I’m helpless to do anything from 200 miles away and the news reports are sickening. I lived in Houston for forty years, and I have many friends and family there. For that reason I want to do something to help. I’m putting “Peace Be Still” up for raffle. Every penny I raise goes to the Salvation Army. On October 1, I’ll draw a name and the lucky winner walks away with one of my favorite paintings. Tickets are $10, and there’s no limit to the number of tickets you can buy. Please join me in helping our neighbors in Houston!

Beside the Still Waters

Posted in art, Painting, Watercolors with tags , , , on August 24, 2017 by sebland

image.jpegAs I painted this one, I kept thinking of Psalm 23, where the phrase “He leadeth me beside the still waters” kept running through my mind. When we grow fearful, when the world spins out of control and the chaos threatens to overwhelm us, it is so comforting to know that there are still waters we can rest beside, if only in our hearts. I hope you find your still waters today.

%d bloggers like this: