Category Archives: Making art/crafts

Four Seashells

About a week ago I sifted through the paintings I made this past year, and I realized that I had already forgotten about some of the work I had done.  Usually, when I finish a series, I will scan the … Continue reading

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Abstract patterns – Ink and Watercolor

I’ve been spending time thinking about patterns – how can we form good habits, why is the world the way it is and are recent events a repetition of past events?  The world around us is built on patterns and we … Continue reading

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Good Art, Bad Art: The Myth of Spontaneous Talent

There is a myth that great artistic inspiration and talent can flow out of an individual without prior experience or need for editing.  This isn’t possible.  No one becomes an Olympian or a physician, without years of training, so why would … Continue reading

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Watercolor: Bowl of Fruit

This painting is based on a picture I took of a bowl of fruit a friend of mine created when I last visited her.  The colors were so vibrant and fresh I knew I would want to attempt a painting … Continue reading

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Ladybug watercolor

I have been learning and experimenting with my scanner and photo editor in order to improve the transfer of my paintings to digital format.  Here is a watercolor ladybug I worked on today where I used some of my new … Continue reading

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Rework as Rebirth

Spring is my favorite season.  We associate spring with new life and the disintegration of the old and dead.  But, new life comes from an ancient process of repetitive  renewal.  There are many perennials in our garden, and when I … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Working

I keep a notepad and pen in my purse so that I can scratch my inspirations down whenever they come up.  Today, I went through all the little notes and the notebooks that I have and typed them into my … Continue reading

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