Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


March is here!

Dear March - Come in!

DEAR March, come in!
How glad I am!
I looked for you before.
Put down your hat—
You must have walked—       
How out of breath you are!
Dear March, how are you?
And the rest?
Did you leave Nature well?
Oh, March, come right upstairs with me,       
I have so much to tell!
I got your letter, and the bird’s;
The maples never knew
That you were coming,—I declare,
How red their faces grew!       
But, March, forgive me—
And all those hills
You left for me to hue;
There was no purple suitable,
You took it all with you.       
Who knocks? That April!
Lock the door!
I will not be pursued!
He stayed away a year, to call
When I am occupied.       
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come,
That blame is just as dear as praise
And praise as mere as blame.
by Emily Dickinson  (1830 - 1886)

March is probably my favorite month. At least it was when I lived in Interior AK. Longer days, sunny days, warmer days, green stuff just coming up or sprouting out ...
I just found this poem and I feel like I should be posting a landscape ... 
but that will have to wait. I'm working on a still life!

And, fyi: one good way, to all you procrastinator-painters out there 
- to get your butt in gear and paint, 
instead of doing laundry, changing the oil in the car or washing the dishes ...

... simply blog about your progress. Yep, that's it. It helps propel.
Ok, so here is my still life set-up. 
(If anyone knows what kind of daisies these are please let me know?)

Above is the charcoal sketch-in, on a brightly colored gessoed ground.
 Charcoal set with alcohol.
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Note: Synonyms for motivate include -
egg on
- among many others.

Be back soon!


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