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Pixel Play

Night Scape

One of my most recent fancies is digital art, so I am experimenting with Photoshop. Photoshop has a bit of a learning curve, and this is something I created. It’s similarity in this case to watercolor is uncanny. I tried a test print and it looks quite good. Just as soon as I find the best kind of paper to print on, then I will be able to offer prints of my digital work. My eventual plan is to combine my computer knowledge with my music, and then combine it with digital art. And there’s more … but I will save that for another time.

That is the sort of thing that keeps creativity and passion alive. Always experimenting, I have learned that it is when I step out of my comfort zone to do something in a way you had never done before is when discoveries are made. Have you ever heard the expression ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results’? Take a chance … break new trail … and see where that leads. Sense it, feel it and get in the flow.

Continuous Flow

Lush Brush

Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement. Now I am beginning the dead layer. Like a rabbit hopping from place to place, adjustments are made as I see fit. I have often admired artists who can start in one area of the canvas, moving systematically to completion. However, this does not seem to be me, so I will work in the way which is comfortable.

Miramazing expressed interest in this technique, so I would like to direct her, and anyone else who wants to read more about this classical painting technique, to the website of artist Alexei Antonov where I first discovered this. He has done an amazing job of reviving long forgotten techniques of classical painting. And his paintings are very beautiful. When my new found abundance rolls in, I shall purchase all of his technique videos.

lush6_sm

So this is my progress so far on the dead layer. Much more to do yet on this layer, two feet by three feet is a large area to cover. When this layer is done, the fun part will begin. Glazing over the various values with colour tonalities is one of my favourite parts.

So what have I learnt thus far? I can create beautiful things when I open myself to the flow. The flow comes from alignment within me. Each phase of creating has its merits, as does the light, the dark and in between. The only thing that exists is what I have created for myself. I will post more as soon as I have more to show.

Letting Go

Hibiscus

I let go of this baby today. This is the commission I have been working on. Another hibiscus, 16 X 20 Acrylic on Canvas. It has gone to the same home as the Purple Iris, which it will hang beside. This is also the location of the mural I did a while back.

I am getting better at letting go of the paintings. It is possible that I get in my own way when it comes to selling my art. Hoarding them is no solution.

Emily Carr mentions in her autobiography, how hoarding simply stagnates all you have. I believe this to be true. In order to keep the flow going, there has to be constant movement. Art must be shared. That is part of the process. To see the beauty in things, we must honour the space around them I have decided.

Pieces go out, and new pieces are created. Leaving a muddle of paintings all around, is like a palette grown too messy to distinguish the individual colours, with no room to mix. Painting with that will give you mostly mud. All that, while clarity is really what we are after. Time to clean the palette and start fresh.

Forgot to mention, these lucky paintings are going to the Carribean to live early in the New Year. Perhaps I will have the chance to visit them, preferably when the weather is cold here. Ooh to feel that hot sand underfoot right about now would be so fine. Meanwhile, I am running out of wall space here, so it is time to let go of a few more to make room for what is to come.

Flow

Time for a new fence here,
the posts are rotting,
a windstorm blew over
part of the fence, not so long ago,
a state of disrepair, now held up
by two wood poles. Both neighbours
on either side are in agreement
to split the cost. Yet fence builders
are no where to be found around here.

A funny thought occurred to me,
the other day while weeding,
I happened to notice
all of the fences on my street need work.
It is an older neighbourhood, and the
house I am living is close to one hundred
years old. Has anyone ever tried to find
a fence builder?

fence

I thought to myself,
if a fence builder were to come here,
he would have his work cut out for him.
Most fences, at least in this neighbourhood,
are shared between neighbours,
so if you next door neighbour
decides to split getting a fence built
he will want to do
the other side,
and so on down the line.

So perhaps that is the problem.
I’ll bet the fence builder is like the portrait
artist who can have work lined up for years.

Perhaps, this is an example, of how to get synergy
working in our lives. Just begin, like the fence
builder, and the rest takes care of itself.

Allow the action of natural forces,
a process not stimulated by intent,
yet rather by synergy, to take over
its dynamic state, consisting of the
working together of all components.


Csikszentmihalyi
, described ‘flow experience’,
as that which consists of having clear goals,
focus, with action and awareness.
In the ‘flow state’, one experiences
an altered sense of time, effortless action
is required, as the activity is rewarding.

Fence builders would have to find
their work gratifying,
as it would be a continuous flow.
Like fence builders,
loving what we
do is essential
to finding contentment.