Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
When cleaning out my studio, I found a note I'd made during a plein air painting session in 2001. It said "Cavalene says people paint for lots of reasons
--to sell & make $
--because they have to
--to learn something about themselves or their world around them."
And, I noticed Anne JP's blog says "My art feeds my writing and my writing feeds my art."
If you have other reasons or thoughts on the subject, I'd like to hear them.
I am going to be noodling my own reasons. More on that later.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I had to drive an hour and half drive up and back but it turned out to be therapeutic. Weekly, the fall foliage progressed through its phases. Bright reds and olive greens turned to rusty oranges and browns until the last week we had a dusting of snow on the hills.
Glad I am not making the drive now, but I'm very glad I took the class. Our instructor taught us the terms, how to measure effectively without using perspective, then the rules of one-point and two-point perspective so we can use them or break them. That's all we had time to do. I will take another class or workshop if I can find one again.
I am also including a couple of pages from my sketch book that I did this summer to refresh my drawing skills. I am going to continue practicing.
Drawing Practice on my own, August, 2008
Ran out of light before I finished -- August, 2008
Class exercise - One point perspective - October, 2008
In the field -- I thought the lake would have filled my page, but after measuring correctly, it was only half the page. This is how far off my landscape drawing has been. Scary! I just kept drawing what I saw in the foreground...as practice. Next time, I'll know.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
What a difference a new paint of coat makes! The old pale, blue-gray color was depressing me. I found I did not want to spend time in my studio. Now I am eager to work.
I sense that I am being revitalized and will soon be very productive. I am cleaning house both figuratively and literally.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
If I confront this thing that has gotten on my internal "to do" list and actually do something about it, instead of just thinking about it, I will find out if it is worth anything at all. Then, poof!!, it will be gone and there will be room for something new, something fresh and exciting to enter.
That's why I am taking the time this month to review and consolidate what I wrote during my writing phase, ten years ago. It was one of the paths I took when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, after leaving my corporate marketing job and before I created a jewelry business with my sister.
I haven't been able to throw away my writing circle stories or my haiku, so I know they mean something to me. Unlike my journals. I chucked all 15 years of them and I am glad I did. Too much ugliness in them. They served their purpose. I no longer need them. But this writing stuff? I don't know.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My most recent photography project is a photo diary entitled Cottage Quiet.
It about my nearest faraway place. And, it is intended to be a mini-escape for the viewer, too.
Right now it is a 40 page book of 4 x 6 images printed in warm brownish-gray tones and mounted on cream paper, plus I have created a companion slideshow for online viewing.
There are about 60 images altogether which I am in the process of editing.
I am trying to decide which image to use on the cover, i.e., which one best represents the mood and intention of the project. I think it ought to be a horizontal image, but I tend to make mostly vertical images. Some candidates are