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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gold Star Day

Today I found myself wanting to paint! So, I have toned an 11x14 gessoboard in purple (magenta mauve). I hope it dries soon, so I can begin. It's going to be a straw yellow landscape with a path and probably a figure. The closest thing I have done in the past is this painting from many years ago. Coincidentally (or not), I finished my November writing project today, too.

Lone Figure on Beach, 1999, 16x20

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Why do people paint (make art)?

Today I am thinking about why people make art.

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 $
--for ego
--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

Perspective Class Last Month

My lack of understanding of perspective has been a road block for me. Real or imagined. I never had it in school and find it difficult to grasp from books. So, I finally decided to do something about it and took a 4 week, 3 hour class on Wednesdays through the museum in Rochester.

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

New Studio Walls Color -- New Energy

I had the walls of my studio painted last week. They are now a dark greenish-gray. I considered taupe, terracotta, 18% gray, white, but eventually found this color by googling "best color for studio walls." http://forum.portraitartist.com/showthread.php?t=6468 The closest existing Benjamin Moore paint color is 1489 Devonshire Green.

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.

What is NaNoWriMo?

Here's the link for the National Novel Writing Month website: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisnano

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why am I writing this month?

I am the kind of person who keeps thinking about something for a long time, sometimes for years. And I am also the kind of person who thinks it is a good thing to confront your fears, no matter how icky they may turn out to be.

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

My first published haiku

umbrella forgotten--
jump over a puddle
beaded drops cling


I had forgotten about being published until this week when I started transcribing my old writing circle stuff as part of a writing challenge that an art buddy started. We are supposed to write 1500 words a day during November. I am at 6912 as of today.

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