Back to Reality

Well, after 5 months of unemployment, I’m starting a new job at the beginning of the year!  I’m very happy to be getting back to work but will miss the time that I’ve had with my husband.  We would definitely be great candidates for the shuttle mission!  🙂

We will be moving to the Raleigh, North Carolina area and are already packing things up to bring down to the storage facility in MA where all of our things will be brought down once we find a new place to live.

Unfortunately, I had to pack up my paints and other painting materials yesterday and am already going through withdrawals.  I have been so lucky during this time to have discovered that I have a love and talent for abstract painting.  I plan to continue painting and have wild ideas of displaying my art in a gallery in NC somewhere 🙂

I also have an embryo of an idea to bring abstract painting into the corporate world!  I’ll be working on a training program that I believe I can weave in an abstract painting class to help people open up their creative side – many of us in the corporate world are focused on the analytical, left side of the brain and the benefits I see from tapping into the right side of the brain are endless 🙂

I will continue to post in 2014 and sharing my work but it will be a while between moving, getting settled and starting the new job.

Thanks to all of you who have decided to follow me or liked some of my paintings.  It’s encouraged me more than you can know!

All the best and have a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Sandra

 

 

 

 

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“Summer Abundance” Acrylic on Canvas 22×28

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I received some new paint colors and mediums yesterday and had to paint something. Used Cadmium Orange Pure and Portrait Pink mixed with a bit of gloss medium as the background. Then worked in the pure orange and cadmium yellow. I used some twine rope that wrapped our christmas tree and dipped that in Medium Magenta for a cool effect. Titanium white for the outline.

Big & Bold: How I got started painting Abstract art

Since I have been unemployed for the past few months, my husband and I moved out of Boston and moved to the coast of Maine temporarily.  Luckily for me, being unemployed also has its silver lining and I have been able to enjoy the time with my husband and pursue other creative activities like painting.

Back in May, we had stayed in an artist’s studio in South Bristol, Maine.  It was so inspiring to walk into Joy’s place and little did I know then how she would impact me.

Fast forward four months and we were living close to Joy and she mentioned she was putting on a “Big and Bold” art class that would be taught by her and another artist in an art studio in Damariscotta, Maine.  Was I interested?  You bet!  I had an absolute blast the first day!  I was so excited and felt so inspired working with two wonderful artists and painting alongside others interested in painting as well.  I didn’t know it was an abstract art class which was pretty funny 🙂

I did three paintings that first day.  Coast of Maine, Sunset at Otis Point, and Bearded Iris.

My very first abstract painting!  Did this in Big & Bold and it's pretty awful but I decided not to touch any of the 4 that I did in class so I can always go back and see how I've improved over time!

“Coast of Maine” on paper.  My very first abstract painting! Did this in Big & Bold and it’s pretty awful but I decided not to touch any of the 4 that I did in class so I can always go back and see how I’ve hopefully improved over time!

One of the original four. I was starting to 'get' it.  :-)

“Bearded Iris” on paper:  One of the original four. I was starting to ‘get’ it. 🙂

My Muse painting.  I'll blog later about this!

“Sunset at Otis Point”:  My Muse painting. I’ll blog later about this!

On the second day, I came back in and kind of froze.  I had thoughts about changing Sunset at Otis Point which is actually my muse painting.  I’ll blog about that later.  All of a sudden I was frightened, unsure of myself, and started hating my paintings.  What was going on?

I started my fourth painting, Christmas Paper, and really hated it.  I didn’t know what I was doing and even with the encouragement of Joy and the constructive feedback from Katharina, I felt like a failure.  How come I didn’t have the same feelings as the first day?   I decided to finish Christmas Paper and not touch any of the other paintings especially Sunset.  I was starting to feel a little better and brought home the paintings to show my husband.

One of the original four.  I have a love / hate relationship with this one.  My husbands favorite of all four.  Go figure!

“Christmas Paper” on paper: One of the original four. I have a love / hate relationship with this one. My husbands favorite of all four. Go figure!

He really really loved them!  And I know him, he would definitely tell me the truth!  Funny thing was that Christmas paper (he named it)  turned out to be his favorite!

As part of my learning process I now realize that all of the feelings of self-doubt and being so critical of myself are all normal.  Every day that I paint I experience ups, downs, love, hate, and finally either joy or, at a minimum, acceptance of the painting and the process I took to get there.

What an incredible experience I’m having and I know how lucky I am to be able to have this time to find my creative self.

Hopefully soon I will be working full-time again but I know that I will never give up my art.  It’s now a huge part of me.

Thank you Joy!

P.S.  If you ever have the fortunate opportunity to visit the coast of Maine, the Damariscotta mid-coast area is absolutely beautiful.  And Joy’s studio only a short distance away.  See www.joyvaughan.com for more information.

Vinnie’s balls.

Loved this blog on Van Gogh. This quote reaches my soul.

Danny Gregory

The conference and Amsterdam’s cold, damp (I miss LA!) didn’t leave me a lot of opportunity to roam around the city but I did get to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

Vincent van Gogh has alway been a huge inspiration to me. I love his colors, his ferocity, but most of all, the whole journey of discovery he took trying to beat and bend himself into being an artist. In just ten years, he went from painting awful brown crap into changing art for all time. I’ve always even a kindred spirit because of the way he went about teaching himself, how he absorbed so many influences, how he went down one path after another to get clearer and more direct in his work.  He spent a few months in art school, studied under a couple of professionals, read loads of instructional books, but most of all he…

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“Shades of Red” Acrylic on Canvas

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I felt a strong urge this morning to do a ‘red’ painting. Started with a mix of naphtha red and white for the lighter background and then started adding in different red colors. I used mostly scrapers and palette knives. My honey doesn’t like this one as much because he doesn’t “see” anything in the painting. 🙂 I like it!