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How I Begin a Painting

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How I Begin a Painting

Many people wonder how artists get their ideas. I start by thinking of a color or set of colors that I want to use, The other day for instance I saw a purple-blue on a hydrangea that I passed while walking my dog that I can't stop thinking about and will have to paint with very soon.  But, beyond that my starts are very intuitive.  I mix my color or colors and then try to fill my canvas up very quickly without too much thought. Then the work begins.  I look at my initial start with these kinds of questions going through my head,...


What is Cold Wax Anyway??!!

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What is Cold Wax Anyway??!!

Did you ever wonder how artists create the different effects that you see when you look at their work?  They use a variety of different mediums mixed with their paint to create them.  My medium of choice is cold wax, which looks and feels remarkably like Crisco (see the photo - right next to my tools - it does right!?). When I mix my oil paints with cold wax, it allows me to create textures and transparencies. Unlike encaustic, which uses heat, cold wax is used cold and simply mixed with the oil paint. Rubber squeegees and spatulas are used to apply the paint...


The Challenge of a Good Start

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The Challenge of a Good Start
The hardest thing is to re-enter a painting that had a strong start. “What if I ruin it?” persistently stays me from starting again.

Painting is a kind of meditation that quiets my busy mind

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Painting is a kind of meditation that quiets my busy mind

Sometimes people ask where do you find your motivation or your ideas. The truth is I don’t. I just work and the paintings emerge. For me, having a dedicated studio space is HUGE. In the same way that being on a yoga mat allows me to “drop in” to meditation, being in my art studio allows me to “drop in” to my work. The place is a trigger for the action. And, the parallel doesn’t end there. Painting is a kind of meditation that quiets my busy mind. Sometimes I arrive and feel as though I won’t be able to...


Awake I Dream in Color (A Poem about Painting)

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Awake I Dream in Color (A Poem about Painting)

First Awake Overly aware Doubting When to add Where When to stop A dialogue of instructions Then A color A shape A line Unlocks an entry point Heart rate Slowing Brain Quieting I breathe The long Slow Breath of meditation Unlocking undisclosed rules of intermingling Nothing predetermined Responding Responding Again responding To layers accumulated Spare And simultaneously full Finding rightness In paint flowing A story hidden … Emerging Awake I dream In color In texture In layers building up And paring down In the breathtaking beauty of this Next to that Colors consort Negotiating for space In joyful disturbances Tiny...