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What Didn’t Make It

Sleepy Reader

A precious photo of me as a child revealing a habit that I still fall victim to that didn’t quite make the cut for my blogpost, What do you want to be..?

Today I’d like to share some photos that didn’t quite make the cut in my previous blog posts.  I wanted to share these because I find sometimes what was not shown or talked about is as revealing as what is.

Girls in studio

These girls blew me away with their talent and creativity in my studio this summer

This was a photo I wish I could have included in my blogpost, The Wonderful World of Kid’s Creativity.  Alas, this was taken later in the summer.  These girls are the older sister and friend of the kids I instructed at the art camp in the beginning of the summer.

Boy, were these girls ever enthusiastic, talented, and creative!  They took my assignments and ran off with them.  It was a joy and honor to have them in my studio for a few sessions!

Studio of Georgia O'Keefe

O’Keefe’s studio set up in her museum in Santa Fe.

This was Georgia O’Keefe’s studio table and easel (with a canvas in its very early stages) reassembled at her museum in Santa Fe, NM.  I had wanted to share this photo after I visited the museum last summer, but my desire to include her beautiful artwork won out.

I don’t know about you, but I have a fascination with looking at and reading about other artist’s studios and workspaces.  I love to see what inspires them, how they organize their supplies, and how their space influences their work.

O’Keefe’s set up exemplified that perfectly.  Above her table was a picture of what she would have seen out of her studio window and scattered among her paint supplies were bones, soil samples and other natural materials she used as inspiration.

Here is an article on O’Keefe’s studio and several other famous artist’s studios.  Pinterest is great for this, too!

Beautiful Stormy Sky

One of the original photos I took and re-edited for my blog-post, Letter to my 18 year old self.

This photo was reproduced many times in my blogpost, Letter to my 18 year old self, but not in its original form.  It was taken from my front porch one early evening when there were storm clouds brewing while the sun illuminated behind them.

It was also an evening where my husband was away and I desperately needed a time-out from the kids.  So I grabbed a beer and snuck out to the porch, observing the approaching summer storm for a good half hour until one of the kids finally discovered me.  It was heavenly!

Chinese squat toilet

A Chinese squat toilet

Finally, a picture that just didn’t make the cut from our travels in China, two summers ago.  Its an example of one of the many squat toilets we encountered in Beijing.  (This one is relatively cleaner then many of the others that we came across!)

All I can say is that I would have amazing thigh and calf muscles if I lived there!

Are you like me?  Do you like watching the out-takes and blooper reels of movies?  Are you fascinated with the backstories (sometimes maybe more so) then the front stories that you see in the news and tabloids?

Have an amazing, revealing week!!

This Little Light O’ Mine (+ video)

Drawing about Inspiration

The sketchbook drawing that sparked the flame- from a past 365 project

I have a little treat for you this week.  Last spring I shot some footage of myself painting, and decided to create a video of it.

It actually turned out to be several hours worth of footage on multiple projects- but you’ll be spared all of that.  Through the magic of iMovie, I was able to edit it down to a manageable size.

The result is a 5 minute video that I’ve titled, This Little Light O’ Mine.  It captures my painting process accompanied to music.

The music is a jazzy number by Yo-Yo Ma featuring the beautiful voice of Amelia Zirin-Brown.   I love how she starts out slow and sultry, how the music builds and picks up steam, and how she bellows it out at the end in a satisfying crescendo.

The painting began as a drawing in my sketchbook from a past 365 project in which I created a daily sketch based on a word or phrase.  That day’s word was Inspiration.  I liked the drawing and decided to do a painting based on it.

Inspiration acrylic painting

Inspired II- Acrylic- 14″x17″

I even wrote about it here.

As with many of my paintings, I felt that that there were some things I learned as I painted and wanted to expand upon.  This one was no exception.

So this is what I created and what my video captures:

Inspired III- Acrylic Painting

Inspired III- Acrylic- 18″x24″

But my video isn’t just about how I created that painting.

It’s a celebration.

It’s a celebration of being able to express myself in paint and letting my light shine.

There is more to the story.  As I was putting this all together, I remembered something my painting advisor from long ago, Kenneth Dingwall, said to me right before I graduated from art college.

He knew that I was about to marry and go off to live in London with my husband-to-be.  He knew that I would have bigger fish to fry as I began my life, post-college, and might have to put off painting as I pursued a career in illustration.

He said to me, “You have a passion for painting but may have to put it away for awhile.  I sense that you are the type of person that will carry that candle with you.  Just be sure to let it out someday.”

Well, Professor Dingwall, that day has come.  This video is dedicated to you for believing in me all those years ago.

Youtube Video- This Little Light O’ Mine

How about you?  What candle have you been carrying around that you’d like let shine again?

Have a wonderful, enlightening week!

Special Report: Studio News

The Fanbrush

The Fanbrush, looking a little out of place among my other brushes, has a hidden agenda!

Psst..over here.. in with the paintbrushes… I’m Phantom Fanbrush, a spy planted to monitor The Artist in her studio.

My directive is to figure out how the The Artist gets her inspiration and develops her work.  Periodically, I’ve come out of hiding to send out a report on The Artist’s current enterprises.

This is one such report.

There has been an abundance of activity in the studio lately.  Let me clarify, young activity.   The Artist appears to be hosting some sort of children’s art class with several young prodigies.  I suspect that her daughter may be among them.

They are a bit rambunctious but highly creative, and the artist seems to take a lot of joy out of instructing them in various messy, yet imaginative projects.

Kids creating

As a matter of fact, I have been hosting a weekly kid’s art camp for my daughter and 6 of her friends throughout the month of June. It has been a loads of fun, but I’m looking forward to getting my studio back to myself again!

There appears to be a decrease in actual paintings gracing the walls of the studio.  This occurred sometime in the beginning of the month when The Artist brought in a stack of frames and, in a flurry of activity, framed many of her larger artwork and carried them out of the studio.

I can only surmise that she has been exhibiting them somewhere.  Let’s hope that these showings generate sales for the artist, as well!

Art At Dawn June Events

I do, in fact, have a number of exhibits showing a multiple of paintings this summer. Please stop by to see them if you are in the area.

But the studio is not entirely empty.  Indeed, The Artist has been working diligently on a new series of of paintings that, I believe, are based on a trip that she and her family took last summer.

These paintings reveal a raw and organic quality.  I hesitate to call the colors ‘earthy’ since they are a wide spectrum of blues, yellows, and reds.  But, there seems to be a softer undertone in the palette.  She also incorporates the same energy and movement that has been evident in past paintings.

Spirit of the Banyan III- Acrylic Painting

One of my latest acrylic paintings titled, Spirit of the Banyan III. It is based on my observance of the abundant Banyan Trees that grew on street corners and on the sides of buildings on a trip to China that my family and I took last summer.

For the past week, I have been observing The Artist at her studio table during odd hours of the day, pulling up a piece of music from her phone, and creating a drawing in her sketchbook.  She often draws or paints in a flurry of activity while the song plays, then stops soon after.

Could this be a new ritual that The Artist is developing?  And why does the music change so dramatically each day?

Drawing based on "Closer To Fine" by the Indigo Girls

Truth be told,  I have just begun another 365 project. This time it is a daily drawing based on song. This drawing was created as I listened to “Closer to fine” by the Indigo Girls.

I sense that The Artist isn’t able to create as much as she would like.  I’ll often observe her entering the studio and stand in the threshold as if she’s basking in the energy there- then reluctantly leave when she hears a young voice call out “Mom!” from downstairs.

But, The Artist seems happy and hopeful.  I can perceive how passionate she is about her work, and she seems dedicated to pursuing her artistic goals.  If I had to guess, I’d say The Artist is riding a wave of inspiration and creativity.

With that, I will end my report for the present time.  I hope to continue regular updates in the future.  This is Phantom Fanbrush, signing off.

If you had a phantom fan brush, toothbrush, or tollbooth (excuse my geeky, obscure reference!) shadowing you, what would it say about you in your workspace?

Have a fantastic week!

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