Pause, ponder, produce
The muse, her senses keen, waits
Open door, “Come in.”
Art Prescription: So my good friend Farley said to me today, “pause, ponder, produce.” I just adore that. I invite you to do the same!! And let your muse in to “pause, ponder, produce.” Aho!
Cardboard piece, trash bound
A little paint, bit of glue
Two hours in bliss!!
Art Prescription: Sometimes it’s all about the foundation. What you begin with. And two hours later my muse is happy…
Plan, to paint cosmos
Muse intervened, coneflower
Plein air painting, joy!
Art Prescription: All set up outside with my paint and easel. Hat and sunscreen, check, I set out to paint my explosion of cosmos. Stroked and splattered with teals and yellow. Decided I would add a few cone flowers for the background, and then the muse just ruled. Perhaps tomorrow I will paint cosmos!
To trust in your muse
Step aside for a new voice
Completely let go!!
Art Prescription: I had a great group today in my Art Prescription: Art Journaling Workshop. I asked them to do something really hard. Put together a collage of beautiful images, and then completely paint over it!! I have to say there was reluctance. I gently prodded, and even encouraged one participant to retrieve her “trashed” painting and stick with the transition. So many life metaphors. The theme was Wholeness, and I wanted them to work through creating something and then let go of the original piece, transition it to something brand new, healing. Their end products were amazing!! and suddenly they saw that their muse was there all along!!
Final coat of paint.
The muse looks and nods and cuts!
Parts greater than whole!
Art Prescription: The last few posts including today’s are all part of one painting. After several layers of reworking, this piece was just not happening. When you feel stuck with art, go for a walk and see what happens. I came back from my walk and began to cut the one piece up into about 5 small trading card size miniatures. Each one had an interesting texture and spoke to me. I worked quickly with pen and ink feeling satisfied with all my parts!! Try it!
Like a champagne burst
Trees have exploded with leaves.
A curtain of green.
Art Prescription: Amazing what a bit of warm weather and some rain does to the forest! In a weeks time things have at least doubled.
“The artist only needs the willingness to paint.”
“There’s always a clean white canvas.”
Taught an Art Prescription Workshop today with friends. My goal in mentoring is to help the individual bring out their artistic voice. To move away from expectations and to respond to what happens in the moment that paint and brush come together.
One man’s junk is another’s treasure…look at this fantastic ink work! I then colored it in…
One more coat should do
Re-do, re-paint, re-color
Wait for muse to speak.
Art Prescription: New Year, a new blank canvas! I’ve painted about 5 different things on 2 canvases in the past couple of days. Changed color palette and design completely, waffled, stood staring….nothing! I know what I must do. I must leave the studio in order for my muse to appear. Going………..