Fruity

Believe it or not, despite my bakery loving aesthetic, I do eat fruit and the occasional green juice. I completed this fruit platter after a similar, more caloric, Valentine XOXO cookie platter, and it reminded me that there is quite a good selection of available (and colorful) still life props right there in your local grocery store! Go figure! Have you tried a pomelo? So good…a grapefuit, lemon and orange walk in to a bar….

I’m painting more these days, not quite at the pace or flow that I’m accustomed to…but better. And better counts. I’m switching things up a little…like painting fruit! I’m sure this phase will last one painting (hey, this painting is rare!! lol) but fun to arrange on my platter and take arty photos at 10pm when I should be thinking about winding down. This is the bliss and pitfall of working from home.

Whether this finds you in a fruit or fancy cake mode, I hope your week is sweet. xo

“Fruit Platter” 11×14″

Saturday Still Life

It’s a blue sky February Saturday, it’s still & peaceful and this is a slice of life I truly cherish. The quiet putter, errands mixed with book reading, shelf organizing, coffee with a friend, a productive and relaxed kind of Saturday.

This still life in oil was painted in a three day in person class I took in December. It was terrible timing for me. It was cold and rainy. I was over committed work wise and felt guilty for taking three days to paint. It was awkward because I hadn’t painted much and I wasn’t in the mood to be social (three days in a row!) and…it was absolutely perfect and exactly what I didn’t know I needed. I’m using that class and the unexpected gifts that came from it for two creative reminders: uncomfortable is the precursor to growth (dang, again???) and the less is more concept. It was a still life class and the invitation was skies the limit for what we wanted to bring to incorporate what was already provided (flowers, fabrics, a lovely assortment of vases…). I know myself well enough to know that if I’m not carting around something vintage or a fancy tea or sweet treat, I might seize at the easel AND…I didn’t overthink it. I popped 2-3 potential painting subjects in my canvas tote, gathered bare minimum oil paints, my brushes (which I’ve paired down to as few as possible), a palette, a few oranges to snack on (which became part of the subject) and a handful of canvases. It’s only taken fifteen years but I’m learning!

Bringing too much to the easel whether its’ supplies, ideas or props can cause creative analysis paralysis. Three days, one painting. Well, I didn’t completely follow the directions however, I took them to heart. I slowed down, I enjoyed the group, the chatter, the silence the unexpected lessons our instructor demo’d for us. It was a perfectly imperfect still life.

Happy Saturday! xo

“Citrus & Sweet Still Life” 11×14″

“Spiral Gyre #2” In Montana Watercolor Society Online Show

Greetings! I am happy to announce that my painting Spiral Gyre#2 is showing in the Montana Watercolor Society Signature Membership Online Show. The Details. This is the first time the Montana Watercolor Society (MTWS) is holding an online show of works by its signature members.  It is an honor and a pleasure to participate.  The show […]

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The Bliss of Is

Last year, I finished up a Very Big Project that won’t get out into the world for a while, so I decided to create a little passion project for fun…. 

And now I am delighted to announce my first hardback book: The Bliss of Is.

 

Inside this book, you’ll find little poems and paintings. The poems mostly emerged over several years of writing daily for National Poetry Month. I selected thirty favorites and—in keeping with the quick-spirited writing—painted one watercolor a day for a month for each poem. All in celebration of the daily practice of presence. 

 

I invite you to that practice. Take a moment to meditate on a poem-painting each day for thirty days, or read them all in thirty minutes, or both! May you enjoy playing in the realm of art + word + spirit. 

 

Here’s one of the poems:

 

I spot a scrap of fallen paper,

& as I bend to pick it up, I see

it is not trash but a square of light.

I pick it up anyway. 

 

If you’d like to enjoy the full gathering of meditative poems & paintings, you can order yourself a copy here. Do note that this particular book has very long ship times; think of it as a surprise when it finally arrivesa gift to your future self in time for this year’s National Poetry Month!

If you’d like a copy sooner, I still have a few left of a limited run of signed books. More info in my newsletter. Contact me if interested.

 

May we know the bliss of is—of being right here, right now.

 

Love, 

 

Anna 

Pretty in Pink

It’s February, it’s cold, it’s winter…and it’s one of my favorite cheerful color palette months! I love pink, all shades, tiny highlights or all out nothing subtle about this kind of PINK (see painting…lol). I’m dedicating the first two weeks of February to painting and posting all things “pretty in pink”. Old and new, some […]

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February 2024 Newsletter

We are excited to offer a special showing this month in place of our regular Guest Artist presentation: Stephen Lyman Print – The Deep Grass Valley New residents of Jacksonville,…

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February Author Review

Book: “Year of the Dragon”, Debbie Chinn & Ginna BB Gordon “Year of the Dragon”, a colorful graphic memoir based on “Dancing in Their Light”. Written by Debbie Chinn and…

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January 2024 Newsletter

NAKED ART!It’s not what you think – it’s better! “Naked Art is not fully clothed – no mats, no frames, just open to view.” January is a traditional time to clear…

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Special February Show: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection

To start, we are excited to offer a special showing this month in place of our regular Guest Artist presentation: The Mary and Dick Martin Collection. New residents of Jacksonville,…

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Of Green Fuses and Flowers

 The force that through the green fuse drives the flower…                —Dylan Thomas The first month of the year makes for great hibernation—for hunkering down into the soil of the…

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