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Michael’s is Hiring Art Teachers

Acrylic Painting and/or Watercolor Instructor Wanted

Job Description: Acrylic Painting, Drawing and/or Watercolor Instructor wanted to teach art classes at the Michaels store in Roseburg and Medford, OR.

This is a part-time, permanent position. This is a great opportunity for an artist who would like to be able to offer classes, but does not have their own studio space to do so.

 We are looking for instructors who:

-have the ability to paint and/or draw realistically

-have the ability to teach realistic acrylic painting, watercolor and/or drawing classes

-have the willingness to market their classes and build their own student base

 Compensation:

FREE Basics: MAKE A Project Classes: Scheduled up to one time per month

o   Hourly rate plus $3 per student

Instructor’s Choice: Acrylic Painting, Watercolor and Drawing Classes:

o   Hourly rate plus $7 per student for 6 students in attendance or less

o   Hourly rate plus $10 per student for 7 students in attendance or more

*All schedules to be determined between instructor and Michaels store management.

 Duration: Classes are two hours in length.

The goal of each class is for students to leave with a finished painting or drawing.

Certification: All Grumbacher art instructors who teach classes at Michaels must become certified through Grumbacher.

TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION (free of charge)Visit jobs.grumbacher.com to start the process

o   Find the store that you would like to apply for by choosing your state from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

o   Click on the store that you would like to apply for certification

o   Read the official job description (at jobs.grumbacher.com)

o   Submit your application

You will be contacted regarding the next step after we receive and review your online application. If you have questions or require assistance, please respond directly to this ad.

 Please note: Certification through Grumbacher is completely independent of the Michaels hiring process. Once certified, you must complete the Michaels employment application

Central Art's 37th Anniversary Sale

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A New Year, A New Journey Begins…

No matter where the muse takes you in 2018 – from the familiar confines of the studio to the beauty of nature and beyond – let Central Art be your creative passport!

When fresh inspiration is needed, look no further than our wide selection of art instruction and technique books to give you a head start. Brushes on your bucket list? Choose just the right fit for your suitcase with a beautiful assortment of brushes in a variety of styles and travel options. If journaling is your jam, you can never have too many sketchbooks! Fortunately we have all sizes, formats and weights of paper to suit whatever medium makes you happiest. Adding a few words of wisdom to your work is an art form in itself – why not go “old-school” with some dip pens and a bit of ink and rediscover the lost art of calligraphy? Central Art is your Hand Lettering Headquarters!

The list goes on and on, and so does your drive to create! Nobody knows that better than us.

Now is the time to seize the canvas and voyage fearlessly into an artistic adventure, so what are you waiting for? Come see us and begin charting a course today!

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Holbein Artist Paints

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3-Day UArt Pastels Workshop Starting Friday, April 27th, 2018!

Location: Central Art Supply, Medford, OR   Date: Friday April 27 – Sunday April 29 2018
Time: Friday April 27 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday April 28 10:00 am -4:00pm, Sunday April 29 10:00 am -4:00pm   Price: $350.00   Students: 6-12There are many benefits of using an underpainting on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. The type of underpainting depends on the subject and desired end effect. In this workshop we will explore several options.

There will be a demo each morning using a different medium as an underpainting. There will also be an option to ‘paint-a-long’ from the same reference photo as Susan to really get a step-by-step approach of her technique from beginning to end. You will receive individual instruction tailored to your specific needs, level and goals as well as a constructive critique of work done in the workshop as well as any work you bring along.

Register Online at: https://www.uartpastelpaper.com/uart-workshops-susan-kuznitsky/ 

UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop. Check out Susan’s website at www.susankuznitsky.com

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Art Teachers & Five Tips About Workshops. Its About Being A Student!

Teachers, as in people who help others learn and acquire knowledge.

Teachers: Its About Being A Student

Famous Artists As Teachers.

Hi!  Recently, Daniel Smith Art Materials asked the following question on their Facebook page’s “Sunday Salon Art Question”:

“If you could learn from, and paint with any artists in history, who would you choose?”

Hmmm.  Oddly enough, I had to think a minute.  And,  you might say, I’m still thinking!

In any case, a list of my favorite artists scrolled through my head like Picasso, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Velasquez, Miro, Singer Sargent, etc.  Not as easy a question as it looks to be.

Me As Art Student.

And, then I started to think about my own experience as an art student.  What do I value as an art student?  That is to say, what kind of instructor do I respond to?  Who has been most helpful?

Before I delve in to the issue of types of art instructors, I think I ought to say a word or two about being a student.  To explain, we have a role to play in our own education.  This is a point driven home to me by my father and artist John Stermer.

Story Time: Lesson From Dad.

You see once upon a time I was chattering on about going to school and the quality of teachers and on and on.  And, I babbled about art instructors and asked my Dad how to know if instructors were any good.  My father quietly reminded me that my role was to listen to the instructor and learn everything I could.  It is only later, after I have gained experience, that I can gage the quality of the instruction.

You might imagine an “oops” bubble floating over my head; the type that happens when I notice I’ve been totally clueless.  Dad was absolutely right.  Furthermore, as a rank beginner, it was a bit misguided and ridiculous for me to worry about the quality of teachers.

Teachers: From Sarah F. Burns Still Life Class

Tip One.  Be The Student!

That is to say, you, as the student, are there to learn from the teacher.  For many people, that may not be a problem.  However, if you’re like me, there are times when its helpful to remember!

Tip Two.  Be Open Minded.

Building on tip one, students ought to approach class with an open mind.  Yes, even though this is supposed to be about the teacher, students need an open mind in order to learn.

Case in point.  A few years ago I signed up for a workshop from one of my favorite watercolor artists.  I had read his book and thought it was great.  I could hardly wait for the class.  Then, workshop day came and I had to force myself to stay in class.

You see, the workshop was not as I imagined it would be.  That is to say, I had built up the class in my mind and there were things I expected to learn from the instructor.  But, the workshop was something different.  It took me a little while to let go and, then, open my mind to what the instructor was trying to say and do.

Teachers: Gabriel M. Lipper

Tip Three.  Go Local.

You can learn a ton from art classes in your local community.  I have had several excellent instructors and they were just down the street.  The instruction was first rate and just what I needed.

Later, if you want to go take a workshop from your favorite artist, you will be ready with a strong foundation.

And, you can always (still) go local!

Tip Four.  Learn From Your Fellow Students.

Its kind of a “we are all in this together” attitude.  We all have something to share, something we have learned that is useful.   Think of it as a total learning experience.

Wait a minute, when am I going to get around to the teachers…what do I value?

Tip Five.  Match Skill Level With Class Intention.

No, this is not about the teacher yet.  However, when I thought of value I was reminded about one of the classes I took.  I wanted to take the workshop because I loved the artist’s work.  I wanted to learn how to do what she does.  So, the workshop sponsor had an opening and I signed up.

But, there was a little qualification from the workshop teacher.  She said her class was meant for intermediate and advanced watercolor artists.  What does that mean?  I had been painting for a year to 18 months.  Was I an intermediate?  Certainly, I wasn’t still a beginner.  (Little did I know…and that’s the point!)

I asked – how do I know if I’m an intermediate or advanced student?  Oddly enough, I never received an answer.  Maybe its one of those cases where if you have to ask, maybe you’re a beginner.

In any case, it was probably not the best workshop for my skill level but I enjoyed it anyway.

Back To Art Teachers.

So, after five tips I’m no where near to what I value in an instructor…or am I?

I love to have teachers who are approachable and knowledgeable.  Beyond that, I’m not certain there is such a thing as the perfect instructor.  As I look back, I’ve learned something valuable from all my instructors!

Still, it would be fun and work to take a workshop from John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt Van Rijn.  I just hope I could be a good enough student!

Acknowledgement.

Websites for two of my local art teachers.  They are first class instructors.

Gabriel Mark Lipper.

Sarah F. Burns.

Art teachers: Gabriel Mark Lipper

 

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Rogue Gallery

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Rogue Gallery will host a special evening event featuring Celtic art, music, and Irish food.

Musicians and choral groups will perform traditional Irish music. The evening also includes a singing competition of the best rendition of the song “Danny Boy”. A special Celtic themed art show by Rogue Gallery artists’ members will be on display from March 14 through March 22, 2018.

The Celtic culture has a long and rich tradition in music and art. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center celebrates the art of the Celts with music and art. Music performers include Pat O’Scannell and the choral group Blarney Tones. On display will be an Irish themed art show that includes acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings as well as photography and collages. Realistic interpretations and abstraction of Celtic themes are reflected in the diverse work. The evening also includes a singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic, “Danny Boy” with the winner receiving a $100 award. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and Irish soda bread will be served.

Tickets cost $35.00 and are limited. For tickets, please call 541-772-8118, visit the Rogue Gallery at 40 S. Bartlett St., or purchase online at www.roguegallery.org .

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Margaret Stermer-Cox, Watercolor, Irish Breakfast Tea

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

Continuity; Day 30 of #30paintingsin30days Challenge: Pitcher & Cup

Continuity, as in an ongoing flow of work.  Its all part of a bigger picture!

Day 30!  Closing or Opening?

Greetings!  With today’s painting I arrive at the end of the #30paintingsin30days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta Studios.  And, yet, it feels more like an opening rather than a closing of my work.

continuity: Frothing Pitcher & Cappuccino Cup V2
Day 30 #30paintingsin30days

Open To New Possibilities.

You see, I figure that all this daily painting has shown me possibilities I had not yet discovered.  Put another way, the studies are an extension of potential larger projects.

Continuity, Rather Than Starting & Stopping.

Plus, an ending implies that there needs to be a beginning.  But, beginning and starting can be the hardest part of painting.  So, how about continuity instead?

Change Direction.

However, a shift in direction might be in order.  After 60 plus days of posting a drawing or a painting a day, I am thinking I may take a break.  To explain, these studies are just that: studies.  And, then, the next step in the process is using the studies to generate some larger paintings.

So, I might take a break from daily paintings.  But, I will not take a break from drawing and painting in general, I ought to clarify!  More on what is next below.

Experimentation.

What I find particularly exciting is the experimentation toward the end.  In my view, that is one of the benefits of an intense period of daily paintings.  To elaborate, as one’s confidence grows, I think its natural to try different things.  Or, to focus on more than just getting one painting done per day.

Continuity: February Daily Paintings
All 30, #30paintingsin30days Challenge

Accomplish Challenge Goals?

So, how did I do as far as my goals for this challenge?  I finished it, that’s success in my book!  It was never a foregone conclusion that I would reach the finish point.  There were days when I thought about moving on; but I didn’t and so here I am.

Back to my goals.  I reviewed my day one posting I realized that I gave myself some “outs”.  That is to say I was a bit vague about goals beyond finishing.

The Plan.  However, I had ideas about how I might proceed by mixing “from life” and “toward abstraction” type paintings.  More specifically, I was thinking I’d do one “from life” then follow up with five or so “toward abstraction” based on the first “from life” painting.

Be Flexible.  Well, that “from life” to “toward abstraction” idea was almost as cumbersome as describing it.  In the end, I mixed things up.  Some days I worked from a still life arrangement.  Other days I worked toward abstraction.  However, the themes were generally consistent.

Change is Good.  One always allows for exceptions, though.  And, perhaps it was the fact that my plan allowed for change that I was able to complete the challenge.  To explain, it was struggle enough to finish the challenge.  Who cares if I did a “from life” instead of a “from imagination”?

Challenges, Worthwhile?

Hmmm.  Was it worth it?  I would say yes.  And, I would say that working back-to-back challenges was extra worth it!  Thank you hosts Strada Easel (January) and Leslie Saeta Studios (February).

New Experience.

Daily Painting; Its different.  You see, daily painting was a new experience for me and I certainly produced more work!  I had to be decisive and finish paintings.  Its a “get down to business” situation.  An added benefit, I’m starting to feel more comfortable with acrylic paint.

Next Year.  I suppose the final question might be, will I do it again next year?  The answer: I have no idea!  Oh, and that’s also assume the challenges continue.

What’s Next?

I will build on the experience gained by finishing some acrylic paintings I have waiting in the wings.  I also have a new design that I want to transfer to a new painting.

A third project is developing a mini workshop on starting from life then simplifying, deconstructing and abstracting.  Or from life to abstraction.  Does this sound familiar? That’s what I’ve been doing the past 30 days!

It Is About Continuing!

So, do you see how I get the idea of continuity?  The work and studies from the past 30 to 60 days are all in part of a longer term plan!

Lessons Learned: All 31 Days!
All 31 Days #stradaeasel “from life” challenge.

Thank you!

With that, thank you for sharing in my adventure this past 30 to 60 days.  I am grateful for the interest and support.

 

 

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Continuity; Day 30 of #30paintingsin30days Challenge: Pitcher & Cup

Continuity, as in an ongoing flow of work.  Its all part of a bigger picture!

Day 30!  Closing or Opening?

Greetings!  With today’s painting I arrive at the end of the #30paintingsin30days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta Studios.  And, yet, it feels more like an opening rather than a closing of my work.

continuity: Frothing Pitcher & Cappuccino Cup V2
Day 30 #30paintingsin30days

Open To New Possibilities.

You see, I figure that all this daily painting has shown me possibilities I had not yet discovered.  Put another way, the studies are an extension of potential larger projects.

Continuity, Rather Than Starting & Stopping.

Plus, an ending implies that there needs to be a beginning.  But, beginning and starting can be the hardest part of painting.  So, how about continuity instead?

Change Direction.

However, a shift in direction might be in order.  After 60 plus days of posting a drawing or a painting a day, I am thinking I may take a break.  To explain, these studies are just that: studies.  And, then, the next step in the process is using the studies to generate some larger paintings.

So, I might take a break from daily paintings.  But, I will not take a break from drawing and painting in general, I ought to clarify!  More on what is next below.

Experimentation.

What I find particularly exciting is the experimentation toward the end.  In my view, that is one of the benefits of an intense period of daily paintings.  To elaborate, as one’s confidence grows, I think its natural to try different things.  Or, to focus on more than just getting one painting done per day.

Continuity: February Daily Paintings
All 30, #30paintingsin30days Challenge

Accomplish Challenge Goals?

So, how did I do as far as my goals for this challenge?  I finished it, that’s success in my book!  It was never a foregone conclusion that I would reach the finish point.  There were days when I thought about moving on; but I didn’t and so here I am.

Back to my goals.  I reviewed my day one posting I realized that I gave myself some “outs”.  That is to say I was a bit vague about goals beyond finishing.

The Plan.  However, I had ideas about how I might proceed by mixing “from life” and “toward abstraction” type paintings.  More specifically, I was thinking I’d do one “from life” then follow up with five or so “toward abstraction” based on the first “from life” painting.

Be Flexible.  Well, that “from life” to “toward abstraction” idea was almost as cumbersome as describing it.  In the end, I mixed things up.  Some days I worked from a still life arrangement.  Other days I worked toward abstraction.  However, the themes were generally consistent.

Change is Good.  One always allows for exceptions, though.  And, perhaps it was the fact that my plan allowed for change that I was able to complete the challenge.  To explain, it was struggle enough to finish the challenge.  Who cares if I did a “from life” instead of a “from imagination”?

Challenges, Worthwhile?

Hmmm.  Was it worth it?  I would say yes.  And, I would say that working back-to-back challenges was extra worth it!  Thank you hosts Strada Easel (January) and Leslie Saeta Studios (February).

New Experience.

Daily Painting; Its different.  You see, daily painting was a new experience for me and I certainly produced more work!  I had to be decisive and finish paintings.  Its a “get down to business” situation.  An added benefit, I’m starting to feel more comfortable with acrylic paint.

Next Year.  I suppose the final question might be, will I do it again next year?  The answer: I have no idea!  Oh, and that’s also assume the challenges continue.

What’s Next?

I will build on the experience gained by finishing some acrylic paintings I have waiting in the wings.  I also have a new design that I want to transfer to a new painting.

A third project is developing a mini workshop on starting from life then simplifying, deconstructing and abstracting.  Or from life to abstraction.  Does this sound familiar? That’s what I’ve been doing the past 30 days!

It Is About Continuing!

So, do you see how I get the idea of continuity?  The work and studies from the past 30 to 60 days are all in part of a longer term plan!

Lessons Learned: All 31 Days!
All 31 Days #stradaeasel “from life” challenge.

Thank you!

With that, thank you for sharing in my adventure this past 30 to 60 days.  I am grateful for the interest and support.

 

 

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Blog Detour

Hi friends!
My blog has moved to a brighter happier website home with more windows and a place to sit down a while. Come on over! And because Google and blogger and other technical Wizard of Oz things, I can’t seem to remove this one. 
See you over in the new digs.
Mxo

Triad: Cappuccino Time-R V10; Day 29 #30paintingsin30days

Triad or three; which, in this case, involves the three primary colors.

Triad:  Yellow, Red And Blue.

Greetings!  Its Day 29 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta Studio.  I must be wildly ecstatic because today’s painting is, in a word, WILD!

Triad: Colorful "Cappuccino Time-R V10"

Or maybe, “Cappuccino Time-R V10” is just wildly colorful.  And, yet, I used a limited palette of the primary colors plus white.   Between mixing and glazing, I was able to create a wider spectrum of color.  That is, you can see areas that look green, orange and violet which are mixed from the primaries red, yellow and blue.

#30paintingsin30days Challenge.

Next?  Well, as this challenge winds down, I’m thinking about what next.  That is, what are my intentions and goals for my painting.  I want to build on the momentum gained through the challenge.  I have some projects in mind.  One includes coffee cups.

Evaluating Progress.  And, I’m also evaluating the work over the past 30 days.  I would say that toward the end of this 30 days, I started to get more experimental with the acrylic.  That is to say I started adding transparent passages along side the opaque areas.  I was delighted with the results; it was fun!

Wild, But Not Easy.

Rough Start.  However, as much as I have fun painting, it is not necessarily easy.  This particularly painting is a case in point.   I had a schematic made up before I started and an idea about where I wanted to go.  And, yet, it didn’t quite work out that way!  I struggled, got frustrated and almost gave up.

Relax!  Then, I remembered this is just a study; its not a performance!  Or, maybe it is a performance, but, anyway one can through caution to the wind and just go for it!  You know, that plunge I was talking about a couple of days ago.

Go For It!  So, plunging in, I started glazing passages with yellow, blues and reds.  Oh, fun!  Cool colors, but still the design resists coming together.  Ah, well, soldier on and add another layer or two.  Be wild!

And, then, suddenly, I like it!  Its a bold statement for such a small painting.

More Tomorrow: The Final, 30th Painting, or 61st?

Oops.  I realized I have digressed a bit from the paragraph about evaluating this past month’s work.  Must be still evaluating it!  No doubt, I’ll continue the conversation tomorrow – the last day of this particular challenge.

And, for those of you who might have been following this blog for the past couple of months, I did a 31 day “from life” challenge in January hosted by Strada Easel.  So, one could say tomorrow is day 61.  And, then, if I add the days before these challenge…OK, we won’t get too carried away.

Until then, I hope you enjoy my colorful painting based on the triad of yellow, red and blue!

 

 

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Triad: Cappuccino Time-R V10; Day 29 #30paintingsin30days

Triad or three; which, in this case, involves the three primary colors.

Triad:  Yellow, Red And Blue.

Greetings!  Its Day 29 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta Studio.  I must be wildly ecstatic because today’s painting is, in a word, WILD!

Triad: Colorful "Cappuccino Time-R V10"

Or maybe, “Cappuccino Time-R V10” is just wildly colorful.  And, yet, I used a limited palette of the primary colors plus white.   Between mixing and glazing, I was able to create a wider spectrum of color.  That is, you can see areas that look green, orange and violet which are mixed from the primaries red, yellow and blue.

#30paintingsin30days Challenge.

Next?  Well, as this challenge winds down, I’m thinking about what next.  That is, what are my intentions and goals for my painting.  I want to build on the momentum gained through the challenge.  I have some projects in mind.  One includes coffee cups.

Evaluating Progress.  And, I’m also evaluating the work over the past 30 days.  I would say that toward the end of this 30 days, I started to get more experimental with the acrylic.  That is to say I started adding transparent passages along side the opaque areas.  I was delighted with the results; it was fun!

Wild, But Not Easy.

Rough Start.  However, as much as I have fun painting, it is not necessarily easy.  This particularly painting is a case in point.   I had a schematic made up before I started and an idea about where I wanted to go.  And, yet, it didn’t quite work out that way!  I struggled, got frustrated and almost gave up.

Relax!  Then, I remembered this is just a study; its not a performance!  Or, maybe it is a performance, but, anyway one can through caution to the wind and just go for it!  You know, that plunge I was talking about a couple of days ago.

Go For It!  So, plunging in, I started glazing passages with yellow, blues and reds.  Oh, fun!  Cool colors, but still the design resists coming together.  Ah, well, soldier on and add another layer or two.  Be wild!

And, then, suddenly, I like it!  Its a bold statement for such a small painting.

More Tomorrow: The Final, 30th Painting, or 61st?

Oops.  I realized I have digressed a bit from the paragraph about evaluating this past month’s work.  Must be still evaluating it!  No doubt, I’ll continue the conversation tomorrow – the last day of this particular challenge.

And, for those of you who might have been following this blog for the past couple of months, I did a 31 day “from life” challenge in January hosted by Strada Easel.  So, one could say tomorrow is day 61.  And, then, if I add the days before these challenge…OK, we won’t get too carried away.

Until then, I hope you enjoy my colorful painting based on the triad of yellow, red and blue!

 

 

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Persistence; Stacked Espresso Cups V2, Day 28 of #30paintingsin30days Challenge

Persistence; that is to say sticking with this challenge to the end!

Gray Day; Stacked Espresso Cups.

Greetings.

Persistence; More Stacked Espresso Cups

I sit here in my studio/kitchen/office and wonder what I might write today.  And, as I look out across the valley, its a beautiful gray day.  You see, a dusting of snow enhances the topography of the hills.

Words of Wisdom?

Thinking about the day I wonder, what words of wisdom can I offer?  Are there any stories left for me to tell?  After a month of blogging most days, what do I have to say?  Hmmm, how about meaning in my paintings…is there meaning?

Plunk.  Persistence.

And, then, the word “persistence” plunks down in my head.  With a thud, no less.  However, I think that’s a good word for today.  Plus, it fits the little study of stacked espresso cups.

You see, I stubbornly pursue drawing and painting; that’s what I’m being persistent about.  To explain, I continue to produce work featuring espresso or cappuccino cups.  My inner doubting voice is saying “haven’t you had enough?”  No, I think not.

Understanding Form.

Rather, I’m searching for understanding rather than keeping track of how many coffee cups I’ve drawn or painted.   Plus, change the context, change the meaning!  In this case, context is how the subject is portrayed in the composition.  That is to say, what color, size, location, etc., in the painting.

Painting Is About Thinking.

Hmm, thinking again.  You see sometimes, or rather most of the time, studio work is not particularly exciting…at least to the casual observer.  The drama builds slowly on the paper.  And, in my mind’s dialog.  So, the great insight that will help solve all my problems, much less the world’s problems hides in the gray.  Perhaps it doesn’t exist.

Persistence Is Good.

But, I persist!  And, that is a good thing.  You see, I go to my easel and try again and again.  And, even though each time I look, frown, draw, paint, and look some more; sometimes I smile.  Even better, sometimes I am astonished.

Meaning?

After “persistence” the word “meaning” butts into my mind’s dialog.  I would love to say that all my work is imbedded with deep meaning.  Wouldn’t that be marvelous?  What is more likely is that meaning is elusive; the work is about the work.

Onward!

So, here I am, looking across the valley on a gray day and I’m thinking about persistence.

Then, I finish my coffee and, don’t you know it, on to the next one!

 

 

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