New Brushes for a New Start

Sometimes you need to give yourself permission to buy some new supplies! I recently decided that it was time for some new brushes so I went to my favorite brush maker, Rosemary & Co and placed a nice big order, actually two orders lol. 

I love their brushes, they are handmade and last a long time. I originally ordered the long handled ones like I’d been using but went back and opted for some short handles too as they are easier to take with me to my art group. These are their Eclipse line and are so wonderful with acrylics.

Packaging isn’t everything, but I have to say the boxes these came in made my heart smile.

These are just the things I needed to begin a new chapter in my art adventure and with a little care they will last a long time and are worth the investment.

This is my favorite brush cleaning soap, and YES, I clean my brushes after every painting session. This soap helps keep the bristles clean and conditioned.

Something Different

Well I’m still banned from Facebook and Instagram. Still mad about it. Still have no idea why. I put in for a review and still nothing. No news on that front except that apparently FB is losing a lot of users, so not sure if this is by design or because people are getting fed up. We shall see I suppose.

With all of  my new found extra time lol, I have been painting away! I have an event that I committed to paint 5-6 pieces for that is happening next week, those pieces I will share next week but they are almost all completed!

I belong to an Art Guild where I live and most of the artists are more of a fine art bent. This is actually good for me as I’ve been trying to stretch myself a bit. I took a watercolor portrait class awhile back and really found it interesting. This week we were blessed to have Kathy Tate with us for a demo and then a 3 hour workshop to show us some of her painting tips. She does amazing work that can be found HERE and is an award winning oil painter.

We painted a still life that included a ‘terrifying’ glass jar lol. It was a short workshop and we didn’t draw anything on the substrate, just observed the objects and used a paintbrush to outline them and then started painting. It was both scary and exhilarating at the same time. I knew time was short and I was worried that my painting wouldn’t look anything like the display but I painted away leaving the jar until last. I only had a short amount of time left in class and I quickly painted the jar. That was my mistake, I painted a jar, I didn’t paint what I saw. That was my huge takeaway from the workshop, paint what you actually see. I took a photo of the display and when I got home I ‘erased’ (one of the cool things about working in oils) the jar and concentrated on painting what I saw. My second attempt was soooooo, much better! I will continue practicing with this medium and pushing myself. Not going to give up acrylics/mixed media, but doing something completely different is really a good thing.  I’m learning that a lot lately;-)

Copper Pitcher 11×14 oils (updated work)

 

Gone

Current WIP

Yesterday I was banned from all of my social media accounts. I have no idea why. I received an email informing me of this with no explanation except that I had been ‘reported’ and because I ‘violated community standards’ I was banned not only from my personal page, but my business page and instagram.

I honestly have no words right now. I keep my personal page limited to just sharing with family and personal friends because I don’t believe in mixing art with politics, religion etc. Everyone has the right to their own beliefs.

I’m devastated by the loss of all of my photos both personal and chronicling my art career and I wasn’t even given a warning so no way to save them or to let anyone know why I’m gone. This is not right. I’ve been wanting to leave Facebook because of the extreme censorship that has been going on for awhile but I stayed because I love to keep up with family and friends and being able to share my love of art with others.

I’m writing this to those who follow me here so some of you at least know what happened. I will be working to find another forum and will update when/if I do. I guess it’s time to just post here for now.

Blessing to you all,
Pam

Navigating

 

 

I’ve been absent from the art community for awhile. There are several reasons for this, most important was the loss of my dad followed by my step mom three months later. To say 2020 was a hard year would be an understatement on so many levels. I know loss was a part of many if not all to some degree.

I have felt a bit lost and had no motivation or inspiration to create so after taking care of my parents affairs with my siblings, I have focused on working on updating our home. Using some of my dads tools I recently finished updating 3 of the bathrooms 1970’s cupboards. This made me feel close to my dad as it was something a bit out of my comfort zone and I had many conversations in my head with him as I worked.

This is what the cabinets looked like before, check out the ‘groovy groove’. I had changed out the hardware which helped but I really hated that groove lol.

I also didn’t like the shiny paint so I added filled the groove, added the shaker style trim and painted them with an eggshell finish paint. Some new hardware and instant love!

The powder room

The third bathroom I painted the cupboards black. Really love them. We still want to tile the showers and replace the cultured marble vanity tops but we are going to put that off until Fall. We have another very big project on the books that I’ll share later.

As I navigated my way through life without my parents here, I feel especially connected to my dad when I’m working on house projects. He taught me many things using his tools to work with is very healing for me. So while my artwork has been on a back burner for now, I am loving being creative in different ways.

Online Workshop Is Now Open!

 

 

My brand new online workshop, THE WORKING ART JOURNAL, is now open!!! I am super excited to be offering this class, my first online class in years, and I hope you will check it out. From sketching your selfie portrait in a variety of ways, using my face map guidelines to ensure success, to exploring a variety of media to create portraits. I will then guide you through completing an art journal page spread building off of all you learn in the previous lessons. The lessons are all completed in either a sketchbook or art journal so the ‘fear’ of making a mistake vanish and you are allowed to explore with freedom the techniques taught. I hope you will consider joining me on this journey! Find this course HERE