a note and a quote

Just a few more days left of our group  show “The Gift” at Columbia  Winery in Woodinville. Tonight I was out at the winery with friends and fellow  artist  Sheryl Brown  we were  talking to  members about art.   We had a great time , great wine, great conversation and we even danced a  little.
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This  show has  been pretty awesome for sales, 6 pieces  have sold and I had a few more bites tonight!

I am super excited to get working on  next years show!

Today’s Quote

“The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.”

– Bruce Springsteen

About Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, the American rock star known as The Boss, was famously called the future of rock and roll by rock critic Jon Landau in 1974, who later became his manager. He was born on September 23, 1949 in New Jersey. Seen as Dylanesque early in his career, he became associated with his blue-collar roots, writing songs about regular people on such albums as Born in the USA and The Rising. Springsteen, who is still recording and touring, lives in New Jersey with his second wife, band member Patty Scialfa, and their three children.

Today’s Note and A Quote

I love to  wake up  early, today I  was  up at  5  and  decided to try something  new.  The first painting  is an experiment and I  am still not sure if it is a  mistake or not.

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The second painting of the day is , Running Free, When the  paint drys I am  planning to  cover this with  resin.   As always the colors are  much  more lovely in  person. 

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“A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
– Albert Einstein

About Albert Einstein

The brilliant physicist Albert Einstein became an international icon for his groundbreaking theory of relativity. He was born in Germany in 1879 and began his seminal work while at the Swiss Patent Office. He later fled the Nazi regime, moving to the United States to teach at Princeton. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize. He declined Israel’s invitation to become its president, saying he lacked the necessary people skills. He died in 1955.

Quote and note

Sometimes it takes our friends to give us a bit of a push to try new things.  

Back when we  live in Austin Texas I was  telling a friend that I had always  wanted to  fly an  airplane. She asked me why  I had not given it a try.  Since  I could not come  up with a  good  answer besides the  cost.  She looked at me and  said, ” lets go  check out  flying  schools. ” We  drive up to  Georgetown and I  talked  with some  old  guys about  flying . Within  15 minutes I  had my first  class , and the cost was  under $100 bucks!  A  few months  later I was given an  opportunity to take a  lesson in this darling.

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 I would have never  given it a  try if a  friend had not given me a  gentle  push! 

“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”
– Julia Cameron

About Julia Cameron

American author Julia Cameron has become an icon in the creative community for her best-selling self-help book, The Artist’s Way, which guides people through a series of simple but profound exercises to awaken their creativity. She grew up in Chicago and has been writing seriously since age 18. In addition to her 28 books, she has written plays, screenplays, and songs. She was married to film director Martin Scorsese and has one daughter. She currently lives in New York.

This weeks  new  piece  of art is  20x16x .08  acrylic  called,   Double Vision

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I don’t think I would have  started painting if a  few good friends had not  also given me  some  gentle pushes.  I am  super  thankful for  so many good friends!

This weeks note and a quote.

As long as I can remember I have loved to try new things. When  I see someone doing something that looks fun I  want to  try it too. Sewing , welding , painting,  new jobs,  cross country bike rides, flying the list goes on.  Painting is  one of  the  newest things I have  been having  fun with.  Since I  have  always liked to  try new things and  tend to be a bit fearless I had never really thought that some people  do not like to  try new things, they do not like to be out side of their  comfort zone. Some people  stay at the  same job for  20 or 30 years!  Some  people are so afraid of making a mistake that they  don’t try  anything. I have an  adult  child like this and I wish I knew how to help them to move  forward. I cannot imagine being afraid to fail as I have learned the most from my failures and learned  very little from my successes.   The  below  painting  is inspired  by this  topic as  I want to  learn how to teach someone to  fly to  let them see that the  cell door is open and they are free to fly,  I am concerned that  some how  without  realizing it I have  clipped their wings. . . Jail Bird, is 14 x 11 x .8 . Acrylic $75 the  texture is  lots and  lots of paint.
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and for  something really  new,  last week I  drove 200 miles each way to take a  fun class with a friend. ( I am in the  upper  right hand corner)

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“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

About Franklin D. Roosevelt

Four-term American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, known as FDR, pulled America out of the Great Depression and led the country during World War II. He was born in New York on January 30, 1882. His political career halted when a bout of polio paralyzed him from the waist down, but after learning to walk with leg braces, he became governor of New York and then president. His New Deal initiatives included Social Security, jobs programs, and collective bargaining. He died on April 12, 1945.

confessions of an artist

As person who loves crafts , creating art and mixing up mediums I tend to turn my home  office into a  garage/ storage unit / work space and over all catch all.  Every few months I have to  go through  my  space and try to make sense of the things I have collected. As I  sit at my computer I swiveled my chair around and took three photos.  Oh dear, It was so nice and  tidy  just a few weeks ago!

I  hang new work where ever I can find a free spot. ( usually crooked )

IMG_6331New  work in progressIMG_6330 sewing station / is shared with painting stationIMG_6333I  did  spend  about  20  minutes cleaning my metal shop today and then I  decided that was enough and went out to  breakfast with a friend.

I am  open to  suggestions on  how other artists stay organized ?

another note along with another quote.

Sometimes what we think is normal  is  far from normal for someone else. I am one of those people that likes to move the furniture around every few days,and in my perfect world  everything in  the house and in the yard would be on wheels so it would  be easily moved to a new location.

I thrive on trying new things , going new places , meeting new  people and  making  lots of  mistakes. I am often happiest when I am out on a limb!   16 x 20  Acrylic, Out on a Limb

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”
– Gilda Radner

About Gilda Radner

The endearingly goofy American comedian Gilda Radner was the first actor cast on “Saturday Night Live” and stayed with the show for six years, creating such beloved characters as Baba Wawa, Emily Litella, and Rosanne Rosannadanna. She was born in Detroit on June 28, 1946. After she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the late 1980’s, she wrote “It’s Always Something,” a book about her experiences. Her widower, Gene Wilder, founded the “Gilda’s Club” national support group after her death on May 20, 1989.

 

 

Today’s Quote and a short note

Today’s Quote and a short note

As I was cleaning up  the kitchen tonight I was  thinking about childhood memories, depression and wondering what a typical person  thinks about when they  remember  their  childhood?

 A memory came to mind, I was in 5th  grade excited that the campfire  girls meeting was going to be at my house. My mom  loved to bake and I was excited to see what type of  after school  snack she had dreamed up. On arriving home I found my mom , sitting in the corner  covered in  blood, crying,  wrists slit and  blood on the  walls as if she was painting with her own  blood. She had  smeared her blood all over the  living room wall. I  had my little sisters  and the campfire girls  go outside and  play while I cleaned the walls and sent for help. I had to have my  mom  admitted into  Puget  Sound Mental hospital and my great Grandmother  Mable  came to stay with us for a few weeks.

So many things I have  kept to myself over the years and  little  by little I  share  the things that have  molded me into the  person I am today.

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“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”– Marie Curie

About Marie Curie

Marie Curie, the pioneering Polish-born French chemist, was the first person to win Nobel Prizes in two different fields. She was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. No Polish school would admit a woman, so she worked as a governess, sending her sister through medical school in France. Her sister, in turn, sent her to the Sorbonne, where she met her husband, Pierre Curie. Together they studied radiology, discovering two new chemical elements and inventing the term “radioactivity.” She died on July 4, 1934.