How I paint a puppy – Letting go of fear

“Fear is always triggered by creativity because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome and fear hates uncertain outcome.  This is nothing to be ashamed of.  It is, however, something to be dealt with.”  ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic.  This first progress report is about that stage where the outcome is uncertain and […]

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Schapendoes or Dutch Sheep Dog – commission painting

I have been a dog owner (two white fur balls are my companions at the present) for the last 25 years, and would like to think that I am familiar with most breeds, or at least, have heard of them.  I was stumped when I saw the photo of this little cutie. Research revealed that […]

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It’s all about the background – Progress report 2

“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. ” ~ Gail Sheehy, American author and journalist. There are so few certainties when I start each painting. Uncertainties are many as I continue to work on a large canvas featuring my granddaughter as ballerina and using this grainy photograph as my inspiration. The flowers I […]

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A big blank canvas is always daunting

“Unless you put yourself on the line and give it your best shot, you’ll never know what you could achieve.” ~ Paula Radcliffe, marathon world record holder from Great Britain. There are no guarantees in art. Each stroke of paint, each mark might result in disaster of colour or proportion or conversely, it could improve […]

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Snowdrifts and sea spray are not so different, right?

SPOONDRIFT – (n), a showery sprinkling of sea-water or fine spray swept from the tops of the waves. (Origin: Old English). Snowdrifts I know very well, and there have been many of those around our driveway in the last month or so. Snowdrift, (n). a deep bank of fine, powdery snow (much like that sea […]

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Wicked Odile the impostor, and her evil plan

“Not all fairy tales have a happy ending.” ~ my hubby quoting someone else I am sure. He will most certainly be surprised when he sees I have quoted him! (evil laughter). I searched to find the origins of this quotation but so many people have used it in one way or another that I […]

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