Friday, 30 August 2013

A New Adventure

"Calendulas in Blue Vase" - 8" x 10" - Oil on Canvas

I have contemplated blogging for a few years now but was always concerned that I wouldn't be able to find enough to say.  Image that!  Then other things came into my life and time became a factor.  Last year circumstances made me take a serious look at my priorities and after much soul-searching I decided that it was important for me to take the time to do the things that are important to me.  That is to spend quality time with my family and friends, take care of my health and focus on my passion of making art!

Now, I am about to start an new adventure.  My friend, Marcela Strasdas, told me about the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge on Leslie Saeta's blog and I decided to join her.  

This whole adventure really began a few months ago when a group of us took a three day workshop at the Coast Collective Art Centre with Liz Wiltzen.  It was all about small loose paintings.   The focus was about really looking at what you are painting and putting down what you see without overworking the painting.  It was also about colour, temperature, shapes and knowing when to QUIT!  It was a very inspiring workshop and when it was over, a small group of us continued on with the  "Painting a Day" premise.  While we have not all done a painting each and everyday, we certainly have painted much more than we did before the workshop.  Seeing posts by the other artists in the group just makes me want to "go to my room" and pick up the brush. If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop with Liz Wiltzen I would highly recommend that you go for it!  She is an amazing instructor who is very generous with her wealth of knowledge. 

But, back to the adventure at hand. . . . .  as of the first of September I am planning on producing 30 small paintings in 30 days.  I hope you'll join my on my journey.