Studio dream (nightmare)

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  I had my first studio nightmare. Panic-inducing dreams usually come in the form of being the student who forgot to go to class or a teacher who neglected to write the final exam. Other variations include the actress who didn’t … Continued

Changes

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“The whole must be greater than the sum of the parts”  -Herman Keys What do you do when you’re attached to a painting in progress, but know it’s got problems? Like having a bad friend or troubled child, you might … Continued

Making a Racket

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The studio is getting noisy. Paintings lay on the floor, lean against walls, chattering to each other. And to me. Today’s chosen one, propped up on the bamboo chair/easel, holds court in the designated place of honor. Sketches, tacked up with painter’s tape … Continued

Brushstroke

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It may take hours, sometimes days. But eventually, it kicks in. The painting is wet, alive. Perfume of linseed oil and pigment waft up from the palette where mature, complex colors await my bidding. The body warm, the dance underway, … Continued

Permission

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Without knowing the outcome, the painting begins. A general idea is helpful. In this case, I work from a drawing, an image too tall for a single piece of paper, so I used two. Greenery spirals upward amidst blocks of orange, … Continued