Letting Go

Letting Go

Once I read some advice that has always stuck with me and that is “Let go of the good so you can say yes to the best.”

So simple, right? But harder to do in real life.

I have always struggled with too many ideas and rabbit trails. When I first started painting I tried everything - watercolor, mixed media, encaustic, jewelry making, wooden things, acrylic, pastel, etc. I’m tired just thinking of it all. And you know each of these media had special tools and supplies, so imagine the “stuff” I amassed. Sheesh. My poor little art room was over run!

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Random Thoughts of Late

Random Thoughts of Late

My brain. It goes where it wants at times, dwelling where I wish it wouldn’t and flitting past other places much too soon, sometimes without a trace of ever having visited. Ugh. Perhaps you can relate.

My memory might not be as good as it once was, but I still have thoughts and ideas. Here are some of late.

Paint and toxicity

I have used safflower oil as a medium for several years because of its non-toxicity. Recently I have been experimenting with Liquin as it was recommended as a good medium to use with transparent paint for glazing purposes. I’ll have to admit, I do like it quite a bit more than safflower oil because it’s silky smooth and makes my paint spread like butter. But. (Always something, eh?) I don’t like the smell. At. All. Which leads me to something else I have been thinking about. Air filters.

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You're Invited - Yappy Hour, WAOW Boulder, and BlueHills at Round Top, TX

You're Invited - Yappy Hour, WAOW Boulder, and BlueHills at Round Top, TX

We’re about ready to turn the calendar page and I’m excited for the goings on in my little art world in the month of September.

Yappy Hour

First up is Yappy Hour from 5-8pm on September 7, 2019 at the Riverside Country Club in Grand Island. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Central Nebraska Humane Society. Photographer husband Gary and I will show side by side. Should be a fun event!

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Imagination and Creativity

Imagination and Creativity

Imagination and Creativity

by Beth Cole

These long days of summer give so much opportunity. Road trips. Sunsets on the deck. Gathering and laughing. More painting time, brushes up and ready as the sun rises.

Happily, my recent days have been filled with all of these lovely things. As I was road tripping to see my sister a few weeks ago, I listened to a wonderful podcast interview with Charlie Peacock (writer, musician, producer). He spoke about imagination and creativity - how imagination leads to making something better than good, how it is the runway to making something great.

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Painting Lies We Tell Ourselves

Painting Lies We Tell Ourselves

My husband and I did a long road trip last week and we always like listening to podcasts as we drive. One we really enjoyed was “Photography Lies You Tell Yourself” on the Picture This! Photography Podcast by Tony and Chelsea Northrup.

It made me wonder how it applies to the painting world, are there lies we tell ourselves as artists? Hmmmmm. What do you think?

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The Best Art Workshops [How Do We Decide]

The Best Art Workshops [How Do We Decide]

So who else likes attending face-to-face art workshops, raise your hand. Oh good, glad I’m not alone.

Real time art workshops are my favorite. I love being in the same room with the instructor, watching yummy demos, making new friends, and trying out new techniques in paint. I love workshops so much I could go to one every month. But a couple of not so smallish things stop me….can you say moolah….and, you guessed it, time.

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Problem Solving As You Paint

Problem Solving As You Paint

Let’s imagine you are working on a new painting you are very excited about. You’ve done everything you can to prepare – i.e. editing your photo reference, doing a value thumbnail, maybe even a color study to choose your color palette. You have blocked everything in. You stand back to take a look, and……blah….yuck…..nothing. It is just not working! It is not what you imagined. You don’t even like it. Now what?

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Critiquing Your Art Work

Critiquing Your Art Work

So far this year I have set a record for myself – the most wipers ever! By wipers I mean just what the phrase implies – wiping the paint off the canvas so as to start over. Ahhhhhh. Such a good feeling.

I went through all the steps for the wipers – i.e. value thumbnail, sketch on the canvas, and value under painting. But when the color was on and I stood back, the painting just did not work. Gah. I’m not sure what happened! I could have messed up the values when I added color, totally possible, but I just did not like the painting. So. Off came the paint.

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Fresh Off The Easel

Fresh Off The Easel

I wanted to share with you some of this month’s efforts. And when I say “effort,” I mean this with all sincerity! I have wiped off at least three, ha!

This painting, “Fallow,” is one of my favorites. The sky is what drew me to the scene, but the suggestion of the farm is dear to my heart. Having been raised on a farm, I have such good memories of those growing up years.

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Master Paintings Are Great Teachers

Master Paintings Are Great Teachers

I like to take at least one great workshop every year and I have been considering several for next year but haven’t decided anything for sure. While I wait, my learning continues in my studio with the selection of several master paintings I want to study. You can read more about the ones I have chosen in this blog post.

I kicked off this series with Isaac Levitan’s “Sunny Day.” I started with this one because I think (I’m not sure though) it might be the hardest one. Why I do that, I do not know! Gah. I think it’s because my dad taught me to do the hard things first, and it is a lesson that has helped me so much in life. Thanks, Dad!

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