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Friday, May 27, 2011

Too Much

I have so many things going on right now that I can't even be still in my chair. 
Wiggle wiggle wiggle. 
Do you do that? 
I will first list them.  
Then maybe I can calm down and actually tell you a little more about them. 

  1. I'm ready to take orders for The Lesson on DVD. (See DVD Shop tab above)
  2. I have listed my first Mini ECourse.  (It is the Face painting videos of the Tree Castle Apron class.
  3. Well, there is this project (above)
  4. I have added a video classroom for students who took Of Towers and Turrets.  You should have received a message from the group.  If you did not, please go to your classroom for the info.
  5. And the painting I'm still working on.  But that's at home. 

Now, I must tend to this desk and do some Friday chores.
So happy about a three day weekend.
Breathe........... 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Good Morning Hey Hello My Friend,
I thought you were daring me yesterday and so I went ahead and told about the snake.  It was  all true and I can't seem to stop thinking about it.  Today I just wanted to show the salad spinner.  I think I have a new routine of harvesting the lettuce each morning after I have been Walking In Beauty.  


You know that is what the snake was all about.  Don't you? "With beauty before me I walk.....With beauty around me I walk."  For me, my path is so spiritual and I'm realizing that is the tug that takes me out there each morning.  It is good.

Last night while watching A Idol, I sat with my huge Klimt book.  You know the one.  Guess what?  Remember I told you  that I needed to do what ever it is I do when the flood of inspiration hits me.  Well sitting with this book drinking it in is one of those things I do.  It is just like when I'm in the "zone" with a painting or doing something else creative.  It's like there is a part of my brain that continues to swirl in a magic state of something and has lots of cracks that lets little things drip in and then commingle with other things and then I feel it in the pit of my stomach and my heart and soul. I am going to take your advise and write down these floods of inspiration because as strong as the inspiration is, I lose the passion and forget the inspiration if I'm unable to act on it immediately.

I hope to show you my painting soon. I am slowly making progress.  The whole reason I was looking at the Klimt book was to study the closed eye.  Many of Klimt's ladies were painted with closed eyes.  I haven't done much of that and I especially was looking for one in profile.  But as I said, I was drinking it in and I never got to that page.
More later,
xo


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Progress and Big is In

I have made some progress,  
not done yet but progress.
But first,
I have another letter to write.



Dear snake in my garden, 
Thank you for showing up yesterday. 
Your color and the pattern you carried on your back was beautiful and I held the vision of that close to my heart all day long. Thank you for giving me a little fright as you snaked across my trail and off into the beautiful green native grasses. It is so good that you were there to keep me on my toes, so to speak.  I wonder, did I scare you? Or maybe you were totally unaware of me.  I didn't see you this morning.  Did you see me?  I know my path is large enough for the both of us. So..... 

I'll be watching for you,
sssssss

So, Have you gone BIG yet.  Everybody is doing it.  Michaels had a sale on canvases and I'm going BIG too.   I bought a small stock of BIG.  But look at that crazy zebra-ish pattern that my blinds reflected onto the cello wrapping.  That's just plain inspirational to me. How about you? 
xo
♥Sharon 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good Morning Friends

Hello,
I'm backing up here because when I looked for the email with the address you wanted, I found this email from you.  I still haven't managed the mail art to send her but I will. 


I swear, I remember getting this email; however, I don't remember a reply.  The reply that I don't remember is to the painting that you shared here.  Oh my, I don't know what to say about it. It is so "out there" like I guess "outsider" art.  Don't you think?  I really like it and it makes me want to get loose and do something like that.  But I don't know where to start.  Maybe in a dark closet without that other me.  One thing I can say is your being at home and with all the time in the world does make a difference in your art.  I just feel so pent up and tight and controlled and this morning I saw a huge snake on my walking path.  I'm sure it was harmless but it is scary.

I went out a little early this morning because I felt like I had so much on my mind to think about. I was anxious to get started.  The walk went by so quickly while I was hashing out stuff that I don't even remember now.  At the end of the walk, I stopped in the garden again and picked several heads of lettuce.  While I was cooling down from my walk, I washed it in my salad spinner.  Do you have one of those?  I'm not sure if that is what it is called but it is the best invention since sliced bread.....as they say.  Then, I made my lunch salad. It is huge.  Big enough for two and I wish you could join me.

I did have time after all that to paint a little bit on my latest.  I worked on her hand and did get some color on her face.  I'm always changing up how I paint a face and this one is on the bare canvas.  I really prefer painting faces on paper like paper collage on the canvas.   I also like to paint the face over a prepared background but on this one I did my sketch on one of my new canvases and so I just went with it.  

The morning is getting by me and I need to tend to this desk a bit.
xo
♥Sharon

Monday, May 23, 2011

Evidence that I did in fact start.

Five other things I did:
♦Spent about 4+ hours on the lawn tractor.
♦Watched movies.
♦Cooked new potatoes from the garden.
♦Worked on a Mini ECourse.
♦Went to the health fair and had my cholesterol checked.
♦Ate pudding. Chocolate. Sugar free. & Coolwhip. 


Friday, May 20, 2011

The Lesson on DVD





Hey all,
It's me watching me on my big TV and excited about it.  I feel like I have conquered one of the tallest mountains around.  And I'm almost to the top.

I have some pretty lousy excuses for not showing up around here.  But some good ones too.   I won't even go over the lousy ones except to say I have been doing a little brooding which doesn't accomplish much at all.

The good excuse is that I have been working on this DVD project.  The DVD is Pansies In My Garden Morning Faces.  The Lesson is painting the face and hair of the painting.

While I was painting this I videoed just the face and hair painting hoping that I would be able to offer a DVD.  I'm really really close.  I have a few more details to work out but I will be offering this DVD soon.

I'm heading into a busy Artful and Art filed weekend.  Hope you are too.
♥ Sharon

Monday, May 09, 2011

Mother's Day Collage

This very cool Mother's day collage is from my sweet grand daughter Ashley.
and looks great on my fridge....don't you think
My day was great.
Hope yours was too. 
♥ Sharon

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Heart Memory

In case you have forgotten, I started this 8 x 10 canvas last September.  I showed here.   This was the painting that I discovered I cannot start painting the face when I only have minutes ahead and know that I will have to leave it be until the next session.  After that great insight, I left it right there at my right elbow eight months.  I must say I went through various stages of dislike.  To tell you the truth, I really thought it was hopeless.  And then for some reason this past week I picked it up with a determination that I had to take it all the way through the  ugly, hopeless stage.  For eight months that little ugly shoulder demon had been sitting there scaring me into thinking that maybe I couldn't when actually, it just wasn't time yet.  I don't know how it would have ended last September.  I do know that it would not have looked like this.

And now, what's next?
♥ Sharon

Monday, May 02, 2011

Dirty Trick

I'm sorry.  That was a dirty trick sharing "with purpose" the dark beginning of  In My Pansy Garden.  In my mind, the darkness was  a metaphor for me being so deep inside myself.  Just as the painting is now a metaphor for me  finding my way out.   I will leave it at that as I have often expressed, I'm frequently at a loss for words after painting.
♥ Sharon