A New Yeah!
Yes you read that right. It may be a new year, but let's just make that a new YEAH!
Have to stay on the positive side of things as life throws us way to much crap otherwise. I have so many things happening good and bad that if I actually made a list the bad would probably outweigh the good and who needs that!
Like to think I am more of a 'glass half full' than 'empty' kind of a person. I hope you find that too and enjoy all the positives in your life.
I happily finished my Best Buds painting and am almost finished my latest piece as well. I have even started drawing out another so I can keep on rolling with my paintbrush. Yeah!
I will post them as I go. The one that is almost finished, I may as well wait till its done as you may not be able to tell so much between the finishing touches, but I will. LOL!
Eagerly awaiting to hear if I am in or not for the Stampede Art Gallery. I would be ubber excited if I am, but I will take it just fine if I am not. It is time I start approaching galleries. I have to get over my fear of rejection and just ask. Yeah!
My Painting Friends are amazing and I am so Happy to be painting with them. Will ask if I can share their masterpieces with you in a future post. Yeah!
My hand is healing and I am so happy to be able to free it from the splint a little more often. This way I hopefully will not lose as much mobility and that which I did lose I will quickly regain. This will allow me to paint that much more! Yeah!
I broke my treadmill but the happy news is I am getting an even better one. LOL! Yes I do have to wait for it to arrive, but I am excited! Yeah!
Well those are a few Yeahs! And good ones at that. I do ask that you add my DH (Dear Husband) to your 'get well' lists as he is very ill and in a huge amount of pain at present.
Thanks my friends!
Looking forward to having you come to the May Art Show I am participating in.
Many, many talented artists will have their works for sale and be in attendance.
Mark your calendars!
Hugs my friends!
I am so very happy to have won a first prize ribbon at the Calgary Stampede 2012 for this oil painting of such a majestic beast.
Something about him speaks to many a soul, those who love western art and all things western; and others who can just appreciate the power of this magnificent beast.
Thank you to all my friends and fans. I wouldn't enjoy painting as much without you behind me, cheering me on.
Hugs and love,
As I have journeyed down my life's path, there have been many offshoots along the way. The choice is of course our own, and the outcome can be surprising and life changing.
One such life changing path that has influenced me greatly is WLS (wieght loss surgery); in conjuction with diet and exercise. I have lost over 75 lbs in the past year and have dropped 12 dress sizes.
This has given me so much more energy; confidence and increased health benefits that all areas of my life are improving. My insulin (type 1 Diabetic) has dropped over 60 % -- that is huge! My Doctor's are overjoyed to say the least.
This increase in energy has helped me with my art, in the sense that I now have more energy to paint; have more drive and focus; can and do arrange photo shoots; field trips; and the will to try new things.
Not only trying new things in art, but life in general.
Don't be afraid to tackle anything and everything.
Don't hide behind inexperience and excuses.
Life is waiting to be lived.
Art is demanding to be painted.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Finished my workshop Portrait Painting with the artist from Florence Italy.
Wow, I certainly had my ups and downs in this workshop. As you know from my previous
blog, I was definitly in a funk for part of it.
Reality Check! I have work to do to improve myself as an artist.
I needed to know that.
I need to take drawing lessons, my drawing is not up to snuff. I knew it though. But when you paint other things, it can be camoflaged. When you paint people however, it hides nothing and certainly doesn't look like the person your supposed to be painting.
My model liked my portrait as I have seemed to capture him (yes it was him) but I captured his youth. My Model was 71 years old, and although he didn't look his age, I made him much younger.
I was quite hard on myself during this painting session. And in hindsight, I didn't need to be so harsh. I wasn't as bad as I thought. Everyone there was an amazing artist, let me make myself clear on that. I think I fell somewhere in the middle, if I may say. Modesty be darned!
For a week's worth of painting, I think my portrait came along very nicely and guess what!
I LEARNED SOMETHING.....yes a few things sunk into this hard head of mine. So the course was a success!
I have to
thank the artist, Martinho Correia. He was wonderful. Check out his work at
He is an amazing artist and I look forward to seeing him again.
Hugs to you My Friends!
Thanks for all your encouragement. Without you I may have not persevered.
As those who know me, and those of you about to find out, I love to talk; meet people; learn from others; and most importantly I LOVE TO PAINT!