So I’ve decided to just go with my instinct and celebrate how much I love making tiny paintings. They’re so sweet! And colourful! And fun! I feel called small – called to the humble, beautiful, gentle things. These are the simple, significant, lovely parts of our lives. I want to paint those things – our food; our little objects, idols and … [Read more...] about Tiny Gem Tuesday! A sweet little pepper
What are you up to on this lovely Thursday afternoon? Want to come hang out? I’ll be re-starting “Watching Paint Dry” my livestreaming-from-the-studio painting show this afternoon! I’ll be sharing my processes, explaining my steps and you’ll be able to ask questions via email, chat and Twitter which I’ll answer as I paint. It starts at 1pm … [Read more...] about Hang out with me while I paint live
Over 18 months ago, I took 6 paintings in to my gallerist. She sent 4 of them back with them, declaring them unfit to be seen, and most definitely unfit to be sold. I was devastated. I was proud of the work, and couldn't understand why she'd been so upset. She'd hated them. In a way, I'm grateful - it spurred me on to bigger and better … [Read more...] about The one that I saved.
Today while painting, Jesse got out the camera and shot some photos of me working. I thought I'd share them with you! The place where the magic happens! (My cozy little creative cave.) Paint, brushes, a glass of water. I'm ready to go. Apparently, I'm thinking really hard. Thinking even harder now... Grooving … [Read more...] about A day in the life…
I've restarted this post about a billion times. How do you re-introduce yourself to the world? How do you explain to people how much your life has changed while you were away? I feel rusty and slightly awkward, with so many things to say and not quite the right words to say them. None of the words seem big enough, drastic enough to tell you all … [Read more...] about I’m baaaack!
So it's been an embarrassingly long time since I've written here. I got caught up in preparations to move to France and then once I got here...well, it's France. I suppose you could say I started functioning on French time. ;) But I did want to give you a quick taste of the latest painting I made here at Studio Escalier. I think that 2 months … [Read more...] about Hello from France!
I finally heard from Studio Escalier! I got into the autumn program! It's official - almost 6 whole months in France. :) I feel like this highly politically incorrect and cliched picture accurately describes how I feel (and also, what I'm going to eat.) I'm actually just really relieved. I was far more nervous this time around; I think I … [Read more...] about Woohooooo!
I woke up this morning, and immediately started talking myself down. I knew I was finding out on Wednesday whether the studio program in France had accepted me or not. I wanted to feel good either way. I spent a whole hour telling myself that it wasn't the end of the world if I didn't get in, I could apply again and I'd come up with other … [Read more...] about France, here I come baby!
Today's hug is a hug for me. I did it! I finished my application to the school in France! And a day before my own personal deadline! Look at me go! I'm still a little shocked to be honest. I can't believe I finished it. Even more shockingly, I was quite pleased with it. I managed to shut up my own internal critic long en0ugh to actually be … [Read more...] about The Sunday Hug: Hey look, I accomplished stuff!
So when I decided to apply to the program in France, I decided to complete 6 mind-blowingly awesome paintings to send with my scholarship application. I thought, I'm going to apply all of the knowledge I've ever learned into these 6 pieces, and they are going to be amazing and then they'll just have to let me in. There are just a few flaws with … [Read more...] about I am a very little fish.
This is going to be the world's fastest post, before I head back to the studio. I'm really happy with the progress that I'm making, so I thought I'd pop in here and share some of the evolution of my latest pieces. The one above is so close to being done - it's really just face, hand & feet left to do. I'm still really excited by the new style. … [Read more...] about Some beauty for your Thursday afternoon…
25 days until I send my application to Studio Escalier in France. 25 days to finish 6 I-tried-my-very-bestest paintings. I think it has just sunk in that, maybe, on May 15th 2011, I'll be getting on a plane and heading to France to paint for 3 months straight, 6 hours a day. Whoa. Whooaaaaa. I think I just blew my own mind. Edit - … [Read more...] about 25 Days.
Let me tell you a story about a very naive, young artist... Once upon a time, my art felt incredibly meaningful. I felt like I was going to change the world, to connect with people, to help people. I was watching how my art healed me and I knew, with a fierce pride, that my art could heal others. I believed in it. The first few months of my … [Read more...] about Meaning, love notes & ornery assholes