Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Favorite

       I don't think there is an artist alive that doesn't appreciate knowing that their work has touched someone's life. I suspect that no matter how much fame you achieve or how much monetary value is attached to your paintings, it is still the sheer joy of pleasing someone with your creation that is just the best feeling.  I have sold many pieces of art in my career, some from galleries, most over the internet. Some have been purchased at shows where I had the chance to meet the collectors in person and still ranks high on my list of favorite times. That moment when someone lays eyes on your work and their feeling of pleasure is almost palpable, it is like no other.  There is a painting in my own collection, one I completed a few years ago, that still touches my heart. "Grace of an Angel" is very large measuring 30 x 40. She hangs in my home now but on occasion I still get the same reaction from those who see her up close....there is something about that painting.  She is special even a little magical...

Quote of the Day:  "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  ~  Maya Angelou

Song of the Day:   "Last Time I Fell in Love" ~ Johnny Mathis & Jane Olivor

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day

                 In honor of Father's Day, I'm printing a favorite poem of mine but more importantly a favorite poem of my own father.

                "Desiderta" written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. 

Strive to be happy.

 Song of the Day (in honor of all those dads out there) :"My Hero" ~      Foo Fighters

Quote of the Day : "You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens".  ~  Mandy Hale

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Music and Good-bye Robert Genn

                For so many years I have looked forward to the thoughtful writings by Robert Genn. For those who don't know of Genn, he was a supremely talented artist who sent out a twice-weekly newsletter for  many years. I saved every newsletter in my "inspiration file" and this computer file became like an old dog-eared book that I would go back to often and re-read even though occasionally I didn't agree with an artistic opinion he expressed. But he always gave his readers food for thought and I loved that. Unfortunately he passed away on May 27th.  His daughter Sara will continue his newsletters. Thank you Sara. I'm not ready to let go yet and your taking over will be a nice transition. If you would like to sign on to receive these wonderful newsletters I am including the link:   Robert and Sara Genn    Sara will be resending some of her father's "best of" newsletters as well.
                Studio time is always on the top of my list for favorite moments. I've been working since sun-up today -  break time!   Unless I'm painting outdoors, I always have music on (thank you Spotify). One summer I spent three months working on Van Gogh reproductions, just to try and connect with his technique.  Every day I listened to Verdi, Chopin, Mendelssohn, operas La Traviata, and La Boheme. I don't know if Van Gogh enjoyed music but it helped me get into a different mindset.   
                There have been many articles on what music artists listen to while painting. Everything from country to classical to screamo and yes, I think the style of painting does seem to match the musical tastes. Although if you are a screamo fan and paint traditional American folk art, I would LOVE to hear from you. I'm a lyrics girl. James Taylor is tops this morning interspersed with Sara Bareilles' Brave , Train, John Mayer, and  Rufus Wainwright's Hallelujah. 
Back to work, Keep Calm and Paint On.

Quote of the Day:  "When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or saying that we are not yet ready."  ~  Paul Coelho
Song of the Day:   "Say" ~ John Mayer