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Algonquin - Summer Dreams

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 in Creativity

Happy to show you the latest landscape. It has collaged gemstones - tiger's eye and quartze. Not yet for sale.


Fluff Bums

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Creativity

I can be pretty goal oriented at times. Some might call it self motivated. Others might call it driven. It is what it is, and many of you know that right now and for the next few months I am to be focussing on my painting. My family and friends are wonderfully understanding and help me to find that fine thin line between being a happy hermit artist, and a happy hearted human who still has some vague idea of how to relate to other people that they love.  So, the art time is happening! Not meeting my goals everyday, but many days I do, and that's life. Aaaaaand... I've just come up with a completely different out of the box creative project I really want to work on! It's secret for now. But now I have to figure out how to chase this beguiling new fluff bum without losing too much time from my painting time. Should all dilemmas be so very pleasant. Wishing you all the best in chasing your ducks. (And thanks to Sue Fitzmaurice Author for the quote and image.)



Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Creativity

Wishing each one of you a warm and wonderful weekend. Hope you find some creative time! (Acrylic painting "Wind in the Hills", private collection.)


Art From The Heart

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Creativity

I am happy to have my painting "That's What Lets The Light In" accepted for the Art from the Heart show at Westland Gallery in Wortley Village. Hope you can come to the opening on Friday January 30th at 7:30 pm. There will be a lot of wonderful art from local artists.

Art Show details

Make a What?

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 in Creativity

Painting detailAs I work to grow my art, I am pondering what techniques really push the creativity button for me. One tip can be summarized in three small words: make a mess. Starting with a lot of mixed up or messy colour and then working with it gives me results that frequently turn out better than carefully planned painting. Especially when working with acrylic or oil, I can just keep layering to bring a mess into some sort of shape and form that is exciting and pleasing to the eye. Actually, now I'm thinking about it, I also like approaching watercolour this way, and if need be I can switch to layering with fluid acrylics later. It takes a bit of courage to do this, plus a certain amount of willingness to accept that the painting can look awful for quite awhile - you just keep layering until it works. Today's creativity tip for you: make a mess!

Favourite Colour

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Creativity

Spirit of the WindI've been thinking about the concept of favourite colour. Certainly there have been periods when I reach for the same tube frequently. Blue was a favourite when I was first painting. Now a days it's more about certain colour combinations rather than individual colours. Several paintings with a blue/yellow ochre combo happened in the last year. I'm excited to be concentrating on combinations, and am about to start a painting based on phthalo blue and orange mixes. That yellow ochre will likely be in there too. What about you? Any favourite combos these days? No fries with mine.

Going To My Room

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Quotable

Go to your room - and paint!  :)

Painting by Cheryl O

I'm In It

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 in Creativity

Today's quote thanks to ArtProMotivate.


A Celebration of Spheres

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Art Links

Watch this oil painting develop in just over 1 minute.

Matter with Memory

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Art Links

Here is a video to stretch you mind. Always a good creative thing to do.

"Fellows in the Field: Skylar Tibbits - from TED talks" 

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