Sinking Sun

Sinking Sun, varnished watercolor, 8x10"

Last week when I put out my newsletter, I asked a question about what the followers of my work and blog would like to read and know about. Many of you were kind enough to answer that question and I greatly appreciate the feedback.

The one thing that most of you would like to know is about is my pouring process. Others mentioned that they would like to know what inspired me to create and offer some painting tips.

I will try to do all of those and perhaps more if the mood strikes. I am not very good at expressing my thoughts in words. I do that better with paint. I am told that like painting, it does become easier with practice. Perhaps I should do some practicing then.

And yes, I did write a book. However, that had more to do with technique than personal reflection about my work and what inspires me.

In the meantime, I will let you know what is going on in the studio. I have completed a few pours I will not be showing just yet. These are pours where the process will become videos and courses. To be honest, with all the video editing, I am a little sick of looking at them.

I take a break from the video editing each day by heading into the studio to paint. Currently, I am working on some paintings for an exhibition at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center in Moses Lake, Washington. It is suppose to go up in a month but as of right now, that date is still in limbo. The center has been closed since the end of March and is still not open. I haven't heard if it will happen but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. And besides, it is good practice and painting is what I do.

The above painting is one that I did create for the exhibition. The skies and sunsets in that area are incredible and I just wanted to paint the one thing that really moved me while I was living there for the short time that I did.

It is a smaller piece than I usually paint. I am doing this for several reasons. For one, it is so satisfying to be done with something. I find that when I am working on larger pieces, they can become all consuming. I do nothing but think about that piece. My brain becomes so fixated on it, especially when I have a creative problem to solve. That problem will feel burdensome at times, like it is glaring at me, mocking me. I know it can be fixed but how? It is times like this that working on a small piece gets my brain to think about something else. It is also satisfying to be done with a project. Goal reached. Mission accomplished. And when I do finish a small painting, I can see and solve the problem with my bigger work.

Another reason why I do smaller works is for the practice. It's like doing a tune up or playing the scales on the piano. I do love to pour but when I am doing nothing but pours, I forget what it feels like to have a brush in my hand. The longer I go without a brush in my hand, the more I worry that I won't know how to use it when I do finally pick it up. I need that brush in my hand to help me keep conducting my orchestra of paint.

Finally, I am creating smaller, more affordable paintings for the exhibit. I know that several of my collectors and friends would love to own my work but with the uncertainty of our immediate future, it is difficult to spend large amounts of money. This way, I am able to continue to share my love of painting with more than just a select few.

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