Monday, December 30, 2013

how i paint...

my thumb is a bit sore, my bowing thumb.  the one i use to push against the strings of the bow to apply extra pressure,  that i learned from eamon coyne. a trick. a tricky trick by a master fiddler.

then, while hand scraping red potatoes for a rosemary lamb bake on christmas, a piece of spud got up under my nail.  its still red. under the

i Was planning to go to the Port Tavern session tonight.  after Len's birthday party.  and then

little signposts...saying...slow down?  your thumb still hurts ya know.

and you have those 2 paintings to finish.

and this time of year folks are clearing out their energy blankets around them from the Jollidays.

Its ok, Tob - if you wanna stay in tonight. (and the air seems to soften around me and the added pressure deflates like a giant 'should' balloon).

My body gives me little signs all the time on what is best for the All of us.  Even tho I am aware the list above does sound like excuses.  Still, I know whats right for me.

I have a different kind of painting going up in studio right now.  the deer has two sets of eyes.  the first set appeared as bug out eyes, matching the wood grain (how I started the painting to begin with, I couldn't keep my eyes off the 2 circles of woodgrain that were screaming out 'E Y E S!').  So i did them.

And it being the day after Christmas, all the wild energy of cooking, shopping wrapping, unwrapping, breathing, eating, drinking wine, being super excited....well  i think the painting says a lot about it -
"WoW, that was SOME  Christmas!".

Last night while on the phone with my Father and Mother in Pennsylvania I began to pencil in eyes that look rather like a deer mouse.  Two prints spoke up about being glued into the painting:  One the puffer fish UFO ship I have had tacked up in the studio for over a year, and the other, the FIRST and brand new print from my new refurbished Epson 1420 called SING.  

I had wondered whether this was going to be a quick all acrylic painting and now I see it is not.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

reasons for art. i love this. a quote from Hoffberger

Hoffberger has said that “a good museum does more than just have objects that stand there on pedestals. The great ones are all muse-based, connecting viewers to the heart of inspiration.”[9] AVAM's educational goals[10] are another example of the museum's unorthodoxy. They are:
  • Expand the definition of a worthwhile life
  • Engender respect for and delight in the gift of others
  • Increase awareness of the wide variety of choices available in life for all ... particularly students
  • Encourage each individual to build upon his or her own special knowledge and inner strengths
  • Promote the use of innate intelligence, intuition, self-exploration and creative self-reliance
  • Confirm the great hunger for finding out just what each of us can do best, in our own voice, at any age.
  • Empower the individual to choose to do that something really, really well.
These same goals were adopted by The Lower East Side Girls Club when it was founded in 1996.[11]

Friday, December 13, 2013

the new Future POW multimedia event

   What does my art tell us about strong, healthy Painting?

NEW.  Dramatically different.

What art needs is the ability to hold frequency.

Like frequency of the Future....NOW.  

bringing in energy in the form of new ideas from a corridor straight out in front of you and intending it back towards Here.  

Talking Paintings - stories that unfold when a person takes the time to connect

CLick on it to Enlarge

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

are Collectors like Collage Artists?

Is a collector like a collage artist?  instead of working things out on paper, panel or canvas, do some collectors collage their homes with other art?  I am wondering.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The White Horse

I spent over five years working on this piece.  It is an oil.  It is at Chameleon Gallery in Newburyport right now.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thinking about why I paint and how it might matter to You

Nature in the form of animals, land, atoms, even virtues like grace are who I call to me with my hand and my heart and mind to move like the wind between the spaces of atoms and smaller bits in the painting.  These are the things that come together to create manifest conglomerates, substance, food, a house, a new pair of shoes.  We send out and in the thought and the energy of atoms begin to aggregate around the thought...and soon enough sometimes longer....the thing appears.

Now how it appears is what is fun.  Often it comes in a way not planned nor expected.  Sometimes it just plain drops in front of you.  Like my new set of snow tires.  Ok, the wish was sent out over 2 years ago for the tires....there really is no way yet I have been able to do the Math.  The simple reply for all of this is,  Thank You.

Why then would a painting have anything to do with manifest reality?   Because the way it was created was through the exact same intention of working fairly large at times, calling in the goodness of creation, participating in the dance, and letting a story unfold.

For a person to appreciate any one of my paintings would mean they had an inclination to do the same in their own life.  To connect and cull from Nature, to live in appreciation and gratitude of everything, to manifest dreams and desires.  to Love, to be free.

So you and me, are very much alike  - that is, in that you can see and appreciate my marks on paper and panel.

Monday, December 2, 2013

making turkey soup whilst 20 wild turkeys eat the remains of my sunflowers and pumpkins out the window

i was singing 'follow the heron home' quite loudly as i thought no one was here but the dogs and my kitchen birds when to my surprise i glanced out the window towards the land and what to my eyes did appear but 20 wild turkeys quite near!!


last year only 17 came on Oct one.

i am cooking the last of my thanksgiving turkey in the pot this very moment.

20 turkeys for 20 paintings hanging up in my show for dec. at the plum island coffee roasters.

today i have a half off sale on 4 featured paintings in my etsy shop annual CYBER monday sale.

Shine have Courage Dream and Believe in Yourself, Ask elementals to join with you and aid in your dreams coming true.