Starting Here

solitary room 

“You Reading This, Be Ready”

“Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life.

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?”

– William Stafford

I took this image a few years ago.

Its a ‘space’ I created with foam core, tape and dollhouse furniture.

If I let my mind wander a bit, I can almost imagine its a room in the Olson House in Cushing, Maine.

Atomic Ranch

midcentury

Still playing around with acrylic paints and mediums.

I’ve mostly been painting on paper (printmaking) and a paper for acrylics that I found – not sure which I prefer yet.  I found the acrylic paper in square format – which I like – but it has a definite canvas texture (which isn’t bad) but I’m thinking I prefer the smooth surface of the printmaking paper so far.  I’m still using both for now though.

Also, today, I started a painting on a cradled panel (that’s been primed for acrylics).  The super smooth surface accepts the paint readily and its especially nice if you like to use a brayer to apply paint.  I’ve been having issues applying paint to paper using the brayer – so this was a nice change.  The painting is still ‘in process’ but maybe I’ll have something to show soon.

I completed a few others (on paper) over the weekend…’Atomic Ranch’, above, is one of those.

“I’d like my crayons back, please.”

skycastle

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”

–Hugh MacLeod

While waiting for the encaustic medium to ‘melt’ I got distracted by the tubes and bottles of acrylic paints nearby.  Three hours later…

and…Something New

my pressMy new etching press!

Adventures in printmaking!

You’re getting in on the very beginning of this journey – this is all very new to me – and I’m not quite sure where to begin!

And the countryside…

CountryScape

I used the credit card as the painting tool on this print also.

When I get inspired, I work really fast.  I’m not sure why – maybe I’m afraid the inspiration will leave as suddenly as it arrived.

Anyway, this was a very spontaneous process – and a lot of fun too.

I highly recommend it!

I painted the town with my credit card

CityScape

Literally.

How to Paint the Town

1.  Apply encaustic paint to HotBox.

2. Grab a credit card.

3. Go crazy.

Credit cards make great paint spreaders!

I call this print, “CityScape”

Coming Alive

“Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

This is my first attempt at painting in the Flora Bowley style…

not done with it yet.  12×12 on canvas.