|Bouquet in Ribbed Vase|
At the beginning of the summer I set a few artistic goals: paint more
frequently; publish a couple blog posts; enter some art exhibits.
Check, check, and check. Other activities included: welcome a new
grandchild; entertain visiting family members; develop stronger
connections with friends; grow, cook and eat good food; have parties,
swim, camp, and spend time in nature. What a GREAT summer! And I'm so
grateful to have sold several paintings--icing on the cake. The summer's
grand finale was a camping trip to Flagstaff in September for Pickin' in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival
followed by a visit to the Four Corners area. While camping at the bluegrass fest I even sold four paintings right off my easel!
Catching up on emails upon my return home I was
really happy to read a blog post from Bill Cone about his recent Sierra backpacking and painting trip
and hope-hope-hope I can join him next year. He captured scenes similar
to the ones viewed on my trip to Four Corners. Just love his style and
know I can learn a lot from him. Pastelist Loriann Signori, another one of my "virtual mentors",
has been blogging for five years and says her best piece of advice for
artists is to paint outside every day. "Don't wait for that silly thing
called inspiration. She rarely comes knocking. When you ALWAYS create
she WILL find you. Time and time again." Okay. Got it. Intention launched!