So it ends,
I am so glad I committed to this challenge.
I learned I do have the discipline to focus on my art.
I learned I love bravo brushstokes, but I also love melting edges.
I remembered how happy I can be in front of an easel,
and how multi colored fingernails are not necessarily a fashion statement.
So I found faith in myself, my art
and the dear people who have followed my journey.
Thank you so much all
Even if I you didn't comment, I knew you were there.
You have no idea how wonderful
that knowing is.
I think this is a companion piece to yesterday's painting.
They look wonderful together.
I love the soft melty edges contrasted to the harder edges.
Doing a reverse countdown now.
Two more "Wings" and the challenge is met.
One thing I have noticed is how things have evolved
during the course of the challenge.
I wanted to emphasize brush strokes.
Now I'm melting them together.
I still LOVE the textured surface I create to work on.
About every third or so painting,
I create a new "favorite".
This is my new favorite.
I love the transparency contrasted to the textured surface.
Isn't she graceful?
I forgot my paints.
I have to be honest. I packed up my palette and easel,
brushes and prepared canvas.
Got to the gallery and......
How stunning brilliant.
I pouted for awhile,
buried myself in a brain twinkie of a novel on my kindle.
Then remembered I had also packed my handy stabilo pencil.
That's a pencil that makes a deep greasy black that you can
smear with your finger or wash with a brush.
Paint in a pencil.
It dries permanent.
How stunningly brilliant.
Almost finished with this amazing journey
in paint and imagery.
My studio feels like a sanctuario,
a New Mexican Sacred Space filled with blessed imagery.
This one is definitely related to a book I am reading
with a Jungian theme.
REal Life kicked in!
Yesterday my oil painting classes began and
I painted this oil painting as a sample.
After working in acrylics and mixed media for almost a month,
can I tell you how luscious my oils felt?
I was just so happy with the richness of the color
and the yummy brushstrokes.
No wings today except on my brushes.......
Imagine...Winging at such a speed,
quantum physics kicks in
and you just disappear!
Escape Velocity from everything.
Could be a good thing.
What IS the next level?
Curiosity would always encourage me to fly on,
to the next level,
just to see what's there.
In the midst of all this terrorist attacks
especially ones that come to my own hometown,
I have to have hope.
This painting began with a very large brush
and very dark paint.
Then it got lighter
and that tiny angel wanted to be there,
with all those rising lights.
Kathleen Barnes, Paintdiva
Art is my passport to a limitless journey. When I am not exploring my materials on a technical level, there is visual exploration before me. When that seems a bit thin, there is a deep calling from the realm of my imagination. Sometimes all three come together in a perfect storm. That storm, that combination of the real, the imagined and the very paint and canvas is what calls me daily, and I answer as much as I can.....