Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Schriener's Iris Garden

16" x 12"
Oil on Hardboard

I painted this one lovely day in Salem, Oregon, while on a paint out with the Portland Plein Air Painters. Seems to be a favorite with several of my friends. I hope to be showing it this September 10th through December 5th with the PPAP group in our annual show. This year the location of the show will be the Kingstad Gallery in Beaverton. "Expressions of Nature/Expressions of Self" 15450 SW Millikan Way. We each get to submit 10 of our paintings. I'll have more information soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Cleaning out the studio

Maeona Urban shares this:Urban

It has been an unusually long wet cold winter here in Oregon and I had no need to run my fan or air conditioner in the studio so when I started up the fan I suddenly had dust bunnies adhering to my wet oil painting. I rapidly switched it off and looked around me. I decided no painting today until I get this place cleaned out. I didn't intend to do such a thorough job but one thing led to another and I soon found myself putting it all out into the yard as if I were moving. It was great! Not only did I get my studio all clean, I found there were many "useful props" that I had never used, magazines I intended to try things from and hadn't, paintings I had intended to "fix" but couldn't face, etc. I got rid of everything that wasn't current I returned things to places where I was programmed to having my tools and rearranged some of the furnishings for a fresh view of my space. The entire experience was very cleansing and inspiring. I recommend it for everyone. Instead of the old projects lingering over me I can now start new ones without the guilty conscience of not doing what was incomplete in the past.

Thank you for all your help. I just thought this might be a good idea for other artist trapped in the past.

Great suggestion, Maeona! And for those who need extra support, the Get Organized online class begins Wednesday. Join us and get organized in 30 days.

Image (c) Maeona Urban, A Little Light on History