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Two Hundred Seventy Three

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Day 1 created on September 8th

This image may not be complete but I wanted to share it now. I really enjoy sections but the upper left corner and the right semi circle section feel incomplete. Lets see what tonight brings I haven’t decided which piece I want to work on. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Day 2 – revisited on September 9th

The left portion of the painting was really bothering me hence the addition of a new layer. I love the effect it has on the area but I wish I had gone darker. I feel that this idea could work really well with the trickling in of light. There is always a next time! Enjoy

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Two Hundred Seventy-Two!

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This was an image I finished last night. My heads been crazy recently so I decided to dive into a piece and not stop until I felt it was done. I started Friday night with a basic wash on the paper. I had been cleaning my cubicle at work and saw my notes page and thought it was actually very inspiring. It was lists and doodles which I then worked over with white out and highlighted or scratched out the remaining items on the page. I know it was never meant to be anything but it really flipped a switch in my head. It was like documentation but then the need to hide the information. On Friday night I worked on this image for ages just working off the last line I laid down. In the morning I continued going back in with Gesso to hide some items I felt did not work. By Sunday night I was done. I couldn’t see anywhere I needed to work on. I’ve already moved onto the second piece….. Enjoy and see you next time.

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Two Hundred Twenty-Seven

Since I am somewhat bogged down in the apartment today, trying to kick this obnoxious head cold I was left with little to do. I finished the first season of Orange is the New Black last night so with no TV show to turn to the next best relaxing option was to paint. Granted imagery was not popping into my brain the way I would have liked it, I drew from my past obsessions, rocks, caves and a good bit of shading of course. Now the colors are once again looking a little too rainbow-ish for me, but I’m working on that! Enjoy and see you next time!

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Two Hundred Twenty-Five

Another day, another portion of this image completed. I feel like I can’t finish this piece but I feel pretty confident about the direction its going. I want to work on the depth of the image as it all feels very close to the surface, only a few inches deep really. It is interesting how a completely imaginative environment can take on so much more then that once you’ve worked on developing it so endlessly. Enjoy and see you next time.

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Two Hundred Twenty-One!

Yesterday, after running around all morning I finally had a chance to sit down and relax. By relaxing I do mean working on a painting. Not sure what inspired this image other than I wanted to try something new. The bird is pretty sweet the saddle Idea I love, but lets be honest the saddle is so horribly angled it makes me mental. Suppose that’s why people typically sketch prior to painting! Try that next time. Enjoy!

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Two Hundred Nineteen-Twenty… I’m Back.

So needless to say that is has been quite some time since my last post. A lot has happened over the past few months, which I will explain. Regardless a series of events have brought me back to myself and I was able to sit down and finally pick up a paint brush again. It’s always strange to me how easily you can stray from something that brings you such joy and how hard it can be to jump back on board.

It began back in October, when Lee and I moved to a town that was much more central for our lives. Lee’s commute had been over 2 hours on a normal commuting day and since he is the bread-winner, it was important for him to not spend 4 hours in the car each day. That much time can make a person go crazy, but most of all we never got to see each other. Once we moved, my commute doubled and although I loved the company I was working for, it was never meant to be my career. Eventually, I fell into a wonderful job, that although has nothing to do with my major or who I am as a person, is a wonderful company. Shout out to Suffolk Construction, Risk Management represent! HA ridiculous. All of this was happening over those crazy holiday months when nothing seems normal and no one has anytime.

My artwork fell to the back burner and although I kept trying to rekindle the flame nothing seemed to work. Once I took the position at Suffolk, my days became normal but I was settling. Lets just say settling took me a while. I was kind of trying to find myself again, a fresh new start. It always seems to come around the same time of the year, not January like everyone would imagine, normally late February into March. First it was getting the job under my belt, then I started focusing on my health, which has recently turned to Crossfit. Its only been 2 weeks, but I love it already! And finally, my artwork comes into play.

The last few weeks were weird, I felt odd but could not quite pin point it. Then the other day out of the blue I just picked up a pen and started to draw an image I had been thinking about. Now its nothing special, more of a face then anything, but it seemed important.

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Now as you can see, it’s a doodle, it’s also Day Two Hundred and Nineteen. It felt good to make something, but I couldn’t stop here. Oddly enough it took me another few days to think to paint it and even trying to start  that seemed like a battle. My artist “nook” was covered in stuff, its like a drop place for anything I ‘ll “get to later.” Regardless, I came home from work one night and for no reason I was mad as hell. I started cleaning, cleaning was a good start. Then I tried to make the atmosphere relaxing, I know its cheesy but I lit a few candles and put on some classical music. It seemed to work because before I knew I was setting up the table, filling up the water jug and taping down the paper.

Then I began. I knew I was thinking about the above image but I didn’t really plan it on the page. I love the end result though. I thought initially that I only loved it because it was the first thing I had done in over 2 months but really I think it might actually be somewhat interesting.

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The above is the complete image, also known now as Day Two Hundred Twenty. As always, I have included a cropped version to see more details although I didn’t really make too many small intricacies to draw you in. What I love that happened unintentionally is the overlay of colors. Originally, I thought that I enjoyed the lower section better, but the more “feathery” looking section has grown on me.

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In the end, I think this may be the start to another good run. I know I to some degree failed at my initial goal of 365 images in the year, but I’m trying to think of this in a new light. I am an artist, I am creative but I am a real life girl and unfortunately I cannot be an artist full-time and make ends meet quite yet. That’s not to say that that day will never come because it will, I’m just hoping it happens before I retire!

The new goal is to complete the challenge. I’m not giving myself a deadline, but the sooner I complete it the better. This is a rather broad adjustment but hopefully that means that without restraints I may be able to complete this thing stress free.

Enjoy and I’ll see you next time.

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Two Hundred Eighteen!

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This image started as a color wheel kind of thing that gradually grew into a bit more. Now the color is a bit overwhelming, but I do love the overall shape that developed. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Two Hundred Seventeen

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Well these images are quite small, normally they are a bigger quality, but I have the original so I thought maybe that would be OK. Just experimenting with shapes falling into a form or protruding out of a form. Enjoy!

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Two Hundred Fifteen and Sixteen!

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Two Hundred Fifteen…. state one.

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Two Hundred Sixteen… State two.

Small painting that I worked on the last few days, seeing how there was a huge snow storm that decided to land 2 plus feet of snow in our neighborhood!

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Two Hundred Thirteen!

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Another day another page, I love thinking of this project like that. I never really know what I am going to do but I start layering elements and tossing color onto the page and whalla, I’ve got something to work with. The burst images were actually a pre-sketch for a print I did at one point while studying at Umass Boston. Enjoy and I’ll see you next time.

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