Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Do Cookies Count as Art?

I think they do. I  have been enjoying this holiday season immensely this year. I decided to make cookies for my sons and to give as gifts. I had my mom over to help with the operations. We had a lovely evening, mixing, rolling, baking and mostly, talking.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I wish you many blessings in 2015!

Thanks for following my blog this year. I'm in the process of adding many new features and information to my blog and website as well as online lessons. So, stayed tuned!

Happy Painting!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Summer Path

In the middle of winter, I did a little sketch of a summer pathway just to remind myself of what is just around the corner! That path, along with drawings of Christmas ornaments, thumbnails of landscapes and quite a few photographs have been put into the recipe for inspiration! Some of you might have thought I'd given up on the 108! No, way! I just haven't posted every day, not wanting to fill peoples already, very full in-boxes. This time of year, emails are especially numerous and we are all pretty busy.

Dropping out of the hustle and bustle of the season and dropping into a practice of art making has continued to serve me well. I have still managed to get my Christmas shopping done, work done, and all the things that for some reason I think I need to do, have continued to be done! I've found that the scarcity mentality that I usually operate under with regards to time, is simply not true. I have time enough and energy enough for exactly what happens in each day. 

Today, I couldn't resist stopping at the market and snapping these photos of flowers. So beautiful and festive. I didn't buy, just enjoyed and snapped these pics.

I decided to start a Facebook group called 108 Days of Art. It's an open group, so you can post work there if you choose. I'll post daily there and occasionally here on my blog.
Quick pastel sketch on colorfix paper 10x10 available on Daily Paint Works.
A fun video of this.

Pastel on Pastelmatte 11x11 available on Daily Paint Works
Happy Painting!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What Working Means

Many years ago, I came across a list by Eric Maisel, author of Fearless Creating, of what working means. It's a great book and a great list that I read to all my workshop groups. I think it's a good reminder given my "108 days of creating" goal. Here is my version of his list.
Today's "mini pastel" on Wallis that I toned with colored gesso.

Remember that working entails all of the following:

  • Working means caring for the work.
  • Working means not thinking so much.
  • Working means starting.
  • Working means doing what you'd planned despite disturbances.
  • Working means working when you don't want to.
  • Working means working when you're sad and ecstatic and everything in between.
  • Working means being present for the work.
  • Working means letting go of all distractions but the work.
  • Working means making a choice to do a particular something.
  • Working means working amidst the chaos of life.
  • Working means manifesting drive and direction.
  • Working means believing in unlimited possibilities.
  • Working means believing there are no limits.
  • Working means working on a particular day.
  • Working means silencing distractions.
  • Working means loving even the "yucky" work.
  • Working means loving even the "awful" work.
  • Working means always working to your edge.
  • Working means working over a long period of time.
  • Working means not being a perfectionist.
  • Working means giving yourself permission to do it badly.
  • Working means being devoted.
  • Working means making a sacrifice.
  • Working means surrendering.
Good Luck!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sweetness in the Middle

Today was just one of those days...sort of. It involved a second call to the IRS, ( one hour each hold time), for a mistake THEY made. It also involved choosing new health insurance. You get the idea of where this day was headed! These days are part of conditions, inevitable and coming our way for certain. We just kinda hope they won't be today! Dumb to think that.

I really didn't want to do any art at the end of it. I wanted to sit and congratulate myself on the resolution of both issues. Both were fortunately resolved positively. I felt like loafing. But you see, some of you had already sent me some images and I'd promised to post some. I couldn't very well do that and NOT do my part! So I got off my duff and drew something in my sketchbook and then did a little "mini" pastel. That's where the sweetness comes in...I totally found my groove, my flow and remembered the love. How great is that? An amazing gift! And it came on an IRS day!! Thank you to those of you who sent me images...you made my day in more ways than one.

I know this time of year seems like a difficult time to start into a project like this, but I'm finding it to be just what the doctor ordered! It couldn't come at a better time. It's very much keeping me focused on what my intentions are and holding to the disciplines that are the glue of my otherwise crazy life. So join in the play and remember that Christmas ornaments make terrific drawing subjects!!

A couple lovely, former students sent these great pieces. Enjoy!

Pastel by Carol Smeraldo Day #1 The Cottage in late Afternoon” on Grumbacher Florentine Watercolor paper, soft pastels 9x12”
Pastel by Carol Smeraldo “Lake Eagle #2:  Overcast, Rainy Day” on Fabriano pastel paper, soft pastels, 4.5x6”
By Alejandra Gros 5x8 pastel

Thank you to everyone who purchased on Cyber Monday. I may try to get my act together and offer some more "mini's in a week or so for anyone who missed out!