you have hopes and dreams
sometimes you write them in a journal
or talk about them with friends
then one day your life changes forever
you lose your best friend
your co-conspirator in those hopes and dreams
now what do you do?
That’s what I’m trying to figure out….
I haven’t posted anything in so long. I’ve been sketching, but not so much probably because I’ve been concentrating on guitar and piano practice. In April I signed up for a songwriting workshop that proved to be so much fun. I have a finished song, although there is always room to tweak and change things…it is my song. The workshop was held at the Ugly Dog Bookstore in Attleboro and taught by Gay Barbosa, a very talented musician and singer, songwriter.
The title is “Ants.” It’s about the ants that invade my kitchen in early spring. I’m working on a few drawings to go with the song…I dream of a children’s book with the song printed in the back with a cd for kids to sing along. Here are a few drawings of those pesky ants that I’m working on…
I love trees…currently painting a misty forest scene in oils that I will share later. Here is a Zentangle tree that I did at the Ugly Dog bookstore. I need to finish. The foreground; rocks and other foresty stuff. Not sure what I want to do. I hope Kim continues having these monthly workshops in the fall. So relaxing!
I have followed the daily painting and sketches of two artists, Margaret and Elizabeth for some time now, always saying to myself…I should do that. I finally brought my sketch pad out with me. Last night I went to Capron Park in Attleboro to hear Super Chief Trio. Here are my sketches. I cannot tell you how many times people moved or where blocked by others. I felt like a spy and wondered if people were suspicious of my bright blue pad and scribbling pencil.
This painting is my first attempt at painting with acrylics on canvas. I started it last year at the Attleboro Museum with Lisa Granata. I just finished it at Lugar’s Art Studio with guidance from Nancy Lugar. I added the leaves on the trees, horses in the background, and repainted some of the hills. The area in the front is too dark, but I’m not changing it…time to move on. I actually looks much lighter outdoors. My next painting will be a misty forest scene in oil.
I have been dabbling in a few mediums; colored pencils as I try to capture tomatoes on my deck before Mr. Chipmunk eats them, a mountain/water scene using oil paint, and a Montana valley with wild mustangs in the distance. I am learning to accept mistakes as a stepping stone in learning how to draw and paint. Perfectionism held me back in the past. I would do something that didn’t look right and stop, unable to finish. Now I plow ahead and just try to learn from these mistakes. You’ve got to make some ugly art in the beginning.