Monday, December 20, 2010

New Work

Self Portrait as Warrior 
approx 20" x 28"
Acrylic on paper

Well this has to be one of the poorest self portrait likenesses ever, but I am OK with that. This work is just warm up stuff any way. I have been accepted into the San Diego Fine Art Society's Mentoring Program. I am thrilled about it too - even though it's going to be a real challenge. I do love a challenge as you probably know!
We have had a couple of meetings and last night was our first NLP workshop and then we had dinner together. There are 8 of us in the program and I already like everyone a lot. They are all so accomplished and inspiring to be with. What a joy it is to have other artists to talk to for a change.
Beside April Game - the founder of SDFAS, our mentor is Alexander Salazar, a young gentleman who has a gallery in San Diego, and just opened an art auction house.  I like him a lot. He is very easy to be with, and seems like a genuine, authentic and caring guy. I think I can learn a lot from him. He has a wonderful spirit that just makes you want to be around him. And of course April is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm and encouragement. Both Alexander and April are very honest and don't pull any punches - which I LOVE in people.
Saturday, April and Alexander came to see my studio space and my work. It was pretty embarrassing as I have nothing going on in there, and the place is a  wreck and all disorganized. Oh well, it is what it is and with the events of this past year not much I could do about it. Anyway, Aleander suggested I remove all of my old work and all of the influences in my studio and just start anew. what a great idea. Then he spied an old warrior angel figurine I had in there and suggested I do 2 big paintings - 36" x 36". One of myself as a warrior angel and one of the sky. Actuall they are assignments and due Jan 8th !!!! That is 2 weeks away and we are going to Ohio for a week of it. 
Last night I couldn't sleep - excited to get working, concerned about the deadline. So I got up a t 1 AM and got going. I have the drawing for the 36"x 36" canvas laid out but I wanted to warm up a bit -so I started this one on paper and really got into it. I amy do a couple more on paper before I start on the big canvas - we will see. 
I am having fun. I am totally neglecting Christmas and the holidays, but I am excited for my artwork and what the future holds. Stay tuned...


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Mem

Mem  2.5" x 3.5"   acrylic on wood
This is our letter "m". It is water and means "liquid, massive. chaos" it is also the number 13. Again - not my favorite painting and is in danger of being repainted. I will have to see when I get them all done and together. I like the colors and texture - the symbol just doesn't make me very happy.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kaf

Kaf  3.5"x 2.5"  Acrylic on wood
This is the number 11 and our letter "k, or ch". It is an open hand or palm. It means "to cover, to open, allow".  It sounds a bit like "cuff". The big symbol in the middle is Proto-Canaanite and the symbol on the right is more Early Phoenician. ...(and yes - it is Aramaic again)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lamed

Lamed  2.5" x 3.5"   Acrylic on wood

Lamed is maybe my favorite letter, but this sure isn't my favorite painting. Lamed - pronounced with 2 syllables (lah-med) is the number 12. It is picture of a cattle goad. OK - I haven't seen a cattle goad so I'll take their word for it. However when we were kids my older brother chased me all over a feed store trying to get me with an electric cattle prod - but I think that looks a little different.  - It means "control, authority, the tongue" and is like our letter "l". The lower right is the modern Hebrew lamed. The "l" in the upper right annoys the heck out of me and this painting my get changed.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2 little paintings today

Tet  4" x 3" Acrylic on wood

Yodh  4" x 3"   Acrylic on wood
These two painting are a little larger than the others and I am putting them together because I painted them together and they seem to belong together. I like the  simplicity of them and the grittiness of graphite when it mixes with the paint.

The "tet" is the number 9 and it's literal meaning is a "snake" or "surround," and it means "to surround". It sounds like our letter "t"

The "yodh" or "yood"  is a picture of a closed hand - I can sort of see the arm - elbow - hand idea there. It means "work, a deed, to make."  It is the smallest letter and is commonly thought to be the "jot and tittle" spoken of in the Bible. 
Matt 5:18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." 
The yodh is the number 10 and is our letter "y"



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Monday, November 15, 2010

Chet

Chet -  3.5" x 2.5"   Acrylic on wood
 Here is another one that I like. I just like the way it looks. It is "chet"  - I guess our equivalent would sort of be the diphthong "ch" - but if you said it in the back of your throat - Oh, I don't have a description for how it sounds really - you just have to hear it.  It's a picture of a fence or an inner room. It means "private or to separate." It is also the number 8. On the lower left is the modern Hebrew letter.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Zayin

Zayin  3.5" x 2.5"  Acrylic on wood
 Zayin sounds to me like the word "Zion" or "Zine". It is the number 7, and it is a weapon. It means "to cut off or cut". Again lower right is Hebrew - lower left the letter "z"


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vav or Waw

 Vav  2.5" x 3.5" Acrylic on wood

This is "v" also number 6. It's literal meaning is a "nail or peg". The symbolic meaning is "and, to add, to secure" 
It is a picture of a nail .
  In the lower right corner is the contemporary Hebrew vav. Again - it's Aramaic - just because I like it.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hey - (I mean the letter hey)

Hey  2.5" x3.5"  acrylic on wood

This is the letter "h" - or hey, number 5, and literally means "behold" - symbolically it's "the" or "to reveal".Originally it was a picture of a person holding his arms up  -  like the symbol in the upper left corner. The text that is collaged in here is not Hebrew - it's Aramaic - but I liked it. Remember my discalaimer - I am PLAYING - not a scholar - no rules I have to follow....
A little later I will show you something very interesting involving this letter!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The letter "g"

Gimel  2.5" x 3.5"  Acrylic on wood
So the letter for today is gimel - pronounced with a long "e" sound - like geeml. It is the number 3, our letter "g" and is a camel.  I think it is the head and neck of a camel - uh, don't ask me how they got camel out of this one but that is what they say. It means "to lift up, pride or animal"
This one is pretty simple - but I just liked it and stopped before I messed it up. I like the peach and purple - which is actually a bit softer and more lavender than it shows on my screen -
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Monday, November 08, 2010

Another tiny painting

 Bet - 2.5" x 3.5" Acrylic on wood

I really like this one. I like the way it came out, and I like the colors even though I am not a fan of blue. Bet (or beyt - or beth) is the letter "b or v" and it means "house or tent." It's also the number 2. It's symbolic meaning is "household , in, into or family". Moses would have written it as a 3 room house like in the upper left corner, David would have written it as a a tent on the landscape - like the main triangular image. In the lower right is the contemporary bet in Hebrew,  and on the lower left corner is our English letter.  
Disclaimer: I am not a Hebrew or ancient language scholar - heck, I am not any kind of scholar. I have seen a number of different ways that these letters were written so please don't jump on my case if you disagree - I am just going by the books and reference material I have and PLAYING with this! One thing  - no two things -  remain pretty consistent throughout - that is the number value and the meanings of the letters.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Back in the Studio

Alef and Tav - each are 3" x 3" - acrylic on board

 

 It is good to get back to creating art. However, after such a long break - it is very difficult. I did not want to try to just jump back into the series I was working on - the momentum isn't there and the feeling isn't right yet.

It is an odd thing actually. There is a great sense of loss and depression, and of being overwhelmed with negativity that comes from taking a break from creativity, or painting. I am sad for the time lost, I am fearful about getting started again. It doesn't make logical sense, it's all illogical, nonsensical and emotional, but pretty real just the same. All of the insecurities that I battle with - (actually most artists I know battle them) - have had time to regroup and build a new giant barrier that once again needs to be beaten down and conquered. It happens often when I take a break,  after completing something I am happy with, and sometimes it appears out of nowhere for no apparent reason. I suppose writers might call it writers block or something like that. 

Fortunately I have had enough experience with this monstrosity that I know it will pass and I will get my balance back. But it is still an ugly and  difficult thing to deal with. I hate it.

On the other hand - I had fun playing in the studio today. And that is what I did - play. It's one of the best weapons against the negative fears, thoughts and feelings. I have also been having a very interesting time learning about Paleo-Hebrew writing and the Hebrew language.  So I combined the two. 

These two little painting - and they are little, just 3" x 3" are the Alef and the Tav - the first and last letters of the Hebrew alefbet. It's like the Alpha and Omega that you may be more familiar with. More about that as I go. I plan to do the whole alefbet - but I know the holidays are coming up and with that more interuptions.

Taking it a day at a time.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Still no painting- something better I have to share with you!

I have been rather busy!

On Thursday evening Nathalie had these photos taken by her good friend Conner, and on Friday she went to the hospital. Conner and his wife, and Nathalie and her husband were out fooling around and doing this for fun - little did they know it was absolutely the last chance to get any photos while she was still pregnant. Conner did a phenomenal job on this - it moves me to tears each time I watch - and not much in this life moves me to tears! Thank you Conner for doing this. You should really consider a career change!

First enjoy this:


video

and then we got this -


Minutes after taking his first breath of air. About 2 weeks early but still considered term - and just perfect!


Caden Eric - 7#12oz - 19 inches


This is the best excuse not to paint that I have EVER had! What a wonderful beautiful perfect little baby boy. I am officially a Grandmother.
Oh my gosh - I am WAY too young to be one! LOL -  Just a little more time to enjoy the boy and help my daughter a bit and then back to the studio.

If the video and photos don't show up in your email - please go to my site to view them - click HERE  or just go to http//nsdavisart.blogspot.com or on YouTube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8DBp4kaAdw

I am sad that the video resolution is not very good on this blog - it is incredible on the DVD - I don't know how to fix it,  but I just wanted to share this with you anyway. 
Happy Happy Joy Joy


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am back -

I don't have a painting to post - becasue I haven't been painting. I've been flying back and forth between CA and OH since May (I think - seems like forever!), caring for my Mother, and overseeing some remodeling of the house in OH.

I am so ready to get back to work and get some painting done, especially back to my daily painting and blogging routine!

It sort of feels llike the cards are stacked against me this year - while I was taking care of family business, the shelves in my studio pulled out of the wall and dumped everything on the floor, and my studio turned into a bit of a dumping ground too. Stuff got piled in there - it is a mess!

So I've been working away at getting it back in order and I am ready to get going on some art work. The studio is still in disarray - as is my life -but I will post something new very soon!

One wonderful and exciting thing is happening - I will be a grandmother very soon! My daughter is due Nov 3. Here are a few photos I took over the weekend. Maybe I will paint one of them - who knows?












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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ok - this is just amazing

I ran into this link on artist Martha Marshall's blog called An Artist Journal. It really is worth your time to go check out this fabric woven from spiders web. Amazing!

go here - and watch the video too:  http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/spidersilk/

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cool Video!

Wow - this is so cool on so many levels!



(if the video doesn't show up got to my blog and view it - it's worth it)

Not only is playing music on an iphone amazing - this is just the song I need to hear right now too! Beautiful.

As many of you know I am in Toledo, OH. I came to drive my Mother and nephew to Oak Island, NC for my niece's wedding. I flew out here - took everyone shopping for new clothes, got their bags packed - the car checked out, maps and potential sites to see on the way there and back. We went to Costco to get car snacks and a book for my nephew to read on the way - and while we were there my 87 year old Mom fell in the rest room and broke her leg, near her ankle.

We did not make it to the wedding.

I was supposed to be home last Saturday - but I have stayed and will continue to stay - until she is able to care for herself, or my daughter comes out to take over. Lots' of Doc's and X-ray's and ER and hospital stuff - she is now in the rehab section of a nursing home. I go over and take her out almost everyday - or just sit and visit with her. She is ornery, stubborn, hard-headed and determined...and for once this is a good thing. It is working in her favor - as she is determined to get strong enough and independent enough to get back home and care for herself! In fact - this morning she did twice the number of exercises the physical therapist told her to do! Go Granny!

One just never knows what's gonna happen next. I want to come home really bad. I want to paint. I want to cuddle with my dogs and rest my exhausted head in my husband's lap. I want to sleep!!! (Sigh)

On the other hand - how blessed I am to be able to be here for her. Very blessed indeed!



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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Finished Painting

I went back and tweaked this untitled painting from a few days ago. Brightened the whites, darkened some areas, toned down some of the purple, other little touches here and there. I like it much better now - in fact I might love it. Boy, does it ever feel good to say that!!
There is a title for it banging around in my head trying to get out - but I have so much going on in there I am a little afraid I  might not grasp it before it is gone...so I am open to suggestions.
I am heading back to Toledo for a few weeks so I won't be doing any painting - again. Already I am eager to get back to painting and I haven't even left yet. I have several in the works. I plan to take my camera and sketch book and watercolors and hope I get the time and opportunity to do some artwork while I am gone.


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Friday, April 30, 2010

Much Improved from Yesterday!


Untitled (for now)
20" x 30"
Acrylic on canvas

This is the same painting from yesterday. Very little of that painting is evident now. I am so much happier with it - it has energy and life now. It is very, very purple, and darker than I would prefer...I find that happens in my work quite often...almost as if I have no control over the lightness or darkness of it. Hmmm. Maybe I will devise a project around that problem - well, not problem maybe, rather challenge.  Anyway, here is today's offering, my labor of the day. So much more rewarding than yesterday! Now for the name - it seems to mean something, when I look at it like it is trying to tell me it's name - but I am not getting it yet. Do you have a name suggestion?

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sharing my Frustration


This painting is becoming a nightmare for me. It started out as a representational cityscape. Seriously. I have been working - and this is what I have to show for it. BLECH!! I will take a nap and go back to it later. But for now I just wanted to show you that I HAVE been working - but obviously not every painting is a hit and boy this one sure isn't right now.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Totally Not Art Related and Unplugging

Every now and then I run into some bit of nonsense that appeals to me for some random reason - and here is one of those things for today. Completely useless, yet somehow interesting. I admit I was a bit thrilled when I typed in my youngest daughter's name and found that there are fewer than 6 - and maybe no one else with her name. There is just something really appealing to me about uniqueness in what ever form it show up - even a name.


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are
10,488
people with my name in the U.S.A.
How many have your name?

If this doesn't show up in your email - (for those of you who subscribe by email) - you will need to click on the name of my blog (above) and it will redirect you to my blog so you can try this out - if you are interested, that is. Or just go to http://nsdavisart.blogspot.com

And now a thought or two about unplugging.

I am thinking about doing it - and by that I mean getting rid of Facebook, Twitter, all of my other blogs, and just focusing on one combined blog and website.  I have been thinking about doing it for a while now. Seems like a good idea, I mean I can always come back to it. Actually I have been thinking about doing it for quite a while. So WHY - WHY - WHY can't I bring myself to do it? Is this like some sort of addiction? I can't for the life of me figure out why I love technology and playing in cyberspace so much. It is intriguing and baffling...the emotions that come with the thought of unplugging - from excitement and anticipation to grief and dread. It is just craziness.  Really. It's not that big of a deal and I know it. So why won't I just do it? I think it is a bit like giving up on a puzzle before it is solved, or putting down a mystery book before you find out who did it. I am moving closer and closer to unplugging. I will keep this blog and my art www.nsdavisart.com - and let the rest go.

Just think how much more time I would have to actually paint!


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Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Painting - Catalog Series #12


Catalog Series # 12
Acrylic on paper
16" x 16"

This one I am not sure about. Maybe finished? Maybe not? Only time will tell. I'll have to look at it for a while.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

New Painting - Catalog Series # 11


Catalog Series #11
Acrylic on paper
Approx 11" x 11"

Another one I like. This is finished and works really well with #10 as a diptych. Actually #9, #10 and #11 all look really nice together.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Painting -Catalog Series #10

 Catalog Series #10
Acrylic on paper
approx. 11" x 11"

 I like this one! Yep - I do.  I think I will leave it at that.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Catalog Series # 9


Catalog Series #9
Acrylic on paper
Approx 11" x 11"

Another piece in progress, although I do like this one and may just call it finished. I'll give it a few days and see what I think.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Back in the Studio

Catalog Series #8
Acrylic on  paper
approx 11" x 11"

Wow. I don't even know what to say about this one. They always look so different to me when I see them online. It helps me a lot - for some reason all of the weakness that I didn't see seem to pop right out at me.

I am back in the studio after quite a few weeks. I've lost track.  We had a death in the family and I had to run off to Ohio for a while.  My Mom's companion of 50 years passed rather suddenly - or maybe I should say unexpectedly. He was 90, but very active and in pretty good shape. He was the closest thing I had to a father since my Dad died when I was a little girl. He was not a warm and fuzzy, cuddly kind of guy - but you could always count on him.

Once again - my life is turned upside down and inside out. Every time I think I am starting to get a grip and a plan and things are running more smoothly - WHAM! I guess that is normal though - I seem to hear it from an awful lot of people.

So I am back in the studio, trying to continue with the Catalog Series. Trying to get going again.  Trying to get some painting done as I will be going back to Ohio for about 3 weeks in May. This painting is probably not finished - I have 5 of these in progress right now. After seeing it posted here I am nearly certain it is not finished. But I wanted to get back to painting and posting and it feels good!






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Friday, March 26, 2010

Catalog Series #7

Catalog Series #7
Oil on canvas panel
6" x 6"

So far this is my least favorite, I think.  Here is a pic of #5-6-7 together laying on the table to dry. Again a decorative, nice little triptych for someone.


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Catalog Series #6

Catalog Series #6
Oil on canvas panel
6" x 6"

These pictures aren't the greatest. Sorry about the glare, I am taking these right as I finish them and they are still quite wet. They are good enough to give you the idea I think. I like this one - it is probably the closest to the direction where I think I want to ultimately go - at least that is what I think today, right now. Tomorrow may be another whole different thing. I like the smeary edges and pencil work. This is a good exercise and I am getting ideas. Yay!



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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Catalog Series 3 & 4


Catalog Series 3
oil on canvas board
6" x 6"



Catalog Series 4
oil on canvas board
6" x 6"




These are in no particular order. They were just sitting on the drying rack and I snapped a pic of them. I like them. I can't wait to move them around and figure out how the 4 of them work best together - but not til they are good and dry - which will be quite a while because there is a lot of white and it's a little bit thick. White always takes a long time to dry.



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Monday, March 22, 2010

New Stuff - New Series


If video doesn't work go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccN5zM1SxKc















 Catalog Series 1 (on left) and 2 (on right)
 Both are oil on canvas board 
6" x6"
                                                                                                                                                                   

Nothing deep and meaningful going on here - I don't think. These are just fun little decorative pieces and kind of cute. They would make a nice diptich to light up a dull corner or nook somewhere. I think they will look best in a nice, simple, clean black frame.

Please leave a comment or email me - I'd love to have your feedback.


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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sunflowers for my daughter

 Sunflowers For My Daughter
18 x 24"
Acrylic on board

So this is the painting I started yesterday - and finished today. At least I think it is finished. This will be given to my daughter - if she wants it. I know she likes purple, red and green - but I don't think she is a fan of sunflowers. We'll see.




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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Just for fun

I finally started a painting last night - not much to show you yet. So here is this - just for the fun of it!
Enjoy -



Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtOsVmRdK9w

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Studio tour video and thinking out loud

In my last post I told you I was reorganizing my studio. Well I did - sort of. I am not finished, but I've made a good start. So I thought I would make a little video tour of my studio, which I did. That lead to another whole set of problems. It would not upload to YouTube because my camera shoots in .MOV - or at least that is what I think the reason is. I have a nice Canan Powershot SD780 which is supposed to shoot HD videos, as well as my iphone which shoots videos too, but I never seem to remember that. So I began looking at Flip cameras, which led me to consider the Kodak Zi8. That led me to start looking at bigger, more elaborate camcorders. What should I get? Panasonic at Costco becasue it seems to be a good deal? Canon? Sony? Research - research - research! Frames per second, size, weight, touch screen or not, 1080P or 780P, sound and microphones, flash or hard drive and what kind and how much, battery type and life and on and on. Hours and hours and hours. Maximum confusion!  I still don't have an answer, or a camcorder.

I then decided this whole thing was spinning out of control - as is my pattern. A few years back I wanted a Vespa scooter to run to and from work, and do errands. Just a cute, nice, economical little scooter. That spun out of control. I ended up with a Virago 750 - so NOT a scooter! I promptly went out and got in a wreck. Yep - that's what I do. If I want a sheet of paper I am likely to end up with a 50 foot roll of it. I am not sure why I do this - but I am working on it.

So back to the saga. I tried a few free online file converters to no avail, just a lot of time spent (I refuse to think of it as wasted time). Way to complicated, huge learning curve. I went and bought Corel Video Express software to edit and convert from .MOV to .MP4 and it turns out my laptop was too full to install it. Figured that out after about two hours or more of trying, more learning. So I tried to install it on my desk top. It installed great and I thought finally I am on my way. Nope. The video card is too old and not compatible, I need new one. Back to my laptop. I took programs and files off my laptop and burned them to CD's and DVD's - time consuming - and FINALLY got the Corel software installed and the studio tour video converted and  uploaded to You Tube.

So here it is - so not worth the effort! But I am putting it here anyway after all of this effort - darn it! I learned a few things in the process:

1. Don't rotate my camera to shoot video. You then have to turn your monitor sideways to watch it - or rotate the video clip in editing...and then it doesn't fit on the screen very nicely. Better to just shoot it right.

2. Video editing seems way more complicated than photo editing.

3. I tend to over do and complicated things - well, I already knew that so I didn't actually learn it - just very much reminded of this tendency, again.

4. I am freaking TIRED of learning curves! I never EVER in my life thought I would get to a point in my life where I would say - I do NOT want to learn anything else - for a while. I need a week or a amonth or something of just vegging out. I live for learning, I eat, drink, dream and breathe learning - but I am just tired and weary of it for a while.

5. The first quarter of 2010 is almost over and I am still at the starting line spinning my wheels.

6. I want a Mac...





As usual - for those of you who get my blog by email - it seems like these videos don't show up, so here is where you can see it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERQZQM4joY0

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Encouragement on a dreary day

April Game of San Diego Fine Art Society posted this on Facebook and when I saw it this morning I knew I  just had to share it with you too!

It is a very gray and dreary morning here in San Diego, although the sun is just now starting to poke out. I don't do well with gray and dreary mornings, mentally or physically. It is much better for me to wake up to sunshine and then have the day become gray and ugly than to wake up without sunshine. I really think I am solar operated, and on gray days my solar powered batteries deplete almost immediately! Or maybe I don't even have batteries at all and am just straight solar powered - no sun - no energy.

Anyway - I don't keep up with my Facebook as regularly as I should - but I am glad I saw this.


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By the way - I have been working  in my studio. Not painting - but rearranging the whole thing - trying to make it function better, and a more pleasant place to be. I may post some photos later.


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Sunday, February 21, 2010

What I Learned

What I learned is this: while I believe in resurrection, but some things just ought to die and stay dead. The sunflower painting is one of those things. I started painting on the sunflowers and was just so unhappy with it and I felt so much had to be fixed - why bother? Why am I making myself miserable? For what? I could just start over. Then I thought - hmmmm, let's see what happens if I try to scrape and clean this off. I scraped off all the oil paint I could, nothing interesting or inspiring happened. I tried wiping more off with solvent and paper towels. Still nothing inspiring or anything I wanted to work with. I then decided I would try to scrub the rest off. Why not? Nothing to lose, it is a piece of Masonite and could take a good scrubbing. I put it in the sink and hit it with some Spray n Wash. I could see it starting to cut through the oil film. Then I pulled out the trusty Murphy's Oil Soap - poured some on and started spreading it around with my hands. It just started melting away. As the water got warmer and warmer the acrylic underneath - especially the areas with thicker paint began to peel away and float off. I kept at it, then I realized the gesso primer underneath was starting to soften and come off too. That's when I quit. I left some of the acrylic on for texture and as an experiment - I wanted to see how it would dry, although I had a pretty good idea. I do believe that with a little more elbow grease and determination I could have taken this piece of Masonite back to a pristine bare-naked surface.

What I learned in a nut shell:

1. We can all be glad that I am not God. LOL -He doesn't give up on us when He gets aggravated and maybe thinks there is nothing there to work with - or that we are not worth His effort.

2. While the sunflower image is lost and not resurrected, there is transformation taking place, and the surface has been resurrected in a way. It's like "all it's sin is washed away" - leaving some of the residual consequences. Now there is a clean surface ready for a new start as something more beautiful and purposeful in life. Just like people.

3. I find God-sightings and spiritual metaphors everywhere and in everything. LOL

4. I learned I can remove oil paint completely enough so that I can now use this board for acrylics or anything else, and not worry about the paint not sticking. That decision needs to be made pretty early though - before the oil paint has dried completely, and it gets really hard to remove. There's a metaphor in that too.

5. Spray N Wash, Murphy's Oil Soap and hot water is a great combination.

Tomorrow is another day and a new start, on a surface that was once old and ruined and is now fresh and clean and new again.


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Do I Post What I Hate?

I guess the answer to that is "Yes."   Yes, I do post what I hate.

I got an email from my brother. After seeing the red poppies on my blog, he asked if could I paint sunflowers? I am not sure if he was joking or not, but I replied "of course."  Right? Of course I can paint sunflowers.

The more I thought about it, the more I thought -"Fun - that will be fun - I will paint sunflowers." After all. I am in a kind of a flowery mood, spring is arriving, I had a great time with the tulip paintings at Hyatt Moore's workshop, and I had fun with the little red poppy painting- why not? I'll paint sunflowers.

So I found a reference photo and started this in acrylics, trying to stay loose and free. I hated it! I made mud, I made muck, I made mush, I made a mess. The more I tried the worse it got. I made such a mess of it that I decided maybe I could salvage it in oils.  So I began working in oils, trying to stay nice and loose and free, thinking whimsical - make it whimsical.

I finally threw my brushes down and went to bed  hating!  Hating every second of this particular painting session.  Bummed becasue I wanted to start posting to my blog every day again and now I was going to miss a day before I had barely even started.

I didn't even want to go in and look at this today. It is still on the easel and still in progress. I don't hate it quite so much today, I think it is salvageable. But it raises questions for me...

I have spent my life striving to paint like people I admire and respect and not painting like me - what ever that is. I want to know what that is. How does one unlearn a lifetime of learning? How do you overwrite all of that programing? And with what? I get tight and realistic when I want to be free and loose and more absract, I hear lots of artists say that, so it is a bit of a universal problem I think. I set out to do a certain thing like to do whimsical, I really want to, but then I don't seem to be able to - is that becasue it's not me? Is it old scripts, old programs running? an old habit? I am not sure. Maybe it's just a bad day? A bad painting session? Maybe I didn't prepare properly? I don't know.

For now I see myself finishing this painting in a more representational style - and then maybe I will tackle it again and see what happens.

One thing I have realized. that in spite of my best efforts to make a comfortable studio space - it is not. not by any means at all. It's nearly unworkable. And that may be a contributing factor, adding to my discomfort, frustration and aggravation. Today I think I will try to do something about my space...again. How I wish I could afford a real studio space, but I am blessed to have what I have - I just need to find a way to make it work better.


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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Painting of a painting

 
Poppies
6" x 12"
Acrylic on board

I saw this little painting flipping through an old book on acrylic painting techniques. It was in the introduction section.  I liked it because it breaks all the rules: one item centered on the canvas, the horizon line is at the halfway mark and top edge of the vase aligns right with that horizon line. Ha! Take that "Rules" !
I just thought it was a cute and happy little painting and I enjoyed painting it, just for fun.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Paintings from the Hyatt Moore Workshop

So here are the two paintings from the Hyatt Moore workshop I took over the past weekend in San Clemente, held at the San Clemente Art Supply Store a little less than an hour from my home. A charming and very complete supply store. I enjoyed this little workshop very much. Hyatt is an excellent communicator as well as painter and a fun guy to be around. The "Loosen Up" workshop had actual content, planning and preparation, unlike some of the others I have taken where it is just not much more than to go paint with people and maybe have a critique. This one was useful and fun.

Above is what I would consider a quick sketch. It is acrylic on paper and not intended as a finished painting although it certainly could be. I do like it, there are some things I wish I had done differently - but then that is true of every painting I do. The image size is about 12" x 14.5"


This is a completed painting I guess. Again there are some areas that I am not satisfied with, but I guess not disturbed enough to repaint it. In my quest to stop being a crazy perfectionist - which ALWAYS ruins my painting - I am working at stopping at "good enough". At least that way I don't over paint and over work the image until it is absolutely dead. This way it may have "personality quirks" but at least it still has some life to it too. Or that is what I tell myself these days. It is 22" x 28" and is acrylic and charcoal on canvas.






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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hyatt Moore demo painting

Classwork


This is interesting. I am blogging from my phone - but the text isn't posting. Wonder why? This is a sample of the class paintings in the workshop today. Mine is 4th from left. I will post more tomorrow. Feels really, really good to be painting again!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 - New Decade - Big Changes

Yep - there are some big changes a-foot for me. I have been spending a lot of time and putting a lot of effort and prayer and thought into some serious soul searching, goal setting and planning.

Before I get into that - if I even do - I want to tell you  I MISSED you guys!! It has been a very long time since we have met together here in blog-world, or cyber-space. Thank you friends and followers - for hanging in there with me and being patient.

Here is a little  bit about some of the changes. You will just have to watch and see some of them as they take place, becasue even I don't know what they look like yet.

Oh, where to start? Let me do it this way:

1. In a nut shell, I have been contemplating giving up painting on any real serious or regular basis and pursuing business or something else. So far painting has not been all that profitable for me. I was building a business and an income on eBay when I listened to "Nay-Sayers" that criticized my doing it and discouraged me from selling on eBay and so, against my greater desire, I backed off that. I am sorry I listened to them. However - that is water under the bridge.
The fact is I love to paint, I love to make things, I love art. It is a gift that God has given me - I cannot neglect it. So I am not quitting.

2. However, I really enjoy people and I really enjoy business. Being a studio artist can be very, very isolating. I want more people interaction in my life - real, live, warm, breathing, sit across the table and touch them kind of people. While I love my internet friends and appreciate you all - I need more live humans in my life to be balanced and happy. That is another gift that God has given me and I can't neglect that either.

3. I love playing on the internet and spend WAY too many hours doing it. I am intrigued by the idea of making money by being online, I am intrigued by network marketing. I am curious. I think it can work to supplement my income, thus taking some of the pressure off my artistic endeavors, allowing me to be even more experimental and free in my art.

4. I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my Lord, my God, my Savior, my All. Don't freak out - I am not going to beat you with my Bible - LOL. But the fact is I am a believer and it is an enormous part of who I am. The truth is I have tried pretty hard to avoid saying to much "religious" stuff on my blog for fear of offending anyone. That will end right here.

5. I am politically interested and active. I am a conservative with some libertarian leanings. Or maybe I am a libertarian with heavy conservative leanings. Not sure how to categorize me but I am patriotic - I LOVE my country, I love our Constitution and Bill of Rights and I will fight for it.  Again - I have kept my political views pretty much separate from my art. The majority of the art community are liberals and progressives, and I am sorry to say I have lost a few "friends" from posting my political comments here.  I will probably continue to keep my views separate - you can always check my "I May Not Be A Genius, But...." blog. On the other hand...maybe not, we will see.

6. I have been spending a ridiculous amount of time and energy trying to keep my art, my spirituality, and my businesses all separate. I was afraid that my art friends would be annoyed and bored with my business endeavors, and my business friends wouldn't care at all about my art, and any spiritual or religious aspects would just annoy everyone. It has made me feel very fragmented - and it just makes so much more work for myself.

So I guess it all boils down to this: I am a believer who is a full time artist with an interest in the health and wellness industry, and also network marketing. That is me and that is who I am. It might be a little bit of a strange mix, or maybe not, it is what it is.

I am going to be working to get all of  "me" merged into mostly  one place. I do not yet know how I will be doing this but I will be doing it - watch and see what happens.

I have not been painting. As I said I have been contemplating, praying, seeking, trying to figure out how to organize and put this all together into one cohesive whole me, or thing, whatever.  I don't have all the answers yet. But since God won't drive a parked car, I have put myself in drive and I am moving. It will be an adventure to see where this all takes me.

You will be seeing much more abstract work from me. I have to - and I mean I HAVE to - finish the Joyful-Joyful project. I will probably continue the traditional Hymns painting series - I already have another hymn in mind for after Joyful-Joyful. My paintings will be changing I think - much more intuitive - we will see, won't we?

I am THRILLED to announce that I have lost 36.6 pounds as of today and have 21.6 more pounds to go to reach my tentative goal. I feel great and I look pretty darn good - at least compared to where I was. If any of you are interested in what I am doing to lose the weight please email me. I have information and a link for where you can get the product I use. I am an affiliate for this product, I get a small commission. My affiliate agreement does not permit t me to post the link anywhere on line - so email me for it. That is the only way I can get the information to you. It is amazing how effective and easy this has been. Eventually there will be a permanent reminder about it on this site.

Also I found an incredible new product called SoZo, made from the fruit of the coffee plant that is just amazing. It is loaded, and I mean loaded with anti-oxidants. Like 625 times the anti-oxidants of blueberries. One 3 oz serving of this tasty beverage is the equivalent of 16-20 servings of fruits and vegetables. The testimonials of people who have been using it are pretty incredible. There will be links to that on my site in the near future, until then check out www.sozolife.com/nsdavis or www.nathaliedavis.com (still under construction but should be up and running any day now - there are links there now that will take you to more information) or just email me.

I think one of my first goals is to start making enough income from SoZo, my online network marketing, and of course my paintings, to be able to rent a big studio space in a very public place where I can paint and still have people around me a lot. I don't get lonely and I don't have problem being alone, but when I can go a month or more without ever leaving my house - I wouldn't even have to get dressed if I didn't want to - well, that really isn't the way I want to live anymore. I am not complaining - there are things I really like about that lifestyle - I just want more now.

That is more than enough for now. I don't have a painting but I can't leave you without a picture of some sort.

This is the Riu Santa Fe Resort where we stayed in Cabo San
Lucas last week. It was just beautiful.


The grounds were just stunning with neatly trimmed blooming bougainvillea hedge rows everywhere. I can't believe I got these picture without people in them - what luck! Although they said the resort was full and the place was huge - it never seemed crowded at all.





I have no idea how many pools there are at this place - but this vanishing edge pool was the one closest to our room. It was cool to see cruise ships come in several times. We had a wonderful time. even though we had never been to Cabo San Lucas, we never left the premises. We had seminars for most of the morning and we just relaxed and chilled and visited with amazing people we met there. We had a great time.


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