I've been captivated recently by the phenomenon of murmuration. You've probably seen the videos going around, this one is really popular. But how do they do it? This article is pretty interesting: "As Wired points out, this mechanism has more to do with physics than biology. Murmuration flight depends on the same principle that underlies a phase transition of a solid to a liquid or that some physicists say could cause the collapse of the universe. The molecular behavior of a body — whether it's ice in a hot room or a murmuration in flight — changes until it reaches a point where it can no longer exist in its current form. It becomes something else. It melts; it turns left."
So my latest painting is an attempt to capture that feeling of awe when you look up and see hundreds of starlings dancing in unison. An amazing thing.
Is it possible to take decent photographs inside a bleak, grey Portland house in winter? These days my photos are either cast in grey or yellow tones. Agh! I spiffied up a corner of my office to take pictures of my artwork because it gets the best light in the house but even then my photos are so dark! That is my task this week: learn to take better indoor photos. Any tips?
I'm so thankful for you guys, my blogging friends who have been visiting me here for years now. Hope you have a fabulous new year!
As for me, I'm ready to start fresh. A new year. New goals. I'm usually not big on traditional new year's resolutions but I do like the idea of a fresh start even if it's just a date on a calendar. I have so many goals that it's hard to narrow it down sometimes and make a plan. I feel scattered, disorganized and then overwhelmed at the prospect of changing my life. How's that for a daunting new year's resolution: change your life.
Anyway, I hope good things come your way in 2014. I have a feeling this is going to be a great year!
So much going on these days it's hard to slow down and remember to take some pictures sometimes. Have you checked out the Christmas Bokeh pool on flickr? It never fails to get me in the mood.
I'm finally finished with the two tea towel designs I've been working on for Apple Valley and they are now en route to the screen printers! It seems like I always have ten thousand ideas in my head all at once so it's nice to finally have this project almost complete before the new year. Hope you have a great holiday, friends!
Every year I say that this year is going to be different. This year I'm not going to be completely overwhelmed. This year I'm going to be stress-free, damn it! But it never fails: I get this nervous twitch when I start seeing people on the news getting trampled over an ipad or a TV. So this season I am trying to simplify. (Not watching the news helps too.) My strategy this week has been to toss 90% of my holiday decorations. I feel downright liberated! Now instead of lugging 4 bins full of crap out of the basement (broken Christmas lights, cookie tins from 1987) I now lug out Bert lugs out 1 magic bin of crap out of the basement! It's the little things, right? So what's your strategy to stress out less and enjoy the holiday season more? Do tell.
I've also been keeping busy by staring endlessly at blank watercolor paper. My brush is poised and ready. But then.... nothing. I have all these ideas in my head for new paintings but getting them down on to paper is another story.
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." I think the same goes for painting.
Hello friends! Are you enjoying the Autumn weather where you are? We made it down to Hood River over the weekend and it was beautiful! I forget how scenic the gorge is in the fall.
And I continue to paint. I throw stuff out almost daily and keep my husband and daughter rolling their eyes but I think my disclipline is paying off and my painting is improving. The unanimous advice out there is the practice everyday to find your own style. I don't think I'm there yet but it feels good to finally see some progress!
I'm not sure what I'll do with this painting. Cards? Prints? Tea towels? Not sure, what do you guys think?
We've had a lovely week of sunshine around these parts lately- the leaves are changing, the air is crisp. I adore this weather! This usually means we switch gears to comfort food this time of year but I'm not ready! This salad keeps me hanging on to summer...
So are you up to your eyeballs in pumpkin lattes and butternut squash soup? Are you ready for the fuzzy socks and the fireplace?