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What’s On My Mind!

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Nothing!

Have you ever reached a point where nothing is there. No Sometimes there just isn’t any inspiration, and my muse is gone. I’m so empty of creativity, I’m having trouble doing things around the house too.
Well this sucks!What to do? If only I could sleep it off. I can’t sleep, and that may be the problem here. When one doesn’t sleep, you don’t function well, and everything you do seems to be difficult.

But since I don’t sleep, I’m going for the World Record . How many years can a person survive without sleep?

The flower above is an attempt at a creative process, one that is simple, easy and doesn’t take too long to paint.
This is the time you are allowed to say, “My three year old could do that!”

Thank you for checking to see if I’m still painting, see you soon.

Experimenting again?

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Well Yes!  What’s the point of doing the same thing over and over without different results.  Some people would call me an idiot!  I get bored and need to change things up a bit.  So, there are times when I nose around in Pentrist or my old photos from vacations long forgotten and get new ideas.  I try them, and if i like them, I’ll paint my version of a similar piece of work.   It never looks the same, but looks like something I’ve been working on.  I am an abstract artist, and that means anything, and everything is open for interpretation.  I don’t mean to copy, and I’m not.  But we all share a creative energy, and there isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before, so I say go for it!

This isn’t going so well.  As I paint a color, I’m thinking it’s fighting me.   I don’t know where it will go, but it doesn’t start behaving soon, this little canvas will find itself gessoed over, and it won’t have a voice at all.  Needless to say, it isn’t even close to finished, or maybe it is quite close to finished!

 

Copper Workshop Starts Soon

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Recently I took  a three-day oil on copper workshop. I worked hard not to have any expectations. For me, this is the best, most open way to go. If I don’t have expectations it allows me to take in and learn everything I can.

Oil on Copper

The workshop is the brainchild of artist Richard Hawk, he shares openly his ideas and secrets. Richard came along at just about the perfect time in my life. Sure I would have loved doing all this twenty or thirty years ago, but was Richard ready to teach all these interesting techniques and methods? Was I open and ready to learn, and apply all that I am now?  It’s all questionable isn’t it?

Oil on Copper

After taking this workshop, this is what has oozed out of me.

The end of July will be a second Copper Workshop.  More information; the next step I’m told.  I am excited this time, and I do have expectations.  Expectations because I know how great the first workshop was and how excited I was when it was finished.  This time will be even more exciting, because I have already purchased oil colors to add to what I have and copper to paint on, so you bet, I am excited!  I can’t wait to show you all the good stuff….

Thank you for stopping by and checking on Stone Soup.

Working With Oil

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Recently I’ve been working with oil colors, and I love them. I love the feel when I paint, and the way they blend and mix. Am I crazy for working with a different paint? Probably, but I knew when I took the copper workshop that I was opening up a can of worms. And open it, I did!

I’ve only completed three oils on copper, but meanwhile I cannot stay away from my oil paints. A girl has to practice doesn’t she?

The painting above is a little practice painting since it’s been years since I’ve drawn faces, or figures. Each time should be a little better, until I either decide I love it or I don’t want to do it anymore.

I’m just going to keep abstracting until I’m happy with the results. Until then I’m onto the next painting.

Thanks for stopping to check Stone Soup out, see you soon.

Working With Cold Wax

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Last year I bought some cold wax to play with.  A friend of mine uses it on her oil paintings, and being a rebel, I decided to try it on watercolor and acrylic.  I had no idea what i was doing, and couldn’t find any instructions for using it.  Maybe I just didn’t try hard enough, or….maybe the timing was off, and i really wasn’t ready for cold wax.  Either way, it sit on my shelf with all the other products that I had to have proudly waving at me from time to time, making sure I don’t forget the possibilities it holds.

This morning I was looking for something else on YouTube when I ran across this video.  After watching it, I now have a better idea of the possibilities, and I do love possibilities.  You know I will be experimenting with cold wax very soon, and maybe one of you will want try it, experiment with it, or even decide it is the perfect effect for what you are creating.

Either way,  I hope you enjoy the information, maybe try it out, and let me know how it goes.

Thanks for taking time to check out Karen’s Stone Soup.  See you soon…

How I Get My Ideas…

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Most of the time our creative juices flow easily. However every once in a while we all come to a screeching halt, and we haven’t any ideas. There isn’t anything worse than being stuck without a clue as to how to get creative again.

Sometimes I paint rocks as houses, flowers, faces, or even bugs. My favorite is a ladybug. Our garden is filled with ladybugs, flowers, faces, even one curled up milk snake. I know it sounds crazy, but it usually helps to open up the bottle neck, and let the creativity flow once again.

Since I get emails from Bob Burridge frequently, I thought I’d post one. This particular video started me thinking about my childhood, and how far back I could go. What part of my childhood would I want to bring forward onto a canvas. As I thought about it, I started remembering holding class and teaching all my stuffed animals math, and reading. Or dressing up in my mother’s shoes, and hats with gloves. Maybe even birthday parties, or my “16” birthday party.

What ever I choose, there are always options to make a series from them. Even if you have to pull out your creative license. After all, this is the same as writing a story, just with paint!

When I watched the latest video Bob Burridge posted It got me thinking about all this, and I thought maybe it would help all of you as well.  I hope I’m right.

Thank you for taking time to read Stone Soup,  see you next time….