Sunday, February 24, 2013

I Have a Plan!

I really need to get back in the swing of watercolor and the best way to do that is to take a class.  The problem is that I don't have time to take a class right now.  Sooooo...what's the next best thing?  I'm going to use my watercolor books and start my own personal, private class in my studio (which I like to call my art room - it makes me feel like a kid).  Yesterday and today were my first days in class.  It's not quite as much fun as being in class with a bunch of other students, but it's still fun.  This lesson was from Watercolor in Motion by Birgit O'Connor.  I painted a half sheet on Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper.  Next weekend, I'll paint flowers, maybe with Birgit or maybe with Philip Jamison:)  I wrote to Philip Jamison years ago to see if he was teaching workshops.  He wasn't, but he sent me a lovely postcard with one of his paintings on it when he replied.  I love his work.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

I Would Like to Be...

I would like to be the kind of person who would inspire a quote like this, "You didn’t have to be in a room with John to feel his kindness and his wild self. He’d often check in with family and friends on the phone, and unless it was sad news, the occasion of his call always brought a great blast of joy."  This is a quote from Noel Hanlon about his friend John O'Donohue.  Imagine bringing a great blast of joy to someone...  Today is the first time I read a poem by John O'Donohue.  I will read more.  Do you read poetry?  Whose writing do you enjoy?  I love Mary Oliver's poetry and I believe I'm going to love the poetry of John O'Donohue.