On A Roll

I’ve managed to actually paint or draw every day for the past 5 days I think.

This is Sol Duc Falls on the Olympic Peninsula

This is Cresent Lake on the Olympic Peninsula as well – at sunrise.

 

 

Adventures in Watercolors!

I was in a huge mental slump. My depression was really getting the best of me. Work. Sleep. Work. Sleep. I wasn’t doing anything else. I forced myself to go camping a few times and ended up on a new medication as well and boom. Art.

First I did a plein air painting at Silver Springs Campground along the White River.

Not great, but a start.

A few weeks later though I went through my photos from Sol Duc Falls and from Silver Springs Camground and ended up with these over the last few days.

 

Feels good

-Maggie

 

Finding Time

I go through funks where I have the urge to paint or draw but no drive.  I walk my studio and stare in at the unfinished pieces or empty but ready to use canvases and masonite and sigh.  I can’t make myself do it.

It’s hard to hear people say “well if you love doing it you’ll find time for it”  People – there’s plenty of things that I love doing that I can’t find time for. Things that I love that I wouldn’t want to do all the time.

There’s also a fear aspect. If I actually finish my paintings, that means someone else can look at them and judge them and by proxy, they judge me. I rarely feel ready for that.  This applies to all aspects of my life. When I refinished my bathroom, the last 5% was the absolute hardest because it was all the really basic finishing work that needed to really look perfect to bring the room together.  It took me months to get the courage to move forward with that.

So I stare at paintings that are more than 50% done and I just am terrified to keep working on them. Why? I’m not sure. If I screw up, I can just re finish the canvas and repurpose it. It doesn’t really mean anything other than lost time.

The Blue Mess

This is a pretty horrible picture of this painting – its got alot of silvery blue reflective happening and white splatters. I’m not much of an abstract painter but a few weeks ago I walked into my studio and just started to mix some blue. And then I found a canvas and started smearing it on. And then that was drying and I had some neat new discounted silver paint and I started dry brushing that on. And then I was angry and wanted to make a mess so I used some acrylic fluid and white and smattered that on. And then I was tired and done.

 

acrylic abstract
Acrylic on Canvas
36″x12″

Sunday Stuff

Finally getting around to finishing out this piece. I made a whole ton of progress really quickly and then I just kind of panicked when it came to doing the trees on the path.

I’m having alot more fun these days just moving paint around and bought a mess of palette knives to facilitate more of that.

Oil Painting Fred Hutch
Oil Painting
18×24

A Stranger on #5

I took the photo for this piece when I was living in Greenwood and taking the #5 back and forth to downtown every day for college and work. The Stranger was a must read every week for me and as a person fairly new to Seattle the culture was kind of amazing to me. Growing up in Memphis, I didn’t feel like there was anything akin to it.

A Stranger on #5
Intaglio Print
2009

First Post

7 years after graduating art school I am finally trying to find my footing in art. I’ve spent the last 6 years working in IT because i’ve got those skills to pay the bills but it isn’t what I truly want to be doing day in and day out. Hopefully this is the start of something decent.

Watercolor Larabee State Park Bellingham
Larabee State Park
Watercolor 5×7
12/2016