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Archive for June 2014

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Another building in the Cotton District in Starkville

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Some days are lived with a more shaky hand than others. Still, we keep painting.

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Corner of University Drive & Maxwell Street in the Cotton District — Starkville, MS

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Happy Monday! I’m playing with color and pattern again today. I’d love to do these as a series with hand-drawn words in the solid area. Also, this weekend I thought it would be fun to take a look at the painting series all together so far. It’s neat for me to see what common themes may be emerging as I’m giving myself the freedom to paint whatever interests me each day.

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Sing with me now…

“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done…
Nothing you can make that can’t be made…
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…
All you need is love.
Love is all you need.”

Happy Friday! I’ll see you back here on Monday for more making!

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A reminder we all — young and old — need sometimes! I’m loving that green-gold, turquoise and fuchsia combo these days, and it’s fun to work more on my painted lettering. I’ll be using the practice for some commissioned work in the next month or so, so stay tuned for some process peeks.

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I was thinking about putting a word in the blue area on this one. Not sure yet!

inspired by . Markers & More Markers

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I think we have just about every Crayola and Sharpie product in our house somewhere, a great portion of them scattered around my office. This morning I gathered a few of the numerous containers filled with markers together for some photo staging, and I thought I would share them. I’m really loving the combination of bright pinks, orange and pewter gray right now like what you see in that first photo. I hope you have a colorful Wednesday!

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I did a little more abstract experimentation for today’s painting. During the process of daily painting this summer, I’ve been consciously trying to focus less on producing a product — a painting — and more on the act of painting and experimenting. It’s been a very free-ing experience, giving myself the opportunity to explore painting without thinking about creating an actual product. Some of the pieces may become an end product. Some of them may be used as studies for something else I want to do later. Some may be just food for thought. And some may just be marking a day in the summer of 2014. What I think the adventure is becoming is a real growing experience for me. A chance to hone the way I look at and approach my own craft. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to do these things each day and to see my children get excited about seeing it too.

On that train of thought, some of today’s piece was motivated by my 5-year-old’s perspective on watercolor painting. A week or so ago when she was painting with me, she discovered that she loved what happened when the colors were allowed to mingle together (a-ha moment!). I showed her a little about using more water with the paint to help that mingling process. She was sold. So, today’s work and the paint drips created by moving the paper around are in Baby Girl’s honor!

Happy Tuesday!

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