Paintings – August 18, 2017

August 19, 2017

Science fiction author, Robert A. Heinlein, created a set of rules for authors to follow. The very first one is: You must write.

I have been following his rules for writing for a year now. If you’ve been following my writing during this time, you’ve seen it.

What I haven’t been doing (not just in the last year, but for several years actually) is painting. It has been so very hard for me to paint since my mother’s death. I don’t know why. I can’t even say that event triggered anything in me to stop painting — it’s just that’s a vivid marker in my life. I just slowly ground to a halt with the painting. Not because I wanted to either. I love pictures and images and every time I’d go looking to get inspired, I would until that moment I went to sit down. Then it all fell apart and I would just not paint.

Recently, I had someone ask me: Aren’t you a painter, and a good artist in my opinion, so why do you want to write? Read the rest of this entry »

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ACEO of the Week – 07/01/17

July 1, 2017
Trinity Tree #1c 041208

Trinity Tree #1c
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair
SOLD

The third and final in a series of three trees that I did. They were meant to be hung up side by side as a matching set. Done back in 2008.


ACEO of the Week – 06/24/17

June 24, 2017
Trinity Tree #1b 041208

Trinity Tree #1b
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair
SOLD

The second in a series of three trees that I did. They were meant to be hung up side by side as a matching set. Done back in 2008.


ACEO of the Week – 06/17/17

June 17, 2017
trinity tree #1a 040308

Trinity Tree #1a
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair
SOLD

The first in a series of three trees that I did. They were meant to be hung up side by side as a matching set. Done back in 2008. Stop by next week to see the next one.


ACEO of the Week – 06/10/17

June 10, 2017
Evening Tree #5 020908

Evening Tree #5
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Space, trees, mountains. This is a very old ACEO I thought I’d bring up this week, but it is one I adore.

Maybe I should restart paintings like this. I’d be so much better at it now. What do you think?

In the meanwhile, keep looking up and dreaming. We’re here to create ourselves. Why else would we have this little bubble that we live in? What is the purpose?

Come closer and let me tell you a little secret several billion people on the planet don’t realize.

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ACEO of the Week – 05/20/17

May 20, 2017
Landscape #11

Landscape #11
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2011 Dawn Blair
SOLD

 

Often, I’m very glad when I see ACEO’s go off to someone’s home. It cleans out my space and gives me the urge to paint new ones. This is one I wish I had kept. I still kick myself for not keeping this one. Maybe that means I’ll get inspired to paint a larger piece. We shall see, won’t we?

Trust me on this: if you ever see a piece of art you want, buy it before someone else does. You might regret not having that piece later. There are a couple works by other artists I wish I had. One piece I’m thinking of now was a beautiful gesha painting. The artist, a girl much younger than me, passed away suddenly a couple weeks ago. Very sad. I think about all the art she had within her that is now lost to the world. And, I’m certain the gesha painting is far beyond my grasp now as I’m sure that if she still had it at the time of her death, there is no way that her family is parting with it now. Understandably.

And, if you have art (whatever that is: painting, writing, poetry, cooking, sewing, creating a loving home, taking care of your family, whatever – everyone has something that is an “art” for them) in you, don’t let it remain there. Get it out.

If you don’t think you can, check out last week’s blog for a reminder. Time is the commodity you are given in your life, but you have no idea how much has been doled out to you. Use it wisely. Imagine the possibilities. Then act. How you spend your time and what you give back to those around you is your rent for living. Make sure you give value for having lived.


ACEO of the Week – 05/13/17

May 13, 2017
Tree House 0906 #3

Tree House #3
3.5″ x 2.5″
colored pencil on paper
©2006 Dawn Blair
Not for Sale

I thought I’d have a major throwback this week. I’m always saying how much someone can progress if they just decide to do something and then do it.

It really is that easy, whether you want to gain a new skill or change your life.

Two step method:

  1. Decide — nothing happens until you absolutely make up your mind to do something.
  2. Act — you must take action on that decision. Even if you don’t know the whole path, start. Do what you can where you are at with what you have.

Google exists to give us answers. When you hit the question of what to do next because you’ve hit your limit, search. Searching is still taking action, but don’t stay in search mode for too long. Get just the answer you need and move on. Don’t expect to have all the answers at once. Some times you have to swim around in the waters to see how it feels. It stretches your comfort zone slowly, gently.

Equally important, but is something that develops naturally over time, is when you decide that you DON’T want to do something.

So, why does this ACEO merit being the ACEO of the week? Because it shows you and me how far I have come as an artist. I mean, look at that waterfall! Atrocious! I have learned so much about that, and about painting water since then. I didn’t just have the knowledge; I learned and I practiced. I now get regular comments about the water features in my newer paintings. But none of it would have happened if I hadn’t first decided that I wanted to learn to draw. Yes, my request was that simple. I wanted to know how to draw. Then I acted by taking a class. Then I decided I wanted to learn to paint water better. I read books, I took another class where water was a primary feature of the painting we were doing, and I practiced.

Look back at this blog to see where I was just 4 years later.

Or a painting from around that same time.

While it’s hard to not be jealous of someone as you admire and where they are at, just know that the only thing that separates you from them is that they had made the decision to act much sooner than you and then put the time in. You could be there too. They might even be willing to show you the tricks so speed your own journey along. Don’t let another moment get away.