Landscape #4517004

August 26, 2017

Last week I showed the progression painting of the landscape I did which I mentioned I had started out on a canvas which I’d originally airbrushed on. Fortunately, I remembered to take progression pictures as I started this one. Here’s the actual canvas before I started painting:

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Landscape #4517004 (work in progress) 5″x7″ acrylic on canvas © 2017 Dawn Blair

Yeah, it’s not pretty. After sitting, probably for a year or more, it had gotten dirty, dusty, and scratched. I’ve cleaned it off pretty thoroughly before taking this picture. In fact, from the looks of the wavy lines on it, there might even be another coat of white acrylic Read the rest of this entry »

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Landscape #4517003 progression

August 20, 2017

So yesterday after going on and on about my struggles with painting, I said that I’d show so progression shots of developing the third painting I showed.

Remember, each of these was painting into the dark (meaning without a real plan — I just started painting to see what adventure it would take me on. I’m a sucker for the quest!)

Now, the one picture I wish I had for this painting that I don’t have is how the canvas actually started out. It wasn’t a fresh, white canvas. Rather, I had started a painting on it before. More specifically, I’d tried to do an airbrushed painting on it. I’ve never been Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


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 – 05/06/17

May 6, 2017
Evening Tree #9

Evening Tree #9
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2011 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Looking up and dreaming about everything that’s out there among the stars.

I’d really hate for this to be the only planet with life on it in our whole universe.

Is it any wonder that I write about other worlds?


ACEO of the Week – 04/29/17

April 29, 2017
Doorway 2014-43

Doorway 2014-43
2.5″ x 3.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2014 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Whatever you do in life, spread hope. You might just be the candle that lights the way for someone.


ACEO of the Week – 04/22/17

April 22, 2017
AbstractTree #4

Abstract Tree #4
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2011 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Sometimes things get a little confusing in life and we might need to take an abstract view to see the bigger picture. Just like the branches of a tree can obscure the sight of the sky if you are standing beneath a tree. Maybe I’m feeling a little melancholy right now. I sometimes just wish people would stop to remember that we all have to live on one tiny bubble in a much larger and very dangerous universe. We’re all we have of each other.