Space – a continuing mission

I’m still continuing to work on the space paintings. Here’s my next step in their progress.

This one is the cloudy nebula.


Trying to get a second layer on there without killing the first. The paints are still wet in this photo, so I’m certain they are much brighter than they will be when they dry. It really is scary to see how dark it gets. Its like I walk away from it, and then when I come back it’s so much darker and I feel like I’ve lost all the light. I begin to wonder if I will be able to pull any of it back in.

Here’s the next stage of another painting:

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Field of care

A ghost rose in front of me this morning and gave to me a “field of care.”

Yes, this is going to take a little explaining.

It’s apparent to most people who talk to me, follow my blog, or generally interact with me in one way or another that Loki writes the stories through me. I’ve said before that I’m not clever or funny enough to write his stories. I’m glad he chose me to be his author.

And I’ve often said that I trust the process of writing. Again, I’m just not clever enough nor do my plans ever work out as I make them, so there is no way I could have plots come together like they do. I’m always trying to get words down rather than make them up.

With all that out of the way, let me get to what happened yesterday at the convention.

I was talking to a lady about Diane Wynn Jones because she had a Calcifer shirt on. She told me she had ready the book, Howl’s Moving Castle. So we chatted for a bit. (PS come see me today at FanX Salt Lake)

This morning, I was wishing that I’d mentioned Enchanted Glass to her, another book by Jones which was published shortly before her death. It was probably one of the last books she saw. In Enchanted Glass, the main character inherits a “field of care” from his grandfather. Throughout the story he spends time walking around his field and overcoming obstacles. Only once he has full accepted his “field of care” does he come into his full power.

Here’s where the ghost comes in.

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Progress – July 2, 2018

Greetings, fellow adventurers.

One of the things about traveling through time and space is never knowing what germs you might come up again. Generally, I found that the Wellness Formula by Source Naturals is wonderful for keeping me healthy (note: these are affiliate links). I swear by the stuff and never leave home without it.

However, in my latest travels, I came across the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, or at least that’s what the physician at Bayllor told me. She recommended tripling my Wellness Formula (see, the stuff is even recommended on other worlds), doubling my intake of doTerra’s On Guard formula (yes, I do recommend doTerra’s essential oils — I’ve tried others, but doTerra’s is truly better than any of the ones I’ve tried — PS. I hate MLM’s, so for me to be a part of doTerra’s system says something about my belief in their oils. I can sell them, if someone wants to get them through me, but I’d rather be out playing in time and space, so I don’t get aggressive about selling doTerra. Besides, that’s not why we’re here today),  taking some Slippery Elm along with some of Source Naturals Throat Spray (that stuff is wicked but does seem to work well), and decreasing my activity until my body demanded that I just sleep. I still went and walked for over a mile that day, but come afternoon when I got home, I crashed. I slept, broke with bouts of trying to eat and drink some, though it did make me nauseous at one point, so I just went back to bed.

The next morning, I woke with a hoarse voice and my head is still terribly congested. Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu is a lot like major head congestion. Not fun. It certainly put a dampener on audio work because I couldn’t hear what I needed to fix in my audio.

Fortunately for me, I’d gotten a lot of things done early in the week, so taking this time off didn’t hurt me so badly, unlike last weekend where I had to get all my words in during those two days.

I have been trying to get back to painting all week. Before I came down with the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, I got my palette all set up, went and dug an easel out of storage, and even prepared a couple canvases. I’d like to have some more quick pieces done for my shows. I even watched some YouTube videos to help inspire me. This one guy I found talks about doing paintings in 10 minutes — haven’t I always said that you don’t need a whole lot of time to take baby steps toward your dreams? He is definite proof that once you have the skills for your creative craft, you can certainly increase your production. I think an 8″x10″ in ten minutes (sometimes a little longer) is fast painting. Someday I hope to get there. At least he’s inspired me to do it.

Now we fall into July which is going to be a busy month. I have two shows (Salt Lake Gaming Con (booth #58) and Boise Wizard World), bike rides, company coming, other obligations, plus my usual travels through time and space. I am so excited, even though I know it’s going to be busy. The next busy month will be September. Guess if I was going to get the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, now is a good time.

Well, it’s time for me to go take a round of my medicines and rest some more. I want to recover fast. Much left to be done before the quickly approaching Salt Lake Gaming Con.

Take care, fellow adventurers, and never leave home without your Wellness Formula.

Fiction words written last week: 4,357 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,697 words

Weekly word goal reached for 5 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  27,348 words for June, 621 words for July.

Writing year to date total: 170,330 words – halfway done with the year and over halfway towards my goal.

Drawing/painting last week: I set up my palette and did some sketching, but that’s all

Audio: I spent 3.5 hours editing audio.

Leaving you

Key  4×4 acrylic on canvas  Dawn Blair ©2014
4×4 acrylic on canvas
Dawn Blair ©2014

Currently on eBay

At one of the panels I did at Pac-Con Spokane, I had a gentleman ask the panel if we ever had a story come to us, were really enthusiastic about it, then it left us. This particular person said it happened to him and about a week later he saw a show that followed his story to the letter.

At the time, I answered that I had stories come and leave me just like that. I even said something to the effect that I believe sometimes stories are taken away from us if we don’t get to work on them. I really do believe that. In some ways, I feel that Harry Potter should have been my idea, even though I’m not British and I wouldn’t have had any clue about a boarding school.

Unfortunately, at the time of the panel, I couldn’t think of any stories that came and left. Then, I was working on rearranging a few things in my office and looking for a story I wanted to get back to work on when I came across two old files. One was called “Vapors” and the other “Overboard.” These were two stories that I was all raring to go on and that came to a sudden halt. Heck, I can still remember when Vapors came to me — I was 15 at the time. I really felt like it was going to launch me to stardom.

So why can’t I work on it?

I just don’t feel that passionate about it right now. That’s not to say that I won’t ever. In fact, as I’m sitting here writing this post, I am remembering the storyline even though I never opened the file; it wasn’t what I was looking for so I had moved on. I do also remember seeing The Mummy – they actually use “my idea” in it very loosely. I’ve seen another movie that made use of “my idea.”

Some may say, well, if he just started working on his idea and it got “taken away and given to someone else,” why is he seeing the show a week later? Timey-whimey, is my reply.

There is nothing new under the sun. Even so-called “original ideas” are really just spins on other ideas.

So how do you get ideas to stop from leaving you? I don’t think there is a way to force the Muse to stay on your shoulder and tell you a story. Sometimes, you have to just put your bottom in the chair and work on the story without the Muse. Sometimes all you need to do is show up and the Muse “feels guilty” and joins you. Sometimes you just have to have faith in your story. Sometimes, it might be time to let the story “winter” for a bit and when your life enters another season it might come back to you or you might find something better. You just never know. It’s okay to let the story slip away.

The story you let get away might be the treasure for someone else. Don’t worry; your time will come around too.

The Change — Part 2

So here I stand, with the transformed painting mentioned in my last blog, and either I have another failure or a success. I admit, I’m a little nervous. I get nervous easily! Grin.

I fully accept that every painting is not necessarily a masterpiece, nor would I want it to be. If they were, I wouldn’t have a challenge. I like to see my skills growing. I came across a quote some time ago about if something was still growing, you knew it was still alive — I’ll blog on that sometime in the future I’m sure.

Okay, here it is: Raising a Buck transformed into a new painting…

He Who Holds the Key 20″x24″ acrylic on wrapped canvas Dawn Blair ©2014
He Who Holds the Key
20″x24″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Dawn Blair ©2014

The flowers are gone and a more fall atmosphere has claimed the stage. The deer is basically the same through I did brighten him a bit more. The biggest change is the key hanging from his antlers.

A key?

Yes, you see that golden key there. Ah, yes, there’s a story.

I sat for days looking at this painting, wondering what I could do to this painting. I knew I had to do something to make it my own, something with my fantasy style to finish the transformation. It was right there, so close…

So elusive!

I had an idea for something mysterious, but when I sketched it in with charcoal on the canvas, I didn’t like it. It didn’t feel right.

Then I thought about a key, similar to the ones I’ve been painting recently with the vines, which would hang from his antlers.

Before I even got it painted on, I realized that this key held more symbolism than I had originally thought. It feels like so many people in our world today are looking for the golden key to make everything perfect in their life. If only they had the time to figure out what they need to do, or figure out who to be with, or figure out how to have more time. We feel as if something special is locked away from us. We just need to find the key and then everything will be wonderful and fixed.

The reality is that “our key” is always right there beside us. We don’t have to go looking very far. Many gurus even say that we never have to look outside of ourselves for our answer, that what we need is already inside us. I don’t disagree. But this deer is symbolic of how we look around and the answer is forever elusive. We can feel it, maybe even catch a glimmer of it, but can we grasp it?

So, for what it’s worth, my painting transformed and I found a new piece of myself within. I hope you like the change too.

The Change – Part 1

Failed paintings… all artists have them and it seems like the more you “learn” the more failed paintings you have.  Remember this painting:

Raising a Buck  20X24X″ acrylic on canvas Dawn Blair ©2010
Raising a Buck
20″x24″ acrylic on wrapped canvas
Dawn Blair ©2010

Okay, I admit, it was called “Raising a Buck” for more than one reason. I thought if I painted something a little more “normal” that I might be able to sell it out here in Idaho.

Then came the embarrassment. I had it hanging at shows and person after person kept telling me, “Nice deer. Too bad they don’t really have antlers like that when the spring flowers are out.” I so obviously didn’t know my subject!

So I shoved the painting away. I knew some day I could paint over the canvas and do something new. I just had to wait for the right day — you know, the one where the Muse comes and taps on your shoulders and says, “Hi, honey, let’s get to work.” Yeah, that day.

I was starting to wonder if it would ever come.

Then I came across Brandon Schaefer’s YouTube channel. Since you already know that I love to know how other artists work, you’ll know I was fascinated by the videos he has of his working and thoughts. One of those was a video on what to do with failed paintings. Yeah, I have one or two (or fifty) of those! So I watched and I’d like to share with you now:

Well, that’s when the Muse settled in on my shoulder and said, “Hi, honey! Let’s get to work!”

Coming up next: Raising a Buck transformed…