Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together

 

Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together

 

Quiet Spring Dream

I would like to devises a weekly art challenge, or as I like to think of them, a humble encouragements. We’ll call it a challenge as that’s language that many of us are used to, since they are everywhere these days. But think of it as an invitation if that feels less arduous and wearing! This is for everyone!

Making us Stronger together

These challenges are aimed at making it easier to connect with other artists and kindred spirits.

The added bonus is that it’s designed to build your ‘story’ as an artist. It’ll help you clarify aspects of your own process, what works and what doesn’t, and hopefully make it easier to talk about your work and motivations. People love to know more about the person behind the art – this will give them a glimpse behind the curtain and help us connect with each other as humans and creative beings.

I will give you a description of the Challenge. You get to create with any medium of art and its techniques. (Photography, watercolor, oils, pencil, metal, written word…)
As artist post their work, we can gently and constructively comment what we think. Remember, not all people like harsh critiques and may not participate again. On the other hand, you will not improve if you don’t listen to some creative direction and encouragements. These weekly challenges are to get us back in the roll of creating, expressing and relaxing in the moment.

Who would like to do this?

pass it on and let see how many people we can encourage to play along.

First Challenge : FINDING A WHISPER!

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A Painting for Christmas in Memory of a dear friend

Yes, It’s finally here!  Christmas time is everywhere, whether you like it or not.  I have a wonderful family to share this time with, along with great friends who have become our second family.  I don’t take for granted the blessing I have. I do try to nurture those relationships and make them as precious, as I do, myself.  Merry Christmas!

Last February, we were fortunate to have my cousins and their dog over for “a long winters nap”.  We enjoyed each others company, we laughed a lot and I was able to un-train their Dog IZZY. Isabella, was one of the best trained and well behaved dogs we’ve ever had to our house. My two dogs were not!  Every time the dogs would go outside, on their way back in, they would get a treat.  Izzy caught on to that really fast and wanted to go out a lot!  When she was outside, she didn’t have to work any job, obey any commands, or even chase a rabbit to get her treat.  She just got one. Treat after treat after treat!!! All the dogs put on weight that month. So did I! But, by the end of their stay. I had caught on to some of the good training rules and commands, that were suppose to be enforced.  I grew to love this sweet dog very much.  Last month, our hearts were saddened. While my cousins  were down at their Tennessee homestead. Izzy got into mouse poison.  It didn’t take long for her to die, just a matter of hours.  I tell you this, only because we need to realize the dangers of these kinds of poisons. They will kill mice and anything else that eats it:  Like your best friend (dog/cat) or a young child.  Please be careful this Christmas season and May your home be filled with happy, healthy faces.

I’m getting off my soap box now.

I painted this for Dee And Jeff

Merry Christmas You Two

from the Dotson’s

Izzy all in Pink- a practice painting

Izzy all in Pink- a practice painting

In Memories of Isabella

In Memories of Isabella

Let sleeping babies and dogs rest

How beautiful it is, here in Ohio on this perfect, August day. I’m sitting outside for the first time in weeks. Things have kept me far to busy, for me to escape to one of my quiet chairs in the backyard. It’s not as quiet as it once was, but it will do and it is mine:). I was able to cross a few accomplishments off my to do list. So, my reward is this!

I have a young friend who will be having her first baby soon. So today, I painted her a sleeping baby. I still treasure gifts from my first baby shower, some 27 yrs ago. I hope she enjoys it!

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Naomi and Sarah

Boy oh Boy, have the garden and chickens taken up all my spare time these days.  Don’t get me wrong, I love gardening and the hard work that goes into it. The best part is the benefits with fresh fruits and veggies to last us threw the summer and into winter…crossing my fingers:)  I still need my quiet creative time…

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

I have a watercolor portrait I’m working on and I needed some inspiration. So, I headed to my filed paintings, from years past, and I found one of my favorites.  Golly, I can’t remember what year it was. It was the winter of the ice storm in Columbus, Ohio.  Naomi, Sarah and their whole Family  (The Saum’s), along with their grandmother who was visiting from Kansas during Christmas break, were all staying at our house.  All because they did not have electricity at their place.  We were, eleven in all, able to enjoy our friendship for cozy eight days.  I had a houseful on Christmas morning and I loved it.  This shot was taken Christmas Morning:)  Later that year, Sarah had graduated from college and I wanted to celebrate her life!  I hope you like it.

I’m inspired!  🙂

Happy Creating!