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Thoughts on Painting

A Quick Journal Practice

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not that great at keeping to a routine. I find it difficult to stick to a schedule, however, I have developed a quick journal practice that I’ve stuck with for years. When I stop because of holidays or travel, I truly miss it. This practice keeps me…

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Creativity Thoughts on Painting Workshops

How I have learned to critique my work instead of criticize it.

The advice I hear and give out often is to treat the work as if your best friend made it. This works well to tone down the nasty voices that are basically telling you that what you just made sucks. Imagining your friend waiting to hear what you think, helps you look for the positive…

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Thoughts on Painting

Blue Painted Poems

When talking about abstract art, I often compare it to poetry. Like poets, us painters take the familiar and present it to you in a way that invites you to engage. In this series, I’m layering bits of shells, bark from trees and lines from the light on the ocean to share my reverence for…

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Art Herstory Blind Contour Homage Thoughts on Painting

BCD#28

Blind Contour Homage #28 – “Sweet Peas” 1911 – Edith Hester Macdonald-Brown Thanks to a frustrating tangle of social, historical, and geographical circumstances, very little is known about the African-Canadian artist, Edith Hester Macdonald-Brown. Born in Nova Scotia in 1880, Macdonald-Brown may have attended art school in Montreal before returning home, where she married William…