Friday, December 18, 2015

Over the Sea 30 and other new watercolors

                                                  Over the Sea 30 watercolor on paper 12x9

                                            Trinity Mountain Study watermedia on paper 9x12

                                        Tryon Creek Summer Study watermedia on paper 8x6

 As I waited for the second flood to recede, I set up a little studio in our workout room upstairs;

 I really needed to paint, but I was so agitated I had no idea what. My momentum had been knocked off kilter weeks ago so I painted new pieces in themes I was familiar with. They were something. My studio is much more than a workplace, it`s a sanctuary where I regroup, do research, watch videos, nap, listen to music, write and imagine. My inner life comes alive down there. So being without it has been very alienating. It stayed dry through this last big storm so tomorrow I`m going to recolonize my oil painting area and begin work again.

This graphic comic by the Oatmeal about the tortured relationship between exercise and eating rang so true for me. I was a dedicated runner for decades and its positive contribution to my sanity cannot be exaggerated. Give this a read, it`s funny!

Have safe loving holidays. Give your mothers some extra affection.

Two more days to see my show at In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art in Oregon City!

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Sarah Bachhuber Peroutka said...

Oatmeal comic was hilarious! Thanks!

Libby Fife said...


I laughed through that whole comic! We really beat the Hell out of ourselves don't we?

It's difficult to be without your private space. (This is how I think of my studio.) It's where I get to be me the most. I hope that you get your studio up and running again. Maybe put everything on stilts this time:)

Have a good holiday! Stay dry:)

E.M. Corsa said...

Love that first painting but you knew I would didn't you?
My studio, though not as grand as yours, is my sanctuary too. I don't allow anyone in there, ever, except Buddha and Erb and my two sons. No exceptions. I don't want anyone else's energy in my space.
Hope things even out soon for you my friend. Wishing you much joy in the new year.

RH Carpenter said...

I like all of the paintings but the color in the second really takes off! I hope you get your space back soon and feel more centered - you really need it now - so no more torrential rain, please, raingods, for your area!! (They are predicting 69F, storms with winds up to 70 mph this evening = should be interesting!! and very glad we had that dead ash tree taken down.)
Take care, have a good holiday season without too much stress - or cleaning!! - and enjoy more comics (although I've never been a runner, I am a walker and enjoy walking if there is something interesting to see along the way and my shoes don't hurt my feet; runners always look so miserable when you see them out running...I guess it's a mental thing to do it and continue with it).