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Taking time out for what you love

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As I was on the way home from my job this afternoon, I had an interesting experience that I thought might be worth sharing...As I looked to the south I became mesmerized by the beauty of the mountains; the way the light and shadows were playing together and the inviting warm colors of the end of a Fall, desert day. I had that welling up of inspiration to try and capture the moment.   I was tired though, it had been a long work day and I found myself saying "just go home; now is not a good time".  It was then when I suddenly saw how I continuely spoil those magical moments when I could stop and paint or sketch, by feeling that I'm not up for it or that I can do it in the future, convincing myself that I have other more important things to do. I hit the brakes and pulled over. I keep my art bag in the car with me at all times and I pulled out the sketchbook, watercolor travel kit and tripod stool to sit on. 20 minutes later I was driving down the road energized and happy, …

"Transformation"

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"Transformation" 11" x 9" acrylic on canvas paper
Another colorful acrylic attempt. I didn't have anything in mind when I started this one. I just started drawing a face and away it went. Those are my favorite kind of painting experiences, when there is no direction just the flow of creative energy. No pressures to make it look a certain way. It's actually a challenging thing to do because one often does have something in mind and it is so rare to have it turn out the way one visualized it. I named this one "Transformation" after the butterfly happened on the forehead. To me the painting spoke to me of someone having that moment of realization and then the change that comes out of that realization.

"The wind and the dragonfly"

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"The wind and the dragonfly"
11" x 9"
acrylic on canvas paper

 So I had a sudden urge to paint in bright colors and of course acrylics are always the best for vivid color. This was also a practice in painting faces, which faces or figures have always been a challenge for me to do. This painting was inspired by a photograph taken of myself a few years ago - I always loved that it captured the energy of wind. The dragonflies came as an afterthought. During the couple days I painted on this I kept seeing dragonflies everywhere, so in they went!