October 31

Inspiration Results – October 31

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I’d hoped to have at least a little more done on my Halloween Girl painting, but alas, no.

Halloween Girl 1

Looks like Halloween Girl will have to wait until December. Happy Halloween!

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October 28

In My Studio – October 28

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Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

Autumn Girl 5

I didn’t finish Autumn Girl, but I got her to the point where I’d like to let her be for awhile.

Fabric Owls Failure 3

I made this cute little owl. I wanted her to stand up, but the wire I used to make her legs and feet was too thin, so she just falls down. You all had some great ideas for salvaging her.

Halloween Girl 1

My newest painting inspiration is Halloween. I don’t like to plan out my paintings, I just like to start slapping paint on the canvas. It looks a little crazy when I start. Here’s the start of Halloween Girl.

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October 24

Inspiration Results – October 24

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For the remainder of 2013, I’m working on paintings inspired by the ideas you all suggested. I doubt if I’ll completed any painting in a week, but hopefully you’ll find it interesting to see how my paintings develop.

The first inspiration was AUTUMN. This week, she got a face. I’m going to put this painting away for now. I want to do more with her, but I’ll take some time to look at her casually and see if I can come up with what she needs.

Autumn Girl 5

Now I’m going to start on a painting using the inspiration…HALLOWEEN.

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October 17

Inspiration Results – October 17

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The plan at the beginning of 2013 was that every Monday, I would post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I would post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things. Because I’m adjusting to a new work schedule, that plan has changed a bit. I’m still taking an “inspiration” and translating it into a painting, but the process is much more step-by-step.

For the rest of year, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you sent me. The first inspiration is AUTUMN. Here’s how she looks so far.

Autumn Girl 4

She may not look much different from how she looked on Monday, but I’ve worked on her quite a bit. This is the point where I start making her hair and clothing and face. I paint, and then I change my mind. I paint, and then I change my mind. I keep fussing with her…sometimes a short process, sometimes a long process…until I think it’s okay.

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October 14

In My Studio – October 14

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Here’s what’s happening in my studio…

Autumn Girl 3

I continue to work on the Autumn Girl. I keep telling myself, “Slow and steady wins the race.” Every Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll post what the painting currently looks like until I’m done.

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October 10

Inspiration Results – October 10

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Every Monday, I post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

For the rest of year, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you sent me. The first inspiration is AUTUMN. She now has a dress and hair.

Autumn Girl 2

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October 7

In My Studio – October 7

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What’s happening in my studio?

Autumn Girl 1

Slow going. Here’s where I’m at with the Autumn Girl. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll post what the painting currently looks like until I’m done.

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October 3

Inspiration Results – October 3

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Every Monday, I post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

For the rest of year, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you sent me. The first inspiration is AUTUMN…

Autumn Background

The background is all I got started this week. I’m not too hopeful that I’ll have her finished next week, but I’ll keep at it and hopefully have her done in a few weeks.

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September 30

In My Studio – September 30

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Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

Nothing new to show you today, but September was a fun month. I finished 10 paintings that I’d started but never completed, and I had my first public showing at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library.

Heart Of A Girl Postcard

Showing my paintings in public was scary. I must admit that I had plenty of moments filled with self-doubt and fear, but everyone was so supportive and generous. Thank you to all who encouraged me. I was delighted beyond belief to be invited to display again in August 2014.

This Week’s Inspiration

In 2013, I’m doing Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration. For October, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you all have given me. In fact, I received so many suggestions, they will take me through the rest of the year. Here’s the list…

Daisy, Bella & Roxy – Autumn

Urban Hounds – Autumn, All Hallows Eve, Harvest & Halloween (old school)

Amy – Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (75th anniversary of the movie), Poinsettia Girl, Snow Faerie Girl, Identical Twins, “It’s a Small World” 3 girls of different ethnicities together & Bunny and Flattery as girls

Graceful Greyhounds – Winter

Molly The Wally – Fall

Roxy the Traveling Dog – Fall

Animal Lover, Quilt Lover – Dog

Tales And Tails – Harvest, Orange, Halloween & Fairy Tale

Dip-Dip and The Bridge – Nostalgia & Vintage

Two Greyhound Town – Fall

Peaceful dog – Ocean

Mollie & Alfie – Bare branches on trees & Dew on the grass

Greyhounds CAN Sit – Happiness

You all certainly didn’t disappoint! If I missed anyone’s inspiration idea, it was completely unintentional. Please let me know in the comments or send me an email. I promise that I will do every one of these. Let’s start with…AUTUMN.

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September 26

Inspiration Results – September 26

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Every Monday, I post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

This month, I’m committed to finishing paintings I’ve started but never completed. So my inspiration for the month of September is FINISHING WHAT I STARTED. Here are a few paintings I finished…

Finish Girl 6

Well, almost finished. I think I’d like to float some color behind each of them to make them stand out more.

Finish Girl 7

After I finish up some paintings in September, I would love for October’s “inspirations” to come from you. Do you have an idea for me? If so, please leave a comment with your inspiration idea. It can be a word, a story, an idea, a time period, a book, a song…whatever you can think of.

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