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Fairy Wood

I envy artists who have unlimited time to create. It seems my studio time shrinks with each passing week; I must forcefully neglect my self imposed to- do lists and chores in order to grab a bit of precious creating time. So that means the kitchen does not get cleaned, or the rug vacuumed, or I return the library books a day late and pay a fine. Sometimes I am so full of art, I just must do that. Oh well!

I have written before about the frustration of finally grabbing that studio time and finding yourself without any good art ideas. One of my fun activities on such a day involves setting up several prepared papers on boards, hauling out the paint, water and texturing plastics and papers and playing with art.

I wet the papers, dab and drip and spatter paint onto the surfaces, then press plastics, paper towels, leaves, whatever into the wet paint. Then I leave them to dry. At least I got to play with color and paint, try out some new texturing ideas, create something.


Next day the works will be dry, and I look at the papers from across the room, trying to see or imagine what I can turn them into. It would be pretty cool to snap my fingers and Shazam!  Fine art! No, I mean to paint into the forms or scenes that could be, develop them into something interesting.

I begin by taking the work I see promise in, and sketching in the scene. If the paint is dark I use a whiter conte crayon- or white pastel, which is easily erased.

Sometimes I can “see” a landscape, sometimes a person, animal, dreamscape… sometimes I must use one of my reference photos.


Here I saw a waterfall , rocks and trees, mist rising through a forest. I painted in the trees, defined the rocks for the fall to descend, used the textures as water and foliage.

Next I refined the details further, painting in darker ares, cracks in the rocks. At this point of painting, the hours fly by( the housework undone, lol) and my studio time is a joy.


And when it feels complete, I rise, stiff muscled, sometimes stretch and go outside to re-coop. Then I come back to the work and smile and feel great!

Then I start cooking dinner!

Does this routine sound like you, my artist friends?

I hope I have given you some ideas to try, I wish you lots of studio time this week, and much creative joy from it.