Back home after four days away. Four days without my laptop, or art supplies. I planned for only two days. Two hectic days. So, catching up again. Maybe that should be my official theme for the project. HA!
Keeping it simple to accelerate the process. I missed painting! I missed my brushes and colors and work. I missed being in the creative frame of mind. I missed Mingus.
For the next few pieces, I am going to just let the paint flow. Let it do the work. Or most of it. I am not going to pre-plan or labor for long on an individual painting. I will be heading back to Phoenix for a few more days and I am hoping to get ahead. And stay at least, right on schedule. It’s OK if you are laughing. I am too.
L.Y.A. Side Swaps
I came home to a nice surprise. A LYA postcard. Might be the last. Before I left, I received Deanie Houghtaling’s wonderful card. A warm sepia photograph of a street lamp in Paris. I LOVE the shadows, and the cracks in the wall.
You can see more of Deanie’s fabulous photos on her Instagram feed. As well as her furry, funny, feline friends. I love Deanie’s work, for the moods she can invoke. Deanie also features Phoenix , and gives interesting tidbits about the area. And if you are a science geek, or just a geek in general, you will find thelabscientist strangely appealing. If you need a laugh, check it out.
PJ’s colorful card caught my eye for obvious reasons. Her painting was created in Oaxaca Mexico during a FEARLESS MEXICO retreat in November. It is part of a triptych. I LOVE the colors, the warmth, the forms. The texture! Beautiful! You can find more of PJ’s terrific work on Instagram.
I have been fortunate to swap with both talented artists for several years now. Thank you Deanie and PJ for sharing your awesome work with me! Such a joy! I can’t wait until next year’s LYA, and hope to swap with you again. Until then, be seeing you on Instagram.
Until tomorrow, and more Mingus,
Love your loose brush style! #29 is my favorite. What an endless inspiration just outside your window! Almost 1 month in, great work!
So glad to hear it Carol. Thank you 🙂 It is going by faster than I would have thought 😉
Life always throws us challenges but you seem to be able to catch up, Sheila. I like the looser style of these three paintings – maybe being rushed is a bonus – lol. super cards from your side swaps!
They were fun to do Val. You may be right, LOL 🙂
The postcards are great. I really wasn’t expecting more, so they were a very nice surprise 🙂 I need to visit the swap page and catch up on that 🙂
Awesome Mingus, Sheila ! What a lovely card reception from your very thoughtful friends???? You are beautiful ? . Mingus on, my dear?
YOU are awesome and beautiful Trang 😉 Thanks so much my friend!
Sheila, always such anticipation as I open your blog to see what mood Mingus is in, what state Sheila is in. I love the K.I.S., sketchbooky quality of this triplet of pieces. I feel as though I’m taking a walk, looking up to see what’s shifted in my view, what essentials have remained relatively stable. You are rocking this challenge!
You made me think of that song they used on the ketchup commercial… anticipation. LOL ha ha ha 🙂 More sketchbooky style on the way my friend 😉 Thanks Dotty!
You are so creative! I enjoy seeing your work!
Thank you Lana 🙂 Happy quilting to you 🙂