Sunday, January 16, 2022
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Friday, January 7, 2022
(Reminder: Skipping Church can be purchased on Amazon and other online bookstores. It can also be ordered at local bookstores.)
I'm so grateful to reporter Gretchen Burnette of the Mason City Globe Gazette for her article about my book and art. She's a fellow writer and artist and I bonded with her immediately. Thank you, dear Gretchen!
The article was published today and can be found here. I miss all the good people in Mason City, the historic architecture, and the fabulous days of snow-showing out at Lime Creek Nature Center.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
So I went back to the photo of the "Marji's Tree" painting--the one I'd taken before I added too much paint--and decided to crop it into a square shape. I think that helps. I do so love that flaming maple.
I ordered via Vistaprint some greeting cards of this scene, so we'll see how they look. Maybe this one will wind up in a pop-up shop someday soon.
Now, on to the next project.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
pencil and watercolor on Arches 100% cotton hot press paper
Today has already been rich.
I had an hour Zoom session with an ace spiritual counselor, Andy Douglas, with whom I’ve connected every other month for the past seven years. One thing that came up was my disproportionate dissatisfaction with my paintings that go awry—of which there are many. I so want to become a better painter that I get frustrated when paintings don’t work. Andy suggested simply setting an intention, before I begin painting, to accept whatever develops, without allowing disappointment. (Now why didn’t I think of that?) I added that maybe I should also just practice and play more—get back to my sketchbooks and experiment more often.
After our talk I went on to finish a really bad painting that I won’t share here, but true to my new intention, I didn’t dwell on the disappointment. Instead, I penciled in a self-portrait with a soft (#4) pencil and then added color with a triad of Quin Magenta, Phthalo Blue, and Hansa Yellow Medium. Not a masterpiece, but it felt good to play.
I was also interviewed about my book, Skipping Church: Notes from an Accidental Minister’s Wife, by a wonderful young reporter from the Mason City Globe Gazette, since there’s a chapter in the book about living in Mason City, Iowa. She’ll be writing a feature article about the book. As a freelance writer, ’ve been on her side of so many interviews; it truly was a joy to be the one answering the questions. What a gift, her great questions, and the feeling of being listened to so deeply. Thank you, Gretchen!
There’s a feeling of spring in the air this week in northern California as the temperatures have risen slightly. I even saw a magnolia tree in bloom yesterday.
The new year has just begun. What other richness is ahead?
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