Saturday, September 26, 2015

Train Leaving

I've been participating in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days September 2015 challenge. Because why not? I already paint every day anyway. Didn't find out about the challenge till almost midmonth, but no problem: join any time! paint as often as you can! no rules! no such thing as cheating!

New art, new friends, comments at my blog, commenting at others' blogs.

Watching what catches my eye or heart or both.

Discovered Gwenda Waterink whose work is not like anything I've ever done. Kinda like it, kinda like it a lot. When that Gwenda train rolled into the station I thought, I'm taking that train, and I stepped off the platform.

Pulled out a sketchbook. Oil pastels. A collection of pens. Told myself I'd ride the train for no more than 30 minutes.

Totally fun.

Combined early memories of elementary school worksheets (lines, letters, shapes, colors) with the spirit of my granddaughters' homeschooling (broke "the rules" by using my non-dominant hand for the whole exercise and coloring out of the lines).

Now I've stepped back off the train. Wonder where I am.

6x9", mixed media on Aquabee paper


  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I want to try my hand at more such playfulness. Gotta nudge my wheels out of the ruts!

  2. Hi Dotty - It looks like you had lots of fun with this - I love the sense of play!
    - Connie

    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Connie. I plan to get in there and do some more such playing soon.

    2. Excellent ! Can't wait to see it. Play is always GOOD! :o)

  3. Fun! I love your soft colors, as much as I love Gwenda's bold ones. I wanna play too :)

  4. Sheila, thanks for your comments. I especially appreciated your appreciation of the soft colors. In response to your "I wanna play too" impulse, let's both do some playing with some art of this kind! I'll be watching to see what you come up with!