Thursday, September 14, 2017

An Embarrassment of Riches

Late summer sunshine,

radiant warm weather,

cloudless azure skies,

terrific tutorial students at my back door,

two engaging editing jobs in my lap,

wedding details' falling into place,

a beach picnic,

day's-end campfires night after night,

three good books in progress,

a painting knife in my hand,

and gratitude every which way.

free canvas #1
16x20"
work in progress
detail
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14 comments:

  1. Lovely, Dotty. What richness it is to share your wanderings and wonderings.

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    1. Well, good morning, Carolyn! How ARE ya? Thanks for your affirmation of my blog sharing. Keeping a blog as a record of my painting adventure has turned out to be very nourishing and has become an intrinsic element of my painting experience. I'm grateful for followers … such as yourself!

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  2. As always, Dotty, I love your poetry, next to your paintings!

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    1. Hi Simone, you are a faithful champion of my painting+writing for which I am very appreciative … ideas continue to percolate : )

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  3. Love your words Dotty! The layers on this are making it so rich and creating a 'history'. I am grateful for your generous sharing of art, words and life experiences! Have a lovely day ox

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    1. Janet, thanks for your input. I'm still chuckling that this painting began with a free roadside canvas that to my eye was visually ugly but nonetheless would offer me a rich underlayer to cover and transform. Indeed, lots of history here! Glad to have you on the receiving end of my sharing. A lovely day to you, too!

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  4. Beautiful words....a reminder to me to be grateful for riches every day. You are a gem in the world, Dotty! This piece is a wealth of riches - the intense colors broken by a watery resting place for the eye, the line work! The tiny stencil prints! Love.

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    1. Please know that it's taken years for me to relinquish my habitual complaining and replace it with an eye for the riches, and, as you might guess, it's an ongoing practice.

      Once again, I thank you for naming a few specifics—they help me so much to return to a wider perspective with a WIP.

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  5. What a wonderful list! We have so much to be grateful for!
    Beautiful colors dancing across the page! Wide open spaces!
    Me wonders what more surprises are in store for us. Every post blog a lesson not only in painting but for the soul!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Yes, so much for which to be grateful. And I am!

      Thanks for your mention of the wide open spaces; I've been trying to remember to incorporate breathing space.

      Me wonders also what will be next. All I know for sure is that this piece isn't quite complete yet.

      Thanks for your kind words re painting and soul : )

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  6. Dotty, you are a Renaissance woman! (Well, if women would have been allowed. LOL) Really, you rival Michelangelo with your dedication, experimentation, inventiveness, and proclivity.
    Your art would be enough to amaze and delight, but you also bless us with your thoughts, so cleverly penned.
    This piece has me feeling summer of my youth. Ice cream, bubble gum, Saturday morning cartoons. Look what you did with another man's trash!!!

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    1. Sheila, thanks for your clear-eyed ability to SEE me and my doings—so affirming and energizing.

      Love the scene you paint of summer days from your youth, with ice cream, bubble gum, and cartoons. Awesome.

      And, regarding the canvas I'm using, as Paul Simon points out, "one man's ceiling is another man's floor." : )

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  7. Sounds like a perfect combination..a little work, a bit of fun.

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    1. 'Tis a perfect combination! Thanks, Katie.

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