Do Not Speak Of It

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It is so easy to believe we actually understand what we thought we saw (feel free to fill in the implied blank). Snap judgements based on witnessing a few moments are never wise, or kind, and could prove destructive. So whatever you saw, do not speak of it. Rather, try to understand it, preferably with an open mind.

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.
― Isaac Asimov

Sisters Make the Best Fans!

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My sister is an artist. I am an artist. We share ideas, methods, struggles. That is a blessing beyond compare. Both of us would describe the other as our biggest fan.

What I most admire about Barb Pearson is her very conscious effort to make how she lives an open book. Truth and authenticity are the standards she constantly practices upholding. And it shows–in her paintings and in her life.

I Don’t Know Which Is Bigger

Carolyn Hall Young demonstrates that when life throws you limitations, you can still “Live Life Large.”

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Purple Heart ~ by Carol Wiebe

I am fairly new to the world of art using iPad apps, but I was very soon drawn to the work and spirit of this woman: Carolyn Hall Young.

I don’t know which is bigger, her talent or her heart.

This Vimeo video is one where Carolyn shares her approach to life and art. She “gifts” people with digital portraits that delight and uplift both the receivers of those portraits, and those of us who witness the responses.

Carolyn Hall Young manages to circumvent imposed limitations and live life large.

When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is.- Tara Brach

 

One Came To Visit

The old woman stood quietly alone, watching three raucous crows cavort over the fence and through the branches. Two of them sped away, wings flapping, but one came to visit . . .

One came to visit

The old woman stood quietly alone, watching three raucous crows cavort over the fence and through the branches. Two of them sped away, wings flapping, but one came to visit . . .

Just when I decide to show my art processes “in medias res, ” I get into digital art. So how do I show that? Do I present each part of each piece separately (the figure, the crow, the background)? Should I show the little movies that can be made of your process with some apps, though I app hop so fast I am not sure of what use they would be, even to me.

With digital art everything moves so quickly, especially if I compare it to something like hand stitching, for instance. Yet a good digital piece can take days to complete. I am sure some of the digital masters take a lot longer than that for their more detailed art. But, as it is often said, every artwork an artist makes took them their lifetime up to that point to produce, so the time factor is in many ways irrelevant.

I now have a new vocabulary to figure out, plus apps to learn, tools to master, and a universe of digital artists to explore.

Exciting times! Especially as I integrate my stylus and my paintbrush in novel ways. I have played around with Photoshop Elements for years, but using the apps on the iPad is a different animal. I aim to tame it.