Creative Life

w16-9-11-pentalic-dan-sunflower-07(Image by Dan Antion, with permission; his blog is No Facilities.)

w16-9-11-pentalic-dan-sunflower-07-copyA dialogue with a friend yesterday about perfection in his painting
(he is learning gouache) reminded me that perfection freezes us.  Also, NO artist is objective about their work after they’ve just finished it.  We spent the time struggling with this or that mark/color and know what we wanted and how it is not THAT.
We see the screwy mark/color, not the forest, so to speak.

Anywho, I love sunflowers and the season is ending.
Painting sunflowers in early morning sun is a stretch for me.
Grisaille helped build tone under the washes of watercolor.
Middle-of-the-night, insomniac painting!
I’m happy with it, a happy image — except for the misdrawn leaves —
JUST KIDDING.

Pentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Carbon pen with Platinum Carbon ink;
Lexington Gray Ink, Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith watercolors.

 W16 7 21 USK PSU BERRY FESTIVAL 02 SQ W16 7 14 PENTALIC INDIAN PAINTBRUSH 03 SQ W16 7 7 PENTALIC LUPINES 03 SQ W16 7 15 PENTALIC BLEEDING HEARTS 01 SQ W16 7 21 USK PSU BERRY FESTIVAL 02 SQ

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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19 Responses to Creative Life

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This is beautiful, Kate. I love those sunflowers, and this is such a great reminder of their beauty.

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  2. Youanna N. says:

    I have to write this quote somewhere I can see it every day!

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  3. So true, I struggle with that, I’ll see a mess and people will ooh and ahh….crazy isn’t it? Your sunflowers are wonderful and I personally love those leaves!

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  4. I resemble that thought process!

    Your sunflower field reminds me of the field I photographed this summer. Your painting is lovely!!

    I’m writing the quote down too! In fact I may use it as copywork so I remember it. 🙂

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  5. Awesome. Sunflowers have a special place in my heart. The bright yellow color make me feel better. I love roasted sunflower seeds as well.

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  6. bikerchick57 says:

    Your rendering of the sunflowers makes me smile, Katie. We’re hanging onto summer! Thanks for that 🙂

    I really love that quote…must remember it when I’m bible journaling or scrapbooking. It’s so easy for me to want perfectionism, to not be “wrong” in what I do, which is totally against creativity.

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  7. loisajay says:

    Great photo, great painting! Great people too, but you and Dan know that! 😀

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