Monday, September 24, 2018

First Few Days of Fall

Picking Time  Pastel 12 x 9 © Donna Theresa Fine Art
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First Day of Fall  Pastel 9 x 12 © Donna Theresa Fine Art
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Season is defined by change....especially on the cusp in between seasons...I feel that transition most when autumn arrives...It's as if I go to bed one evening and the air is warm and thick with summer only to wake up the next morning with a chill in the air that is thin and crisp and full of the sounds of the waking hours ...The light is more luminous as the sun begins to travel lower in the sky which lends to compelling shapes and shadows to stare at and wonder how to render that....
Change is good. I love change..Travel to new places...rearrange the furniture or if that's impossible at least arrange a new tabletop display...or in my case rotate the many paintings I have in my inventory...the side benefit of being an artist...a never ending supply of wall decor...
Autumn is my favorite season....My birthday is in the fall and my mental calendar starts in the fall. The year starts at the end of September for me...I have to believe that is a leftover memory /feeling from childhood as I anxiously awaited the start of the new school year.  Yes, I was one of those kids who loved school...
So tell me...what's your favorite season and why?
Would love to hear from you.....

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Velvet Dreams

"Velvet Dreams"  Original Pastel 15.5 x 12 © Donna Gross
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Dreams are like velvet sometimes....fuzzy, unclear, nebulous, a distant memory that fades more and more with each passing moment.
About a year ago this time... or maybe less than a year I decided to pursue my fuzzy, unclear, nebulous, "how can I do that?" dream.... I set realistic goals and a timeline.... I let go of expectations and just put my best foot forward only listening to the voice of joy....the voice that asks..."Does this make me happy?"
For me , that dream started with three goals resulting from my commitment to try and paint everyday...put in the time ... be consistent... set my priorities so that I am pursuing joy, which for me is to paint in the luscious medium that is pastel...to "paint" with a stick of chalk is a visceral experience...my fingers so close but not touching my paper...the feel of the various textures each stick offers because each stick is a handmade piece of art itself....
I digress...
So with that commitment in mind (painting everyday) I set my goals...
Submit my work to juried local and national and even international exhibition competitions....
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Develop a website...
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Apply and get juried into Open Studios 2018 Santa Cruz County...
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Slowly those velvet dreams became clearer with every stroke of my pastel stick....
Tell me your velvet dreams
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