Click on the video above to watch. Happy Holidays everyone. I hope that the season finds you all well, healthy and happy. It is a particularly stressful time of year, so take a little break and watch me create this art journal page. Cheers!
The best laid plans…..or so it goes. Once upon a time, I had a dream, and lofty goals and great plans. And then life turned upside down and nothing went as planned, and for awhile, everything turned to shit. Right now I am not ready to go in to the thick of it, but it is getting better. Slowly I can once again feel the ground beneath my feet and while I am slowly beginning to feel that yearning and longing for those dreams again, I am certainly no longer the Lori Lynn of March 2016. Once upon a time I foolishly thought I had it figured out, and then I fell flat on my face. Trauma can come at us in many different forms. Once upon a 2016 I felt as though I was atop a mountain, looking out at the great wonders ahead of me and then unexpectedly a sinkhole swallowed me, and that mountain, and my dreams and goals. I know, very vague and metaphoric ;), but I am a college student now, and I can use the creative writing practice (more about that amazing turn of events another time).
What I can say, is that the desire to create is once again alive and well, I have been playing with paint more so than I have been painting. I am letting myself paint for the love of it, for the healing it brings me. I have been exploring, re-examining and re-evaluating the role art plays in my life. For a long period of time I was unable to paint, to create, or even to write. I couldn’t bring myself to express the blackness and despair, it just hurt too much. So I had to let it go for awhile and try to heal. I am only 50% of the way back, but I am getting there. The wounds are still fresh, and I have to tread lightly for now, I do not know what direction my art will take from here, I have to let it come organically. I still have those lofty dreams of teaching and inspiring and working with others to let art heal them, but right now, I need to let it heal me. And it is, and now that I have finally put words to this page, perhaps I can once again begin sharing with you.
It is not even close to perfect, but the site rebuild is nearing completion and I am SO happy! Changing the site will allow me to bring you great new features in the future and there are BIG things in the works for My Painted Path. This spring I will have workbooks and courses available on the site. And some of them will be FREEBIES! It is going to be AMAZING!
I have been studying, planning and working like a mad woman for the past few weeks. I think it may actually be beginning to leak out of my brain at this point and I am going to try to give myself a day off tomorrow.
It is only 6 weeks now until I will officially be done with my regular employment and will begin the journey of fulfilling a few more of my biggest dreams. I LOVE the process of reaching my goals almost as much as I love hitting them. The only art making I have managed in the past couple of weeks has been more of a vision painting that I am creating for myself to help keep me focused on the hard work and the rewards ahead.
Tuesday, February 2nd we will be making “String Art Hearts” at Whimsy’s Creativity Class. I can not wait to see what INCREDIBLE creations everyone will come up with this time. Here are a few shots of the AWESOMENESS our creative Goddesses made with wood slices at the last class.
Until next time!
I am happy to share the first new paintings of 2016! I have been very productive and have a few new pieces to share with you. Meet “Chinook” (above), a delightful moose pausing to soak up the moonlight. Chinook is an acrylic painting on fine art paper measuring 13 x 9 inches and is available for sale. Click on the image to purchase the original or prints.
As I am sure you have noticed, there have been a few changes to the website over the past week as well. Online sales are back up and running and if you have not done so already, please click on the Subscribe button at the top of the page to make sure you do not miss out on any special promotions and the latest news from My Painted Path.
The weather has warmed up marginally enough to get out for a few good ski’s and with all the big changes coming up the extra energy has been very helpful. Last week the gallery exhibition at the theatre came down, but new work is going up at Gourmet Girl and Whimsy this week. On January 11 Creativity Classes resume with Vision Boarding for the New Year. I am keeping busy with planning for a big move in April, taking many online technology-type courses, and, of course, working on fulfilling of some of my biggest dreams; to be a full-time working artist, to build my own tiny portable studio, and to get out and live a healthier, more sustainable life a rural setting. Imagine all the inspiration that will greet me the moment I walk out my door every morning! What makes this extra special is that I will be taking all of you on my journey with me! Yay internet!
This move is big, and this move is scary, but it is exciting and opens so many opportunities for me and my family.
Below is my second painting for 2016, meet “The Night is Wild”. This delightful bear is bellowing his soulful cry to the night. “The Night is Wild” is 16 x20 inches on cradled hand-stretched canvas and is available for sale for $400. Click on the image to purchase the original or prints.
I hope the new year is treating you all well and I look forward to sharing more art soon!
May 16 2015
Spring has arrived and I am bursting with creativity right now! Long warm days, hands in dirt and brushes in paint, I am a happy girl! So I thought I would share my joy with my two latest paintings!
This graceful buck, in full velvet is 9 x 12 inches on cradled canvas.
“A Spring Voyage” – Another bear, haha. You know I love me some bears. This darling beastly represents the teaming life unseen below the snow during the awakening of spring. He is 12 x 16 on cradled canvas. SOLD
A couple more are on the way, but I need to have a good photo session before I post any them. Have a great day!
April 27 2014
Sky Dancer – Watch the Painting Come to Life
Sky Dancer – 16 x 20 inches. Cradled Birch Panel. SOLD
I have recently completed this new painting of a livley spirited owl. I took photos along the way of the progress of this painting and I thought everyone would like a glimpse in to the process of creating a new painting.
Draw in, then block in with some watery paint the initial image on to a toned cradled birch panel.
I begin to work on adding a background. Sometimes I do this before blocking in the layout for a painting, but this time I did this after.
I am happy with the beginning of the background. I will tweak it a little more along the way
Time to redraw the image that I have covered while painting the background
This is where I begin to sort out which areas of the painting will be seperated. I continually step back and see if I like the areas I will tone differently.
I was feeling like the background needed some more texture. After the glazeing is dry, I will go back in and repaint the tonal sections.
Refining tone in areas, simplifying shapes, ideas are continually swirling and I will begin to work out what kind of details I will add in to the owl.
Adding more glazing to the background for more depth, still blocking out areas for the detail of the owl
Adding in a few more areas for detail
Beginning to add in detail, still working out how I want to progress with the piece. Do I need areas of contrast? Do I have too much going on? Should I add color?
Adding in color, refining detail areas, does the upper half of the background need to be a bit darker?
Detail work, does it need another color in the owl? He is really developing a personality and the name for the painting comes to me. Sky Dancer!
Sky Dancer is finished! Now I let the painting cure for a couple of weeks before I apply varnish and photograph the piece for future prints. I am so happy with the painting. I always love to see how each piece comes to life and develops its own personality.
In total, I spent about 20 hours in total from start to finish.
It is always a little bitter sweet to finish a piece. But before this one is done, I have already begun the next painting in my head. Cant wait to share it with you