29 April 2013

Nature always inspires...


I'm currently in that non-making phase of art...the phase where I feel like I'm in neutral, waiting to change gears back up into the flow of creating again...I've noticed this happens in a cyclic fashion and I now accept it as a necessary part of my creative process...things are forming, ideas and inspirations are shaping me but the last couple of weeks have been paint free...so I wanted to share the other things that catch my attention during these 'dormant' and decidedly more internal phases of creating...


 Snakeshead Fritillaries -definitely fairy flowers!

Nature has always been my 'go to' for solace, inspiration and clarity...ever since I can remember, I would disappear off for a walk to clear my head and get some fresh air...it always helps and I return anew, with colour and pattern imprinted on my newly inspired mind...


The patterns and tiny details in Grape Hyacinths are amazing...


With the spring finally unfurling around me, I am happy to return to my annual friends, like these Grape Hyacinths, with their intricate bells that unfold after being tightly held in a ball, waiting for the right time...and like them, I am waiting for the right time to paint...in fact always paying attention to the inner pull of my heart, telling me what to do next ♥


A Narcissus with it's beautiful colour combinations...


I'm not one for sketching out in the field...rather, I prefer to photograph what I see...and even though a lot of the beautiful flowers that I witness along my path do not come directly into my paintings, their influence is more subtle, the colour combinations, the patterns and lines are there instead...I remember when I lived by the sea, I would walk my dog there every day...soon after we had begun this routine, my paintings changed...I began a 'Blue Phase'...my paintings became large, over 6 feet by 4 feet and consisted of various blues and greens every time! This was not a conscious move on my part but indeed Nature had crept into me once again and taken charge of my creative direction...there really is no separation between us and our planet and I began to see and feel that connection strengthen in me through my painting...I will endeavor to find some slides of the old blue paintings to share here...I wait to see what Nature has in store for my next painting phase :)  ♥


25 April 2013

Appreciation...


Lately, things have been changing a lot for me...well, I've been making things change...and I feel so much appreciation for the good in my life, for the love, the care and consideration I'm experiencing...yes, there's a lot of happy going on here at TMS...






Over the last few weeks the spring has finally arrived and I'm realising why I was so drawn to find colour in other ways through the long winter...I keep buying colour...any excuse to add to the stash...the latest arrivals being more Neoprene 11 water soluble wax crayons, I love the rich colours and blend-ability...the effects ranging from waxy to watercolour are really cool!






Today was the first morning warm enough to sit outside on the bench with my morning hot chocolate...Izzy having her breakfast al fresco too ;) look at the amazing lichen on the bench, the colours are beautiful...I'd better get the macro lens on and take a closer look!






My darling partner bought me these flowers today and they really are beautiful, full of spring colour and the stocks smell gorgeous...I didn't realise how much I'd missed the smell until it wafted into our home again today...



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19 April 2013

New beginnings...


Hi there, this is my first post here on Tawny Moon Studio...it's all very exciting! I've been working away for some time now, designing this blog and the Tawny Moon Studio facebook page too! Over the last several months, I've been enjoying painting more mixed media paintings and have decided it's time...or nearly time, to open an etsy shop...it's in the works and I hope to have some finished pieces available over the next few weeks...in the meantime, I wanted to just start...there's that part of me that wants to wait for perfection, when the shop is done and stocked and yet I've learnt from experience that's it's so important to have fun along the way...in fact, that's really the only reason for doing all this isn't it? To enjoy the process, not just within the art but within the whole 'putting it out there into the world' process too...so here I am!


'Best Friends' - 8x8" canvas 



Best friends come in all shapes and sizes...and we must learn to be our own best friend above all else, which is what inspired this painting above...the on-going healing process of treating myself how I hope other people will too and in turn paying them the same kindness...the simple things in life really are the most important...



A snippet from a larger painting 


It's so important to hold hope in our hearts...no matter what's happening...I like to add words to my art sometimes as they can really focus the mind onto something positive, funny or beautiful...even if we just catch a glimpse of those words now and again, when we see the picture, it can help bring us back to centre again...

Over the coming weeks I'll have lots more to share and hope that you will subscribe to follow along ♥