Monday, October 25, 2010

At The End Of The day 24x30

MAKE YOUR MOVE (picture a chess board) writing by Marissa- student, philosopher, writer, ...packager of paintings
Is it simply human nature to grow restless? We need consistency, but we crave change. If a person is middle aged, this might lead to buying a Corvette. In the times in between it might lead to a new hairstyle (and dyeing my bangs purple sounds really tempting right now).For twenty-somethings it seems the change may be something more internal, constrained, invisible. Like a nuclear reaction.21 may be a young age to check quarter life crisis off one's list of life experiences. Or not. As of now, it is just half checked for me: a single line, like a castaway marking the days of his exile without knowing when it will end, but at least comforted in knowing how long he's been gone. So maybe I can at least claim some empathy with other victims of uncertainty or even (dare I say)purposelessness.All these decisions, choices, possibilities, options, questions, unknowns, wonderings. Comfort comes in strange ways for what we of the quarter-life section face. Here are a few oddities that have emboldened me to take a few of those frightening steps, albeit small ones, without looking back. Because, really, what's the use of looking back if you can't go back?
1. There is nothing new under the sun. You are not unique in this. The stress you face is nothing that humanity has not suffered before. Yes, that is a good thing.
2. There is a saying that goes, "You become an adult when you begin to take responsibility for your decisions." Something like that; I translated it from Spanish. Decisions are hard. This is growing up. Maybe we never even really "arrive" at certainty at this life, so maybe this is being an adult. Maybe. I'll let you know when I get there.
3. "All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139:16). Free to choose what path we take, but foreordained. Not impossible, just hard to grasp. What logically follows is that no choice you take can really result in missing out on something you were "supposed" to do. Not that we escape consequences or responsibility. But you'll never catch Providence off guard. God has a plan and He's working it out in your life too, no matter what you choose.
4. What breaks your heart and what makes you come alive? Give it some thought. The answers might cut down on the "what to do with my life" quandary considerably.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Simply 24x18, Paramount 24x24, Greenling 18x24

New paintings pouring out of me. The 24x24 was built over time. It's one of the "master series" paintings made with multiple layers. The other two are made in a more of a direct painting approach, alla prima style-painted in one sitting. Classes at the Arizona Art Supply store in Tucson will be on Mondays from 10 till 12. November 15th is the first class. I'll provide more info. soon. Let me know if you're interested.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happiness Is, Whistler, Sundowner, Espejo

Happy foursome of new paintings...a foretaste of the classes I will be teaching in Tucson starting November 15th. at Arizona Art Supply. I'll have more info. about the up-coming workshops soon so stay tuned. Meanwhile, enjoy the rare and weird fact that I still read to my boys almost every night. They're 17 & 15. Even more strange...our reading this past week or so. Winnie-The-Pooh. Now, lest you think we're failing at child rearing, I'm quite sure they could beat up most kids younger than themselves...or shoot faster and straighter if it comes to that. Rest assured the desert is dong its job at bringing up redneck poets and artists.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Canyon Lake Lodge 24x36 Catalina On My Mind 18x24

Both of these little beauties are fresh off the griddle and available for sale or private consumption. Shouldn't all art be required to carry labels like that? My child with the busted gut is on the mend and my second first-born son (I show no favoritism) has taken up the slack and done admirably well for a teen with his mind still half in Legoland and the other two-thirds stuck in comic books. A little scare once in a while is good and I suppose it adds a bit of urgency and purpose to just about everything in life...or peels away things that aren't all that important. So, you see I'm still painting and have continued through it all. That must mean fine art is pretty darn important and, it's good to have a back up plan. I have two of each sons and daughters so I'll always have a spare in case one burns out. I have yet to get approval though to add another (unnamed) family member to the plan...