Sitting in the quiet of Tin Roof Studio, I find myself contemplating old canvases. One in particular catches my attention. I had a bold idea for it yet I changed the image halfway through because I was afraid it would be misinterpreted.
Instead, playing it safe, I changed the it to appeal to a wider audience, one less likely to be seen wrong. In doing so, the painting fell flat, the imagination toned down, the spark of creativity diminished.
Now I decided it was time to start over. Boldly covering over the old image, I allow a new one to take shape. A vague impression slowly takes on form as I bring it into a sharper focus. I step back, giving the painting space to breathe and suggest the next step, the image slowly emerging from the chaos.
I'm not sure yet what the finish of my paint strokes will be. I can only go where imagination and courage takes me and let time reveal the answer.
Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving. I hope you find a way to celebrate with loved ones even if it's just a Zoom meeting or telephone call.
I appreciate all who have shopped and bought some of my art, those who have had encouraging words to say, and all who have supported me on my art journey. I am thankful for each and every one of you. May you be blessed!
I've been a little blue lately...October has been the traditional time for Gathering of Artisans in North Carolina, a time to meet up with artist friends, take workshops, and best of all, time to worship God. Sadly, it was cancelled this year and needless to say, I miss seeing all my artist friends and filling my creative well!
To that end, I've been trying to meet up with some of my friends since things have opened back up. My friend Tania came to visit me in early June. We talked a lot, found an art show to go to, and ate great food at one of the best restaurants here in Palestine, Pint and Barrel. Their burgers and fries are some of the best I've ever had.
We had so much fun!
Tania is a fantastic artist - she does beautiful abstract representational art. You can find her at:
Next, I visited my friend, Amy, in July.. She'd recently moved to another state and I was itching to see her new studio space and home.
It was a much needed getaway and a time of reconnection with a sweet friend. We has so much fun with her showing me around her new town, visiting Crystal Bridges Art Museum, and spending time together.
She's a very talented mosaic artist with a heart as big as Texas. She has some wonderful ideas for her art and how she wants to use it to help others. I'm excited to see how her art grows. You can find her here at:
Then last week, I met up with Dawn, who lives in Ohio. She paints whimsical paintings with the goal to bring joy and happiness to others. We met about halfway in Eureka Springs, AR.
Find her here at:
Wow! What a pretty area. The leaves were changing and there was lots of incredible things to see. We had so much fun seeing the sights and laughing together. It was a great way to fill my creative soul.
We even zipped over to eat lunch with Amy. Although it was a quick visit, it was great to visit with her.
I'm so glad I've been able to spend time with these friends. We need connections more than ever in this crazy Covid world.
I miss seeing my other friends - laughing, creating and worshipping together. I hope next year Gathering will happen and I can go - because spending time with other artists and connecting with friends fills my heart with so much joy!
Hi! I'm Cecilia and I'm an oil painter from Texas.