|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
I finally, finally, had the opportunity to finish watching a documentary I have literally held on to for months in order to finish it. Embarrassing that it took this long, because it is so well done. But, that is the way of things. I hope you have the opportunity to watch it. As usual you can find it at the bottom of my Art Documentaries page. I am still drawing, but hopefully will be able to start painting soon. Back to my brushes.
"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art." - Constantin Stanislavski
I am working on a commissioned piece and will be back to my own direction as soon as possible. Back to my brushes.
"It was what I was born for - to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world - to instruct myself over and over." - Mary Oliver
I have been thinking about my newest series for years. It wouldn't gel. It was top-heavy. I wasn't convinced that it would convey my thoughts. But finally, finally my inner ramblings will bear fruit. I see my way clear and I am relieved that my musings have reconciled. Back to my brushes.
"Go at it boldly, and you'll find unexpected forces closing round you and coming to your aid." - Basil King
A family member has passed. She was quite sentimental and sweet, mixed sharply with wit and humor. You will be well remembered. Rest in peace Janet.
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the stars" - Henry Van Dyke.
I have had a couple of weeks with few commitments and I have put my brushes down for the duration of this unexpected break. Instead I am catching up on daily life efforts that I have let go for too long. At the end of each day, the experience has given me a feeling of great accomplishment and peace of mind. I look forward to another week of the same. Here's to starting the year at peace with my surroundings. Back to my brushes soon.
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." William Arthur Ward
It has been awhile since I posted, but I've been at my brushes. I had finished a painting and upon reflection decided to have another try at it. I changed the focus of detail. I changed the color triad I used. I changed the size. I prefer this one to the first. But I see something in this one that I would like to try again. I'll pursue that later this year. I am ready now to start a new painting that will take me a few months to complete, but I am looking forward to starting it soon. Sometimes my choices appear more like an obstacle course. Back to my brushes.
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas A. Edison
A friend of mine stopped by with a gift the other day. In their hand was a handful of old piano sheet music that had been destined for the burn pile. It was just a grabbed handful, but I had to share these gems that turned up in the stack. I'll keep them in mind and try to keep a bright boogie woogie tempo. Back to my brushes.
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." - Chinese Proverb
I'm pleased to share that my paintings received two awards at the Artists of Northwest Arkansas 23rd Annual Juried Exhibit. I received the Max & Lydia Mahler Award for Best in Watercolor and a Merit Award. My thanks to all the judges and a big thank you to all those who could volunteer their time putting together the event. A special thank you to Gary for all his hard work. Also my sincerest thanks to those who sponsored all the awards. All of the artists appreciate your recognition of the arts community in Northwest Arkansas. And a special shout out to Max & Lydia Mahler, Strathmore Paper, Scott Frame & Art, M. Graham Watercolors, Dick Blick, and Legion Paper. Back to my brushes.
"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before." - Neil Gaiman
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