|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
There are some things that lift my spirits immediately. Most are pretty universal: laughter, a beautiful day, family and friends. But another reliable one is taking the time to reconstitute my palette. It seems such a simple thing, but the action of doing it is not unlike meditation. Quietly focused on my thoughts, I breathe. Seeing the dried colors come to life is almost spiritual in nature - definitely inspirational. I use a squeeze bottle instead of a sprayer (control you know) and a flat brush that I use only for this process. If I don't have time to paint, this is a good alternative. Breathe. Back to my brushes.
"You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." - Amelia Earhart
I am pleased to share that two of my paintings will be exhibited at the 23rd Annual Regional Exhibit of the Artists of Northwest Arkansas. It is always a pleasure to be able to exhibit my work locally. We have such an outstanding group of artists in this region, I hope that if you have the opportunity you will stop by The Community Creative Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas to see the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from November 15, 2017 through January 8, 2018. Back to my brushes.
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Sergei Rachmaninov
I have finally had an opportunity to sit down and spend some dedicated time with my painting. Oh happy day! It has been difficult while my loved one recuperates, (which continues) but it has been fun to have my brushes back in hand. Painting...the best mood enhancer I know. Back to my brushes.
"Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time." - Jorge Luis Borges
Ongoing recovery looks promising now. Mid September is a little sunnier at our house and we are happy that our youngest survived hurricane Irma. Way to hunker down! In full parental form, I texted loads of instructions that were for the most part a way to circumvent worry (which was of course futile). While watching the coverage of the storm I continued working on the next painting in my current series. I would have to call it nerve wracking, yet...serendipitous. Back to my brushes.
"What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have." - Lionel Trilling
I thought August would get better...I was mistaken. We spent more time back at the hospital. Hoping September bucks this trend. Back to my brushes.
"Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space." - Orson Scott Card
Oh how beautiful the weather was over the weekend. Cool, dry, and sunny. Perfect. Unfortunately, our little clan had to enjoy it from a hospital window. A family member was admitted to the hospital and had emergency surgery. I am happy to share that we are home now and recovery is ongoing. The surgeon and staff at the hospital were first rate. I hope you are enjoying August...it can only get better. Back to my brushes.
"If you're someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that's a sign of a life lived honorably." - Rachel Maddow
I'm pleased to share that my painting has been juried into the 49th Watercolor West International Exhibit. The Exhibition will be on display from October 14th through December 17th, 2017, City of Brea Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, California. The opening reception will be Saturday, October 14th, from 5 - 7 p.m. My sincere thanks to the juror John Salminen and the City of Brea for the opportunity to display at this excellent venue. Congratulations to all the artists whose work was accepted! Back to my brushes.
"even in my water bowl the moon can fit" - Daniel Ladinsky
A character from my youngest's favorite movie "Sword in the Stone" came to mind as I was rockin' it old-school at the drawing board recently . The curmudgeonly figure in this animated film takes shape in the form of an owl and was perfectly voiced by Junius Mathews. But I didn't need Merlin's wand or even the modern version (a computer) to accomplish my task. Just standard old drawing instruments and a little spare time. What was the hardest part? Finding the spare time of course. Back to my brushes.
"There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words: love and achievement." - Theodor Reik
You may have noticed that starting a new series of paintings and reworking my gallery page go hand-in-hand. I thought it was time to update and make my work a little easier to get through. So it may take a few weeks of juggling painting, working on the computer and other obligations to get it done, but I'll get there. It was again a hot day, but no rain so at least it wasn't steamy. Back to my brushes.
"Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random." - Donald Knuth
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