Oracle Card #1

I finished this a while ago but forgot to share.

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This is the first in a series of 45 paintings I’d like to do for an oracle card set I designed. I mentioned it a while ago and haven’t really been working on it lately. I’d like to get back to it soon. I based my system on Joseph Campbell’s A Hero’s Journey and Propp’s Morphology of the Folktale.

This one is called Lack. It is meant to convey that there is something missing in this young woman’s life, her potential not fully met. Her head is full of soaring ideas and dreams of adventure, but she hasn’t taken any steps to solidify those ideas and dreams. There is something missing in her life, but she has not yet taken the steps to fill the void.

By the Lake

Finished a new watercolor for a postcard. Some friends who met in the Finger Lakes, NY are getting married, and they asked for a landscape with a lake and trees and sailboat. I think they are going to use the image as part of the wedding invitation!

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I think you can really see my major influences in this one: Charley Harper, Eyvind Earle, Kay Nielsen. This has also made me remember a few other paintings I’ve wanted to do featuring lakes: one about Yeats’s Lake Isle of Innisfree and one about Pope’s Ode on Solitude.

I’ll be putting up a print of this in my Etsy shop soon! Need to start painting on a regular basis again, as it is definitely therapy for me, a way to relax. And I get something to show for all of my relaxing at the end!

Finished March Moon

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Finally done! Will be up in my shop shortly as a 5 x 7 print for $10. This was a good one for me because even though I put it aside a few times for a week or so, I came back to it. I need to start doing that again. I was fine at finishing started pieces up until a few months ago. I have no idea what happened. I guess I just stopped making it a habit.

1 painting down, 14 to go!

Next, I’ll be working on a square piece, probably chicken subject matter. Because I’m getting chickens soon! Yesterday was my birthday, and I found out my birthday present was chickens…how great is that?!

Getting There…

Finally got to work on my painting today and am making some progress! Hopefully, I’ll be done with this one by the end of the night!

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I’m going to try and condition myself to paint more often, even though my free time only comes in hour-long bits of time. If I can paint an hour a day, that would come out to a 5×7 painting a week! So, even if I have to work on smaller pieces, I’ll be able to see the work I put in come to a complete painting in the span of a mere week ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to try to aim for 15 new pieces over the next 3 months–HOWEVER, a lot of pieces that I’ll be including in that tally are already started and just need to be finished! So this is a project for tying up a lot of loose ends ๐Ÿ™‚

Ostara Paintings in the Works

It’s been too long between posts! Time to get back into the painting groove for me. I’ve been busy studying for my teacher credential tests, and that has been taking up a lot of time. I feel a little bereft at not spending as much time as I normally do on painting.

So, I’ve decided to do a few small ones in honor of this coming spring…Imbolc was a week ago, so I missed that one, but Ostara is coming up! And that means rabbits!!

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It’s a little dreary out, right now, but spring is coming…

Pet Portrait Commission

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Just finished up this acrylic-on-wood pet portrait for a friend! I really liked doing this one because it was such a change of pace for me. I’ve never done a lot of pet portraits, but I really enjoyed “Jupiter”….I liked painting his beautiful mane of hair ๐Ÿ™‚

I am going to finish up another oracle card tonight; I’ll be staying on track with that project. Can’t wait to start another one…I will definitely be keeping the loose-but-careful style. Honestly, approaching the paintings like that makes me more confident in my technique.

All of the finished oracle cards can be seen via my Patreon page.

Second Card: Genius

Working on my second oracle card, “Genius.” You can see the finished painting of “Lack” on my Patreon page. You can also find sketches of this one there, exclusive to Patreon patrons!

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Going to finish this one up and then finish up an acrylic-on-wood piece I’ve been working on for a commission.

I’m really enjoying working on this particular one, probably because of this loose style and approach I’veย adopted for this project. I feel like I’m being true to my style, but I’m trying to actually concentrate on the process of painting, rather than making sure everything is turning out the way I initially envisioned. I’m not thinking, just painting…and this is helping me get more done.

Seasonal Gardening

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Mena and I have been putting in the winter garden. I love this time of year, even though the days are shorter and the sunlight arcs lower in the sky and everything grows a bit slower. All living things are entering a dormant period, a much needed time of rest. Still, it’s incredibly beautiful here in California, and I am getting some garden surprises.

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I knew I would be harvesting a lot of radishes…so that’s not surprising. The “Easter Egg” variety is beautiful! I will be roasting these for dinner the night my mom flies in from Pennsylvania.

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Collards are still going strong and are so beautiful after light rains. Their leaves hold the water in pools, and the plant looks to be speckled with jewels. The mullein in the background is humongous now! I cannot wait until it grows the long stalk and blooms!

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Here is the surprise: my pattypan and yellow summer squash are still growing and producing fruit! I can’t believe it ๐Ÿ™‚

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And the lovely Musque de Provence is positively taking over the lower terrace by the beautiful meandering live oaks. Two more pumpkins on the vine, and I’ll be pureeing like crazy come time they turn that nutty orange color. I am very curious as to how they taste; we’ve never grown this variety before!

Ending with a quote, post-election:

โ€œWhether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.โ€

โ€• Wendell Berry

Quiet but Busy

Hello! I haven’t updated my blog as often as I would like, but that’s because I’m having a bit trouble staying focused on one particular project. I tend to get bored easily and switch my attention on a whim, but this time, I would like to concentrate and follow through with a project.

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I am now working on a deck of oracle cards, this being my first image. When I complete 5-7 cards, I will explain meanings and the method behind the deck. I want to focus solely on this project and dedicate myself to watercolors, with a few commissions thrown into the mix.

I am also working on opening up a Patreon account, which is very exciting for me!

Home Sweet Home

Finally finished a commission! It’s been tough finding the time to work on this one; Anthony has been working like crazy and traveling everywhere, Mena has not been consistent in her naps, and we just had a giant ant infestation. I kind of feel back about that last one: it was total genocide in our house this past weekend.

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Going to send this one off in the mail soon!

Now I am ready to start a special project I’ve been pretty stoked about…I’ve done a lot of research for it already and will post the first paintings for it soon.