Friday, March 6, 2015

H is for Humble

An " H" painting will appear soon, but for now I'm licking my wounds over  failed attempts at  a commissioned portrait.  It's for a family member so I hope I'll be forgiven for getting it back to her in a very untimely manner.




In the meantime, I spent a mental health morning with my favorite group of artists at O'Connor's Pub in Multnomah Village, an eclectic neighborhood in SE Portland.  Our group is called Alla Prima Portland and we meet to exchange ideas, share current news and generally support and encourage each other.

Artist Celeste Bergin presides over the meeting with elegance and humor.  Celeste takes exhaustive notes and photographs, and posts the results on a blog.

If you need a dose of art talk and artwork, take a look at the blog:  Alla Prima Portland.






16 comments:

  1. Sorry things didn't work out! It happens. I'm sure you'll be back to normal soon, don't worry about it. Have a great weekend...think about goats. :)

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  2. I admit that I was surprised to see your work on the APP blog, but so glad too! I didn't realize you lived near Portland. I love Celeste and you are so lucky to know her.

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  3. Thanks, Helen. I can still smell the goat.

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  4. Yes, Sherry. I'm so thankful to know Celeste. She is a local celebrity and is one of the nicest people we have met. Portland is really quirky & all about art. I'm very grateful we live here.

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  5. Have a wonderful weekend Chris.... Everyone needs a break...I will look at the APP blog...I'm sure Celeste does an amazing job!

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  6. Oh Chris, we must be on the same plane right now. I just gave a gift yesterday at a shower that I worked on for hours and hours over days and days! It was only one painting. Of an angel, for the baby to come. I wrote a prayer/poem, too and superimposed it on the painting. The point is, I started over and over and over. Many failed attempts. I think it's hard when we're doing something so specific and it's to someone we know. We want it to be perfect. So you're not alone. But I know it will work out. You're an unbelievable artist, and it will shine through!

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  7. Thank you, Hilda. You'll love the APP blog & Celeste's blog. She's somethin'!

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  8. I needed to hear this, Laurie. I'm still sitting here all immobilized over starting yet another one. Spent yesterday looking for every excuse to get out of the house and avoid it so I'm getting nothing done - anywhere. Wondering what is wrong with me.
    It's good to remember it happens to other people (although it's still hard to believe it happens to you). Thank you so much!! And I bet that shower gift is her favorite - so personal, so lovely - something that can be kept for generations!! It speaks volumes about you, too, my friend!

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  9. I follow Celeste Bergin on her blog .
    Have a nice day.
    Cath.

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  10. Sorry about the difficulty with the painting - it is one of the reasons I discourage commissions - the pressure always gets to me!

    I hope you are back in the saddle again soon.

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  11. Dear Chris - this looked like a wonderful feast. I am sure all artists can identify with failed attempts...that is the nature of the business. Glad to see you enjoyed your time with other artists. That always helps me get back to painting. Thanks too for stopping by to visit me and leave a sweet comment. Have a blessed day.

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  12. Dear Chris - this looked like a wonderful feast. I am sure all artists can identify with failed attempts...that is the nature of the business. Glad to see you enjoyed your time with other artists. That always helps me get back to painting. Thanks too for stopping by to visit me and leave a sweet comment. Have a blessed day.

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  13. This is not always easy to paint!
    However, you are so lucky as you can participate to the Portland alla prima group...I envy you...

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  14. Thanks, Martine. We found Alla Prima Portland on the internet while I still lived in Michigan. My husband and I just walked into one of their meetings and they welcomed us with open arms. Haven't gotten there too much lately; hopefully this summer.

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