Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Independence Day

This is a conversation I had with myself this morning.
 
 
I feel liberated.  The desire to become a daily painter is gone.  And the guilt for failure to become a member of the club is also gone.
 
 
 

The desire to paint, though, is still irresistible - watercolor batiks, palette knife painting, even some plein air painting towards the end of the summer are high on the list.

Plein air painting in Michigan.  Tim - sitting down on the job.
Plein air painting on Sauvie Island in Portland with Tim and artist  Joanne Kollman.
It was a bit windy on Sauvie Island that afternoon.
Plein air painting workshop with artist Becky Joy in Hood River.

In reality, the desire to do anything inspired is irresistible.   


The focus of this blog, then, will expand to include all things creative, artsy and beautiful in and around Portland  (although I think its been going in that direction for a while).



Painting is not the only creative outlet on earth (well, maybe sometimes it is).
But it's okay if I don't paint every day, ...

No, this is not my backyard.  It was an art sale a few blocks away from my house.

This guard-bear was lurking around the art sale tent.
 
so no more guilt.



36 comments:

  1. Chris, there are so many beautiful things here...and lovely views. That guard bear is so cool! :)

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  2. Anything you do I am going to enjoy. I love this post with its thought provoking message and variety of images. Off to a great start on your new focus.

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  3. Thanks, Linda. The guard bear is my favorite. I drive by and visit him often.

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  4. Thank you, Julie! New beginnings...

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  5. Bravo on your self-talk, Chris.
    It's good to have a sense of liberation.

    I always felt I had to write a poem every day and post it on my blog(when I first began my blog) and it was beginning to feel like such a burden and very often what I was writing I was not pleased with.

    Now I write when the feel the urge and not before ...it's a feeling of liberation for me just like you.

    I enjoyed all the photos you have shared here and look forward to seeing your next work of art ...you are a marvelous artist!

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  6. I'm going to enjoy this a lot, I can tell! Your blog, you're paintings and creative journey...I don't think "locked down" and "inspired" really go together! So Happy Independence Day! I am really loving the Guard Bear-that's a powerful symbol. It's there for a reason, no doubt.

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  7. Painting daily is big pressure, just doing the January challenge is enough to tell me that I can't do it! Too much going on in life, to add that kind of load or feel more guilt. So now you can think, enjoy, paint, write,... and share with us!

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  8. You're totally right Chris! Life is not restricted to painting , though it's pretty satisfying. There's so much to do and enjoy. Can't wait for your future posts...:) Good hunting!

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  9. A beautiful post Chris with lots of beautiful photos...I
    Think the bear is the winner...lol.

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  10. Not sure why I came out as Anonymous Chris!
    Have a nice day...Hilda

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  11. Chris, your blog is magical. Happy Independence Day!

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  12. Thank you, Margie. We are on the same page. I don't know why we put such pressure on ourselves. When we write or create something inspired, our true selves are revealed. Authenticity still matters - that's why I like your blog.

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  13. Thanks, Melle. The guard-bear - I never thought about it that way... Wondering what I'll come up with.

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  14. Thanks, Gloria. I've got this huge stack of Ampersand gessoboards (compliments of Gloria - thank you again!). They have been calling to me. Hope to hear about your plans for the summer!

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  15. Thank you, Sherry. I love looking at other people's photos almost as much as I like taking them. They reveal a lot about the photographer.

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  16. Thank you, Hilda. The bear is my favorite, too.

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  17. Thank you, Candy. What a beautiful comment!

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  18. Hurray! This is how I feel. I was feeling guilt but talked myself out of it. You hit it on the money for me with this post.
    So glad to finally get your blog posts. (I thought I already signed up...but no) So, independence ho!
    and thanks!

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  19. You are living a creative life in allowing yourself to break free from the rules of others! What a super post and gorgeous photos.

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  20. Thanks for looking, Mary. And thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Appreciate it!

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  21. I don't know how the daily painters paint every day. I admire their stamina, but not everyone can paint every day. Here's to your individuality!

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  22. Thanks, Melanie. It's nice to know we're not alone. Still, I admire daily painters so much.

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  23. Chris, I'm right there with you on releasing pressure to do creative and artsy stuff according to any kind of daily output schedule. When I try to force myself to add more discipline to my creative work, I shut down. So I know that, for me, it has to be all about play. It has to be fun, or I won't do it. That goes for most things in my life!

    I hope to see more of your paintings as time goes on, because you are so inspiring to me! Living as I do in rural Oregon, a far cry from the metrop you so love, I will love following your adventures around Portland. It used to be my stomping ground, and I love watching the city evolve (from my comfortable distance of a couple hundred miles away). ;-)

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  24. Hi Chris, I am so happy you came to my blog because now I have found you! I love the message here. No guilt is a good way to be as an artist. I think if we feel ANY pressure as an artist, whether it be to paint every day, or to sell, or to show, or whatever...it blocks the creative flow. For me anyways it does.

    Looking forward to following your blog and whatever it is you show.

    PS: You have some great books there!

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  25. Thanks, Harmony. As far as having lots of fun with art, you are my inspiration!
    My husband wants to move to rural area and go back to more sustainable lifestyle (all the rage around here), so I'll be taking lots of photos in and around PDX before it's time to go - whenever that is.

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  26. Thanks, Lisa. Good to meet a kindred spirit!

    I agree with you about the books. Although I'm not a mixed media artist, I'm always pulled in by those types of books because they stress creativity and not always "product." It's good to be reminded to "lighten up." Glad you like them, too.

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  27. Good for you Chris! I am fascinated by mixed media but I think its the tribe that emphasizes play and joy. That I am attracted to. Painting has gotten way too serious for me lately and I will shut down with stress.

    I think a new style might emerge, a more refined mixed media style or a more playful traditional style. It remains to be seen!

    I think the new direction is going to be great, feeding your creative soul.

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  28. Thanks, Kelly. I think you're right about the mixed media tribe. I've never picked up a mixed media book I haven't liked.

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  29. Chris, I tried finding you on Facebook but you are gone? I have long since moved from the "daily painting" pressure of posting, creating, etc every day but still I do art everyday. I agree that the daily painting movement is a great thing for many but decided I wanted to create great art but don't need a finished work daily. Hope all is well. Hope to get to Portland soon. Keep in touch!

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  30. Dear Chris- love your self talk. Artistic endeavors come in so many different areas of living. I love to sketch and paint but I also love to take my creativity to the kitchen as well as the garden. Sometimes pursuing other avenues enhances our work when we return to the studio. Enjoyed seeing your photos. Thank you for sharing your self talk~it helped me as well!

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  31. Yes, Kristen. I'm off of Facebook. As far as Portland goes, I'll be here waiting for you!

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  32. Well said, Debbie! And I agree that other creative activity enhances our artwork. Thanks!!

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  33. thank you for the pep talk.
    I need to liberate myself FROM myself.
    I am too harsh a critic and my expectations are success every time and that is holding me back, big time.
    Love your share about Tracy Verdugo. Gonna try that!

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  34. Our perfectionist issues are evil. I have begun to ignore mine and am a much happier person.

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