Tag, You’re It!!


I’ve been tagged by fellow artist M.E. “Mike” Bailey, along with four other artists that he tagged in this post. The deal is that I have to post five random facts about myself, and then tag five other bloggers. Here are the official rules:

If you have been tagged, please follow these rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as wellas links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Anyhow, five things about me:

1. I never clean my paint brushes. I know it’s terrible, but I leave them in a can of mineral spirits in between painting sessions. And yes, I use CHEAP bristle brushes!

2. I sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” about 50 times a day. Actually, now that it’s officially the Christmas season, I’ve added “Silent Night” to my repertoire just to mix things up a bit. Poor Aspen – she’s got to listen to my terrible voice all day…

3. I discovered a mouse in my garage tonight – when I chased it it went into my swim bag, which means that I’m not going to be using my goggles anytime soon.

4. I make a mean chocolate chip cookie.

5. I used to compete in Scottish Highland Dancing. I wore a kilt and danced to bagpipes and all – it was actually REALLY good exercise.

Here are the five people I’m going to tag:

Lisa Call could teach any artist a few things about discipline and productivity, and what’s more important, she’s an amazing artist. I have to admit I wasn’t very familiar with textile work before I found her blog, but I love her work!

Peter Yesis is a daily painter who always inspires me with his consistency and fantastic still life paintings. I love to read about the motivation and ideas behind his art – I’m tagging him because I figure maybe he’ll share a bit more about himself as well!

Rene PleinAir is an artist from the Netherlands whose moody paintings always make me want to visit his country. Like Peter, he manages to finish a paintings almost every day – so impressive!

KT was one of my sorority sisters in college, and she doesn’t blog enough anymore, so this will be motivation. Plus, I know she’ll have five interesting things to say!

Ramblin’ Girl has tagged me before, so I’m going to tag her back. This is a new game, so that’s allowed right? It’s not like, “Tag, you’re it, no touch-backs!”, is it? She’s been posting some cool photos lately.

Tag, You’re It!!


I’ve been tagged by fellow artist M.E. “Mike” Bailey, along with four other artists that he tagged in this post. The deal is that I have to post five random facts about myself, and then tag five other bloggers. Here are the official rules:

If you have been tagged, please follow these rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as wellas links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Anyhow, five things about me:

1. I never clean my paint brushes. I know it’s terrible, but I leave them in a can of mineral spirits in between painting sessions. And yes, I use CHEAP bristle brushes!

2. I sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” about 50 times a day. Actually, now that it’s officially the Christmas season, I’ve added “Silent Night” to my repertoire just to mix things up a bit. Poor Aspen – she’s got to listen to my terrible voice all day…

3. I discovered a mouse in my garage tonight – when I chased it it went into my swim bag, which means that I’m not going to be using my goggles anytime soon.

4. I make a mean chocolate chip cookie.

5. I used to compete in Scottish Highland Dancing. I wore a kilt and danced to bagpipes and all – it was actually REALLY good exercise.

Here are the five people I’m going to tag:

Lisa Call could teach any artist a few things about discipline and productivity, and what’s more important, she’s an amazing artist. I have to admit I wasn’t very familiar with textile work before I found her blog, but I love her work!

Peter Yesis is a daily painter who always inspires me with his consistency and fantastic still life paintings. I love to read about the motivation and ideas behind his art – I’m tagging him because I figure maybe he’ll share a bit more about himself as well!

Rene PleinAir is an artist from the Netherlands whose moody paintings always make me want to visit his country. Like Peter, he manages to finish a paintings almost every day – so impressive!

KT was one of my sorority sisters in college, and she doesn’t blog enough anymore, so this will be motivation. Plus, I know she’ll have five interesting things to say!

Ramblin’ Girl has tagged me before, so I’m going to tag her back. This is a new game, so that’s allowed right? It’s not like, “Tag, you’re it, no touch-backs!”, is it? She’s been posting some cool photos lately.

Couldn’t Have Said it Better

“Primary Colors”
Oil on Panel
8×10″
2007

I was reading the new issue of Southwest Art last night and came across a couple of interesting statements by artist Woody Gwyn. They sum up a lot of my feelings about being a representational painter, and put things into words that I sometimes have difficulty explaining.

On subject matter:

I hope I transcend the subject. If your work is a literal transcription and is not done with a certain level of passion, it’s just illustration. And the danger in abstract art is, if it’s not done with a certain philosophical underpinning and passion, then it’s just decoration. – Woody Gwyn


On choosing a life in art:

No one made me do this. I love being an artist and wouldn’t do anything else. But it’s strenuous. We artists don’t just shake things out of our sleeves. It demands mental concentration, and at the end of a hard day painting, you are drained. The positive thing about being an artist is that every once in a while you make a breakthrough, and you really see the possibilty of new horizons in your work. Anything worthwhile is usually hard work, and you have got to want, want, want it.- Woody Gwyn


Now I’m off to the mountains for a few days. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Couldn’t Have Said it Better

“Primary Colors”
Oil on Panel
8×10″
2007

I was reading the new issue of Southwest Art last night and came across a couple of interesting statements by artist Woody Gwyn. They sum up a lot of my feelings about being a representational painter, and put things into words that I sometimes have difficulty explaining.

On subject matter:

I hope I transcend the subject. If your work is a literal transcription and is not done with a certain level of passion, it’s just illustration. And the danger in abstract art is, if it’s not done with a certain philosophical underpinning and passion, then it’s just decoration. – Woody Gwyn


On choosing a life in art:

No one made me do this. I love being an artist and wouldn’t do anything else. But it’s strenuous. We artists don’t just shake things out of our sleeves. It demands mental concentration, and at the end of a hard day painting, you are drained. The positive thing about being an artist is that every once in a while you make a breakthrough, and you really see the possibilty of new horizons in your work. Anything worthwhile is usually hard work, and you have got to want, want, want it.- Woody Gwyn


Now I’m off to the mountains for a few days. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Quote of the Week

“The Last to Change”
Oil on Panel
8×10″
2007

I’m a sucker for good quotes. I tear them out of magazines and write them down on scraps of paper, and fill my notes with them when I hear people speak. Some of them are too good to lose, so I’m going to start posting them here every once in a while.

I keep this one in my studio to remind me how blessed I am to be able to paint:

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” -Maya Angelou