Friday, August 23, 2013

Quiet and Still

A cooler-than-usual August day, a great morning to splash a little paint around....

Starting to look a little landscape-y...

Plenty of inspiration for that around here...

When I was a little girl I used to come to this pond with my dad to fish.  It was nothing short of magical and I wanted to live here so much.  Building a house and raising a family in these woods was my dream that came true.

Now that our nest is almost empty I'm not sure what the future holds so I soak up the views, the quiet, the green.  I have to admit, though, it's a little lonely in the woods sometimes.

It takes courage to seek and fully embrace the promise of this day 
as you remain open and willing to receive a different kind of joy tomorrow.

The most important part of a painting to me is not technical accuracy but the feeling the work evokes.  Honestly, that's the most important quality of most anything to me.  I appreciate skill, but I am in awe of the rare ability some artists have to transport you to another make you feel what they feel as they paint.  

I love a positive vibe...a peaceful environment...a dreamy set-up.  I can't always tell you a lot of detail about what I saw but I can always tell you how it made me feel.

This painting-in-progress feels good to me.  It is quiet and still like the cooler-than-usual August morning I stepped outside and decided to splash a little paint around.

As usual, I'm linking up with Paint Party Friday.   I hope you'll stop by there when you get a chance and check out the amazing artists that participate each week.  It's always a good time!


  1. Wow, you really do get into your work! This is amazing and so beautiful.

  2. I enjoyed reading the emotions with which you start your paintings. You've done an amazing job here.Will be back to see the finished piece.

  3. Beautiful post and your WIP looks amazing! <3

  4. Looks like you had lots of fun creating this piece! Thanks for sharing:) HPPF

  5. How wonderful to paint amidst the trees! It looks beautiful so far, looking forward to what else you'll do with it ...

  6. Now this just looks like fun. I have the same wooden box in my studio! Happy PPF.

  7. beautiful environment for painting-what inspiration! I hope you'll share your lovely WIP.Happy PPF!

  8. I love to see your art in progress, thank you for sharing this moments.
    Wonderful painting and Greens!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Hi Janice,
    Love you painting and the woods. Great inspiration. I'm suffering from empty nest syndrome too. On the upside...lots more painting time.. :)

  10. This is looking amazing - I love the idea of taking art outside, I am never quite game enough (I am so entrenched in my studio it seems!!)

    I hope you had a great weekend x

  11. Janice I've loved looking at you in the process! Just so enjoying your day and your paints. It looks so lovely and peaceful there, just how I like it, keep on creating and having fun, your painting is looking so fresh, I love all that green!

  12. Nice to see you out in the yard painting away in nature.....connection...xox

  13. I'm with you, girl. It's all about the feeling... Just the colors on my sidebar of your post were bring out those good feelings!! Love that you got right out "IN it" to paint. big smile on this face. yep. blessings ~ tanna

  14. Hi Janice
    Your painting has a wonderful and calm feel to it. It just looks like part of the woodland which was your inspiration, I know.
    It looks finished to me, but if you work some more at it, I look forward to seeing your finished painting.
    I love how you talk about your work :)

  15. Zone girl.. you are IN the zone! Just in case you didn't know already :-) Love it!

  16. Love your art and the way you see the world!

  17. It's beautiful, I love it! I think you did capture that feeling of the day you described wonderfully!


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