I intend to continue exploring my self through my painting and strengthen both in the process. And I intend to keep saying weird things like that even though they seem off the wall... because if I can't accept that what I want to say is what I need to say, how will I ever say it? Just because what I need to say isn't what others need to hear doesn't mean it's not worth saying. That goes double for all y'all! ;)
10.14.2019 MONDAY FAC
This week I’ll revisit my wooded scene and daffodils.... remembering why I love them and honor them by memorializing the feeling and the flowers.
10.18.2019 FRIDAY FAC
Not great but not terrible. I did revisit my trees and I like where it all went.
10.7.2019 MONDAY FAC
I want to paint feelings instead of things, and I want simply to get to know my paints and paper without expecting anything. ❤️
10.11.2019 FRIDAY FAC
I had a good week. I set out wanting to paint from feelings, and that felt so satisfying and true. As the week went on I realized that although I had said I didn't want to paint "things" I think what I meant was I want to paint things I have deep feelings about - feelings or things - and that has been freeing.
I was going to say I didn't manage to meet any of my intentions. I could neither find or remember my Monday intention, either... but I went searching.... and there it was: I intend to view the Fall Foliage videos (a la Angela Fehr) and work up a new version of Three Brothers, my tree friends from home. So, I half did it. I did not watch the videos because I got distracted by getting the entries ready for a show in November... but I did work up Three Brothers again, and I really like it. :)
9.23.2019 MONDAY FAC
My intention is to focus on shapes more than anything because the pine tree warm up in Angela's Tree Clinic rocked my world.... I intend to experiment with allowing SHAPES to express and not focus too too much on trying to be realistic with colors - rather, to be more representative with shapes and after that use values within them to express myself. The pine tree exercise proved that shape matters above all. I've been experimenting with color into water puddles and lines on paper for a long time, but never thought I had the skill to do anything with this cool magic.... but I was wrong. YAY! It's good to be wrong sometimes.
9.27.2019 FRIDAY FAC
I wanted to really focus on seeing SHAPES.... I picked ONE for starters. I put a glass vase in my kitchen and looked at it every day - the shape of it.... every day, for the whole week. I had to keep moving it out of my way to do kitcheny things (we have a small space) ... and I kept looking at it, touching it, carrying it from here to there, wondering what it would be like to paint it? Would it be clear? Tinted? How full of water? What would be in it? Today I painted the best vase I have ever painted and I think it's because I spent time staring at the thing day after day, from every angle and in every mood. In the end, it doesn't really look exactly like the 'model' but it has a great shape, and a translucence, and the water level looks like water (I love when that happens). So, that's not bad for the week's ah-ha. It's quality, not quantity, right?
9.16.2019 MONDAY FAC
My creative intention is to relax into what I’m learning, embrace my own pace, and give grace and space to myself.
Wow that’s a lot of aces. 😉
9.20.2019 FRIDAY FAC
I’m so excited! In following my intention to give myself grace and space, I was able to tap into a very heart led process I’d thought I had to give up. It brought me to this, a little water in my eyes, and a blog post which I’ll share soon.
9.9.19 MONDAY FAC
My intention is to avoid posting my art on social media and this will help me follow my own heart without worrying about the expectations of others.
One more: I’m going to start dissecting Flowers so that I can see how they go together.... I think it will guide my intuition if I add more experience with parts of flowers.
9.13.2019 FRIDAY FAC
My heart and my head argued most of the week, so it was a real tug of war. Not good. I did keep my stuff off of Facebook this week, so that worked out well. I zeroed in on painting sunflowers most of the week. I didn’t have the heart to dissect a fresh sunflower - they’re so pretty. My plan was to dismantle one that’s wilted until a friend in the FAC urged me to pull apart a fresh one and let it teach me.... and so I will. She's right. To everything there is a purpose, right? :)
9.2.19 MONDAY FAC
My intention is to focus a lot of attention and practice on brush load and make some notes.... because my memory stinks and I have to keep relearning the same things over and over. Maybe notes will help me remember. Just the act of writing things down can help, even if I never look at it again.
9.5.19 FRIDAY FAC
This week went great! I learned to keep going with one rather than start over, and by varying the brush load, and using what I guess is wet in wet on parts of my dry under painting, I got a great result. It was so satisfying.
8.26.19 MONDAY FAC
I’m going to give myself more time with each idea - one way I’ll do that is through multiple studies of a single theme with the intention of trying new ways of representing something rather than to keep attempting to represent the same thing in the same way only better. Maybe better is in another direction.
8.30.19 FRIDAY FAC
My intention was to give myself time by staying with a particular subject. Not only did I finally paint a water lily i was happy with, but repetition of the mistakes led me to some insights on bias and memory which led me to a blog post called Art Shines a Light. https://www.donnazfalcone.com/on-a-path-of-color/art-shines-a-light
8.19.2019 MONDAY FAC
I will be rethinking my beliefs about what it means to represent something I see .... the middle ground between abstract and realism. And with that I’ll practice from a photo or two - reminding myself I can do what I want.
8.23.2019 FRIDAY FAC
My intention was to explore the middle ground between abstract and realism.... and to do what I want! I gave myself the nudge to shake off the expectations of others (to paint real things) and my own expectation (to know exactly where I’m going with all this). I spent time in prayer over what am I supposed to do and what good is all this and the phrase that popped into my head and has come back to me all week long is this: just keep painting. Just that. Just keep painting. It doesn’t matter if my art never ‘goes anywhere’ in this moment. Just keep painting. So, that’s what I’m going to do. I feel so lucky to have found you all.
8.13.2019 TUESDAY FAC
My creative intention is to notice my own needs hidden in the things I think other people need.... and then find a way to meet them.
8.16.2019 FRIDAY FAC
I’m grateful to have found your site and this community, Angela. Heart Led is the only way for me.... the more I take a child’s ‘newcomer ‘ perspective, the more I feel things click and connect.