Enjoying the doing, an artist's blog

Enjoying the doing… an artist’s blog by Sandra Turner

Benefits from exploring new mediums

I know, I know, you want to stick with one medium until you feel you have mastered it. Until you feel in control, finished that perfect painting……

I tell you, I’ve been there, but I would like to share something that I have discovered from trying out numerous mediums over the past 2 years. If you are brave enough to take the leap and try something new, you will start to look at your art from a differently.

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A Life's Purpose

Colored pencil by Kathleen Burke

Don’t you just love seeing an artist painting outdoors? There is a  canvas on a french easel, being covered with bold brush strokes, an umbrella for shade; throw in a straw hat and scarf and you have the complete picture of an idyllic scene. Little does the observer know that the wind had just taken the pallet and tossed it into the air, and the morning dew on the grass has attracted the mosquitos who are in full attack mode. The artist has already reworked the composition of the painting a few times and despite all efforts the painting may end up in the recycle bin, to be painted over next week.

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A Peddler's Life for Me...

Back in the day peddler's wares were more or less the necessities of everyday life, pots, pans or a new invention perhaps. Today's peddlers, or as they are called in these modern times, "vendors" bring to the public a wide range of items. Just like the brick and mortar stores, they face competition from on line shopping, so the caveat for them is the venue that brings people outdoors in the first place. then giving them something they cannot find elsewhere, and not to be forgotten, the personal interaction with the artist or craftsman.

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Color Cape Cod

Hooray! After six months of work, my latest coloring book of local scenes on Cape Cod has gone to press. It took me a few days to switch gears and start preparing myself for the upcoming events that I have scheduled with the release of the book.

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Taking some time for yourself

Came across this sketch going through some old journals. Looking at it brought me right back to that moment. My son's apartment in BA, my routine of making the coffee in the quiet early morning, while the rest of the household slept.

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COLORED PENCIL CLASS

I recently taught a colored pencil class at The Artists Playground in Newburyport. There is lots of prepping for a new class and thought I would share some of what the class was about.

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Unfinished Art

We all have them hidden away. The pieces of art that we once were so excited about, but never quite finished. Maybe life got in the way at that moment, or maybe we hit a creative block and did not know quite what to do to finish it up.

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Flush with Color

Residents of Plum Island are pretty accustomed at this point to the "candy cane" vents in their yards. They popped up like so many dandelions as a state-mandated septic system was installed in 2006. Their unglamorous job is to vent gases from the septic systems.

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New Beginnings

In September of 2015, I made a decision that would change the direction of my life from that moment on. I was away on a planned painting weekend. It had been quite sometime that I had some quiet, uninterrupted time to contemplate on my life.

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