01142018

“I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/14/18 14/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

Love II” pink red white from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

Love II” pink red white from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01132018

 “I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/13/18 13/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

 “Love” orange pink white from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

 “Love” orange pink white from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01112018

1/11/18 11/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

“Brave” Blue Green Orange from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

“Brave” Blue Green Orange from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01102018

1/10/18 10/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

“In the Seaweeds” Blue GreenWhite from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

“In the Seaweeds” Blue GreenWhite from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01092018

1/9/18 9/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

“Depth” Blue Gold White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

“Depth” Blue Gold White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01082018

1/8/18 8/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

“Fire” Red Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

“Fire” Red Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01072018

1/7/18 7/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

“Fury” Gold Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

“Fury” Gold Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01062018

1/6/18 6/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

“Circus” Turquoise Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

“Circus” Turquoise Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01052018

1/5/18 5/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

“Tapestry” Green Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

“Tapestry” Green Yellow White from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01042018

1/4/18 4/365 in 2018. I am creating & posting a painting a day in 2018!

New Joy & Art daily! Follow, like, comment @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings

Santa Fe Memories” Chili Red Turquoise from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

Santa Fe Memories” Chili Red Turquoise from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? (c) 2018–5”x7” Acrylic on YUPO paper $95 USD

01032018

1/3/18 3/365 in 2018. I am creating and posting a painting a day in 2018!

Follow me @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings — like, comment, follow. Bonus stars for cheering me on! ***New Joy and Art every day!***

“Black Ice” Black Silver Turquoise from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? 5"x7" Acrylic on YUPO paper. $95 USD (c) 2018

“Black Ice” Black Silver Turquoise from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? 5"x7" Acrylic on YUPO paper. $95 USD (c) 2018

01022018

1/2/18 2/365 in 2018. I am creating and posting a painting a day in 2018!

Follow me @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings — like, comment, follow. Bonus stars for cheering me on! ***New Joy and Art every day!***

Turquoise fyellow white from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? 5”x7”  Acrylic on YUPO paper. $95 USD

Turquoise fyellow white from What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? 5”x7”  Acrylic on YUPO paper. $95 USD

01012018

1/1/18 1/365 in 2018. I am creating and posting a painting a day in 2018!

Follow me @artistgu3 #paintingaday #365paintings — like, comment, follow. Bonus stars for cheering me on! ***New Joy and Art every day!***

Yellow White Blue 01012018 5"x7" Acrylic on YUPO paper. $95 USD email me at Sarah@ArtistGu3.com to purchase--or comment below.

Yellow White Blue 01012018 5"x7" Acrylic on YUPO paper. $95 USD email me at Sarah@ArtistGu3.com to purchase--or comment below.

2018: THE YEAR I PAINT A PAINTING EVERY SINGLE DAY

As an artist it's critical to push one's own boundaries in some way or other all the time. About 10 years ago I pledged that every year I would have some kind of adventure. Getting out of your comfort zone takes practice--it's like a muscle you can build. The past 10 years have seen me learn to ice skate, earn my MFA in visual arts, do improv, run half marathons, kayak with Marines (and being the only one who didn't capsize!), take a multi-day hike in Thailand, get married, move cross country, start new jobs, make new friends, and now, taking on a marathon of painting in 2018.

I will paint a painting every day in 2018 and you will see them posted here on my blog, as well as on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

This is going to take a level of commitment, organization, and planning that will stretch me in ways I know I don't know. And probably in some I have no idea I don't know.

Wish me luck and be sure to check back here or on social media to see the works as they are posted!

Peace. Happy new year!

 

Andrew Wyeth, My Painter Grandfather

I went to the #AndrewWyeth exhibit @seattleartmuseum a few days ago and had an epiphany that brought me to tears. Oh yeah. That’s right. Crying. In the museum. While others were milling around. And I was taken aback at my response…until it came to me. 

Wyeth is my Painter Grandfather!

Stay with me a bit and I’ll explain what I mean.                                                      

The term “woman painter” is a strange and often pejorative one in the male-dominated art world. It doesn’t make any sense when you really think about it. Why should my identity as a cis female in any way change the value or regard for my artwork. Art is art. Why does my gender matter? The term always left me feeling less than, like I had no right to be part of the art world—this place that called to me so profoundly.

So back to me in the museum. Crying in front of Wyeth’s early watercolors. Early in my return to painting two decades ago, I studied with Ted Betts in Virginia @theartleague. Ted was a brilliant mentor—kind and generous in his teaching. He painted in the tradition of Wyeth—often using those muted palettes, highly detailed hardscapes and landscapes. Ted passed away about 10 years ago and I miss him so much. He was such a force for good, kindness, and compassion in the world. From Ted I learnt how to mix colors, create light effects, choose paint and brushes, paint details, to know when a piece was ready and when a piece was still a work in progress, and over the course of the years I studied with him, I began my foray into working abstractly.

At the Seattle Art Museum last week, my epiphany was that for me, as an artist, Ted is my Painter Father.

Ted helped me grow my happy accidents into intention. He taught me so much and, most of all, he was respectful of me, my work and my aspirations. He was encouraging. He built my confidence after many others had torn it down. Standing in front of Wyeth’s watercolors, I pieced together that if Ted was my Painter Father, then Wyeth was my Painter Grandfather. Suddenly I went from orphan Woman Painter to painting royalty. Through painting, I had a direct connection to this artist. This was my Painter Patrilineage. On exhibit in the Seattle Art Muesum. I was uplifted and overwhelmed. 

And I cried with joy, grief, and relief.

So if you haven’t been yet, I recommend you go. For more information go to: Seattle Art Museum Exhibitions.

 

Oh yeah. That's me. Crying at the Andrew Wyeth exhibit.

Oh yeah. That's me. Crying at the Andrew Wyeth exhibit.

The Return of The Grey

Here in Seattle, we have had a beautiful, generally sunny start to autumn this year—a relief after one of the greyest and rainiest fall and winters last year. Looking at the weather this morning, I saw the grey returns for at least the next two weeks. Before we moved to Seattle, my husband had warned me that some people who moved to Seattle from other parts of the world have trouble with the grey—or should I say The Grey—and that I needed to be sure I was ok with it before we packed up and moved cross country. A child of England and Scotland, I was all in. I love The Grey. There is relief and joy in it for me. What’s interesting to me now after almost five winters here, is that I get as excited to see The Sun as The Grey—and it used to be I would only get excited for The Grey. Now I find they each serve as relief to the other. I suppose it’s a sort of lived experience of yin yang—in the darkest grey I want sun and on the sunniest day I want grey. So with the return of The Grey, I share with you some of the What 3 Colors Bring You Joy paintings that include this hallowed color.

Pictured below: Grey White Yellow, Version II. Acrylic on YUPO paper. 5"x7" (c) 2017 All Rights Reserved

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WHY DO I PAINT PINNY ARCADE PINS ON A MEGA SCALE?

A FEW PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME WHY I AM PAINTING CARTOONS. My Pinny Arcade: Fine Art Fan Art series is a fundraiser for Child's Play--Penny Arcade's charity.

Child's Play donates games and gaming devices to children's hospitals nationwide.

Their work is really amazing. Imagine being a kid in the hospital for weeks or months and your only escape is into a game in which you can fly, run, build, and play. It makes such a difference in the midst of the stress and exhaustion of protracted care.

That's why I am working to support Child's Play. Not only do I get the joy of painting these really fun and playful pins on a massive scale, but the proceeds donated from sales of this series will bring joy to a lot of kids who could really, really use it. 50% of all proceeds from my Pinny Arcade series are donated to Child's Play.

See this painting and more at my PAX West Pop Up Art Show at the Staff Pin Trading session on Saturday 9/2 from 4-6pm in the Autograph Area. (A valid PAX pass is required for entry.)

To preview my Pinny Arcade paintings, go to: http://www.artistgu3.com/pafafa/

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30 Minutes a Day

I suppose the more you have to do, the more you learn to organize and concentrate—or else get fragmented into bits. I have learned to use my ‘ten minutes’. I once thought it was not worth sitting down for a time as short as that; now I know differently and, if I have ten minutes, I use them, even if they bring only two lines, and it keeps the book alive.” --Rumer Godden, A House with Four Rooms

People who have been following my work in the studio for a while know that my productivity has dramatically increased in the past year. This productivity marked the final aspect of my practice that I had to master: The Daily Practice. It started as an off-hand thought one Sunday morning--maybe I'd try painting 30 minutes a day every day in the coming week and see what happens. The problem became figuring out when I would paint. I knew myself well enough to know that if it wasn't the first thing I did every day, then the chances were that I wouldn't get to it. And that meant getting up even earlier.

It took some doing but I managed it every morning that week. And on Saturday, I wanted even more time in the studio and 30 minutes turned into three hours. I LOVED it. The next Sunday, I made the same pledge and followed through again. And again. And again. Before long the notion had become a habit that I continue today, over a year later.

When you have a creative calling, it is hard--sometimes desperately so--to find time for your self-expression. If you don't have a daily practice yet, take a week and try my 30 minutes a day practice. Comment below and let me know how it goes. I really would love to hear!

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Yellow Yellow Orange, Version II

Yellow yellow orange 5" x 7" acrylic on yupo paper. 95.00 USD includes shipping and matting.

Yellow yellow orange 5" x 7" acrylic on yupo paper. 95.00 USD includes shipping and matting.

What 3 colors bring #joy? One person said yellow yellow orange.

This 5"x7" piece is 95.00 (includes mat and shipping). PayPal accepted. Comment "WANT" to purchase or comment "MORE" to commission your own 3-color work and I'll message you. "We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world. To make injustice the only measure of our attention is to praise the Devil."--Jack Gilbert, Refusing Heaven