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

Green Green Cerulean Blue

Green green cerulean blue, 5" x 7" acrylic on yupo paper. 95.00 USD includes shipping and matting

Green green cerulean blue, 5" x 7" acrylic on yupo paper. 95.00 USD includes shipping and matting

What 3 colors bring #joy? One person said green green cerulean blue.

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

Green Blue Purple

Green Blue Purple, 5" x 7" acrylic on paper. 95.00 USD includes shipping and matting

Green Blue Purple, 5" x 7" acrylic on paper. 95.00 USD includes shipping and matting

The works in "What 3 Colors Bring You Joy?" are inspired by suggestions from people in my life and those who follow me on social media. I ask for inspiration and in return I paint images designed to refresh and restore. The works are small and priced for collecting multiples. Comment below and let me know what three colors bring you joy!

What 3 colors bring #joy? One person said green blue purple. 

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

Red yellow pink

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

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

The works in "What 3 Colors Bring You Joy?" are inspired by suggestions from people in my life and those who follow me on social media. I ask for inspiration and in return I paint images designed to refresh and restore. The works are small and priced for collecting multiples. Comment below and let me know what three colors bring you joy!

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

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

Green purple dark blue

The works in "What 3 Colors Bring You Joy?" are inspired by suggestions from people in my life and those who follow me on social media. I ask for inspiration and in return I paint images designed to refresh and restore. The works are small and prices for collecting multiples. Comment below and let me know what three colors bring you joy!

What 3 colors bring #joy? One person said green purple dark blue.

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

Green purple dark blue. Acrylic on paper 5"x7" 95.00 (matted and shipped) 

Green purple dark blue. Acrylic on paper 5"x7" 95.00 (matted and shipped) 

New in the store: MT. RAINIER

After weeks of previewing my work in progress on social media, I'm pleased to announce that Mt. Rainier is complete and available in the store!

Mt. Rainier has a power and vibration like no other I've known before. When I first visited Seattle in 2012, I found the mountain (actually a volcano, but we'll stick with mountain for this story) kept popping up when I least expected it. Almost every time, I screamed or startled when I saw it on the horizon. I couldn't decide if it terrified or thrilled me. A believer in signs, I had no idea how to read this one: what did it portend? I decided in the end that it foretold a great adventure--a decision I made just as we made the decision to move to Seattle. Every sunny day in Seattle, I see the mountain and it brings me joy. This painting portrays the emotional impact of this beautiful mountain.

April Challenge!

I'm getting ready for a solo show in May. I have 25 paintings but I need to paint at least 75 What 3 Colors Bring You Joy paintings to get to an even 100! And I NEED YOUR HELP WITH INSPIRATION!! Please post what 3 colors bring you joy in the comments below. Share with your friends and ask them to post too. Thank you!! #aprilchallenge #75paintings #💯

Yellow pink red 5" x 7" Acrylic on paper (c) 2017. 95.00 USD matted and shipped in US. 

Yellow pink red 5" x 7" Acrylic on paper (c) 2017. 95.00 USD matted and shipped in US. 

"These are so great!" or, how Mike "Gabe" Krahulik tweeted about my paintings

MIKE "GABE" KRAHULIK TWEETED THAT HE LIKED MY WORK, screamed the "inside my head" voice. The tweet came late on New Year's Eve and I replied with thanks right away because I am a dork. A polite dork. (See it all here: "These are so great!")

Working with another artist's style is fascinating. As I paint and lay down lines, I'm also working to stay true to Mike Krahulik's art--his color choices and gestures. I work to honor what he's created and bring my sense of play to these paintings.

I paint in the margins of the day. I wake up most mornings at 5:30 am and head to the studio with a cup of hot tea and the dog, and get to work. In winter the studio is cold. But there is no place I would rather be at the start of every day. If I can paint at the end of the day, I do.

It can be hard in that daily rhythm to have a sense that the outside world notices the work. The tweet from Mike was a little miracle to this emerging artist. I had done justice to his work. It truly is Fine Art Fan Art. And I'm having a blast.

 

Fine Art Fan Art: Pinny Arcade

It all begins with a kitty pin

Fact: I love collecting Penny Arcade pins. Several times a year, my husband and I make our way to PAX conventions and I begin my quests for ALL THE SHINY. There's something about the fun art, connecting with people, making great trades that creates a game-within-the-con experience that I love. I adore the quest and the art of the pins.

In fact, I love it all so much I asked the Penny Arcade powers that be if I could paint a Fine Art Fan Art series of paintings of and about the pins, and donate 50% of any paintings sold to Child's Play, their amazing charity that provides games to kids in hospital. They said yes! YAY!

The first in the series is a painting of the most coveted of all the pins: the 2013 AUS Kemper. I quested for this pin for a year. I looooove the Kemper pins and super duper wanted one. I finally made a trade (a Leroy Jenkins and a PAX East Shield) and the Kemper was mine!

This inaugural piece in the series will be available at the Child's Play Dinner and Auction on Thursday, December 8, 2016. It is 10"x10" in acrylic paint on gallery-wrapped canvas.

If you're not going to be there December 8, don't fret! With the blessing of Penny Arcade and Child's Play, I am accepting commissions for Pinny paintings, so long as the image is a Penny Arcade pin (and not that of a partner). 50% of ALL Pinny Fine Art Fan Art sales will be donated to Child's Play. To order, message me at ArtistGu3@gmail.com.

Why a love story to Seattle?

 

Seattle: A Love Story is series of memoir paintings telling the story of my journey to Seattle and all the factors--freedom to marry and remarry, choose the timing of my children, own property, move cross-country, earn graduate degrees, earn income--that until recently I took for granted. So few women in this world have that kind of opportunity and privilege. I am grateful for these liberties and want to share that story through this series of post-abstract landscapes.