Time to rest and create some joy...how about you? (from May 21, 2018)

It's been a busy year of making Joy in the studio! Five solo shows (four of them with totally new paintings), painting and posting (just about) every day since January 1, and creating several beautiful commissioned works. It's been glorious and so much fun!

Now that the shows are wrapped, I'm catching up a bit and looking at what's ahead. I posted a lot of new art on Instagram and Facebook yesterday as I had taken a much-needed breather for a few days. For me, that's meant catching up on sleep, baking, visiting with friends, cycling, cleaning up my studio, playing board games, watching the Royal Wedding, drinking tea...all that "normal" stuff. I've also been thinking a lot about how to refine my goals and ambition so I don't burn out.

How about you? How are you doing? I know a lot of my parenting friends are trying to keep heads above water with all the end of the school year "fun" and school projects. My student friends are trying to get through mid-terms and finals. It seems like there are loads of events, travel, and work projects for many of my friends and colleagues.

The warmth and long days of spring are so welcome...just maybe not all the To Dos!

So as the Artist who Brings You Joy, I want you to consider this blog post as your permission slip to skip something--cancel a plan, ask someone for help, have your kids make their lunch this week, eat out/order in, call your dog walker to cover a couple of walks--and use that time to do something for you!

I'm back in the studio and have some fun ideas to paint What 3 Colors Bring You Joy?...but inspired by 3 colors from landscape paintings. If you have a favorite landscape you'd like to see translated into a What 3 Colors Bring You Joy painting, please send it by reply email or post to my studio Facebook page!

Until next time, take care of you. Find some joy. It's there. I promise.

Finding love, finding joy (from May 2, 2018)

In my last email I wrote about losing love and taking care of ourselves, so let’s swing the pendulum the other way this week.

Let’s talk about finding love and finding joy this week.

Finding Love, Finding Joy

The end of May marks thirteen years that I’ve been divorced from my then-husband and this past week marked the seven year “meetaversary" of my husband Tom and I met. That six year gap felt like dog years, some days. I knew I wanted a life partner, which for me was a husband, and a family...and just something different. I wanted adventure. Even a new city to live in after being in Washington DC area for twenty years. And then one night in April seven years ago, I had a date with a retired Marine who made me laugh and made me think, even on our first phone call together. And soon after the adventures began--moving cross-country to Seattle, meeting new friends, exploring new places, learning a new culture, re-establishing my studio space, and finding my calling by creating the series, "What 3 Colors Bring You Joy?" By creating a life that brought me joy, I have been able to share that joy with you through my art.

If you are in that place now--of knowing what you want and also knowing you're not there just yet--keep going. Hold on to that vision of what you want for your life. Keep taking steps that move you in that direction. Don't worry about how long it may take or that you started late. It may not unfold the way you thought, but keep going. And if you are an artist, writer, performer, protect your art and keep practicing. We need you. We need more creative, positive energy in this world and you are just the person to do it. Trust me.

Losing love and taking care (from April 22, 2018)

I woke up this morning to news that a friend's wife passed away after fighting ovarian cancer for two years. I am heart broken for her husband, daughter, their family, and friends. And, honestly, it's had me kind of paralyzed and teary today. There's all sorts of cliched thoughts running through my head, but what lingers are echoes of other losses. One of my family lost a very beloved friend recently. My cousin's beloved son who passed away six years ago. Ted, my painting mentor, who passed away 12 years ago. More. Too many more.

I'm not really sure what to write--or even if I should share this to you--but it feels important. Grieving, letting in and letting out the sadness and anger, feels so important. If you are struggling with loss, I hope you have some love you can lean into for support, whether family, a trusted friend, or counselor. That connection with others will help soften the jagged edges of grief.

And, while we are here, please get that thing checked. You know. That thing. I wrote this week on Instagram about my follow up eye appointment--and how 18 months ago I'd had to have emergency eye treatment. My recovery is going well and my doctor said now everything is stable. The procedure averted riskier and more invasive surgery. And that's where I implore you to get that thing checked. I'd had flashes in my vision, but didn't understand the level of risk I was in...until I called the nurse line, described my symptoms, and she booked my appointment that same morning. So whatever that thing is for you (as one friend said, when you hit a certain age, there are a lot of "things!"), please get it checked.

Thank you for reading and for taking care of your loved ones...and especially yourself.

Here is some healing heart chakra green joy for you. Sending you the peace and fresh air of a walk in the woods.

"Deep Forest" dark green lighter green and gray 04/14/18 #103 5"x7" Acrylic on YUPO.

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“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

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 “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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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