An Explanation

I like textures

I like shapes

I like colors

I like to discover these things in the world around me

And how the three work together, naturally connected in a way we could never perfect

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It’s Been a While

I have been so out of touch for the last two months. I’m so sorry. You see, all of the sudden we had to move (landlord wanted to sell the house though we had 2 years left on the lease). Life got hectic and we had to fast forward ideas that we were kicking around for the future. Of course we didn’t just move up the road or across the town, we disrupted everything and moved 800 miles!

Guess where…..

Now that life is normalizing somewhat (very little, actually) I am promising myself that I will keep this up. Wish me luck!

Oh, and here’s some art…

Have an amazingly peaceful day.

My Digital Life

Yes, I find flowers inspiring. Such beauty and function. I also like layers.

What to do when I can’t pull out a canvas and paint…I use Procreate on my iPad. It’s a great portable paint studio. I can still create layers of texture and layers of color and explore. Best of all I can get the work printed!

I had this whimsical beauty printed on a gallery wrapped canvas, 12×12 inches. Love it.

I use Printful which syncs with my Etsy shop.

Brief Painting Process

Yes, I know, the vase would fall over . But who doesn’t love bunches and bunches of flowers?

The process is , well have a look…

I like to work intuitively, layering cool colors then warm colors. I add marks and shapes and just have freedom to explore.

Then the shapes start to show off and say, “Hey! This is what I want to be.” My work creating a butterfly garden with students and time on little adventures outside taking endless photos of the beauty that surrounds me heavily influences my painted world.

Peace and love,

LKB

My Crazy

I don’t know where my husband got this but it summed everything up… it’s time for a new adventure. And when followed by this…

Well, how can you resist?

So my family and my menagerie of paintings and drawings will be making a move of approximately 800 miles. I’m excited for new experiences and kicking some art into high gear.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? This just might be my crazy.

It also may be time to decide on a focus for my art. I hate the idea of being limited to a style or medium but being taken seriously is important. So, pencil?

Or paint and mixed media?

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The Art of Change (…”courage comes later”)

Gloomy Sundays have their use. They are good for reflection. They are not good for varnishing paintings and because of that I get to reflect and think and plan. But I’m not planning my next art piece, nope, I get to plan my next journey.

We are moving out of state. A thought that’s thrilling and frightening all at once. It’s a big gamble but the ability to look into the possible futures of my family members and do what feels right is adulting at its most intense.

The anxiety lays with the resistance of the teen whose ability to look even 5 minutes into the future is nonexistent. An expected reaction that is trying and a bit tiring. But, as adults, we understand and empathize as we gain even more gray hair and wrinkles from our attempts to dispel the myth that turning 18 magically transforms a person into an adult that can make rational decisions.

It’s an age old issue (there may be a pun in here somewhere) and makes me wonder how this will manifest in the artwork as well as the family dynamic…

The first box has been packed and everyone wrote messages on it. It’ll sit in storage for a while so revisiting it will be a small capsule of time we can reflect on while enjoying another rainy Sunday… in another state.

…and I got one varnished yesterday before the rain and humidity kicked in.

Just Go

Have you ever spent days (weeks, months, years) planning and researching and scheming and reading and writing and, and, and…?

I have (and still do) and I find it prohibitive after a while. If you want change you have to make it happen. You just have to take that first step. Then you have to take the next. And you have to keep on stepping no matter what.

And yeah, you’re going to step in some shit along the way.