Friday, May 19, 2017

The fickle finger of instagram

by Richard John Scarr
(Brighton, East Sussex, England)

If what will be will be.
Then I know it rests with me.
To accept the fact, and do the best I can.
For if it is ordained.
As I think I've just explained. It will be,
because it is part of fate's great plan.
If it is divined.
Then it would be a waste of time.
For me to even think of giving less.
I could just let time go by.
And then not even try.
But fate will still decide the worst or best.
When we're off to catch a plane.
We end up waiting for a train.
And then arrive about an hour late.
It is me who gets the blame,
because we've missed the plane,
But no one points a finger at fickle fate.
I thrust down with the hoe.
Right onto my big toe.
The fickle finger of fate can be malicious.
But I don't stand there and sob.
And watch my big toe throb.
I say: "Thank you finger of fate, that feels delicious!"
There is just one way to go.
And that is with the flow.
Why try to fight intended circumstance?
I'll bide my time instead.
And when it turns its head.
I'll give the finger of fate a good kick up the pants!

As I mentioned before, I have been spending time on instagram. For a quick dose of inspiration it is wonderful. It is also wonderful for a quick bit of reassurance, as I can immediately get 30 "likes" when I post a piece of art, and as on Etsy, I think we all want those elusive yet rewarding 💜's. Just to know someone out there understands and likes what we have created.

That being said, I also need to say I do make my art for me. As do most of the artists I see. That is true for me, and obvious I believe, from how often I paint, (daily) and from my random and frequent side tracks into other subjects to paint. I float to whatever moves me to paint at the moment. Lately that happens to be circles and abstracts because I am simply more interested in watching the paint flow, and in helping the watercolors lightly touch each other and blend, than in the end result. But, at the same time I am hoping the end result will be pleasing, and that others will enjoy seeing it and being inspired by it. Hence the endless pursuit of "likes".

Anyway, part of the reason I am writing this is that those likes are so fickle. I generally get a few comments and about 40 likes and a new follower or two on instagram for every post I make there. And, I am really happy with that.

But then I posted this piece yesterday or the day before...

And I got 3000 views, and 75 new followers so far in one day! GREAT, but Why? This is no better than any of my other paintings, is it?
And now, when my next post doesn't achieve that will I be let down with only one or two followers? I hope not. And I hope to avoid trying to replicate that piece just for "likes". I do plan on doing more bugs, because they were fun, and I had want to design some fabric like that, but I will have to try not to worry about that fickle finger!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Been working on an assignment for MATS boot camp assignment to create a rose journal cover. I have done 3 rough drafts but hated the 2nd try and plan to paint over it in my sketchbook as it annoys me to look at it. Some days are like that.
Some of my bad pages I keep in my book to learn from, but others , like the one I am not showing, o just dislike so much I don't want to see them. I don't like to rip pages out so my solution is to either cover them with scrap papers I have drawn on or paint over them with acrylic and sketch over that.

To get started again after that fail I did the "peace" page for fun.

And it has been good bonfire weather here. Just had to share my perfectly roasted mallow....

Happy paintpartyfriday!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Photos from my week.....

Happy paint party Friday!
Not much to say, lots to show though....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My "tree" for Scribblepicnic

Hello all,
I have had this idea on my head for awhile now.... to take the characters that I started doing for the paperdolls that I made....

(the ones with fairies and their friends; I can't even remember if I posted them. I will check and if not i will show you them soon, and hopefully will be listing them on Etsy soon)

....and making a picture book around them. It was just one idea of many so I hadn't worked on it yet, but I thought for this week's illustration for scribblepicnic over at Michael MacVean's blog I would see what ideas came up for my story because I want the fairies and their friends to be in a little woodland area. I had another story idea of fanciful birds leaving messages for little children so I ended up combining the two in this. I am not sure I like the two together but it was an experiment.
Not sure what will come of it, if anything, but it was fun to imagine...

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Friday, April 21, 2017

I have been creating everyday. Mostly abstract or semi abstract watercolors because I just can't get enough of watching the paint flow, and the colors blend. Of course, sometimes that type of meditation is still not enough to wash away all anxiety. On one of those days recently I had to bring out the big guns and go shopping at the antique store.... I found some more embroidered towels.... can't seems to get enough of them lately. It always does the trick.

I added one of the watercolors to my spoonflower account, and from there I linked to roostery which shows you how your design would look on their items, and let's you purchase them. If you click on the image below it should take you to their site where you can purchase my design or your own design on a ready made pillow....or napkins, or even a chair!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

My springtime(?)

I took this little photo of crocus finally popping thru a week ago or shows Bigbig home from his travels enjoying our spring weather.

Then a few days later there was this....

Then this morning there was this....

I think Mother Nature is confused!

So since nature isn't providing I have been painting my own color.....

Happy paint party Friday!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Light it up blue

If you follow me on instagram you may have seen these photos.... I post there daily, and I have joined the 100 day project, because I can't seem to get enough of doing these watercolor paintings lately. They are relaxing, meditative, mindful just like painting mandalas. If I feel stressed watching paint flow helps! My hash tag for the project is #100daysofjoyouswatercolor. The originals are available in my Etsy shop.

But as today is autism awareness day I have done one in blue. (Too dark so the colors are not true in these photos) ....Because if you have followed my blog for long you know my son is classified as having non verbal autism. He is 14 and a big, giant sweetheart.

- happy autism awareness day!

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