Sunday, August 29, 2010

Not Today.....

"Not Today"
watercolor & gouache on board

Danny told me the other day that the planets have been out of whack.  This is coming from a guy who's not really into astrology that much.  But, I'm really beginning to think he is correct.  It has been a strange summer for me.  I've had great things happening in my career, and crushing things happen in my personal life.  Many of you know about my cousin who passed away, but this past week, we lost LaLa, our little yellow bird.  There's a part of me that wishes she was just lost, but in actuality she met her unfortunate demise from our new 5 month old kitten, Tokyo.  Very sad, tragic, and heartbreaking.  We've had some other strange things happen, so if things happen in 3's, as they say...maybe I'm done for a while?

I hope so... it's been an overwhelming past couple of months.  It seems like everything is so complicated right now.  I asked Danny...remember when we just lived our quiet little lives here on the island?  He said, do we get back to that?

Good question.  We came up with the answer for us.  Simplify.  Easier said than done.

I walked in my studio through the obstacle course of supplies the other day...and looked around.  Why do I need all this stuff?  Sometimes it allows me to take my work to a higher degree technically, but other just get's confusing.  You really can have too many art supplies.  Yes...I said it.  I know some of you are gasping for air over the thought.  But, really you can.  It can stifle your creativity.   How do you simplify your art, when you can't bear the thought of giving up any supplies?

So, on this latest painting.  I decided to leave out all the fancy stuff and just go back to what I originally loved when I was first starting to paint.  This new painting is watercolor and gouache on Ampersand's Aqua bord.  I really enjoyed the freedom.  I could paint just because I loved it. I didn't have to worry about technical things.  I didn't really start out with any preconceived ideas about what I wanted to paint.  I knew the basic color scheme that I wanted to use and I knew she had to have freckles.  I originally thought that I might try to change it to a Halloween theme with a skeleton bird, but it seemed a little morbid considering everything that has happened. Not to mention, forced.

I decided to paint and just let it happen organically.  As it seemed to be best with an empty cage. I was more than happy to be painting.  On the outside I was doing the "painting happy dance".  But, the pain of everything that has happened still made it's way into the painting.  I don't think you can really control that.  And if you do, it looks like you did control it.  You know what I mean?  I just had to let it be.

I really love how the painting turned out.  Totally different that what I had imagined in my head. And definitely totally better than any plans that I originally held for it.  No resin, no beeswax,  no Souffle pens, no fancy stuff.  Just the old tried and true supplies and a whole lot of love. every time....

Here's the video for it.  I hope you enjoy it.

In other news, thanks to everyone that has signed up for the NEW Paint Free class.  I have been overwhelmed by your response.  There are only a handful of spaces left.  I'm really sorry, but I have to keep it reasonably small so I will be able to answer all questions and give each person their critiques lovetiques. If you think you might be interested in one of the last spots, click here to get more information.

Try simplifying your art and life this does wonders for the soul.

WyannePin It


  1. I'm really sorry to hear about LaLa.
    I've thought about getting a bird now and then but because I have several cats I was always afraid to. This tragedy has definitely decided it for me. You have my sympathy and once again - so sorry.

    and I do love this painting.
    Someday when things aren't so financially tight for me, I hope to take your class.
    Take care! - Cindi

  2. perfectly said, authentic and true. good for you!!! and big hugs to you on your loss. the painting is beautiful.

  3. Wow! Love your video! Seeing you paint is so much fun! I'd love to take a class from you someday. ;o)

  4. She is totally delightful with her freckles, her big pensive eyes and her perfect little mouth. I love the whole thing!

  5. Sorry about your cousin, that is by far one of the saddest things I've read in a while. I love your paintings <3

  6. and of course I'm sorry about your bird too, I always find things go in three's.

  7. Truly difficult times and I am so sorry to hear about your lovely bird. (Many many years ago, we lost one to an over-anxious dog. I still cringe.)

    This is beautiful - returning to simplicity, the pleasures of just Being (through painting, through releasing clutter,...) Lovely through tears.

  8. This painting is truly lovely. Gorgeous colors.

    Sorry to hear about your bird though. :(

  9. Wyanne, I am so sorry about LaLa. You've experienced enough loss this summer and my hope for you is for happiness to fill every inch of your life with joy and wonder! Much love, Lisa

  10. Hi Wyanne, I agree so much! I've been doing paintings like this recently and I find it's the ones that appear spontaneously without any planning that seem to be the best for me at the moment. I felt the need to simplify my painting and use just a simple black line with a watercoloury wash, such fun! I'm still going to take up my mixed media again one day sooner or later but for now this is where I'm happy to be and that's the most important thing don't you think? I'm going to sit back and enjoy your video now! :) xx

  11. Hi Wyanne! I'm so glad I checked in on your blog today because when I read the blurb about your latest online class I knew it was perfect timing for me. I can't wait to get started - I know it's going to be very inspiring and just what I need! Lots of love from Australia!
    x Donna

  12. Hi Wyanne, I was wondering, is it still possible to do the Mixed Media with the girls class ?

  13. Brigitte,
    The Mixed Media and the Girls class can be taken at any time, and is still available. The Paint Free class that starts next week has one spot left. You can see more information on the classes by clicking the buttons on the top left hand side of the blog here. Email me for more info. Thanks for asking!


  14. Wyanne.. I'm heartbroken to hear about LaLa.. that Tokyo.. was it just flying around or did T knock the cage over? Either way.. I'm sorry. You are so right about having too much stuff in the studio.. I'm with you. It's time to go back to basics.


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