FIVE Things

Five things I wanted to share today:

ONE.
Tony Bennett: “Jazz is so fabulous, because you do the same song you did the night before differently than you did the night before.”

TWO.
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THREE. 
I was in Santa Barbara, California, last week, helping a friend with her teenaged daughters while she was away on a business trip. The girls were wonderful and easy and the weather was beautiful… and Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places I know! But I felt kind of melancholy all week… the last time I really spent that much time walking Garden Street and my old neighborhoods (and downtown) was almost 30 years ago, when I was a young woman, and my oldest child was the cutest, friendliest toddler in the world. I miss him.

FOUR.
My computer got too full again last night and I had to move the file titled “BOOK” to an external hard drive. (“BOOK” is a folder full of images and Word files and Indesign files that supposedly I’m trying to organize into a new book now that I have a studio with a door that closes [that my office/studio was in the middle of our living room was my excuse for the last five years of why I haven’t been able to get my head around organizing said book].)

There were over 3,500 files that needed to be moved over.

Wha??????

FIVE.
Two drawings by my grandson, Liam (who turns 7 tomorrow!):
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Have a wonderful day!

Bubble & Spectacles

Bubble, Spectacles suggested by tccre8ive

(Sorry!)

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Please comment here or at the blog with any two words (they can be related to each other, or two random words), and I will pick a pair and try to come up with a drawing or piece of writing based on those two words.

Dream & Big

Dream BIG suggested by ifoundmypaintbrush

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The other day I laughed out loud when I saw the following note I had written to myself in the “notes” app on my phone:

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I don’t remember writing it.

I love dreams. I wish I could remember mine more, as where else would one come up with buttered bananas?

I mean, what was my subconscious thinking?

Perhaps in my dream I mistook the banana for corn on the cob… that would explain the butter…

Perhaps “things that are yellow” was the over-arching theme that night…

Or perhaps it’s as simple as my subconscious putting together the banana I have every morning and the butter I see in the refrigerator door multiple times each day.

I don’t know.

But I do know that the “crying” part of that sentence has me wondering if the dream wasn’t about something bigger than fattening fruit.

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Please comment here or at the blog with any two words (they can be related to each other, or two random words), and I will pick a pair and try to come up with a drawing or piece of writing based on those two words.

Elephant & Barcode

Elephant, Barcode suggested by Greta Ann Stratman

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Please comment here or at the blog with any two words (they can be related to each other, or two random words), and I will pick a pair and try to come up with a drawing or piece of writing based on those two words.

Muses & Monsters

Muses, Monsters suggested by Cigdem Kobu

My muses and my monsters have been at war lately.

I have some of each, and they are pretty equal in terms of strength and influence, though one often gets the better of the other and I never really know who will win the tug-of-war any given hour.

When the Monsters are winning I don’t seem to get any drawing or painting or writing done.

This might seem a cop out, as if I’m blaming my lack of productivity on “monsters,” but I stand by this story and here is why:

  1. Even at their best and nicest, Monsters interrupt things. (Interruptions are not good for creativity.)
  2. When the Monsters are tired, EVERYONE is tired.
  3. Monsters get their feelings hurt easily, which is annoying and sad. And distracting.
  4. Monsters tend to be loud, and I am noise sensitive (just ask my husband and his blasting stereo).
  5. Monsters at heart are insecure, which is confusing to both me and the muses.

When I sat down to write this blog post, the monsters were out dancing around a bit, but in the end they decided to take a little nap!

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Two Words

Would you like to play the two words game again? I think I’m ready to take on another blog challenge… it’s been such a busy year getting the new website up, etc! I feel like I’m free again!

Please comment with any two words (they can be related to each other, or two random words), and I will pick one and try to come up with a drawing or piece of writing based on those two words.

Thank you!

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Registration OPEN for a Repeat Session of Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting!

Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting!
Repeat Session • $165
Class Dates: September 4 – October 4, 2018

Hi Everyone!

We are starting off our Fall 2018 lineup by repeating Lynn’s most popular online class — Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting — starting September 4th! Have you already taken this class? You can follow along with this new class for a $25 administration fee. (Alumni: If you didn’t receive your discount code, email us at steve@carlasonheim.com. Thanks!)

PLUS! Be one of the first 100 people to sign up for a chance to win one of 5 copies of Lynn’s bestselling book, “Expressive Flower Painting!” Winners will be picked randomly and notified by email.

Click HERE for more information about this awesome class!

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AND!

If you would like to learn from Lynn in an in-person workshop, she has just added a three-day Big Bold Bloom painting class from October 19-21, 2018! This will be held at her downtown Orlando, Florida art studio. Click HERE for details!

“Intro to Abstract Painting” LIVE!

Hi Everyone!

Many of you have taken one of our online classes, “Intro to Abstract Painting” by Karine Swenson.

Well I wanted to let you know that she is teaching an in-person workshop near Santa Fe, NM, on September 15-16, 2018!

Have you wanted to meet Karine in person? (She’s delightful.) Did you need a good reason to visit New Mexico in September? (This is a great one!)

(And if you can’t make the live class, consider the online version, which is now 20% off through August 28th… use the code 2018summer20 at checkout!)

Have a great day, everyone!

Carla

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Class Description

Intro to Abstract Painting

Intro to Abstract Painting is a fun, fast paced class for those who want a non-threatening introduction to abstract painting. We will explore some of the ideas behind pure abstraction, as well as an introduction to using paint. Exploration and curiosity will be encouraged. The emphasis will be on helping each student discover their own aesthetic and personal way of making art. I will be using oil paint and teaching techniques with oil paint, but acrylic paint can be used, especially for those with sensitivities. My method of using oil paint does not involve heavy use of solvents, so it is a safe painting environment. We will also be drawing and using other media for composition and design. The class will be similar to my online class, but in a more intimate setting and additional tips and ideas.

The class is September 15th and 16th from 10 to 4:30 pm each day. We will break for lunch.

It will be held in Madrid, New Mexico, which is between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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For more information, click here. If anyone has questions, email Karine at karine@karineswenson.com.