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To try or not to try?

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Hello blog-land!  I am happy to say that hopefully, with this post, I will get back on track with my regular blog posts.  I have been on somewhat of a sabbatical for the last couple of months.  I have had a multitude of technical/computer/Wordpress administration issues and problems that have made blogging and posting pictures kind of a drag….a long and arduous drag…and a bit of a creative slump.  This makes me sad because blogging has helped to make me accountable over the last year.  When I know that I have faithful and regular followers, then I know that I have to keep writing and producing art to share with the world…

Thus the reason for today’s post title:  “To Try or Not to Try”….that is the question!  It is a question that I sometimes struggle with as I am sure most of do as well.  I know I am not alone but the knowledge of this just isn’t enough sometimes.

Making art is a solitary activity and most of the time that is precisely why I paint…to be alone, to be quiet, to be ‘not in my head’, to get lost in the paint and canvas; however, sometimes this solitary act can cause me to feel a deep and palpable loneliness.  It is at this point that I believe my subconscious is craving human interaction.  It is during these time periods that I have come to learn that it is ALL THE MORE CRUCIAL to get into the studio and start….just START to create and paint.  It is the start and the blank canvas that can be daunting.  I know you know what I am referring to.

So…..so…I have been working on forcing myself to just begin the process even if I have no conceptual idea where my brush will take me.  For me just dipping my brush into a lovely and vibrant color is all I need to find the motivation that is hiding deep within.  Just the sound of the brush as it places the oil onto the canvas is enough to hook me…most of the time.  Many times what I paint falls deeply short of something beautiful.  It may be hideous…but at least it is not a total loss because I am learning to appreciate and love the process of doing….the journey of trying.  I have to constantly speak to my inner critic and say, “Just TRY Kimby….TRY!”  Silencing my inner demons is one of the primary reasons I began (and continue to) paint in the first place.

Thomas Edison said long ago:  “I have not failed 10,000 times, I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”  

I love this quote because it is really speaking to our perception of our unique and individual realities.  If we can just learn to tweak our perceptions, our world and life views can be utterly fantastic.  This is what I am working on:  Trying…trying to shift my perspective from the silent voices of inner criticism to one that embraces the fact that there is really no failure, only growth.  It is all in how we look at it.

With that, I am going to share some pictures of some pieces I have been working on of late.  I hope you enjoy my paintings.  When all was said and done, I love them…I really, really love them.  

Blessings and peace to you and yours.

Warmly,

k  i  m  b  y in San Francisco

 

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Holy Cow!!!

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I am baaaaaack!!!  I have not posted any new blogs in over three weeks…and for that I apologize.  I have been struggling a bit (well actually, I have been struggling a lot) and have not had the gumption to sit down and blog.  I have been forcing myself to paint….even IF I am lacking the necessary and vital inspiration to do so.  I am in the midst of churning out a few paintings that I hope you will enjoy.  Holy Cow is one of those paintings.  It is really not entitled “Holy Cow”.  I labeled this piece that title just for this post.  I have no idea what it will be called but I think it is a pretty cute, and hopefully interesting, abstraction of a sweet little calf.

This painting was initially created by sketching the image of the cow in a lavender pencil.  I chose lavender because it is soft, moldable and rich.  It is also one of the presiding colors I envisioned for this particular piece.  Once I did the sketch, I moved onto to doing the background.  This background has three different layers.  I used a lime green color for the primary base.  I then made an orange color from mixing cadmium red and Naples yellow oil paints.  Lastly, I mixed in some Alizaron crimson, wet-on-wet, into the already added bases.  After the background was completed, I did something I  have never done before…..I used acrylic as base in which to create texture to the base of the cow.  I have only just begun to explore working with acrylics and I decided to try my luck as use it as a foundational base.  I LOVE the way it turned out and I am thrilled I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried it!  I am now gradually adding abstract colors onto the coat of the cow to create a vibrant painting….I hope!  I will be sure to post the finished product once it is done.

I hope all is well in your world.  Thank you so much for being faithful to my blog and continuing to read even when my posts are somewhat lacking and few & far between.

Cheers!

k  i  m  b  y

Updated: “Fractured Nude”

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Good morning.  It is currently 3:10 a.m. in San Francisco and I am profoundly insomniated (that is not even a word, but adequately describes my current state of affairs).  I have been painting for most of the evening and wanted to share my updated photos on the progression of my “Fractured Nude” painting.  It still has a long way to go but for those of you who saw the initial photographs, I thought you might like to take a peak at what I have done thus far.  I am still unsure of where this painting will ultimately end up; however, I am relatively content with its’ journey as of this morning…relatively.  

At the risk of sounding redundant, have a wonderful Monday and upcoming week.  The way I see it…we can ALL use a little extra positivity in order to better endure Monday mornings.

Ciao for now….

k  i  m  b  y

 

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“Webbie’s Eyes”

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The painting below is a tribute to my beautifully complex cousin and dear friend Webster Atwell.  He left this earth almost a month ago.  With his death, a part of my heart has been painfully extracted and will forever be missing.  His absence is palpable to me…everyday.  I pray that he is relieved of that which plagued him while in his earthly body.  I have no doubt he is….relieved.  I also hope that his precious cat Bobbitt, and my father-his uncle, greeted him upon his arrival in whatever dimension he now finds himself embraced.

I painted this last night.  It is my memory’s representation and recollection of what the front side of Vail Valley/Vail Mountain in Colorado looked like from Webbie’s hot tub deck.  It is what he saw each and every day upon awakening.  It is what I was blessed to see, for a brief time, when I lived in Vail with Web before relocating to San Francisco.  Web was an artist in his own right as well as a lover of art and ‘the’ arts.  Just a month ago he was talking to me about his plans to start sculpting again.  He wanted to send me some large canvases on which to paint.  He wanted to teach me how to make my own frames and stretch my own canvases.  He sent me pictures of what were his favorite pieces of art in his home.  Sadly, I will never benefit from the wisdom he possessed in regard to the aforementioned.  The history of the canvas he was so eager to send me will be forever lost and unknown to me.  He took those, and many other details, with him when he left.

Thank you Webbie…the two of us went through difficult times, many difficult times over the years….but when all was said and done, we had forgiven, forgotten, moved on, moved forward, and we both knew that we loved one another unconditionally…unconditionally.

Thank you for the memories sweet Webbie.  You will forever remain a permanent part of the person I am today….good, bad, and ugly…we were friends….and that is how we shall remain forever even if we no longer occupy the same physical plane.

Cheers cousin!

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