Afternoon Reverie

 

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I am noticing that I do my best painting in the late afternoon. The quality of light is really nice at that time of day and it’s usually much quieter in my studio. But I think more than both of those things, by afternoon, my internal rhythm, which can run a bit fast… has finally slowed enough to let me really relax into the painting. Breath is deeper, my hand a little looser… my mind clears and I get lost in gentle thoughts… it’s a state of complete ease. And it’s in these moments that I stray a little farther creatively and try new things, like painting with more water than usual, then letting the water pull the pigment from the brush rather than having my hand control it as I usually do. Results can be…surprising… but the name of this blog is appropriately titled, Risk Delight…  so there you go.  I do hope my artwork delights you from time to time.

It’s natural for me to emphasize the smaller, delicate details…maybe the ones that are a little off the beaten path that you wouldn’t first notice…like the crevice between the rocks or the shadows of the shells that lay just below water’s surface. Or maybe I will choose to highlight the edge of a cloud rather than the cloud itself. Or that mysterious sliver of light where sky meets the sea… it always seems so elusive. My seascapes attempt to honor those details and those less travelled/less seen places that I am so drawn to. How to show you what I see and feel? I continue to try to find new ways of bringing my vision uniquely to life.

All Original artwork ©Michelle Rummel/ Shell Artistree LLC ~

Tangents…

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It began with a massive reorganization of my files in an effort to make sense of the hundreds of visual images that I tuck away over time. Swatches of color… honey golds, watery blues, mossy greens. Images of flowing lines, petals, leaves, light, love. Some will be used as reference for new collections down the road. Others will get pinned to my studio bulletin board simply because I like to look at beautiful things:))

In the midst of all this eye candy,  an ocean coastline photograph that a friend had posted online floated to the forefront of my vision. An instant pull, a voice inside… “paint me”…. So I did. I pushed scraps of paper aside, made room for my watercolor pad and began a very loose and quick rendering. As always, I painted what I felt far more than what I actually saw… usual for me, my mind brings me there and it’s different somehow. More so, the place I imagine it to be.

It’s been a while since paint flowed with ease and oh, it felt so good. And so I kept going, taking advantage of the calm and the quiet. Wrapped warm by the soft light over my shoulder, a fashion illustration inspired piece emerged from my ink pen.. I quickly painted a dress on her that I would wear… I piled her hair on top of her head and enjoyed the satisfying feeling of designing a look, a mood with simple line, minimal color and easy brushwork.  Within minutes of starting, as breathing was a deep and steady sympatico…I felt her complete and I put the brush down.

And then I ate a proper lunch, because a girl’s gotta eat.

Not bad, for a Tuesday;))

Fine Art Print Giveaway

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Would you like to win one of my Fine Art Prints?  The two prints featured are from a few years back and would love a new home.  #1 is titled Striking Flint and is a print of a watercolor painting.   #2 is titled Questionable Journey and is a print of an Ink and watercolor painting. Two very distinctive styles but reflective of my art over time.

To Enter, I’m making it simple!  All you need to do is visit me over on my facebook business page: 
1. LIKE the facebook Post 
2. COMMENT on the Post telling us which Print resonates with you the most and why.

I will choose a winner randomly on Monday, April 13th.  If inclined, I do hope you’ll follow my page there as well and do feel free to share this one along into your streams. I have a small but loyal following over on facebook. I post there regularly and enjoy the conversations that come my way. Hope you’ll jump into this one… I’d love for my art to live with you!

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I am gearing up for some fine art giveaways over on my facebook brand page.  For those of you who follow me here on my wordpress blog, I’d love for you to have an opportunity to win some of my giclee prints, embellished canvases and original watercolors. Details will be posting soon on my facebook page, so come follow along and say hello! I welcome you (and more conversation…) there~

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Time…

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The passage of time often feels hazy to me…Wasn’t it just the New Year? March marches nearer and with it, my design trip to NYC for Spring Market week and the launch of three more of my bedding /bath collections. There was a brief quiet lull in January but my design and travel schedule is beginning to ramp up again, I feel it. I am trying to gather and hold the energy needed for it all. {Breathe, Shell…}

In the midst of winter, I do my best to honor all the moments that come, instead of aching for time to move faster towards warmer months. Inside the warm cocoon of my studio, I am wrapped in light,… and although some days seem to stretch endlessly on, most are quite lovely when surrounded by that which fulfills. In those moments, time stands still.

Some new work has been coming from the brush and pen lately… a few surprises along the way, I do love when that happens. Like the one above, for example… it’s part of a series of paintings that all have a similar thread running through them. I l enjoy the visual continuity of a collection… subtle patterning that leads the eye. This one has the potential to be more, I think… so maybe it’s just a study. Time will tell.

A friend of mine from years back resurfaced in recent weeks. Along with a new website was the reposting of a featured blog post he had long ago written about me and my art. What a pleasure to re read those words. I remember feeling so honored at the time, and I still do. The article focused solely on his own reaction to my work. I felt such pride…I value deeply, that rare gift of feeling understood. The art and poetry he chose to share and write about was typical of my portfolio at the time. Interesting to me to see the ways my art has changed (and not changed) over the last 5 years.  I love being able to see that evolution. I invite you to read the post, here.

Original ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel