Sunday, September 12, 2010

thank you

watercolor, colored pencil, oil pastel in muslin journal

thank you all so much for your responses to the last post. with almost each one, i thought "yes, that's it. that's just it!" as zom wrote, the artists who said they weren't going to paint if their work was selling may just have been having a 'bit of a sulk". probably... as for formal education (or not), the thing seems to be that we paint/create because we have to. selling, education - anything else - is an extra. we're gonna do what we're gonna do...

deb, of vintage moon studio, the three eyed beings have spoken and it is to your place that they're going! it was not an easy decision for them! they've asked me to thank each of you for saying you'd like to have your name in the hat... thank you!

all of these pieces on muslin were done with watercolors, colored pencils, and oil pastels...

she's the back side of the face that i posted a couple of weeks ago. some of the watercolors from that face bled through the muslin and i just added a bit to what was already there. i know, she looks a little freaked out by that butterfly, but i think she's okay. ; )

i've been aiming towards using fewer colors in the faces, which i usually fail at utterly (those colors!). but onward...

i loved this face when it had very little color, but then i felt like i had to see what it looked like with more, and it wasn't good. so i ripped it in half and sewed each half to kraft packing paper for future use as envelopes. deb, your beings will arrive in one of these, ha! but seriously, everything looks better when you put it on a letter or package, don't you think?

i've been out walking! oh! the weather is perfect and it's so nice to visit with old tree friends after a couple of months away. i did this peace sign last fall, but brightened it up as i walked past a few days ago.

went to the green shrine tree where things were in greater disarray than usual, so i straightened everything up again.

added this old bottle neck that i found earlier. what a beautiful new shade of green for the green shrine! the flicker feather was laying inside the tree and i can't remember if i put it there last time or not...

and i drew on a stick - this is 'eugenia' the green shrine tree overseer....

and then, and then (!) yesterday we went somewhere that i've been wanting to go for a long time, glass mountain... words cannot even begin to describe the joy i felt at being there. all of the obsidian that i see when i'm out walking comes from there - it was the obsidian source for native americans in this area, even though it's about 60 miles away as the crow flies.

one thing that i could never fathom was how the variety of obsidian that i find could come from one place, but there it was. within minutes i saw every kind that i've ever seen in my wanders. it was just amazing to see it at the source. my son and dh providing some perspective for size...

and lots of pumice; this piece weighed about as much as a feather....

oh how i do love mahogany obsidian...


the view south as we were driving off the mountain towards home. i'm still filled with the joy of being there...

beautiful, creative week to you, and thank you again for your responses to last week's post...

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"I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six. I drew some pictures I thought fairly good when I was fifty, but really nothing I did before the age of seventy was of any value at all. At seventy-three I have at last caught every aspect of nature - birds, fish, animals, insects, trees, grasses, all. When I am eighty I shall have developed still further, and I will really master the secrets of art at ninety. When I reach a hundred my work will be truly sublime, and my final goal will be attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line and dot I draw will be imbued with life."

~ Hokusai, "The Art-Crazy Old Man"



  1. Beautiful, beautiful rocks. Wow, I've never seen anything like that. And, what a gorgeous view. Where were you? :)Bea

  2. Oh my (bustling around getting ready for 3 eyed company)... I am beyond thrilled!! Thank you so much ! xo Deb

  3. Yep. "imperfect art" on a package.
    Always in style.
    When I get a package weighed, the post-peeps always comment. I am beginning to wonder...nevermind :)

    Thank you for saving my willow. She looks amazing and vibrant. Winter will be here soon enough, and I think she will make it.

    I don't know what to say about your art...other than it makes me silent. I am in awe.


  4. Beautiful art of course..but Glass Mountain sounds amazing! I LOVE obsidian...we used to have some pumice when we were little too..I wonder if I can find it again in my parents yard after so long.. I totally forgot Shasta was a volcano!

  5. Lovely post...I'm loving the picture with the bird and plant!

  6. Lynne thanks for raising that subject, it made for good discussion. Congratulations to Deb for winning the latest Lynne Art!
    so much in this post, always fun to stop in here. I have a fist sized chunk of obsidian, I wonder if it traveled from your glass mt. but I picked it up on a Willamette river beach near Lake Oswego. There was a lot of it on the beach there.
    I like your pants, btw. Nice patch job.

  7. Rocks and view amazing, your art even more so - I've been away from blogland and have missed your posts so will catch up now for they inspire me to press on with my own art (untutored, not for sale) and - well - living.

  8. I have no doubt that you are an artist.

  9. Oh Glass Mountain looks wonder you were filled with joy! Thank you for those amazing photos!

    Beautiful new muslin pages. That one with the little red bird is just beautiful, made me smile.

    Congrats to Deb on being your winner...what a delightful package she will receive in the mail. such beautiful mail art Lynne.

    My time in Switzerland is nearly at an end. We fly home tomorrow, but it has been such a wonderful, wonderful trip...nice to be going home, but sad to be leaving Matt.

    Speak soon,

    Jacky xox

  10. Hi Lynne,
    it's going to be a good day when it starts with a new post of you.
    I love the new paintings, they look so soft and tender, special the one with the butterfly.
    And what great obsidians!
    Have a good and creative week. ;-)


  11. I love the bird hat - wish I had one lik ethat myself - especially such a lovely red bird...
    Your walk was truly magical - like a visit to another world somewhere. Those glass rocks make me shiver...
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful life with us, Lynne. As always, I feel full up when I leave here.
    Big Love !

  12. oh congratulations to Deb!! well done lovey!
    and your glass mountain oh swoon... I am in love reminds me of crystal mountain here, totally addictive, filled with clear crystals and just magical...
    love the freakd out girl with the butterfly... I know how she feels!!!
    and that Hokusai quote makes me feel so good!
    yummmy! xoxox

  13. Glass Mountain, that sounds like my kind of place!
    I love your overseer stick lady.
    I tried drawing some faces lately and really appreciate yours all the more when I see how goofy mine come out!
    xoxo Kim

  14. i love this post .. the red bird lady
    is way too cool.
    and i so want to go to glass mt . i have to put it on my wish list.

  15. Another awesome post, my friend! I got so excited seeing the sticks as I do when I see the prayer flags. xoxo

  16. those "rocks" are amazing. i've never seen anything quite like that.

  17. Hope u teleported that big one home. What kind of energy might be in such a place?

    The tender little just born, top image softens the world somehow.


  18. lovely post. wishing ur paintings a safe journey to their new lucky owner :o) You visit some breathtaking places...thanks for sharing x

  19. First of all, I LOVE the Hokusai quote! And your shrines and decorated sticks. How I'd love to come across one while hiking!

    I've been in my own little world for a while, so I'm just now catching up with your last post, as well.
    It's good to know that there are still people who make art for art's sake, not with $$$ in mind. And that an art degree doesn't make you a better artist, or even a good artist - just a smug artist, much of the time.

    Your wall of art in your art room held my attention for quite a while. LOVE the prehistoric looking elk(?).

  20. Love the little bird you've added to your face, so whimsical.
    Your last post on the art in relation to the outcome of the art is something that touches me too. I have a very clear distinction between the work I do for pay and the work I do because it calls to me. It took a bit of inner dialogue to realise that the second did not need the outcome of the first, that it was enough in and of itself.

  21. i have a new linky blog you can link up your handmades if you wish:

  22. Congratulations to Deb. Your pictures are magical. Wow! I love that obsidian at glass mountain. Would you share this post link with ;'sharing treasure'? I've never heard of glass mountain before and am a little in awe of it. Good to see your green shrine tree again xJ

  23. Beautiful Lynne - love the Hokusai quote which makes me feel old age is too be valued!
    those faces so vulnerable! and the little bird made me smile - so tender. Thank you

  24. Wow - glass mountain. Looks like such an other-worldly place. Can't get enough of your faces. They always look like they have a story and a personality!!