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A start.....

April 24th, 2017

A start.....

I am an impatient painter.
I never want to quit til I am done...
I have to give these oils some drying time!
on pause for the time being.

Warming Up Montana Spring Storms

April 24th, 2017

Warming Up Montana Spring Storms

Many artists struggle with self doubt. Especially after being away from the brush and pallet for a few days. The past week I was working on the road, away from my painting studio. Coming back home, I was excited to do some painting but the thought of starting a larger size project was intimidating to me. So I pulled out a smaller cedar board that I like to have on hand. Its 7 x 16 and decided I would just do a random sketch of whatever might want to express itself. That is how I created this Oil on Cedar small Impressionistic Landscape Painting.

My advise is don't let your brain get in the way of creativity. Just go for it, break the ice and enjoy the process! Once you get warmed up and in the swing again.... those ideas will rush right in and your fun continues!

Enjoy your passion,
Paint everyday!
Cheryl Nancy Ann Gordon

Screen On..... Use your tablet as a photo reference without it going blank.

April 24th, 2017

Screen On..... Use your tablet as a photo reference  without it going blank.

Finally figured out how to use my tablet for reference photos as I am painting. Normally, a phone screen or tablet screen will "time Out" so you don't use up all your battery power. There are times, like when you are covered in paint and really don't want it all over your key board or screen, and you wish you could keep the photo on! Been there many times...... there is a cool app, actually several of them. Go to Google play store or apple apps and search Time out. Download an app and when you run the app and click on your photo you are using for reference painting it will STAY ALIVE without your screen going blank on you. The one thing I noticed on my screen is it will dim on me. I can use use the back side of my knuckle which is about the only part of me that doesn't have paint on it and tap the screen when I need to check my photo. It will brighten up. It sure beats printing out a photo all the time. Just thought some others might benefit from that little tidbit. KEEP PAINTING!

Why some paintings work, others are a struggle.....

December 14th, 2016

Why some paintings work, others are a struggle.....

As I lay in bed, unable to sleep, and not really driven to go paint like I usually do, I was thinking about painting. The thoughts that struck me were about the driving force behind a good painting. Then, I realized its no different for a speaker, musician, writer, even a good house cleaner. Its the same, when something works, its really because there was a total connectivity on a strong emotional level. You are energized and charged, and there is a compelling force that drives you to do what you do. I have noticed that sometimes, I paint because I want a diversion and my heart isn't really there, but I think it should be. Those are usually the paintings I am not so thrilled with and tend to take more time than I care to put in them. Other times, I become so at one with the oils, brush and canvas that I just can't paint fast enough. Everything just moves and flows from something within me that doesn't even seem real. After words, I will often wonder, in amazement.... how did I do that?

I found myself puzzled about this and asked how do we consistently get that connected feeling, that emotional charge that just sweeps past the conscious mind and another deeper unconscious self emerges and takes over?

Slideshow of some of my Paintings

September 22nd, 2016

Slideshow of some of my Paintings


Art Prints

Is this Normal????

February 16th, 2015

Is this Normal????

Is this NORMAL???? Ha, looking at my "work" place I realize I have about 6 different projects in the making. I do this all for fun. Since I now have my own space and don't have to worry about cleaning up, creating has taken on a whole new life. I feel more free to just get in there and paint. Start a new, leave old ones around for just the right to pick them up and work on them some more. Its made my life, my Art life, so much more fun. My studio is in my office. I find its encroaching upon my office space. Thats great, because it means I really have shifted my prioities to doing the fun stuff in life instead of just work. WHAT DOES Your WORK Space look like? Mine is really a mess. Please post photos, I think we would all enjoy taking a peek!

Double Trouble - Artists Thoughts about ....

February 15th, 2015

Double Trouble - Artists Thoughts about ....

These are “Portraits” of my chickens. I only have five. Rhode Island Reds, a bold, go anywhere, independent type of chicken, and great layers. They have developed the habit of coming to the front door and the other day this is what I saw as I was eating breakfast, peeking right in the front door window. My challenge in painting is getting started, letting loose with the brush and then knowing when to end. I always want to do more when I think I should be almost done. The “more” is not usually what I want so with Double Trouble I am simply stopping without adding the “more”. I started with a used canvas that I picked up at a garage sale and painted the background over it. There is lots of texture in this piece because of the previous painting. I like texture. A lot of times painting with acrylics it’s a little flat. With this painting, I wanted it to be rough and I really loaded on the paint. In person this really shows. 16 x 20 Inch Acrylic on Canvas Board.
Cheryl Nancy Ann Gordon
Feburary 15, 2015 #7

What goes on in the artists head?

February 15th, 2015

What goes on in the artists head?

Ok, this is my first Blog. I am writing because I am just coming out as an artist. I find it scary, sort of. I mean, actually having other people look or Not look at my work. Its very different for me. I have longed to dedicate more of my time to painting but only in recently years have I made painting a priority for me when I have free time. I'm a self taught artist for the most part. I love seeing what I can create. Whenever I think of painting something, the funny thing is a part of me feels nervous yet excited to begin another project. I have lots of inner dialog with myself about painting. Its a challenge for me that I love and want to pursue and develop. Its my passion, why else does one paint? But the thing that Boggels me or should I say, Bloggels me is.... why do I feel this inner hesitation sometimes, a lack of confidence and somewhat fearful? So, just wondering if its just me or do others feel that way too. I love Fine Art America as a way to display my work and I love seeing what other people are doing. I just found out about blogging so I thought I would start sharing stuff that goes on for me.

Personally, I love to know the story behind a picture, painting and why and how an artist arrived at that point. I try to remember some of those things once I have completed a painting. I still work alot in our business, we are Estate Liquidators. I try to be home on Sundays and thats usually when I have time to paint. It doesn't always work that way, but thats why I call myself a Sunday Painter. For the first time, I have a my own room where I can leave my paints and mess out and it isnt going to bother anyone. That has helped alot in keeping me painting on a regular basis.

Since I just recently started my Web site with my art, I figured it would be a good time to keep my thoughts out there. Maybe others struggle with this problem. Writers get it looking at a blank page, or beginning something. Maybe it just goes with the creative turf. Its an entirely different kind of excitement. Tomorrow is Sunday, so I am looking forward to working on my two chickens I actually got started a couple days ago.

They look funny now, and the challenge will be to see how I can turn this around into something of a finished product. I started a chicken picture last fall and got upset with it. Then out of shear determination, last week, wanted to finish it. My husband really liked it. So I shared it on Facebook and my friends really liked. That was all quite curious to me.... so then I saw a Chicks contest and decided to enter it. Now it sits at the top of the list for votes. Who would of ever thought? So that gives me encouragement to show my work. If you want to see the one I'm referring to its called, Trouble. ... and ya, if you want to vote on it too, that would be great. http://fineartamerica.com/contests/chick-days-2015.html?tab=vote&artworkid=14180482 My next one is Double Trouble. These are my chickens, Rhode Island Reds and for some reason they are always off doing..... who knows what!

Well, thanks for reading. I will update with my progress on Double Trouble!

Cheryl Nancy Ann Gordon