In an attempt to get to know the readers better, let me fill you in a bit about myself.

  1. I turn fifty this year. I am actually looking forward to it. Life should be fun. As Huey Lewis said: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”
  2. I have two grown daughters and four and a half grandchildren. The half being a new grandson due in Sept.
  3. I am not domestic.  So the chances of seeing any recipe posted by me is slim to none.
  4. I read a great deal, mostly nonfiction. I am a sucker for anything new on business, blogging, writing, or autism.
  5. I am on a continual quest for the perfect office/studio organizing system.  See eBook “Controlling Creative Clutter”.
  6. My office is in a small home I share with my husband, two dogs and a cat. I dream of having a rustic historic building found in most all of rural America.
  7. I am VERY introverted.  I need time alone in order to function well. So the item #6 is not practical in that it would most likely require me to be available to the public.
  8. I don’t eat as well as I should, nor do I often exercise on purpose. I tell myself I will get back to running. But sitting in front of the computer, easel or with a book almost always wins out.

So there you have it: A fifty year old out of shape hermit that paints, writes and blogs. And I am sure some would say a twisted sense of humor. It will surly rear its head before long!

 

Blogging Organization Notebook

Blogging Organization Notebook

In an ongoing effort to be organized and prepared, I have created a Blogging Notebook for myself. In case you are curious, and why wouldn’t you be curious? (Insert sarcastic expression here)

It includes the following:

  • 3 Pocket insert – 1. For goals (traffic and content, among other things) 2. Scrap paper/small notebook (thin moleskin type)/pen and highlighter. 3. Random notes in topic section
  • Monthly Calendar – Broad view of editorial plans.
  • Weekly Calendar – Break down of the week ahead.
  • To-Do Lists – Ongoing without any set time frame.
  • Topics – Outlines for series and notes for upcoming posts.
  • Blog Topic Forms – Helps me see I am meeting goals with each post.
  • Contests – Possible giveaways
  • Advertisements – Information on who, when, where and necessary steps.
  • SEO Information – Record of where I am and ideas on how to improve and get where I want.
  • Product Reviews – Ideas on upcoming reviews – once blog is better prepared.

For some people this may be overkill.  For me it is a place to start and see how it goes. :0) With it all in one place I can easily grab it as I am headed out the door.

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“Sunshine” 9X12″ Oil on Canvas – NFS

So this past week I have been focusing on creating a better schedule for blog posts, gathering and organizing my blog information, and of course painting. This includes taking an online course on blogging at Blogelina.  I signed up on a lark and didn’t have high expectations, but have been pleasantly impressed.  I am someone that has read all of the ProBlogger books and thought I knew what I was doing. The online course has been a eye opener.

I am still creating paintings for a show at the Bowlus in October, while also working on a book proposal.  I also came to the conclusion I was trying to juggle too many things at once. So the frame of mind here of late has been to simplify. No more following that distraction of seeing something shiny!

Some of you know I am a knitter. But, knitting has taken a back seat. For now.

How do you stay on task? Are you a list maker and scheduler? Or do you just fly by the seat of your pants?

“Good landscape painting translates into good figure painting.” – John Singer Sargent

This past weekend I ventured out of my yard to paint plein air and went straight for probably the second toughest corner in our little town.  The first being where our one stop light is. “Tough” because I prefer to paint alone in a quiet studio. But, everyone that stopped to see what was going on was gracious, positive and curious. It was also part of a local plein air event so I had a built in support system.

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Starting to lay in the color

Suggested Supplies:

  • Pochade Box – Purchase one or find directions on making your own here
  • Bag – To carry it all
  • Palette – I made one to fit inside my pochade box. But you might prefer disposable for convenience.
  • Paints – I prefer oils and I tend to use Utrecht brand more than others. I carry the following: ultramarine blue, thalo blue, cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, titanium white, burnt umber, burnt sienna and sap green.
  • Pencil/pen and paper – to draw out thumbnail before beginning on canvas.
  • Brushes – I prefer round and flat sable or synthetic sable.  I find traditional bristle brushes to stiff. I carry 3-4 brushes.  Sizes are not uniform across brands and I use a variety depending on the best prices.
  • Mineral spirits – I carry mine with three jars.  One to carry full of the mineral spirits another to pour it into, and the third to pour the dirty/used liquid. This way I can have it clean as needed.
  • Linseed Oil – I paint with oil to this is a must have.  I carry a small jar.
  • Canvas/panel – I prefer painting on stretch canvas to panels.  Either 8X10″, 9X12 or 11X14″
  • Umbrella can be handy but I prefer to seek our areas in the shade.  Making another item to carry eliminated.
  • Hat – The few times this year I have painted outside I was SOOO glad I had worn a hat and prevented sun damage.
  • Apron – Mine is one my oldest daughter made in high school.  It is covered in paint an worn but it is my go-to.
  • Camera – To take a shot of what you are working on in case you need to finish it later in the studio.  It can also help give you a fresh view of what you are putting on the canvas.
  • Sunscreen – I live in Kansas and I am so pale I burst into flames when I step outside. So, sunscreen is a must.  I look for 30 spf and higher.
  • Misc – Paper towels or rags, wet wipes, MP3 player with headphones and of course snackage and drink
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