Friday, September 2, 2011

Another Day as an Artist "The Business"...

Today is one of those days I have such a passion to paint but have the "artist business" stuff to do.  I prepared 10 watercolor boards (stretched paper) for projects I have in the planning stages.  (I did paint 10 paintings in August by having boards ready).  I answered emails, sent reminder cards to artists signed up for classes, made phone calls. I made an appointment for a client to come see my paintings, got mats for framing art, went to the printer for class folders. Planned out the class schedules to the end of the year. Next I worked on the computer for hours doing the ledgers to keep track of expenses, doing those check and balances etc.

Somewhere in there I managed to make a wonderful dinner for Rick and I. Tillapia fish crusted with hazelnut coating, fresh corn on the cob, fresh bread, and potatoes. All in all a good day....tonight I will spend some time with Rick and still get the paint brush out for a few strokes on the new abstracted tree painting I am experimenting with.

I don't mean to bore you, just remind you that if you planned to paint today and didn't get to it another day will come.  Oh!  I did forget to mention...I sat with a cold glass of ice water watching the quail on my hillside scurry away before the hawk swooped to get them..guess they had a pretty good day too..(not the Hawk!!)

Keep working towards those painting days....Linda

Monday, August 22, 2011

Savor the Arts Nampa Civic Center-young artist encounter

On Saturday I had the honor of being the Featured Artist for the "Savor the Arts" night at the Nampa Civic Center.  I have a number of paintings on the art wall and brought additional paintings for the evening. It was a wonderful night followed by a concert.

 My highlight was to have one of the art camp students (from the camp this summer at the Civic Center) come and introduce me to his mom. He introduced me as "Mom! She is the artist that taught me how to do my good art this summer". What a delight to see such a smile on his face and excitement for his art.   Being the teacher I am, I did ask him what he learned about texture and color. To my delight he named off the seven textures we did in the class.  I hope to see him next summer at the camp and help him produce the "good" art again.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Silent Critque

The Silent Critique
Linda Aman-Aman Arts

As would be my tradition, I placed my painting on the easel in my lower studio and sat at the top of the stairs.  This gives me a chance to see my painting from a new perspective and provides me the distance I need for assessment for the finished work.  On this particular day, Molly came and sat with me at the top of the stairs.  She sits right beside me, looks at the painting, looks at me, looks at the painting, looks at me.  I ask, “What do you think?” she just silently looks without comment. I think “Oh my goodness! Is it that bad or is it so good she is speechless?”  I look at all the elements and principles of design and discover a few elements that could be changed.  Maybe a little more value and shape in that area, maybe a little more definition in the curvature.  Then to my astonishment she leaves only to return with her blanket. She must instinctively know we are camping out for a while to make more decisions. She still just looks at the painting then at me, again not saying a thing; just showing support by silently being there.  Some time has passed, when she senses I have finished with my decisions, she quietly takes her blanket and leaves.  I appreciated her silent support allowing me the process and think through all the “next steps” without comment as would be her tradition.  After all, sometimes silence is the perfect response; words can get in the way of the critique process.  

Many of you who have been to classes in my studio know Molly is just a black lab (she has no idea she is a dog). Or should I say not just a black lab but a very important art critic and support. Molly did not give me a “thumbs up” but then she doesn’t have thumbs so I figure she agreed with my assessments.  If she didn’t she certainly would have said something, right??? I would know for certain the painting was complete had she rung the bell. So I say, after a few changes, “I must have a masterpiece!” But for now I plan to just stay with Molly’s critique and not ask anyone else what they think and enjoy my day in painting bliss. Happy painting and if you need a critique, Molly may be able to help you!  

Linda is an artist and instructor who lives in Star and teaches in her studio. She also teaches in other locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. You can visit her website at or email for more information.  
This was published in WSO, WOW, and IWS Newsletters  2011

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