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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

An Exerpt From My Art Journey in 2016

If you read my last post you know that I just spent seven days on the west coast of Canada being creative. It is something I have always wanted to do - a week-long stretch of days without my mate, where my focus is on making art, with brief pauses for eating, drinking wine and occasionally sleeping.  You know, when I was younger I used to moan about how as a teenager I never was able to go to any parties or have any sleepovers but I have to share with you that doing it now, after I have turned 50, is so much better!

I am over-the-moon EXCITED to be sharing these painting with you that I was able to create  after breaking through a block I have had my entire life.  Once that barrier was gone I was able to hear my own unique artistic voice for the first time and these faces I am sharing are painted in a style I have been longing to emulate since I saw my first Emily Carr and Group of Seven paintings when I was twelve years old.  Those original paintings stopped me dead in my tracks and I have been longing to paint like that ever since.
My "Practice" Paintings

Yes, these images are rough and amateur-ish but they imperfectly capture the energy and emotion I am trying to show with the use of raw, vibrant color.  Even more exciting to me is that these images painted on bits of cardboard and canvas are all my own, not copied from someone elses body of work or made in the image of the instruction given, but are all out of my own creative soul, which has been on lock-down until now! (She shares, Happy Dancing all over the House - Grin.)  They are my first work that looks at the end of the process, like what I imagined it to be before I started.  Who can ask for more than that?
Painting by Amanda Trought

Now, the inspiration to even attempt these faces came to me directly from a mixed-media artist I have just discovered named Amanda Trought, and this 7-minute, time-lapse video she shared on her blog last week - I am her newest follower and a Big Fan of her art work and her Life Work and I want to share her with all of you.
My 1st "Real" Works of Art
As soon as I finished my four practice faces - all painted using heavy body acrylic paints on some old time cards covered in gesso - I grabbed three 4"x6" board canvasses and painted these three "Real" paintings.  I used the same color palette for all three, so they all seem to compliment each other even though they are so different from one another.  I think I am going to mount all three together on one large canvas - What do YOU think?


As Always, Thank you for popping in to see what a I am up to these days and please Do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!

Lynne Mizera
Artist... (Grin)   

17 comments:

  1. Those are great and I need something to unblock my creative side.

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    1. Thanks Chelle... I have discovered that WE are our own biggest Block... best advice I ever received... JUST DO IT! (Which means Put something (anything) on paper so you can change it!)

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  2. Lynne, your work is gorgeous, love, love love it. You should definitely post these!

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    1. Amanda your kind words mean more to me than you can possible know!

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  3. Hi Lynne - your art work is beautiful. The first and last one reminds me of Picasso during his cubism phase. The middle one resembles a part of you, so bubbly, kind, with a heart of gold. The colors are nice and vibrant, which brings out your personality. Even though we haven't met, I feel like I've known you for a while. You have an uplifting, positive soul and I always look forward to see what you create next and your adventures in life.

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    1. someday Christina we will have our Canadian retreat.. at Lynne's of course.. I cannot wait!!

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    2. Oh Christina THANK YOU for your personal review of my creations and meeee... I LOVE IT! and I think we should REALLY plan on meeting - all of us! Peggy I totally forgot that YOU and me and Christina were all on the same DT... I am blaming this memory lapse on the MENOPAUSE! Grin.. let's do it GIRLS 'cuz life is just too short to just wish this stuff... ((HUGS))

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  4. Loving these Lynne! Bold and Beautiful! ("swoon" as you would say, LOL!) Congratulations on finding your own artistic voice! I'm still searching for mine! :)

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    1. Thanks you Dear Friend... since I am loving EVERYTHING you are doing these days I am on pins and needles waiting for YOUR Reveal Post! Grin

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  5. These are fantastic and yes the middle one at the bottom resembles you! I love your work girl! What a great job and psssst.. I love The Group of Seven myself! I too was mesmerized at a young age. Christina's comments spot on!! We love ya!

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    1. Oh Peggy, you make my heart feel all warm and fuzzy... Happy Sigh... I cannot WAIT for Your "Going Through" visit this summer when we can hopefully spend some time together... Let's TALK! ((HUGS))

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  6. Lynn, I am AMAZED!!!! WOW!!! The "practice" paintings and the inspiration example from Amanda only gave a hint of what you were attempting. Once I scrolled down to the "real" paintings = "WHEW"!!! AWE-inspiring! I'm so happy for you that you are constantly discovering your inner creative self. Myself, I'm not even close to that... many life issues in the way, but researching with you and some other artists, I am being inspired... so once I allow myself to dive in, I will be hopefully be amazed at my own works.

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    1. Anita... Thank you Soooooo much... your words express EXACTLY how I felt when I was finished and I saw them from across the room - I couldn't believe I had done them! I can absolutely relate to "Life Issues" getting in the way... but if you can manage it, don't wait too long ... JUST START! And don't let your inner critic paralize you for as long as mine did! Another really great piece of advice I got when I was just starting out and beating myself up about how AWEFUL all my stuff was is: "Don't compare your Beginning to someone else's Middle." Just start and allow yourself to embrace the awesome-ness that is YOU!

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  7. These are simply stunning, Lynne. I love the vibrant colours and the expressive faces! I love your artistic voice! Keep up the good work.

    Shoshi

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    1. Thank you Shoshi... Thanks for the positive energy... I have been a little bit afraid to do more... but your comment is the motivation I needed. I love that you took the time to visit and comment... Come Back SOON! Grin

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  8. Lynne, I keep coming back to these and look at them!!! I can't hardly keep my eyes off them they are so beautiful. If you mount them all on one canvas, be sure and lets us it, I know it will be awesome. Yay!!! I love your art!!!! hugs, patty

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  9. The one in the middle looks like you. Love the eyes. So much life and a little twinkle of mischief. These are gorgeous. Hugz

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