Category Archives: insights

Moving Day

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We are getting ready to move from the house we’ve lived in for almost 9 years to a new place (rented for now) in Newfoundland.  Our house is still unsold, ergo the rented house, and we are hopeful it sells soon, but alas, we had to go.  Farewell to Fredericton and hello to St. John’s, Newfoundland!  Starting a new job on September 10…lots of new things but it is where I was born and raised and as so many of us often do…it is time to go home.  Enjoy your day and keep making art!!!

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Artist Overheard Saying “I Love My Kids!”

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I love my kids more than anything or anyone else in this world.  So many people ask me questions like ” where do you get the time to paint with two little ones” and my other favourite “don’t you miss out on time with the kids with you painting all the time”.  For the people who ask such questions, which by the way, none of my fellow bloggers have ever asked, I share the answers I would like to give those inquiring minds.

The anser to question one:  It is precisely because I am the mother of two small children that I can get the time to paint.  You see, mothers and fathers, I’ll not be sexist about this, learn to really use the frontal lobes to exponential degrees when challenged with the planning and organizing of children, their things and often enviable social schedules.

The answer to question two: As a result of all this practice at organizing everything from hot lunch money, attending two music lessons, a riding lesson and a birthday party on one day , I am…voila…capable of setting up a painting space and using it whenever possible!  I sometimes even create artworks for my kids and believe it or not involve them in the process from time to time.

So to those artists of all kinds out there who completely get this concept, my apologies for stating the obvious.

For those others, I feel badly that you can’t make the time to engage in something you love (regardless of what it is) that can only enrich your relationship with your children and many others.  One that can teach your children to be true to what they love because by doing so they gain the energy and the wisdom to be happier, wiser and better parents.

The works I’m posting are my first attempts at portraits of my children.  They are based on photographs taken by their adoring Mommy on a “snow day” while playing for hours at the park.  Art is everywhere and in everything, you don’t have to make the time to create it.  It shows itself to those who are open to finding it  even when, believe or not, children are present!  Enjoy,  whether the kids are around or not and  keep making art!

My son on a snow day!

My daughter on a snow day!

Catching snowflakes

Watercolourist Demands Attention with Orange

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Orange.  This was a colour I hadn’t used in a while so was a different colour for me and to be honest this was the quickest journal page completed  thus far.  It’s a school day so I simply had less time with evening activities, homework, bedtime and  books!  I am also preparing to do an art class for a children’s group in my town and am trying to get things ready for that.  The colour studies through the week will help me greatly!

I was not expecting to have as much fun with orange as I did as I really haven’t painted with it that much lately, but alas and as usual, I surprised myself and had a ball.   The symbolism for orange: warmth, enthusiasm, flamboyance and vibrance.  Interestingly, it was the only colour studied thus far without a “dark” side.  Not one negative thing to say about orange.  I would never have thought of orange as a warm colour other than the fact that most campfires have a warm orange glow.

The list of Orange things is also far scantier than the other colours and I have way fewer orange things in my home than red ( see my Red post).  So here are some orange things I discovered: California poppy, Irish Setter, lava, pumpkin, oranges (fruit), apricots, the Oriole (bird) and two butterflies, the Monarch (poisonous) and the Viceroy (non-poisonous).  So if in doubt, don’t eat the orange butterfly!  I was also intrigued by the translation of orange in other languages.  I felt that the Italian and Portuguese languages did more justice to orange with arancione and cor-de-loranja being their translations!  These words seemed much more reflective of the flamboyance of orange than the word, ‘orange,’which seems rather ‘unflamboyant’ in comparison.

So here is the work for today with a few close-ups and some orange details from larger works of mine.  I think I’m going to get back to orange as it appears I used it quite a bit when I first began painting again.  Enjoy, get vibrant with orange and keep making art!

flamboyant orange! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

oranges anyone? Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Vibrant Arancione…orange in Italian Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

In love with the fluidity of orange! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Orange Lava…from a Yann Arthur aerial (completed in November 2010) Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Orange Painted Lady…saw this in a magazine and did my own version (October 2010) Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Standing outside the orange bonfire! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Watercolourist Wakes Up Feeling Red

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Red. There are so many shades of red available to our colour wandering eyes, from salmon to raspberry to scarlet to maroon.  My daughter had a children’s video about colours when she was very little.  I believe it was one of the Baby Einstein’s series and it had this great voice over that said ” when I wake up feeling red, I throw on a cape and rush out the door”.  It was said with much vigor and intensity and also with such passion that it made us want to dance around with a red cape/blanket or even sometimes Christmas dinner napkins around our necks.  That was so much fun and it was such a gift to me today to recall that wonderful red memory,  one that may have been lost forever had I not awakened feeling red today!  If you’ve ‘red’ (so punny, I couldn’t resist) this paragraph  up to this point you are already sensing the symbolism in the colour red.  My son also joined in on the red excitement in the house today so I am posting his red artwork as well tonight.

Red things also surround us in a variety of places.  Instead of listing them, I thought a visual review of the red things in my own home would be fun.  I was amazed at how many red things there actually were in my house.

Today’s watercolour journal page lists some additional symbolism associated with the colour red.  I have also posted a number of red details found in other artworks that I’ve completed over the last year or so.  Enjoy, I hope you wake up feeling red too and keep making art.

Wake up feeling RED!! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

“January red” by my son Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

red lines Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Red and red Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Red coat Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Are the red things are:

ice cream cone holder Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

stress ball….interesting colour! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

paintbrush..of course Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

PoppyCopyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

bag with cool rocks..none of which were red Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Popcorn!! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Red arrow Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

teapot…it was love at first sight! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

 Fire truck Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

my red purse..or abyss as I sometimes call it (obviously well used too!) Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Watercolourist Rejuvinated by Green Spring

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Green.  I discovered today that I don’t use green in my work nearly often enough.  I thoroughly enjoyed my ‘green day’ today and, as a result, I am feeling quite relaxed and renewed.  The colour green is often associated with nature, the environment, good luck, vigor, fertility, and spring.  All very inspiring and energizing concepts.  Did you know though, that green has a notorious side as well?  I’m sure you’ve heard, “he’s green with envy” , “boy that guy/girl is green” referring to the new person on the job.  But I’m thinking that because green also signifies renewal then the jealous and the inexperienced should revel in the hope that their greenness will soon shift from the negative to the positive realm.  Reading this, I think I’ll add ‘hope’ to my green list as well.

Things that are green:  Thousands of trees and flowers, grass (of all varieties, ha!), guacamole, apples can be green, shamrocks, Irish things and Ireland (it’s true about the 40 shades),  Kermit the Frog (who was feeling uneasy with his colour), cards can be green (that’s what’s needed to work in the U.S., I wonder if that colour choice was made on purpose).  Regardless, it appears to me that green is an under-utilized colour in my art and in everyday, man-made items as well, but certainly not in our natural surroundings.  Hmmm…..I’m laughing now as I think of something very undesirable but required by us all that is also green…..I’ll leave that one up to your imaginations!

So, off we go then, here is the work for today and my ‘green’ discoveries amongst my artwork! I used a variety of greens including leaf, viridian(hue), sap, hooker’s, emerald, Veronese and bright parrot greens in watercolours, copic markers, staedtler markers and sequins (again!).  You may also notice that I used a little iridescent medium for watercolour as well.  Enjoy, it’s easy to be green and keep making art!

Green is filled with colour Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Look at that…a landscape! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Loving the greens…springs and leaves! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Green strip..not in the hooker’s green though..Ha! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

A little spot of green Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

I wonder if she gives rides on that thing? Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

green and gold wrappings Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Green was a belated addition to a piece I thought I’d throw out..I kept it! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Green Tea Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Germany’s KPM porcelain signature Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

When you fly over Ireland and look down..this is what you’ll see Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Watercolourist and Poet?

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Not many words tonight…late here so I’ll just post the work from my watercolour journaling class this evening…great fun and who knew I could be a poet too!

Colour Wheel with an Attitude Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

A poet…..me? Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Enjoy and keep making art!

Watercolourist in Training: Allow the water to take you!

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I am late today, I know, but am still managing to get here!  Thank you all so much for dropping by to view my posts!  I am humbled by the response and feel so honoured that so many wonderful and creative people are so gracious and giving of their time to come by and take a look at my daily offerings.  Thank you.  Today I felt I needed to share my own quote with you rather than sharing someone else’s.  I feel that this past few weeks has allowed me to listen more closely to myself rather than dismiss my thoughts as less worthy of sharing and then spend time searching for a “good quote”.  So today I thought this as I painted ” If you can allow the water to take you…you will be assured the adventure of a lifetime”.  Here are today’s works.  If you take a look back at Jan, 19, 2012, you will see that this block of colour was applied 6 days ago.  I felt my experience with colour through the week led me to end with what looked to me today as a lovely little mountain-scape on the water with the storm just passing and the sun beginning to peak through.  I felt I wanted this work to stand on its own so I am resisting the urge to post other works.  Enjoy, follow your water guide and keep making art!

Allow the water to take you… Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Voila! What a journey!! Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

Watercolourist in Training: The Reveal

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Pre-Class:  Heading out to my watercolour class tonight and can’t wait to see and hear about everyone’s experiences with their week.  I can honestly say, as an exercise, the week allowed me to loosen up a bit, embrace what I previously viewed as errors and begin to view them as happily accepted accidents.  I am holding this post on purpose today to be posted on the 19th, GMT Time, so tonight..it’s working to my advantage!

Post Class:It was wonderful to share my experience with my fellow “watercolourists in training” and to see their work which, now that I am allowed to comment on it..YEE HAW, was fantastic! It was great to share ideas, impressions and see the work.  I really had to bite my tongue not to overflow with positives.  Very well done and I could tell that everyone, including our instructor, really enjoyed the work and hearing everyone’s story of watercolour freedom.  I’m posting two of my works completed tonight..loads of fun, so I hope you enjoy viewing them (one of them is a work in progess..so stay tuned).  I also wanted to show you some of my other watercolour works completed last year.  Enjoy and as always…keep making art!  All Copyrights 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park