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Playing to Fix Painter's Block and Happy New Year!

Still Life with Antler and Rose,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in New York, NY 

A combination of things has triggered an awful painter's block. I have several commission pieces that have being sitting waiting to either completed or just started all together. There have been many times when I struggled with a painting or two, but then I would go on with a new painting and that seemed to give me a better perspective when I went back to the previous ones. However, this has not been the case this time. No matter what painting I started, I couldn't finish it. So, I just stopped painting for a few weeks, which is very rare.

Of course I missed playing with my brushes and paints dearly. So, in order to "fix" this block, I decided to just place whatever I grabbed first from my curio cabinet and combine them with some pears and roses (my favorites) and use these as props for still lifes with no plan. It was surprising how well it worked. Now, to get to commissions. Happy New Years to you and yours and thank you for being such a lovely part of my 2014.

Still Life with Glass Bottle and Pears,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
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Bosc  Pear,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel

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  1. Some times it helps to just play a little bit, like you did, it seems to work well with sewing and flowers too. I find that this somehow just helps the flow of creativity. Your painting is beautiful. Happy New Year. Kind regards Sally

    1. Sally, you are so right about playing helping with creativity. Thank you for kind words, the visit, and well wishes. Happy New Year to you also. Best wishes,

  2. Dear Carolina, well it certainly seems like your artist's block has vanished. Beautiful paintings, I particularly like the pears...wishing you and yours a wonderful happy, healthy year ahead! Happy New Year! Sharon x

  3. Sharon,
    That is such a wonderful thing to say. THANK YOU and I also wish you a year full of wonderful times.
    Best wishes,


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