At The Last Stroke…

Written By: Anne - Oct• 25•14

There comes a time with every painting when you know you are done ie that’s it, I am finished and for those of us nutty artists who speak with our paintings and wait for instructions you know your time is up when the painting speaks up loud and clear ‘enough already!’

So it is with great pleasure that I present to you ‘The Circle, Accra’

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There is an element of poignancy in  this picture as whilst I was painting it, I was reminded more than once that  the area which I had last visited almost eight years ago had changed beyond recognition with major development to the road network this is being developed into a concrete jungle of flyovers and overheads.

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Looking at the bigger picture I am glad to have been able to preserve a small part of Ghana ‘ s history. The concrete jungle in time will tell it’s own story.

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Stay blessed my friends. Stay focused and have a fruitful weekend.

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The Finish Line

Written By: Anne - Oct• 20•14

Well I crossed the finish line in the wee small hours of  this morning only to discover (as if I didn’t know) that I still have to do the lap of honour by dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

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Would you believe I still haven’t worked out what to paint in that bottom right hand corner? I am not too worried truth to tell as I know something will pop up in my mind as I continue to mull it about in my mind as I go about my day’s tasks. I also have to work in the details of some of the faces so I guess it will be done when it’s done.

Being so close to putting my signature on it and declaring it finished, I am already thinking of the next painting which is a toss up between a vegetable store in Marrakesh and some Senegalese women; a painting I started in July which really needs to be finished cos I quite like it.

Have a super day my friends. Stay blessed, stay focused. 

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Boo!

Written By: Anne - Oct• 17•14

Lol I am still here! I had a minor wobble earlier this week when I felt I was losing momentum but I was determined to press on amidst a chorus of encouragement and support from friends, family and well wishers.

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Sometimes it really does feel like I am running a race when I start off with heaps of energy and enthusiasm and then fall into a steady rhythm. If the course is a long one its not unusual to lose momentum but with the finish line in sight I am making a break for it.

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This week I have been dealing with what I can only describe as an outbreak; as 2 out the 5 members of my household have succumbed to the winter vomiting bug so here I am playing nurse maid and home cleaner extraordinaire. The bug must be halted in its tracks as I have no time to be ill. I am a girl with a mission!

So here’s where we are so far. This weekend should see us comfortably over the finish line.

As usual stay blessed and stay focused!

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All Good Things

Written By: Anne - Oct• 12•14

I was really looking forward to the weekend as on Thursday and Friday I had to take son #3 to his early morning job at the gym eating into my lovely precious painting time.

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I think I have exhausted my brain though so it’s time to take a bit of a break but I’d like to share with you where we are at with this painting. We don’t have that much further to go but it is still quite detailed stuff especially when I start adding in the people in the foreground.

So hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend.

Stay blessed, stay focused!

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Just Don’t Blink!

Written By: Anne - Oct• 08•14

Some days I seem to whizz through and other days are just a teensy bit slower. If you blink today you just might miss what I’ve done this morning but my rule is better to do some painting however small than none at all.

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Such is the roller coaster of life of an artist, the ups and the downs, the ebbs and flows, theĀ  highs and lows that make up our very rich and creative tapestry.

Off to the day job. Have a happy day. Be blessed my friends. Stay focused.

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Brass Monkeys

Written By: Anne - Oct• 07•14

Oh my goodness! This sudden drop in temperature might well become a threat to my hard won discipline of waking up at the crack of dawn.

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In spite of my recent excitement about my current painting I found myself snuggled up a little longer in bed this morning as I contemplated shifting my stiff joints into the shower.

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I am pleased to report my discipline prevailed and won the day.

Have a fabulous day my dears. Stay blessed and stay focused!

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As Fresh As A Daisy

Written By: Anne - Oct• 06•14

I was up at the crack of dawn this morning eager as a beaver and raring to go. Truth be told, I didn’t get much sleep but strangely I still feel energised and full of adrenaline from a full day of painting yesterday. I had to dig deep to find the same discipline I use every morning to get to bed last night…

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I know many of my fellow artists will appreciate the emotions I’ve described above as we completely absorb ourselves in our work.

This morning’s session went all too quickly but there is enough there if you want to win at ‘spot the difference’.
Have a fabulous day my friends. Stay blessed, stay focused!

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Blissfully Aware

Written By: Anne - Oct• 05•14

It’s time for me to sit back again and enjoy that spiritual moment between me and my painting.  I’ve had a fabulous day knowing when I put my brush down its not to rush off to do my day job but just to stand back and view the progress so far.

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I am going to call it a day now. I’ll be back again tomorrow morning. Have a superb evening.  Stay blessed. Stay focused!

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All Set In Stone

Written By: Anne - Oct• 05•14

It’s been nice have long, consecutive, undisturbed hours to work on this painting today.

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Having satisfied myself that all the elements are in place and that the proportions and scale are relatively ok I have committed my outlines more permanently with acrylic paint. This means I am just about ready to start adding colour.

I am so excited now that I have reached this stage. It’s a busy picture and for that reason patience and preparation is the key. I am not the most patient of people so I’m taking 5 minutes to give myself a well deserved pat on the back and a nice cup of tea.

More later… Meanwhile continue to stay blessed and stay focused!

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In Contemplative Mode

Written By: Anne - Oct• 03•14

My fellow artists will understand this; when you have to sit back and just contemplate your painting whilst gathering your thoughts. In my head I am working it all out; what looks right, what doesn’t, what colours to put down etc…

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This morning I began to add the people. I think I am just about ready now to start the outline painting in acrylic… working out the lights and the darks… you know that kind of stuff.

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Anyway, have a super day. Stay blessed, stay focused.

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