School's Out My kids are out of school and our routines are changing. I'm not one to love too much structure but I'm definitely someone who benefits from it. When I travel, I dream of having an empty calendar and the freedom to make each day a spontaneous adventure. It's just not practical (especially in a family with young kids) and usually leads to wasted time and grumpy kids. "I'm bored" and "What are we even DO-ing!" are phrases that don't relax any of us when we are on vacation!

It's the same tug and pull I have with my creativity. I don't necessarily want rules or schedules to limit how and when I express myself, but I do still need instruction and some planning to keep me on track and hold me accountable.

This painting, "Surf", has it's own tug and pull. There is a lure of the ocean waves captivating the boy's (in this case, my son's) imagination. My challenge was to capture the softness of the wet sand morphing into shallow waves under an overcast sky. The colors are so muted and gentle in an ocean just tantalizing enough for a boy who is not yet sure of his abilities on the boogie board. I fell in love with the magentas working in this piece and the way they highlight his face and make sneak appearances elsewhere in the composition. I like how they contrast yet hold their own against the warmth of the bright yellow board.

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Surf Detail
"Surf" (Detail)

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