Another Great Day

February 22, 2015

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It has been a year since I have written on this art blog.  It has been a year of inner growth for me as an artist, experimenting with new ways of painting, breaking through patterns of working in an ongoing process of artistic exploration.  New Territory.  And in the midst of this painting transformation I turned 50 last February and embarked on a project to undertake 50 field trips (with flowers and friends) last year to celebrate, (being newly obsessed with flower photography). I accomplished this by November and have spent the last few months collecting these small adventures into a book of words and photos.  My goal was to send for a proof copy by my birthday one year later (which was this past Friday), which I also accomplished, sending the files in on Thursday night and ordering a proof copy on Friday morning before work, just in the nick of time.  Deadlines are great!  So I will have the proof soon and will be finishing up the book in the near future. I designed the book myself, with help from friends and that has been a whole learning curve in itself. But I love this process!  Harvesting the work of a year, gathering it together in one place, celebrating this amazing life.
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Growing out of this newfound love for small adventures, I have started a series of field trips to artist studios in the area, learning about the artists and working on small art projects together.  In the fall we had fun with mixed media at Menlo Macfarlane’s studio, and encaustic with Deborah Bridges, a Poem Walk with Maxima Kahn, and holiday ceramics at the Mud Hut with Denise Wey.  In January we visited Ruth Chase’s beautiful studio on Banner Mountain, where she led us through Visioning our Creative Year, with a collage vision board project.  Coming soon is a PhotoWalk Adventure with Ed Hensley, Spring Equinox Ceramics, and Intuitive Painting up at the gardens of Ananda.  If you would like to be on my Field Trip Email list, let me know  (create@lilmcgill.com).  And you can see the full schedule of trips, events and classes here.
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A few weeks ago I was in the checkout line at the grocery store and asked the checker how he was doing and he said, “It’s another great day.”  That has stayed with me and I’d like to keep it as a kind of mantra for the coming year.  And celebrate every day, especially in the face of sudden changes and uncertainties.   And keep a good strong focus on creative work, painting, writing, and road tripping whenever possible.  I invite you to come along!
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One Response to “Another Great Day”

  1. douglasstruth Says:

    great! another great day – yes –


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