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Hydrangeas Plein Air & Creativity Interview

Hydrangeas plein air

Oil on panel, 6×8″ (larger)

It felt so good to get outside and paint this sunny afternoon, even if it was only for an hour on the side of my house by my trash cans where this small hydrangea is finally starting to blossom and grow.

Creativity Interview

I was interviewed by Creativity Coach, Liz Massey and she posted the interview on her blog today. If you’d like to read about my creative process, thoughts on inspiration, overcoming artistic blocks, etc., please stop by her excellent blog. While you’re there, check out some of her other interviews. I was especially intrigued by her post about “clutter-busting with one sentence journaling.”

Painting lessons learned the hard way

This week I’ve been mucking about in the studio trying to fix the compositional problems with my painting of the ladies at the farmer market. Today I gave up on it and moved on.

The struggles I had with it were a good reminder for me about how important it is to resolve compositional issues before starting to paint (like the area where you couldn’t tell hands from plastic bag from shopping cart handle).  Also a good lesson that if a painting’s initial framework isn’t working, it’s better to start over than to spend hours and hours trying to fix it. Although I really liked many parts of that painting, it just wasn’t working as a whole.

Inspiration at 87

My sister and I joined my vibrant and adorable 87 year old aunt and her two sons (our cousins) who I hadn’t seen for 30 years for lunch today. It was so inspiring to see how youthful my aunt is — she drives, goes bowling with her girlfriends, and takes long walks several times a day with her Border Collie.

3 replies on “Hydrangeas Plein Air & Creativity Interview”

Jana, I think sometimes it is just the best – to re-start again. It has happenend to me (although very rarely because I hate to waste material) that I started again on the same subject 3 times when the idea just did not leave me. The painting with the 2 ladies on the farmer’s market started wonderfully – very lively – I would not abandon the idea but maybe try a different colour composition. I think to let it sit for a while would give you the right vibes for a new try.

Btw – the last few days I was in my hometown. The weather was absolutely awful but I needed the time to get some fresh air into my head and you know all your wonderful sketches inspired me to go back and start a bit sketching again – haven’t done that for many years. Yesterday was a warm and lovely day and so I sat in the garden of my Mom, took out my little sketchbook and a pen and actually started a few sketches, added some watercolour washes – everything quite clumsy still but a beginning.

Thanks for your inspiration!! 😛

Greetings, Petra


The Hydrangea painting is lovely, but are you sure the plant isn’t a peony? Maybe it doesn’t matter – I viscerally connected with the Farmers Market study . . .


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