In the neighborhood

I am everywhere and nowhere..

Creatively speaking I hit a rough patch recently,  I arrived at the point without a desire to create and my attempts to paint went awry.  Refraining from beating myself up over this dry spell (ok I admit to a small temper tantrum), I decided to make an effort to do other things. A brisk walk around the neighborhood is one of my favorite things to do to clear my head.  On occasions I would take time to observe, photographing interesting things  along the way.

One of the images I photographed was an old house in the neighborhood which I have passed many times. I always admired the structure and unique ornate features of the house. This image was the spark to start me off on my little painting adventure.

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Always fascinated with the stories behind the facade but alas the only information I could find on this old house was the date it was built, 1896.

 

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9″x12″  acrylic paint and graphite on wood panel

 

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I’ve been using a sta-wet palette, it helps keep my paints from drying out.

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Painting of the trees

Progression of painting

 

Thanks for stopping by and letting me take you on my little creative journey.

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14 responses to “In the neighborhood

  1. Sorry about the block but wow I love that house too.

  2. I know exactly how you feel and I do exactly what you do to help spark some new energy into creative action. Taking walks with my camera has always found me finding something to get a little excited about. This house of yours(your neighborhood anyway) is fascinating!! You captured it and I absolutely love the romance you paint into the sky!!! I hope you are on your way out of your creative rut!!

    • Thank you so much Rebecca.. Appreciate your kind words of encouragement. Definitely feel ya on that excitement when out exploring. I just have to remember to fill my cup often before it runs out. 🙂

  3. Jennifer, this a wonderful rendering of the old house. What a great find. Creative Dry spells come and go, I’m happy that you are back at it. Taking a detour is always a great way to end the creative dry spell. Good to see yo back.

    • Hello Sharon thank you very much! Ive been away from WP too so nice to be back. I think I am handling the wave of dry spells, a bit better than before, I try to just go with flow ride it out till its over.. Have a great weekend!

  4. Wow!! love your house, those turrets! and, you did a marvelous painting. great sky too! the dry barren patches, come and go. may last a week, or a year…. but. I have decided that art and creativity take many, forms.
    a zen stroll, looking, making observations, listening to music, poetry, etc. are also forms. and they contribute. Thus, even in my long dry spells – I still, am taking part in the creative process. Its been a helpful way to view DRY spells in art, I think. 🙂 cheers, Debi

    • Hi Debi, thank you for your kind words and sharing your remedies for creative rough patches. I do enjoy listening to music and trying new things to change things up a bit. But you are right we creatives still have to take part in the creative process, I know even if I don’t feel like making, just doing a little bit helps a lot. Have a creative day Debi!

      • yeah…. I’ve had (Alot!!) LOL of dry art spells. and know how frustrating they are. a wise older art friend told me a really long time ago… Be kind to Yourself, Debi. its stuck in my mind. that, yes, we need to do so. or (try at least) I hope you have a great rest of the week Jennifer, and the sun shines where ever you are! cheers, debi

      • Great words to remember! It is easy to forget to be kind to oneself. thank you Debi 😊 the snow has been melting it is starting to feel like spring finally ! Have a lovely week.

  5. The flipagrams are very cool, Jennifer. Most definitely that brisk walk paid off in sparking and inspiring some great creativity. Nice surprise to see this post today. I know all about the creative battery reading “empty”…I’ve posted once in the past year! Hope your creativity battery continues to get recharged. Have a great day, Bruce

    • Hi Bruce thanks for taking the time to view my work. Yes I am doing well now, I’m finding ways to stay charged before I empty completely. Hope to catch up on WordPress and start posting regularly again . Have a great week!

  6. Great job nice work!!

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