Category Archives: Creativity

365, Day 182: Prompts

It is late in November in St. Louis. I woke to the sound of the wind howling outside and a cold rain pattering against the windows. There is a chance of snow as the day progresses. Nothing terrible, but it … Continue reading

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365, Day 181:Shape Shifting

It’s always interesting to me when the scene I’m painting changes as I’m painting it. I woke up on this particular morning to see a frosty landscape outside the window. That was the visual prompt for the painting. But, as … Continue reading

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365, Day 178: Avalanche Warning

It has been one of those days. Stuff is breaking, shifting. I feel I am losing my grip and the ground is giving way underneath me, the avalanche carrying me with it. This happens sometimes when I make a decision, … Continue reading

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365, Day 162: Look for the High Ground

Today it was a phrase that prompted the image: “Look for the high ground.” I feel like I’m in another “theme & variations” period working with these foggy, ethereal landscapes of the imagination. I’m also playing with double-loading my brush … Continue reading

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365, Day 160: Landscapes of the Imagination, Revisited

I wonder about these landscapes that materialize in front of me. I wonder what it might be like to walk these hills. What the trees smell like. What the birds sound like. Would they be familiar? Would there be spiders…? … Continue reading

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365, Day 159: The Fan Brush

Playing with the fan brush. Because, you know, sometimes you just gotta. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 153: Expanding Horizons

Even I can’t help but notice how the paintings over the past few days have outgrown the original 1″ circle that serves as my practice center. I have been tempted, over these last few days, to paint something larger format, … Continue reading

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365, Day 151: Expansion

There are times, as I go through this practice, that I notice the composition expanding out of the circle that it begins in. There are times when it contracts back into the circle. Like breathing… …which is a good analogy, … Continue reading

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365, Day 149: Sturm und Drang

Again, I’ve never painted like this before. It flew out of me and then I immediately hated the hell out of it. I had such a strong urge to just rip it off the watercolor block and trash it. Instead, … Continue reading

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365, Day 148: Theme & Variations, Again

Day three of the conference (and day two of this particular compositional style). The presentation went brilliantly. Got a great response, initiated lively conversation. Met more interesting people in my panel session and in the final one following mine, a … Continue reading

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