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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 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 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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365, Day 147: Departures

Day two of the academic conference. Still panicked but also enjoying myself. Making some new connections and talking to people who’s work articulates with my research interests in interesting ways. Serendipity on all sides. Still nervous about presenting tomorrow… I’ve … Continue reading

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365, Day 142: A Bird in the Bush

Playing with a new brush and things kinda got out of hand… (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 125: Near, Distant Shores

Near, distant shores…because, you know, there’s nothing so far away and foreign as what’s right in front of you. (© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

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365, Day 117: Torn

Most of the time I feel torn between commitments, between things I think I should be doing and things I might want to do. Or, more often, torn between the plurality of things I think I should be doing. There … Continue reading

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365, Day 115: Theme & Variation, Again

Different season, same scene? Same difficulty. “Lone Tree” was the phrase that kept repeating in my head these last couple of days as I painted. I have no idea why and no idea why, with a “mantra” that strong and … Continue reading

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365, Day 109: Assemblages

I was almost overwhelmed this morning by what has become a familiar experience. I don’t know where I am. Well, of course I know where I am, right? But, no. I don’t know where I am. And I don’t know … Continue reading

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