"Expressions in COLOR"
     From January's blog...Have you taken time to PLAY and have fun?   Let me know what you have discovered. 

How do you kick start your creativity?  What works for you, leading you to produce your best, most original creative solutions?  

Is Play part of your joy?

Felix and Me
Whitefish Resort on Big Mountain's Snow Ghosts and Me.
"Pandas" 11 X 11' available through Framecraft
Thank you S. Chase for your wonderful Panda Pictures!

This is my February, let's make it March if I get'r done today!

When life throws you a curve it is time for a new composition style.....

2015 has started off to be a year of new adventures....unplanned but necessary.  My Mom had a series of small stokes leaving her left side weakened.  After time in the hospital and rehabilitation she was released to home.  However, when you are "getting up there" home alone in MN in the winter is not the safest plan.  My brothers (3) and I put our heads together and checked out possibilities.
Fast forward.... and she is safely settled in a comfortable condo with two yummy meals each day, and all the help she needs including a physical and occupational therapy team gifted in problem solving.  She is having to learn how to safely do normal things of life all over again.  Her perseverance and determination are lessons I can take back to the easel!

All this to say, if the "normal" way of doing things isn't working maybe it is time to mix it up and problem solve.  

When was the last time you considered a composition change?  I generally work in a square format and my subject is the primary emphasis.  What if I consider a new size or composition?

  • "S" composition
  • "High Horizon Line"
  • "Low horizon Line"
  • "curves"
  • If I always paint bright...what if I paint only in black and white?

Ok...since I have been carving big "S" turns in the snow during my play time....what if I take this motion to a tall canvas.  Looking through my Pintrest board called Composition:"S" I see an amazing kitty "pin" forming a wonderful "S" composition with head down to the swish of the tail. 

Then, looking through my own recent paintings I can carve an "S" composition holding the eye on a path through the painting.  Both the pandas and the French Bulldog are examples.

"French Bull Dog"   8.5" X 11" Acrylic on Paper
Available at Millwood, VA Spring Show
April 24-May 10

Look around you see an examples of "S" compositions?  
  1. A stream through a landscape....
  2. the neck of a chicken down through the wing...
  3. Markings on your favorite pup..
Share an example you find with me.
6" X 6" Acrylic on Board
"Berry Picker"
6" X 6" Acrylic on Board
"Josey & Bella" "Effervescent Gus " 
With me loving on Bella and Tia.
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Stonewall Veterinarian Clinic
7627 Heritage Village Plaza  Gainesville VA 20155
Molly and I "frequent" this location and I have hung a few paintings there to let people know I'd love to paint their best friends too!
Paper Play original framed mixed media
14 X 11" 
Framecraft of Warrenton
Framecraft is in the middle of Old Town Warrenton.  I encourage you to bring in items you have been thinking of framing.....Mark is the best about helping you select the perfect frame for your work! 


Hound 'N Hair
Located at the edge of charming Old Town Warrenton and known for their expert grooming, show dogs and top of the line dog gear... now you can also get my cards and posters.
Miss Lily 16" X 16" framed $450 original acrylic by Linda Hendrickson



Upcoming show at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Hamilton, VA  " The Feathered Nest" late April -July.  More details to follow.

Thank you for taking time to read through this ...and attend the various events I've been involved in!  Welcome to my new followers!  You inspire me!
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