Winter’s Toll – 6 of 30

Thank you for following this journey thus far of my various snowscapes. Initially, I felt 10 snow scenes might be enough for this series. We will see when I arrive at that total on this Friday the 10th.

In today’s painting, I revisited the front fields of my in-laws farm with the use of my dew-drop like technique. Location: Ellendale, Minnesota.

Winters Toll Acrylic on Canvas 8
Winter’s Toll Acrylic on Canvas 8″x10″ / 20 cm x 25 cm by Sandra Mucha

$250

Six more weeks – 3 of 30

This week was Ground Hog Day, which does not seem to have much meaning down south here where my family and I live. This charming holiday still holds a special place in my heart. Maybe because I recall the heavy winters of western New York as a child.

Anyway, we still took time to watch and see if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. He did see it. That means we have to still wait for spring, which we do anyway.  Today’s inspiration: The front fields of snow at my In-laws farm in Southern Minnesota.

“Six more weeks”  Acrylic on  8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25 cm Canvas Panel by Sandra Mucha

$250

The Big 50!

30 canvas panels Sandra Mucha Art studio Richardson, TX
30 canvas panels
Sandra Mucha Art studio
Richardson, TX

Be sure to cheer me on while I create fifty paintings this year. To kick off the journey, starting in February I will paint along with other artists from around the world participating in the Leslie Saeta 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge.  Wish me luck!!

MEDIUM  I’ll be painting in acrylics on gallery stretched canvas and panels. I am craving oil painting again. So, there might be the occasional oil pastels creations to be safe around my 8 yr old son.

SUBJECT MATTER  I am curious to see where a variety of landscape paintings, musical instruments, and cityscapes will take me for 1.5 hrs per day. Last year I had a goal to perfect pet portraits and this year I am continuing my portraiture service after my daily painting time is completed.

Marcie and 8×8’s by Sandra Mucha

SOCIAL MEDIA   I’ll be posting here on a daily basis as well as my Facebook and Instagram Page, please follow along!!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!  Are you inspired yourself?! This is a great way to develop the habit of going into the studio til it becomes a regime. Check it out at: 30 Paintings in 30 days Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta.

Time to organize my studio. see you tomorrow for painting 1 of 30!

My latest “Ah-ha” moment…

You can usually find me working at my easel, but that does not happen until my brain is set for the day.

Each morning before heading up to my second-floor art studio, I fix myself a pitcher of water and a healthy snack for later. This simple ritual triggers my miniature schnauzer Marcie to run up the stairs and straight for my art studio door. It is like she is keeping me accountable looking up at my studio hours. My schedule is flexible, but it visually helps others and myself to see my art making hours.

Sandra Mucha Art Studio_2017Marcie waiting to enter my Art Studio.

So, while my husband works away at his office and my son attends elementary school, I escape into my world of creativity.  I turn on music or enjoy the silence of my studio.

“Before I would start to create, I wrote a few pages in my journal.”

I began using a journal during my college years. Before I would start to create, I wrote a few pages in my journal.” I found The Artist’s Way  written by Julia Cameron at a used book store. Her book discusses how to write three mourning pages each day.  I found after writing on my pages I had increased creativity.

I empty all of my thoughts of gratitude or whatever comes to mind onto the page, and then my painting ideas and logical flow onto the next page. I did not realize at the time I was using my whole brain to think like an artist.

"View from Art Studio,Denton, TX" by Sandra Mucha 30" x 40" x 1.5" Oil on Canvas © Sandra Mucha 2017“View from Art Studio” 1998 (University of North Texas School of Visual Arts, Denton, TX) by Sandra Mucha 30″ x 40″ x 1.5″ Oil on Canvas © Sandra Mucha 2017

Now as a mom, I have read Dr. Dan Siegel’s, The Whole Brain Child.  This was a major “ah-ha” moment for me to have my creative practice clarified after all these years. Just like in Siegle’s book, I was experiencing the logical side of the brain that follows after emptying the emotional side of the brain.

Sandra Mucha Art StudioI use three different journals: Gratitude, Art Ideas and a Passion Planner. Sandra Mucha Art Studio Richardson, TX

Warning: Whole brain techniques will not work if you are tired and/or hungry at any age.

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Happy Journaling!

-Sandra