Tribute to a Beached Sea Creature

This is definitely NOT the best painting I have ever created.

Not by a long shot.

But sometimes you need to try something new. Just to see if it sticks.

I tried a different approach to making this painting. It kinda bombed.

Here is it is.

I call it “Ashore.”

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When painting this particular piece, I did something I NEVER do. Not because I am afraid to do it. But because it doesn’t work. At least not for me. 

 

WHY did I do it?

Impatience. I didn’t want to wait.

Or invest the time, work, and energy that I KNEW deep down it would take to get what I REALLY wanted.

 

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A calendar for you! Art for July 2017.

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Why do I give my art as GIFTS? Because I think that everybody could use a few more Pictures of Hope in their lives!

This month’s giveaway is a July Calendar for your desktop that includes my most recent painting called “Endurance.” Here is is drying on the easel in my studio today while the morning sun gives it a nice shadowy glow.

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Inspired by my recent experience in Charleston, SC as one of 85 artists in the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition — “Endurance” tells my story of crossing the finish line. Even when I did NOT think I had it in me.

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Endurance. What is YOUR story?

My most recent “Endurance Story” happened in Charleston, SC.

In the middle of a sun-baked park. Surrounded by several years of my artwork. Protected only by a 10″ x 10″ tent. For an endless string of 17 straight days. 

By the end of DAY ONE — all I could think was…

“How did this ever sound like a good idea?”

At this point in the story however, that was not really a question worth pursuing. The more pressing matter was “How will I ever get through this? 16 more days? Are you kidding me!!?”

My story took place during the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Festival.

If you are interested in what it looked like, here are some photos I took during the very last hours, of the very last day, of this marathon outdoor art show. All the photos are views from within a 10″ radius of what had become my 10″ x 10″ outdoor home during the past 17 days.

 

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For once I listened…

To my own advice.

Here is what I told everybody. For an entire month. The month of March, 2017.

“You cannot do it all.
Choose wisely.
Because balance is a myth.”

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Which is WHY…

My June 2017 computer desktop calendar is SIX. DAYS. LATE.

This same monthly calendar, which I have published for over SEVEN YEARS. Every month. On time. Every time.  

Because that — is how I (normally LIKE to) roll.

This time it was LATE.

But nobody died. Blood was not shed. I was not arrested.

I had to CHOOSE.

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What would this Primrose Painting say if it could talk? “Call me ‘Nurture.’”

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NURTURE • 12″ x 12″ oil painting ©2017 Marie Scott

Sometimes it takes longer to process the meaning that a painting holds, than it actually takes to create the piece.

After several weeks of mulling this one over in my head, it has finally become clear to me what this little Primrose Painting has to say.

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This painting is the third in a series of three botanicals pieces which are snapshots taken from inside my painting studio.

The flowers in the bowl are a little primrose plant I found unexpectedly while getting groceries in February. I brought home this living bouquet of spring during the same week I learned some heartbreaking news. A dear woman I had admired from a distance — had finally completed the endurance test that had been put before her over the past two years.

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Some things never go out of style.

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What is Timeless?

I asked a group of friends to look at my newest painting so they could help me come up with a title for it. I wanted the name to convey a character trait they admire. And with Mothers’ Day on the horizon, I suggested that if the name was something that reminded them of their mom — well, that would be even better!

Timeless.

Timeless was the word that jumped off the page, appearing multiple times. A word so rich with meaning that a book is probably a more appropriate venue to discuss this topic.

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Three Easy steps to solving ALL of Life’s problems. (If ONLY!)

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TRUE • 12″ x 12″ oil painting • ©2017 Marie Scott Studios

When at a loss for what to do…

1. Do what you know HOW to DO.
2. Remember what you KNOW to be TRUE.
3. Find something NEW for YOU.

I like to explore ALL my options. So much so, that it has become a joke in our family. If you want something researched like a dog with a bone, than I am your go-to-gal for turning what could simply fit onto a 3 x 5 card into a 16-page official document.

Ideas are my hobby. And fleshing out new options is my-kinda-fun.

But unfortunately, all this “what if?” or “maybe this!” ends up being time-consuming. And confusing. And life-sucking.

So after spending months and months and months, exploring (and testing) all possible courses that my career/life could take, I recently came to a few conclusions.

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Remembering Moses and the Red Sea

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Do you remember Moses? He was that guy with white long hair from the Bible who was met in the desert by a bush.

Not just an ordinary bush. This bush was a talking, on-fire-yet-not-being-consumed-by-flames kinda bush. Probably the only bush of its kind to ever exist.

Moses wasn’t out looking for power. He had skeletons of shame in his closet. Murder being one of them.

Yet God chose Moses for an assignment that was much bigger than Moses’ talents, experience or pedigree.

An assignment Moses didn’t ask for. Or want. Or feel qualified for.

Rescuing a nation from slavery. Which by the way — involved getting all those people across an enormous body of water — without any boats.

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What are YOU expecting? Thoughts for the start of a New Year…

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“EXPECTING • A 12″ x 12″ oil painting  • ©2016 Marie Scott Studios

“Expecting” is one of many paintings I created during the summer of 2016. But this one was special. I painted it with a friend in mind.

A friend who was expecting.

Expecting. Hoping. Dreaming.

But with a heart that was understandably guarded. A heart that had been on this same course before, but disappointed many times.

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A red and green December… To help you Remember.

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If left to my own devices, there isn’t much Christmas in my heart.

Nothing within me looks forward to December. In my mind, this is a month that feels to me like forced-group-insanity.

  • I don’t like to be told what to do. I don’t like to go along with the crowd. 
  • And I especially don’t like to do things mindlessly, or out of obligation. 
  • I don’t even like the colors red and green put together. Not at all.

None of these are admirable qualities. All of these hard-hearted, prideful tendencies are merely symptoms of a bigger problem within my stone-cold heart.

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