out of my comfort zone T…

Magpie's Nest tangerine peel

January has found me floundering a bit with more thinking about creating than actually doing much of it… I am feeling betwixt and between about alot of things…

Magpie's Nest Live in Love aquaboard

that said I have joined Alena Hennessey’s A YEAR OF PAINTING online course and I am working with acrylic inks… paint pens and more (this piece still needs work)…

Magpie's Nest work in progress

the first piece I attempted morphed many times and is still in limbo not telling me where to go next…truth be told I liked the first ink background but we were supposed to keep adding layers (that is when I started the “live in Love”)…

Magpie's Nest Numi Tea

here’s wishing you a happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover whether you are in your comfort zone or out…

daff window closeup

“Change comes with sacrifice… When you want to make a change you must be prepared to make a sacrifice of escaping the comfort zone!” -Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

Magpie's Nest iphoneography sampler

27 responses to “out of my comfort zone T…

  1. I do like the book cover. Sometimes classes can teach us us much about our preferences as anything else.

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  2. I can relate, Patty, about working outside the comfort zone! I guess that’s why taking classes is good — you aren’t expected to be the expert, you are expected to feel a little out of the zone as you use new materials or old materials in a different way. I’m very fond of your book cover. And I get that layering thing. In my workshop this weekend we were layering and I realized that sometimes you need to know when to stop. I keep reminding myself that things I don’t like are just opportunities to creatively make them into something I do. Yes, I DO keep telling myself that!

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  3. This looks like an awesome course, but I could never do this for an entire year. I look forward to seeing all the pieces you make and see how your painting progresses through this year.

    Your daffodils are gorgeous, and the perfect addition to the teapot and tea you have chosen on this cold, snowy day in your region. I hope you are safe and warm. Looks like you will get some of the snow, but not nearly as much as the T gals in the more northern areas.

    Thanks for jumping outside your comfort zone and joining us for T this Tuesday. At least you are creating, and that is great. We both know that art heals!

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  4. I love seeing the daffodils which bring me the hope of Spring in the midst of winter. Your painting is perfectly beautiful Patty!! I am learning how hard it can be to keep adding or taking away from a piece especially when you liked it already. It IS good to push through though-you always come away with new eyes and fresh inspiration in the end. Courage dear friend. Love the quote. Happy T day!

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  5. It looks like being betwixt and between has pushed you onto a new path. I like the “new” you are doing. The class must be interesting.

    Darla

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  6. Sometimes the best is to wonder off, just of something different, something new, something to try and the world seems to change, or maybe the way that we look at things. Love your project Patty!

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  7. It sounds good, learning painting for a whole year. Take it easy, let the road come to you. Love what you have made so far. Hugs to you dear Patty, Alles Liebe, Valerie

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  8. Oh Patty, I am envious that you are taking that course- I look forward to more of your progress from it. I know the feeling of when you like a point but the instruction says one more layer! Then ugh! recently I pulled my book from the table and said- no more layers yet…till I really decide where this is going- happy I did that because it is now progressing quite well…
    I am such a huge fan of your art and photos and this day you brought much needed sunshine into my snow covered world! thank you my friend! love & hugs

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  9. Wow! I am certainly looking forward to seeing more gorgeous paintings. With the exception of beading almost everything is outside my comfort zone so I can relate! Good for you!

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  10. Taking a new direction and trying new things is fantastic. Comfort zones are meant to stepped out of from time to time, and it is double good when you learn something new.
    I do like your painting, in all the stages.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your work through the year.

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  11. lovely art and teapot

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  12. Love your art… sounds like a very interesting class and can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you produce. Love that teapot too and looking at Spring flowers brings a smile to my face 🙂

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  13. Looks finished to me. It’s hard to believe that it’s cold somewhere else when we are having over 30 degrees CELSIUS.

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  14. That touch of Spring, oh, how I love your yellow flowers!

    Your course sounds intriguing, and I’ll enjoy seeing anything from it you choose to share. It looks like they’ve got you jumping right in 🙂

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  15. Such a bright spot you have provided with your daffodil picture! I really like your Live in Love painting and its variations, particularly the one that has the magenta and yellow.

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  16. Hello again Patty my Dear! What you made for the online course looks very nice, also the digital variations of it. All your photos inspiring as ever. I missed you and hope you feel better now. I am excited what you will do next in your course.
    Hugs and kisses
    Sabine

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  17. twinkletoes2day

    Superb digital alterations!! 😀 Your acrylic paintings all look fabulous to me, I must say 😀 I really like your teapot/cup ensemble. Happy T Day 😀
    Thanks for your comment on my post. I get so lost in Downton, I can really imagine being there. It’s very well done isn’t it 😀

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  18. Oh Patty, you say you are floundering then you produce a delightful piece like “Live in Love”! I think you will have a wonderful time with this course and will produce your own versions. Some artists like to put on layer after layer, some like more minimalist art and some like in-between. I am very much looking forward to seeing more of your art inspired by this course.

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  19. Love the pot and cup! I think the painting and the saying are wonderful! Sometimes going outside your comfort zone shows you what you don’t like, too, as well as finding something new you do. 😉
    Happy T-Day! 🙂

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  20. How exciting! Can’t wait to see more!

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  21. Hello and Happy T Day Patty! How pretty everything here is, looks like spring which is a happy thought we need on this cold day. How fun for you and your new class, enjoy it and looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful paintings.
    Take care, HUGS!

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  22. inanoctopusgarden

    YEAHHHHHHH! You are a natural – I knew it !!!!!!!!!!!! Patty these are just wonderful – keep going and let it happen! I hope it feels good to you because these are sensational!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. A beautiful and lovely post, just like you! Each time I take a class I get out of my ‘comfort zone’ but that’s the idea xxxx
    keep on moving on dear one,
    Gaye

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  24. I have tried some of the Numi brand tea and its to die for
    Bridget #7

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  25. Your work certainly doesn’t look like our are out of your comfort zone… I love it!! Take care and have fun wandering off your comfortable path…you may just find a whole new side of yourself.
    Happy T day! Late of course…but Thursday technically is a “t” day.

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  26. Patty, I love your photos always… but the daffodils in the window are truly magical. Thank you for this burst of color!
    roxanne

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  27. Great stuff! So glad you are taking that class…. will be fun to watch what you do. The painting class I’m taking, starts Monday! I’m afraid it’s waaaay out of my comfort zone!!!

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