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So far Dawn Boyer has created 31 blog entries.

When a Painting Has a Mind of Its Own

Same Story, Different Response It happens time and again. I begin a painting with one thing in mind, and before I know it, it decides something else. At least I've grown wise enough by now to let it have its way. This painting is a perfect case in point. I put a lovely vase of [...]

By |2019-03-12T16:34:59+00:00March 7th, 2019|Musings on Painting, The Artist's Life|0 Comments

How Fear Teaches Us, If We Allow It

Remember last week, when I showed you my "failed" painting and had to destroy it? And how scary that was for me to do? Well, I knew it was important for me to do it, but I had no idea just how profound and powerful an experience it would be. The New Painting That Came [...]

By |2019-01-30T19:22:33+00:00January 30th, 2019|Musings on Painting, The Artist's Life|0 Comments

How–and Why–to Destroy a Painting

I got humbled this week. Like, bring-me-to-my-knees-after-a-lot-of-frustration-and-swearing humbled. As if that's not bad enough, I have to confess it's not the first time, and I know for sure it won't be the last. When it comes to being an artist, some mistakes have to keep being made. That might be true of the human condition [...]

By |2019-01-22T20:25:56+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Musings on Painting, The Artist's Life|0 Comments

All the Gifts I Need

First, an alert: this post borders on the sentimental. That is anathema to many an artist, and most times, for good reason. But I've never been an absolutest (the world doesn't work that way), and in this case, sentimentality is not only okay, it's a good thing. Hear my point, if you will. The definition [...]

A Craving for Color

What drives artists to paint a particular piece? I get asked this question often, so I wanted to answer it as honestly as I can here. For me, it frequently comes down to one simple thing: a color—or a combination of colors—that I’m craving. It’s as strong as a craving for a certain kind of [...]

Taught by Thirst

I went on a cruise through the Gulf of Mexico, down into the Caribbean, with stops in Cozumel and Belize. Now, let me point out very clearly that I am not a cruise kind of person. But a very good friend pointed out to me that this was not a typical cruise--it was a music [...]

By |2018-02-16T16:04:36+00:00February 16th, 2018|Abstract, Musings on Painting, The Artist's Life, Waterscape|0 Comments

New Places, Outside and In

I mentioned in a previous post that I'm working on a series about a solo cross-country road trip that I took, where I camped in national parks and began to find myself again after losing my husband to brain cancer. To say it was life changing is an understatement. I also mentioned that I'd begun [...]

Coming Back to Life

Those who read this blog will notice it's been more than a year since I've written a new post. And there's a reason. During that time, I was losing my husband to brain cancer, and all my attention and energy went to loving him through it as best I could. Although I struggled with whether [...]

Why Do a Series?

Whether we realize it or not, most artists end up creating a series. After all, any creative person in any art form will tell you that we keep revisiting the same subject matter over and over. Something pulls at us. We may not know why, but we find ourselves unable to resist the pull, because [...]

By |2017-03-02T20:20:57+00:00August 4th, 2016|Artist Tips, Musings on Painting, The Artist's Life|0 Comments

The rewards of commissions

A while back, I was approached by the wife of the president of a local hospital. She'd seen a solo exhibit of mine and wondered if I'd be willing to paint a commissioned piece for her husband's new office. Would I be interested? Of course I'd be interested! I'd need to see the space and talk [...]

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