November 2018: Pushing the Limits!

Hello Friends!

It has been a busy month between a couple odd projects, painting, teaching, applying to a couple shows, and continuing to network. In addition to working on my usual painting projects, I’ve recently taken the dive back into illustrating a children’s book written by a family member. Drawing directly from my imagination is certainly not one of my strengths, so this has been a great challenge. I am enjoying the time spent working on my drawing skills and in a different media (watercolor). There’s still a long way to go, but I am excited to see this little book come together!

Also this past month, I tried my hand at two, larger scale “mural” paintings commissioned by a behavioral health hospital. The designs for both projects were previously created; I simply had the pleasure of installing them. With both projects being located outdoors in the courtyard, I learned a little bit about traffic paint, and got to do some stencil-related problem solving. Shown to the left is the in-progress followed by the newly finished labyrinth (12ft. diameter), and below is the refreshed hospital logo brightening up the yard’s basketball court. For it being my first time doing this kind of work, I must say I am very proud of how they turned out! It was such an honor to have the opportunity to do this work.

I try to say “yes!” to as many things in life as possible. It is so important to stretch beyond our comfort zones and to try something new, to be challenged. After all, how can we continue to grow if we never push our limits? And additionally, how can we know something is possible unless we try? For this reason, I truly enjoy doing commission work; many turn out to be great learning experiences. Doing this kind of work also has an immediate purpose of serving others and bringing joy and light into their lives. I have been given a creative gift, and aspire to share that gift with others throughout my career.


Pictured at the right is my palette after a recent painting session. It’s always a good idea to organize your palette the same way every time so that it becomes muscle memory to reach for a certain color. I typically use a relatively limited palette; for this painting I am using ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, cad red light, cad yellow medium, yellow ochre, and titanium white.

At 20x30in, this painting is larger than I have worked in some time. I always seem to forget how much time a larger painting requires, but I am taking it one day at a time. My intent in setting up this still life was to have more consideration for the whole canvas, the whole composition. I also decided to take on the challenge of patterned fabric; I’m still deciding whether or not that was a good idea ;). I hope to finish this painting in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned on social media for the finished product.

Fun fact: the large vase is a ceramic piece I made back in college! It was the only really successful piece from that particular assignment, and I’ve wanted to include it in a painting for a while now.


I hope you all have a wonderful week and blessed November.

— Lauren

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