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Rennata Tropeano- Artist, writer and textile designer

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Black boat- Water color by Rennata Tropeano
“Black Boat” An original watercolor on Arches acid free 140lb paper. Matted.

 

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Believing

This quote from one of my favorite fairy tales, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis sums up my thoughts on believing and faith.  We are at a time when choice of who and what to believe in abound and I see a lot of believe what I believe or I will unfriend you.

The character who made the above statement was being presented with all kinds of arguments as to why he should not believe and that it would be desirable to just agree with what was being said.  He believed in what was right and held fast to those beliefs.  It is a simple message, about faith. There are a lot of area in our lives that need faith. A belief that is unshakeable and resists change, a path to follow.  This can go for your religious views, or just simply a goal you wish to achieve.

Me, I want to be an artist. I want to bring magic and beauty into everyday life. I want to celebrate that which is good about living.  I am on the side of beauty and everyday magic, even if they do not exist. I am going to live a life of beauty and magic, knowing that Narnia exists and not listen to those who tell me otherwise.

I am on Aslan's side, and will live like a Narnian.

 

 

 

Chameleon

This painting is part of my small works series. I was trying to capture the color of the chameleon as it sat on the sun-warmed Terra-cotta title.

Study of Northampton Train Station.

Originally posted http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/2013/11/01/northampton-train-station/

I’ve moved the study of the Northampton Train Station into the “is it done category”.  I pull up the tape and set it up where I can see it for a few days.

Sometimes I find that I need to go back and do some more work. Other times I start thinking about what mat or frame will set it off.

I have posted about my search for a software etc that I can use as a data base. I’ve tried a number of things including spread sheets, data bases, Evernote and a couple of other things.  Right now I am trying Trello, (Recommendation link: https://trello.com/rennatatropeano/recommend) Disclosure, For every person I get to join Trello, They give me a free month of Trello Gold, up to 12 months, not that I really have a clue at this point what that really means.

So far I am really enjoying it as it is very visual and I find it easier to add information and pictures in a single place.  For example, my Trello card on the above painting has links to the Meet up event where I started this painting, and links to posts where I have shared it as a work in progress.  I can move or copy cards from private boards to public boards. I can add the information as I work on a project, as well as being able to add checklists, files, due dates.

I am using it as my project planning and database tool, but it also can be used to work with others. I can’t really speak to that as I have not used that functionality, but it seems like it would work very well.

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I am very excited that it is finally Art Every Day Month!  I am looking forward to this challenge. It is the one that really brought me back into touch with my art. As a mother I had pretty much put it on a back shelf in favor of things I could do with my daughters.  Each November I take part and the process always inspires me.  I recommend that you give it a try.

That is it for today, as I can’t wait to see what others are doing.Image

Progress on the Journey

Originally posted

http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/2013/08/12/if-life-is-a-journey-what-progress-did-you-make-today/SONY DSC

What did you do today that helped you move closer to your goals?

Today I wandered around Barnes and Noble, picking up various books on topics that interest me. How to books on reworking clothes, Watercolor painting books,photography books, etc.  Each one I picked up reminded me of a similar book that I had picked up on a previous visit.  Each book was in its own way about living a creative life.  If you throw in all the other creative choices, such as cooking, woodworking, gardening, writing, etc., these books have a significant amount of the floor space allotted for adult reading.  I realized that there is a difference between reading and learning.  Many of these books that I have purchased over the years have been books that I read, but did not learn.

Where I am making progress in my creative journey is in photography, and this is because of the mentorship program in which I am participating.  The key word is participating. I am using the camera and talking about it with the other participants.

Week 2 Plus Post-I am participating in the Camera Basics, Beyond Automatic Mentorship by +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers organized and run by the program directors, +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Tamara Pruessner Each week I will be posting a Plus …read more

Source: My Google+

Moving away from Automatic.

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Originally published: http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/2013/08/07/moving-away-from-automatic/

For those who wonder why I am spend more time on G+ than Facebook

It is because of the content. No, not a lot of my friends are on G+, but what I  am finding is a lot of people who share interests and passions.  Right now I am participating in a four-week photography mentorship.  It is free of charge and run by a group of people whose photography work I really admire.  This is my weekly post about what I am learning.

Week One- Plus Post

I am participating in the Camera Basics, Beyond Automatic Mentorship by +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers organized and run by the program directors, +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Tamara Pruessner Each week I will be posting a Plus Post about what I …read more
Source: My Google+

Where have all the posts gone?

Wishes on the Wind was originally published  at http://rennatatropeano.com/growingunique.

That is pretty much where I am posting these days. I drop by here occasionally to share a post.

There is something compelling about a simple dandelion, or as I have called it here, a Dandylion. Most people will agree that they are a weed, but they are featured in many pieces of art, literature, tv shows and movies. Close your eyes and imagine blowing the seeds free to fly on the breeze, make a wish and dream.

I usually struggle with titles, but today the blog title came easy.  Wishes on the Wind.  I was looking for an image to set the scene for my next chapter and came across this lonely dandelion.  It was perfect for the scene, but I decided that instead of using the picture, I would play with it a bit to draw attention to the structure of the flower, rather than the white puffy ball.  Each wish that is set free on the wind will lead to another cluster of wishes.

Putting pattern into perspective

Originally posted here:

http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/2012/09/14/putting-pattern-into-perpective/

I have always loved looking at the multimedia sketch books and pieces of artwork. I have even tried a few,

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These two are the ones that I have been the most pleased with, but still they were not quite what I envisioned.

This morning I was reading a post by The Backporch Artessa and something about pattern, multimedia books/art work clicked in my mind. She said “I did a quick journal recently specifically to practice drawing faces. Faces are a challenge for me, so I try to practice them. However being a true ADHD mixed media artist, I get bored JUST sketching. So enter my patterns!” It was one of those light bulb moments, My problem with the multimedia is that I get bored with just patterns and abstract shapes. I now can’t wait to enter my sketches and images into the patterns. None of this is new, I have seen people use patterns and pictures in their multimedia. It was just the way she phrased it made it suddenly make sense to me. Now the only thing I have to do is to find time to try this. I found her through the Sketchbook challenge that I have tried to participate in this year. I have been better about actually working in my sketchbook, I just have not been that great at posting what I have done or really participating in the online community.
I have come to believe that the reading of others methods, processes and thoughts is critical for healthy artistic development. The creation of art, even when you are just painting what you see in front of you is draining and the process of taking these different ideas, as looking at different forms and styles of art puts something back.

I have decided to add a Category of what I call guideposts. These are people who have been of help or inspiration, They have in one way or another provided me guidance along the way.

I recommend Backporch Artessa’s blog, It is full of great visuals, not only of her work, but of how she creates it. It was her insightful post about her process that made this all fall together for me.
http://backporchartessa.blogspot.com/2012/09/patterns-for-sketchbook-challenge.html

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