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A STUDIO MUST HAVE

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FOR THOSE ORGANIZING THEIR STUDIO or SOMETHING I LEARNED THE HARD WAY

 My studio has a built in workbench, but it vibrates when using power tools and during the summer the vibration caused a sharp item I had stored on a top shelf to fall and gash my leg.   One thing leads to another. Left a scar.   

LESSONS LEARNED:
Don't store things on those high shelves ( it only seems like a good idea)Always have phone in studio in case of emergencyGet stiches for deep woundsArrange the studio with safety in mindHave 1st aid kit available

GOOD NEWS

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I received good news last night from a fellow Tarpon Springs creative Sigurdsson Halldor. A while back he had photographed me doing some plein air painting downtown Tarpon Springs. He wrote to tell me he had won 1st prize in the Arts/Culture division of the township photo contest with one of the photos. Hats off to Hal! A talented photographer.
He also said I am being included in the township tourism video that was shot the same day.
I will try to link to that video when it is made public. I included here one of the photos Sigurdsson Halldor took and a photo of the finished painting. (original and prints available at loisbajor.com)

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Your invited to see my latest paintings at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center Exhibit from July 9 to Sept 1, 2019 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs, Florida,

THE JOY OF CRAYONS

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Yesterday my 14 month old granddaughter  learned to color with crayons, it wasn't something we anticipated, it was a little bit amazing. My daughter invited us to breakfast with Santa along with the nanny and her husband and another another couple with a tiny baby.

 Our table was parallel to a table that had been set up for creative activity, there were crayons and glitter and glue and little buttons and Christmas cards , the children were supposed to design the blank interior. Our beautiful little girl was watching the other children gathering at the table busy, busy, busy, so she got off her mothers lap, walked over and observed with wide eyed innocence.
I sensed she wanted to participate but did not know where to begin. I gave her little blank card crayon for each hand and then tried to guide her hand a little bit to show her the effect of having a crayon can leave color on the paper. Her grip of the crayons was a little tenuous but she immediately grasped the cause and effect…

WALK ON THE BEACH

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It's cooler now, I complained all summer about the heat and humidity but I'm startingto realize going to the beach in cooler weather is less interesting. Everything appears clear and sharp and really not that good for an impressionist kindof a painting, not that I'm strictly impressionist but I like that feeling when the moisture is in the in the air and the light from the eastern sunrise (I’m on the west coast of Florida) gets tossed around on the clouds and horizon at the beach.  Guess I sound like an ingrate but the painter part of me is really starting toappreciate the availability of a different beach every day. Now that the clarity is here and the humidity isn't here anymore, I don't get a new vision of the same beach.Borrrrring, as one of my grand daughters would say. Guess I’m a complainer. Maybe Ireally miss the 4 seasons of the northeast. Here in this warmer climate subtleties are what I have to focus on. That is probably what you call growth. Like it or n…

WE CAN BE TOO HARD ON OURSELVES

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The subject of creative blocks came up this morning when I was talking with friends. All creatives have them occasionally,it's a matter of how we frame them that can cause feelings of defeat or anxiety in us. My friend used the words "I can't stop procrastinating". I thought "okay", but I heard somewhere that procrastinating is such a desparageing term, to put it more positively the phrase “period of incubation” shines some light on this seemingly unproductive time. This works for me and is so much more positive. When I let my subconscious and my muse get together there is always the next great project be it related to art or any other problem that needs a solution.Keeping and acquiring a good stock of reference photos is a constant source ofinspiration to me. There should never be a time when I have nothing to paint,it's just a matter of how am I going to approach this and the necessity of doing preliminary work and conscious planning. Percolating idea…