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100 Dolls and Me: writing time πŸ’™


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100 Dolls and Me: writing time πŸ’™


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100 Dolls and Me: the writing. πŸ’™
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Notes: You can become obliterated by the shiny facade, lost in imagined fairy tales, blinkered to unhappy endings.


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β€’ ❀️ Late night painting sessions while every body else in the house are sound asleep.
Next up will be the time consuming task of adding all the fur. πŸ™‚
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Washing in a light layer of watercolor 🎨to my portrait. πŸ–ŒπŸ–Ό I will be fine tuning it with colored pencils. ✍ This is from my time volunteering with wildlife. πŸ¦… #wip #selfportrait #portraitpainting .
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Final few up close details from my new ink drawing β€œThe Dance Between Empathy and Rage” πŸ’™


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Some more details from my new work: The Dance Between Empathy and Rage


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New Work: detail: The Dance Between Empathy and Rage. πŸ’™
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Ink pen on paper.
39x29 cms πŸ’™
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A detail from my newest work for the β€œBeneath” series.πŸ’™


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I started a new commission today and it's on a slightly larger canvas than normal (for me, that is!) My usual method is to cover the canvas with acrylic spray paint initially (although that isn't the finished background) and then I use chalk to sketch out a very rough outline of the subject just to get the position and composition right before I start painting proper.

In this case I ended up moving the dog around a little after I made this clip, until I was happy with his placement but I thought you might like a little glimpse of how it starts out (apologies for putting the camera where I was mostly blocking it out with my arm though!) If you swipe across you'll see the final sketch before I started painting. .
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New Work: The Dance Between Empathy and Rage. πŸ’™
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Ink pen on paper.
39x29 cms πŸ’™
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A new work for the β€œBeneath” series.πŸ’™
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Some emotions like to dance together. Their spinning an art, their intricate steps well practised and nimble. A blur across dance floors that are hidden away, far beyond our easy conscious reach. Watching these dance partners closely over time is the only way to decipher just who is dancing with who and only then is it possible to understand why the dance keeps occurring and orchestrate different steps as needed. πŸ’™
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And so to the watching...pull up a seat in a dark empty corner and you may find rage and empathy owning the floor. Dance partners birthed within the beating of gentle hearts that have been thrown into the blistering malice abuse can cause. This a dance formed in the darkest of dance halls. The choreography shaped from the broken parts of kind people who have met the truly cruel.πŸ’™
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The dance between empathy and rage is the dance of soft hearts broken. It is a dance for dark seasons. The dance of the broken. It is a dance that can and should be controlled over time if we can only bear to sit still for long enough to learn it’s rhythms. πŸ’™


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Little deer 🦌 I don’t think I’ve ever drawn a deer before, pretty interesting...


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Version #2 work in progress. After several different ideas I decided to soften the red a bit and go with a heavier textured background.
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Experimenting late into the night. I’ve always relied heavily on color to tell stories through my art work. Now, in the middle of my creative slump, I find the absence of color is really helping me to re focus. Tonight I used black white and warm grey from @charvinart and after added some Australian salmon gum as my accent color. How do you deal with art slumps? #sketchbookpages #experimentingwithcolor #blackandwhite_art #figurativepaintings #intheartstudio


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Mornings with the dollsπŸ’™
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I write for 30 minutes every morning while the house is quiet... with a child with Smith Magenis syndrome in the house this does mean a stealth like sneak down the stairs in darkness at 5 every morning. It’s early and I love it. It’s also amazing how quickly just half an hour a day consistently can generate a decent amount of work. πŸ’™


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The art displays in my house are constantly changing. One piece goes out to a show, and a new piece takes its place on the wall. Originally, this grouping was filled with a selection of my California paintings. Currently, three of them are in shows at Tryst and Artists in Middleburg. Redesigning the art displays has become a little game I play. The challenge is to find other paintings that work in the same places, so I don’t make even more holes in my pincushion walls. Soon, we will be painting this room, and I will look into gallery rails, but for now, I’ll play my little game.


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Elf lady #microlove painting ❀️❀️ she feels wintery and cool to me. These little ones are so fun to make, less stressful and more relaxed. Something about taking on a huge painting vs a 2in x3in it just has a different expectation. There are no huge mess ups and redos with a tiny artwork. You just go for it, no anxiety! 😍😍


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if there were a different place
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[untitled]
[23’’ x 15’’ - acrylic on canvas]


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Start of a fresh week- back to work on my mishap piece. Waiting on the base layers to dry so I don’t wind up with mud. . .
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Defining yourself. Thoughts are racing around my head on this topic. The rainbow pens can hardly keep up!


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Imagery from my 100 Dolls and Me series of work. My early morning writing partners. πŸ’™
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I’m still collating notes into themes and still loving it πŸ’™


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Day 89: 100 Days of Feel The Feels πŸ’™


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This chrysalis is so interesting to me. I really enjoyed expanding on the lines and form. I’ve also added some flowing lines that are going around and past 😍😍😍 (reference image shown: photographer unknown)


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Where it began...... 100 Dolls and Me πŸ’™


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Mistakes in art happen. Sometimes you can make them work for you- other times you have to paint over them and start again. Today, I gessoed over a painting I started earlier in the week, had a mishap and couldn’t move pass it. . .
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Day 88: 100 Days of Feel The Feels πŸ’™
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Today thoughts and reading around the topic of hope. I found this beautiful poem by R. M. Drake.πŸ’™
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β€œDo not lose hope, please believe that there are a thousand beautiful things waiting for you. Sunshine comes to all who feel rain.” R.M.Drake


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I have always enjoyed listening to the swaying of trees and leaves and the winding, twisting, tangling of branches. I believe sitting in nature, in that stillness, it’s the closest thing to God on earth. If you want an encounter with something (whatever label you put on it) spiritual, go sit quietly in the woods. I don’t think I will ever get over my fascination with trees. πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚


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I’ve now had the all clear from the girls Mum to publish β€˜Last Day at the Beach’, (thank you Sarah) I’ll be selling limited edition prints by Ginger the Art of Print in Warwick and Framed by Sarah Taylor of Picturesque. Please PM me or email stephenlambe.art@gmail.com for details and prices.


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