| An excerpt from "The Spiritual Man", by Watchman Nee. Pages 218-219 | If anyone wishes to maintain a true spiritual course he must cooperate with God in putting to death his own desire. All interests, inclinations, and preferences must be denied. We should gladly accept man's contradicting, despising, discounting, misunderstanding, and harsh criticizing and permit these matters which are so antagonist to natural desire to deal with our soul life. We should learn how to receive suffering, pain, or a lowly place as apportioned us by God. However much of our self life feels pained or our natural feeling is hurt, we must bear them patiently. If we bear the cross in
It turns out that 2020 was both my best and worst year for painting. I was on quite a roll doing oil portraits, then Covid hit, the kids came home from school, Thane came home from work, and quarantine was an adjustment to say the least. We also were all struggling with strange health issues for months, so I didn't do any art at all. But eventually I started toying around with paper art again, mostly because it's mindless and soothing and it's easier to manage than oils. It is therapy!
Have you ever visited THE DESIGN FILES? It's an Australian design based website that features all kinds of homes, art, and creative people, but tends toward a really eclectic mix of less-polished beauty. In other words, the content here is often much fresher than the overly curated content in other places. And this is where I get to peak into some of the most beautifully messy + inspiring studios! Here are a handful that you don't want to miss. EMMA CURRIE | FIONA O'BYRNE | JULIA TRYBALA | CHARLOTTE ALLDIS Enjoy!
Like Riding a Bike
- March 18, 2020
I wish painting faces was like riding a bike. I used to draw portraits photo-realistically like it was my job, back when I was 10 or 12 years old. That's when I drew all of the time, and you're bound to conquer anything you put that much practice into. Now I'm starting over, except with paint and a brush, and the road back to decent portrait painting has been rockier than I anticipated. I'm getting there though. Each one is getting a little bit easier, feeling a little more natural, and a lot less confusing. But I definitely had to make a concerted effort and re-learn all the proportions and techniques. The biggest challenge to painting faces is 1) symmetry (whi
- March 18, 2020
February was a good month for art. So good that even though March is more than halfway over there's scarcely been a day in these six odd weeks that I haven't picked up a brush. I don't know where this momentum came from, but it seems to have dropped from the sky, content to rest it's wings in this lap of mine for longer than it ever has before. So, I'm painting and painting and painting, as if this compulsion may (and likely will) fly off any day without warning. It's hard to put a finger on the moment this bird landed, but I think it had something to do with THIS INSPIRING WORKSPACE and wanting to get real art onto your walls, affordably. Prints of art are every
Forget Perfection, Just Get it Done
It's been about a year since Thane and I self-published A NEW HEART, the first children's book that we wrote and illustrated together. (Get a PEAK INSIDE OF THE BOOK if you haven't seen it!) Now that I've had some time to reflect on what creating a picture book from scratch entails, I can say with total certainty that the experience is QUITE formative. It required an incredibly daunting amount of work, and there were lots of long chunks of time when it stood at a standstill. I constantly struggled with the thought that it was an impossible task, that I might as well give up while I was ahead since it was never going to get done anyway! But, by the grace of God,
- August 16, 2019
Thanks to one nasty little bug that couldn't be corrected on my previous website, I wiped it all--theme, content, everything-- and I'm starting fresh. Honestly, it felt good. I think it's one of those things that is going to work out for the best. This new KOTLIS responsive theme is going to work more as a photography portfolio than a standard blog, which makes more sense considering I have so many photos, and so little time to write anything these days. I'm also making myself work on a lot more art lately, and I'll share all of that here as well. Honestly, this all comes in good timing; Asher and Silas started school--(the shenanigans have been cut by exact