One thing that I’ve noticed about successful artists is that they spend more time making art than doing anything else. I remember John Salminen describing himself as ‘Highly Motivated’ to make art.  This week I’m letting nothing get in the way. I have new paintings in process and I’m going to have them ready to show you by early next week, I promise! I even had the courage to let the phone ring and let someone leave a message (*GASP) while I was painting yesterday. Can you believe it?

This morning I read a great blog post about just getting down to work on Jackie Simmonds’ Blog. I think many art students think that experienced painters know all the answers, when in fact, every painting presents a new riddle.  Some people spend time solving the riddle.

I’m motivated by wanting to have new work to submit to shows. I have a few deadlines coming up and a couple of invitational exhibitions on the horizon. The first will be the Sitka Invitational at the World Forestry Center, Portland Oregon. Mark your calendar now for November 10 & 11, 2012! More information available at

“Beret” ©Ruth Armitage Watercolor on Yupo 14″x11″ Sold


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