Muses from the artistic world of Sonia Mocnik
February 02,2015
The brush is moving as fast as it can

With all the strange weather elements happening around North America, I've found it easier to be indoors happily creating warmer and more colorful watercolor creations.  Lately, it is trying to utilize Daniel Smith quinacridone colors to really make the picture say "wow". I have several upcoming shows to look forward to and the difficulty is to choose the theme.  I keep asking myself what will keep me inspired and focused and not wandering off every few minutes when I have self doubts about what it is that I am doing and trying to put on paper.  The first of the series of shows is coming up the weekend of the 7&8th in a little area of Mexico called Lake Chapala.  The Ajijc Society of the Arts is having an Open Studio event to showcase several artists and jewellers.  I met with our sponsor "Adobe Walls B&B" and found out the space is just fabulous - old wood, lots of teracotta tiles, a really artistic environment to set up the easle and paint while people come to look at the collections of work.  Its been rainy and cold down here in a time when the weather is usually sunny.  However, all the artists are crossing their fingers hoping that the clouds will indeed pass soon.  The society's website is  The weekend of valentines has me at another gallery show at the Ajijic Cultural Center with members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild.  As this is a jurored show, I have to wait until the paintings are accepted before I can put them onto the website.  One of the Guild members mentioned trying to include a "love" theme as well as new work.  So I've been busy painting a scene that depicts "Friendship" day in Mexico.  There are loads of vendors carrying streams of red and colorful helium balloons with great sayings of U're great! or Te amo!  I've added some tradional background to the vendors and hope it will make its way to the judging.  The guild's site is  To all of you reading - happy painting and happy friendship/valentines day!

Posted by Sonia Mocnik at 08:58


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