“Pay Attention” 4×4, oil on canvas

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” –Mary Oliver

Twenty days in, and I’m still not sure I’ve found that rhythm yet. If not now, then when? Guess I’ll keep trucking along. I bought a protractor and compass set at the drug store a couple months ago when I realized there were only so many jars and lids that could give me the circle shapes I was after. 

My four dollar compass feels just about right as the tool to use in a painting where I’m trying, however successfully or not, to imbue my subject with a sense of the sacred. I love paradox mostly because I think it always gets us closer to the truth even when we can’t quite grasp it all the way.

All my paintings from the month will be available February 3 at the gallery and online February 6. If you’re local to the coast, please consider joining us for the 31 in 31 celebration at the gallery. Click the image below for more information. 



Leave a Reply

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Written by Denise Hopkins

More From The Blog

Mary Oliver’s “Hurricane”

I had two friends reach out recently about hardships they are facing. The kind of hardships that feel so unfair, so unnecessary. Both times I immediately thought of Mary Oliver’s poem, “Hurricane” which I have taken to reading nearly every morning. I’d love to create...

read more

On the seven hundredth day…

 I do a painting a day every January to set the tone for my year, establish strong creative habits, and to make sure I prioritize my art which, over the years, has become synonymous with prioritizing myself. But when February (finally) came, as it always does, life...

read more

Day 31. Blessing for the Seeker

"Seeking, Striving, in it with all my Heart" 48x48in oil on canvas “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” -Vincent Van Gogh This is the part where I stare at the blinking cursor on my screen. Because there’s a jumble of thoughts, of what I could...

read more
%d bloggers like this: