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Ardith Goodwin
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Paint Slinger and Creative in The Land of Ardithian
Paint Slinger and Creative in The Land of Ardithian

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Working on loose, figurative works on paper these days! What's on your easel? 
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Happy Thursday Google+! Just spreading a little bit of color in the world today. "Song of the Springquinoxian" mixed media on canvas
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Golfer With Red Hat
I remember the day I gave my father a Big Bertha on his birthday and watching him swing away with that beautiful line. He has loved golfing for as long as I can remember and I have come to love the sport a great deal even though I can't play it. My spine has way too many issues for that speed and range of motion, so I opted to try and capture that movement, through the entire swing from beginning to end, as a way to celebrate the human form.

"Golfer With Red Hat" 30" by 40" mixed media, really gave me a technical challenge. How do I express my love of movement through the golf stances and motions without creating a static line of direction? I love how the finished piece turned out. For me, it captures the thrill of the swing, and connects me with beautiful memories of my daddy doing something that he loved through a framework of dynamic movement. Swooning over this one!

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For my workshop last week I bought red and yellow roses for us to enjoy. Today, way before classes started, I did a quick study to use up some left over palette paint from one student. It got me thinking of painting a series of smaller florals for Spring and Mother's Day. They are not my norm, but I adore painting them. "Flowers of the Young" 30" by 40" acrylic

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Runner With Red Shoes

I don't have the ability to run on land due to my orthopedic issues but I do love, love, love the act of running and feeling that buzz that runners get when they are in the flow of all things moving, breathing, and full of energy. I wanted to capture that moment in a way that was primarily abstract with the hint of figure, and it was a joy to work through that intention. "Runner With Red Shoes" is a 36" by 48" mixed media on canvas, fresh off the easel.

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Really THRILLED to be one of the featured Emerging Artists in the Art Galleries and Artists of the South! I have been working my tail off these days, glad to see it paying off a bit. Big grins in the Land of Ardithian tonight! 
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Today was a productive day as I made progress on a new, larger figure and wrapped up the details on a figurative abstract piece on paper. I am loving moving the line and working within the framework of dynamic movement and pieces and parts. Makes my soul happy. 
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As a child I often wondered what it was like to have x-ray vision, to see within and excavate the workings of what isn't seen to the human eye. That is one reason that microscopes and x-rays fascinate me to no end.
This piece is my first for 2016 and it took me on a journey of the neutral palette that begins with the earth, a more complicated layer of what I see as the structure and function of things, and then on to how I believe creativity flows through the human body on a cellular level.
It was a technical pain, but one that taught me that giving myself time to develop a piece is way more important than having instant gratification.
It is also a visual marker of the belief that we are each deeply more creative and artistically powerful than we give ourselves credit for. The key is learning to nurture and allow that to thrive from within us.
" Just Below The Surface" 30" by 40" acrylic on canvas

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The structure and function of the human body has been a huge source of fascination and inspiration for me due to my brain being hard wired to analyze pieces and parts and to the medical journey that changed the course of my life.

This painting holds several shifts for me: a complete alteration of my normal color palette, a delicate balance between figure and abstraction, and the marks connected with spines, brains, vertebrates, nerves, and cat scans in a more intentional way. There are things I truly love about what it taught me and there are things that caused me great frustration in figuring out the how behind the process.

What matters most to me though, is the emotional connection that I feel towards the complexity of loving an imperfect body and the desire to stay open to healing through that journey. This piece was a powerful teaching tool, and a complete joy to paint. "We Are Stronger Than We Know." 30" by 40" acrylic on canvas
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It Was An Amazing Solo Show
This past Friday I had the honor of having my first major Solo Show which showcased 35 of my new figurative and abstract works. It was a night seeing an entire year's worth of hard work and effort culminate into a beautiful reality! I will be blogging about the journey of knowing what to paint, how to build a cohesive body of work, the business end of getting ready, and the experience as a whole on my painter's heart. If you want to follow along join me! http://ardithsart.blogspot.com/2015/11/expandorendative-solo-show-of-ardith.html
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