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Lynne Taetzsch
Ithaca, NY
I am an artist and a writer.
Interests: painting, drawing, writing, hiking, reading, movies
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It doesn’t take much to give me a sense of purpose. I can create one all by myself complete with daily and weekly activity schedules. It’s giving up such a purpose that’s difficult. I’ve been writing an art blog, for example, for more than eight years. Over that period I... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at This Written Life
I learned early in life that the stricter your standards, the more you’ll end up doing everything by yourself. When I was young, my mother didn’t have the time or patience to teach me how to bake and cook. She gave me some play dough—the real thing before Play-Doh came... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at This Written Life
It felt good to miss the most recent cold snap in upstate New York—I spent that time in Florida with my sister. Missing a cold snap lifted my spirits, but surviving one might have been better for my soul. It’s not that I want to suffer, but I know from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at This Written Life
I like your way of putting it, Karin Lynn!
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on The Middle Way at This Written Life
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Those of us who are bipolar spend our whole lives trying to find the middle way. It is much easier for us to feel on top of the world or down in the dumps. Those clichés really do express the emotional states of mania and depression. We’re either flying high... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at This Written Life
I have posted videos showing how I make my abstract paintings, but filming the abstract drawing process was a different experience. I usually draw by standing up or sitting on a high stool at my drawing table, where the paper... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Abstract Art
When I begin a project, I have great energy and enthusiasm for it. I get projects underway at amazing speed—astounding my friends and family. And if the project is not too big and does not take too long, I can even finish it. What is much harder for me to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at This Written Life
Elaine, thanks for pointing out that what we write in our journals is the first revision of our lives! When I was working on my play about dealing with Adrian's Alzheimer's, I used my journal as a guide, too, though I had to stop reading it at one point because it was just too much.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2014 on Revision at This Written Life
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Lately I've been looking at my older paintings, selecting those that don't quite work. I may have thought so when I painted them, but not now. I've taken these paintings off my website and now I'm repainting them. I did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Abstract Art
Thanks to revision, I can stand in front of a blank canvas on the easel, pick up a brush, and begin to paint without hesitation. I know that whatever mark I make can be painted over. I know that repainting is always a possibility, whether it happens in the same... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at This Written Life
This week I put six of my newest abstract paintings on my website. That means I made a commitment to call these six paintings "finished." Some have lingered in the studio for a while before I was ready to do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Abstract Art
Along with the everydayness comes writer’s block, of which greater writers than I have expounded poetically, at length, for it is too much with us, this block. Like ice. Like a ton of snow sitting on my chest, full of metaphors that don’t make sense. I sing to thee, writer’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at This Written Life
I used a brush to cover this 24" x 24" canvas in a parchment background before beginning the foreground with a palette knife. Then I chose cadmium red to begin laying down colors with the knife, applying thick swaths of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Abstract Art
Recently my two sisters and I were reminiscing about a visit in the late 50’s to our Uncle George’s private swim club in New Jersey. The reason we even remember this day at all is that we were thrown out of the swimming pool for wearing two-piece bathing suits. My... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at This Written Life
I often let new paintings sit for a while and then give them another look. Today I worked on two abstract paintings that had been hanging around the studio. I liked them both, but felt they might still need something... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Abstract Art
Empathy helps me to connect with people, and to understand what they are going through. I can put myself in their skins and feel what it must be like to be them. I suppose that’s a good quality for a writer or a social worker to have. The social worker,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at This Written Life
I've been repainting a series I called "pattern paintings" because they were basically bland backgrounds with detailed patterns of color on the surface. I decided they were too static and "decorative," so I've been trying to make them more interesting.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Abstract Art
After we finished our opening twenty-minute meditation at a recent meeting with my meditation group, a new member said that he was surprised at how quickly the rest of us came out of our meditation when the bell rang. He implied that we couldn’t have been very deep into the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at This Written Life
Before I began painting with a palette knife, I first used a brush to paint the background of this small canvas with unbleached titanium. Then I began adding wide strokes of color with the palette knife, beginning with cadmium red... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Abstract Art
Elaine, I am so sorry your hearing loss keeps you from the comfort and joy in music. I see you connecting even more deeply with nature, though, and that is a joyful connection. We mourn our losses and take solace in what is left.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2014 on Art and Pain at This Written Life
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Elaine, you are an inspiration to me--but I suppose the trick is for each of us to find our own way. Yes, I did take a nap that day, and yes, I do accomplish a lot, I suppose (I work fast), but again, my difficulty is spending a day doing nothing. Learning to just BE.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2014 on Inertia and Ambiguity at This Written Life
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The pain expressed through art helps us as viewers or listeners to be in touch with our own pain, to feel the beauty and sorrow inherent in life. Music, especially, connects us instantly with all the emotional shades of being human. I was reminded of this while listening to an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at This Written Life
To make this new abstract painting, my primary tool was a palette knife, which I used to apply heavy body Liquitex acrylics. First I painted the whole 20" x 20" canvas in unbleached titanium (a creamy beige color) with a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Abstract Art
This time of year when everything has slowed down to a solid block of ice, I feel that I might lose myself under the weight of inertia. Without a plan of action—nothing but ambiguity to keep me company—I can’t think of accomplishing anything. Throughout my life people have told me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at This Written Life
I usually paint in square format, which I like best for non-objective abstract paintings, but among these six new paintings I just put up on my website, are four verticals. There are two sets of two in the same sizes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Abstract Art