It's been frigid today, and we have had some ice accumulation. It's been a good day to stay inside and prepare some soup (and I do recommend this recipe, with the addition of some red pepper flakes!). Next, I think I will log some time in the studio and see what I can get into...Happy Weekend, everyone!
My busy bee husband has made me a new painting board (out of found materials we had around the house) to create my studies on! (I won't say what I was using before...it's preeetty bad!) More works on paper and works on canvas to come next week...
This batch of abstract landscape studies are all done on watercolor paper instead of canvas paper, which lends to a slightly different feel and texture to the works. I've been enjoying it. All are 4.5" x 6" and can be found in my shop.
I am very fortunate to have really awesome collectors like blogger Tonya aka The Bee Charmer. She is an attorney who lives in North Carolina with two Corgis(love) and owns two of my paintings. Thanks for the really nice post and showing some love for another WV gal - it's appreciated!
Brand new wintery abstract landscapes using colored pencil and acrylic. 5" x 4.5"( except for the larger last one)
They are all available in my shop!
The fabulous Mary Zeran recently blogged about a topic very near and dear to my heart. Fear...rearing it's ugly head during the art-making process. I was reading her post and nodding vigorously, muttering "Ugh this is so very true." Especially for me right now - I have been stuck in a bad pattern in the studio (for a few months now) which goes something like this:
1. Make a painting.
2. Fall desperately in love with it.
3. Minutes later, realize it is actually mediocre at best and that it needs to be pushed, and probably MUCH farther.
4. Become consumed by fear that I will “ruin” it and end up never completing it, letting the piece sit in the studio until the end of the world.
I currently have 3 large pieces sitting in this limbo of incompletion. It's time to remind myself that a painting is not "precious" and the whole point is to grow in my work and I won't get there using my current 4-step process. Berating myself for being back in this place of fear will do me no good. I think it's time to let go and throw caution to the wind!
· Complete my "Portraits" series
· Continue my Black and White series
· Complete 3 large canvases per month
· Complete 10 small studies per week
You will notice that I have (once again) redesigned my website - it is still similar to the last upgrade, but hopefully provides slightly more direct access to infomation with a more streamlined look. I hope you like it! I will be back soon with my Goals for 2012. Happy New Year and best wishes for your 2012!