Thursday, July 14, 2011

Morning WIProgress

This morning I had a clear head and motivation to start again.  I find it very easy to get clogged and distracted to the point of stopping if I let myself think about the whole finished painting before it is finished.  It is a trap.  I warn you, don't do it.  Of course, I also had a life distraction this week and sat on a jury trial.  But all in all when I feel this clog happening, I just stop and tell myself the time is not right for me to continue.  I don't feel a "flow" happening. So, after a very short break, today I show more work in progress from my morning art period.  

The way I start again when there are so many different ideas that I have floating around in my head about the possible outcome, is to start back with something that I am sure I want to add to the painting and put all other ideas out of my mind.  This one thing then unclogs and lets the inspiration start to flow with reason.
In other words, I think the composition has to build.  The story has to be revealed little by little.  How can I know exactly what will be in all areas of this canvas from the beginning?  When you start to read a story, you don't know the ending until you get there.

Enough for today.
Sharon

16 comments:

  1. i couldn't have said this better...perfect explanation as to what goes on...my recent post is so parallel to this sharon, it makes me chuckle. she is so beautiful!

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  2. ahh, thank you sharon...paralleling is now in my dictionary :)) sounds so close to "para sailing" hmm...many of us seem to find wings wherever we go, no accident i'm sure! happy thursday to you, INSPIRATIONAL ONE. xo

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  3. just had to stop by and tell you that you are amazing in so many ways. ♥

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  4. She is beautiful. Love her new "head piece"!

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  5. Sound advice! Very true indeed. It's best to let the painting happen-who wants to know the ending as they are reading. She is wonderful already.

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  6. So true and great advice. She looks better every time I see her.
    Hugs

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  7. it is so generous of you to show us your process of creating your art stories. often i don't want to show work in progress because i'm afraid of the outcome - what if it doesn't turn out like i want. your perspective is very refreshing - let the story unfold, be surprised, allow the painting to tell you the story - work at the story with exceptions held loosely - and don't skip to the last page!

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  8. oh, she is so lovely....truly

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  9. She is so pretty.. and I am loving the background behind her head.. looks like glass stones!
    Cool!

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  10. This is really turning out to be a beauty, Sharon. That hair with it's subtle color layers against the green/blue graphics is terrific beyond words! The dress is something else I love looking at, especially where the seams are and the edges.

    I think when it comes to the painting process and looking at the whole thing, I compartmentalize. I feel I have to keep the whole thing in mind at all times, because I'm constantly thinking of hue and value and then moving from area to area. I see things in relation to one another across the whole painting.

    While I'm working from a photo, or real life, you are working from a sketch (or your imagination at times?)that is flexible, not set in stone. And then there is the difference in mediums as far as the collage is concerned I guess.

    Fun stuff for both of us! Same basics, different approaches, different mediums, happy results!

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  11. Great advice Sharon and enjoying the process on this one!

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  12. I'm late replying so I suspect the painting may already look different. She has a lovely feeling of flow right now tho.

    Darla

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  13. I love reading your blog, it is so inspirational to me. I did notice your new header and blog design, it looks great. I like the big photos. My blog is still a basic format but someday I will have it designed better!

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  14. I received my print! Woo Hoo! It's so totally gorgeous and such fine quality. Thank you so very much for it. I will post it on my blog in my next post.

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  15. Love your artwork! I can't wait to see how she turns out. I always let my work unfold and it rarely ends the way it started but for a planner like me thats REALLY hard to do. When I'm painting canvases its fine but when I'm doing murals and the client wants to see the finished product before I start its a problem!

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