Thursday, February 28, 2013

If I Do This - I Can Do That

This is how it goes:
If I get those shirts ironed, I can paint.
If I bless the floors, I can paint.
If I wash cloths, I can paint.

But wait, I need to make the bed. Then I can paint.
Or cook.
Or pick up........etc etc etc 
No really, I am going to paint!
But I need to print my reference first.
The one I've been thinking about for weeks.
One of my old Sister paintings.
Me inspired by me!
Oh yes, I need to get my Klimt book and look at
"the choir of paradise angels" too.
OK, now I'm all set
BUT
what if
I can't do this?
what if
It's been too long?
what if
This canvas is too big?

whatifwhatifwhatifwhatif

What if I leave the cello wrapping on the canvas?
So far so good.
But wait.
I need some tea.
Hands!
It's about hands.
What if I can't paint hands anymore?

This thing is in the way!
What if I can't get this cello off?
and it rips?
OK, this might happen.
Now what?
I don't like to paint directly on the canvas.

What if I add a paper layer first.
Like I did for Center Ring.
Now what?
Oh yea!
What if I use my new Matisse paints that I got for Christmas.
This is as far as I got yesterday.
And it starts over.
If I get those shirts ironed,
I can paint.

44 comments:

  1. O h M y G o s h !

    This is how it is isn't it!!!

    Get painting woman!!! :)

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  2. what a fun, fun, post sharon......i love it and your painting will be awesome..... ;)

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  3. Sharon you are always so inspiring! This post says it all......always something else to do before we have to create. I love treating yourself, never looked at it that way:) Thanks for always having something worthwhile to say!!!!!

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    1. You are the best! I'm so happy that you are still here and encouraging me.

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  4. Story of my life . . . thanks for letting me know that it's not just me.: ) By the way, I saw your work in a book and found your blog through it.

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    1. Oh, you mean it's not just me. So happy you found me. Thanks for your words.

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  5. LOL - I can soooooooooo relate! Can't wait to see WHAT IF is next!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Sharon, you are so creative! I love your ideas and wish I could get my mind into doing a few projects but all I want to do is write. Can't wait to see what comes next. To heck with the shirts. Sprinkle a little water on them and throw them back in the dryer. Hang promptly and maybe they'll be almost wrinkle free!

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    1. Wish that sprinkle/dryer trick would work. But these shirts really need ironing. Keep writing.

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  7. This is wonderful! Just yesterday I've had another of these tedious discussions: Oh, Eva ...YOU can paint...but I can't." And you can talk to them like the angels of the heaven...
    Thank you, Sharon! You found beautiful words for this endless dilemma!

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    1. Thank you Eva, I was so aware of all of this going through my head. Nice to know it is not just in my head.

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  8. Boy can I relate! It is wonderful to see your creative process again. Can't wait to see your finished painting. I have missed your blogs. PLEASE put the "drudgery" on hold (for awhile) and give your creative muse free rein!

    P.S. I also like your choice of tea. Tazo Organic Chai is the best!

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    1. Thanks Sharon P. The "drudgery" is still drudging but I'm coming back with a little creative energy. And that's a good sign.

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  9. You really know how to excite and inspire. I'm excited seeing the way you work, which is different than I do. I'm inspired by all the new paints you are using. I'm also anxious to see what comes next. I knew you'd be going big once I saw that easel. Did you name her yet?

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    1. The Matisse is the "background" line and it is like a color gesso. Although, I scrubbed it out on this first layer, it can be very opaque.

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  10. Oh my, can I relate! What a wonderful post, as always! Thank you! I can't wait to see the painting!

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    1. I'm making a little progress. Thank you!

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  11. Love your post Norah. I'd love to see what happens next, after the shirts of course. lol

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    1. I'm making a little progress. And you know I'll share.

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  12. what a cute post. get those dam shirts ironed so we can see more.

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    1. I negotiate with the shirts all the time.

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  13. Forget the shirts, the laundry and the mopping of floors...go paint!!
    Love what you are doing and I love the process of your work
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

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  14. Fun to see your process as always. Haven't heard of those new paints but anxious to know how you like them.

    I only iron when I am really, really in the procrastination mode.

    Darla

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    1. Too funny Darla. I can procrastinate ironing better than anybody.

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  15. can't wait to see the end results! your paintings are always so amazing! must go iron now! carlanda xo

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    1. My progress is slow. Did you get that ironing done? I love to inspire!

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  16. Ummmm...whose shirts are they? Husband's shirts? Husband can't sling an iron? I'm just sayin'.....
    and if they're yours.........husband can't sling an iron for his best girl? ;)

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    1. But we had a deal Vicki, If I retire, I will iron shirts instead of sending to laundry. I'm regretting that deal but I do love my retirement.

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  17. Love this post and I sooo related to much of what you said...from working on art to being inspired and pulling out references. Thank you!

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  18. Life is one quandary after another, is it not? have fun.

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    1. Thanks silverlight. That is what makes it so fun when painting.

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  19. I love that... "Me inspired by me" so amazing.

    But isn't this post so true... Do we ever get to paint guilt free.... It takes all day to get the "have to's" out of the way. Then we are too tired. And then it all starts over!!!!

    I hear u!!!!!

    Good for you for going big... And ur hands are just remarkable.

    Love this piece already!!!!

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    1. Yes Me inspired by me is a fun thing to do. When you are blocked about what to do next. Go back in time with your own work and you will be inspired again.

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  20. I am fascinated by the way you approach a painting....so you drew an outline of the women on the cellophane wrapper of the canvas before you removed it? That is genius. And the large blocks of color....so interesting. Do you have the vision of what you want the end result to be from the get-go? My art never really ends the way I start it in my head.....

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    1. This was the first time I used the cellophane wrapper for my preliminary drawing. I did it to get comfortable with the size of the canvas and to.....well at the moment "just because". Now I'm going to remember to do it again. The only thing is saving the preliminary drawing isn't easy. I just threw it away.

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  21. I have to go back and look at the pictures again. Did you gesso over the papers before you added color? You inspire me because I bought a large canvas last fall and started to paint background and then added some collage elements and then I sanded a bit and then it became a mess and now it's behind my bookcase!

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    1. Thanks Simply Blue, The Matisse paint is a colored gesso and so I did not use regular white gesso. Go retrieve the hot mess behind the bookcase. It is OK to keep changing your mind. Just leave whatever is on it and play like it is now ready to paint what you intended in the first place. Good luck.

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  22. Oh good grief! If you only knew how much I relate to this post! Thank you so much for making me not feel so stinkin' crazy! I just love that. You rock. ♥ ♥ ♥

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    1. Oh Shelly, I do know! I'm pretty sure it happens to all of us to some degree. Yes, knowing is a comfort. We are not crazy. Thanks

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