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
what if
I can't do this?
what if
It's been too long?
what if
This canvas is too big?


What if I leave the cello wrapping on the canvas?
So far so good.
But wait.
I need some tea.
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.

Monday, February 25, 2013

I Need A Name For My Giant

There is a Giant in my studio....and a big mess too.  

I have not painted since the Christmas Eve Angel.  Oh my! Two months ago. 

In my past when in a funk, broken, tired, distracted with life or just uninspired, I turned to shopping. But I don't shop for clothes, shoes, or jewelry. My shopping therapy is for canvases. I place big orders with Blick just knowing as soon as I get some new canvases, I can/will paint. 

This time, I just happen to see this giant. Although, it didn't look like a giant in the picture. I knew since this grand piece of equipment has been on my wish list for ages, and since I could not justify more canvases, the universe was telling me, "today is the day. Go for it!"

I popped over to Google, found a great deal and the rest is history. 

I just wasn't expecting it to be such an overpowering giant. It has such a presence in my studio that I feel like it needs a name. Nothing is coming to me. What do you think? Maybe you have a name suggestion for my giant. 

Oh, and look, today I discovered she has one too. Do you have one?

I need a name for my giant. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Let's talk

My Inspiration board 2013
Please allow me to re-post this chat and visual tutorial  from January 13, 2008 titled "Let's Talk"

January 13, 2008
Let's talk while I show you what I've done.
Last Tuesday morning I bounced out of bed with a new mission in mind. Instead of doing my 30 minute morning wiggle in bed while dear husband was in the shower, I decided enough bed time.
I pulled on the pants and shirt that I had peeled out of the night before and in my bare feet, started walking the path right here in my house.

I walked around and around and around for 30 minutes. I have walked every day since and tomorrow will be seven days straight.
The layout of my home is such that I can go around and around without disturbing anyone. I found it to be much more interesting than walking the treadmill at my office. I will continue.

I was thinking that I needed to go and buy some alphabet letter for our "words". But I realized that I just didn't have "enough" money at one dollar each for wooden letters. Then, I remembered that I had some chipboard letters and thought surely I should have "enough" art supplies on hand without buying more.

This is going to work for me. I can already tell. Oh yes, Tim remembered his word. It is "Passion". Melissa's is "Peace".
While I was on my walk today, I noticed the stale bread, one dinner roll, and a square of cornbread sitting on the corner of the cabinet waiting to be fed to the chickens. I don't know who designated this spot for such but it is.

Another trip around and I noticed the Christmas Goose and Santa Cookie jar still hadn't been put away. These things had been out long "enough" so when I finished my walk, I put them away. They were gifted to me this year and I don't have "enough" storage space for such so I had to look for some.

I also thought the bread for the Chickens had sat there long "enough" so I took that out too. It's amazing all the things you can find to do while going around and around. Had I been on the treadmill, I would have never accomplished these chores.

It wasn't planned but I think using the sunflower napkin on my "enough" project is an interesting choice. I feed my wild birds sunflower seeds. My one resolution for 2008 is to feed the birds. They just can't seem to get "enough".

The first word has been hung on the icicle tree. See I told you that I put the icicles away.

I'm working on a canvas that I may finish tonight. But I tell you, while watching TV last night I saw something that registered with Norah'S brain. Now I can't stop thinking about it. I don't have a clue what we saw but in my minds eye I can see a painting with a glowing sliver of a profile of a pretty girl surrounded with darkness.

Oh yes, I didn't find a napkin with big white flowers yesterday. I'm still looking.

Enough talk.

More later,


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feeling Changed

The vinca is blooming at my house. 
I'm seeing signs of spring emerging.

I'm emerging too. 
But things are different. 
Things have changed.
Some bad stuff.
Some good things.
Tim's Cloth
Hope you will stay with me as I find my way back. 
You won't be sorry. 

I was looking through my 2008 archives last week for something.
I don't remember what.
But what I found was my word for that year.
It was the best word!!!
I'm choosing it again. 

So, for now, enough.