Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tired...

I am so tired today. It's such a bummer to be tired on such a beautiful day. So, I am ignoring the major part of me that wants to take a nap and pushing through. So there sleepiness, take that!

I have some new work to show. I will post it in my Etsy shop later today. I have opened up the studio, but have not a chance to work at all today. I don't think my chance will come until later tonight. I have too much stuff to do today to take any time (including napping). 

I have been experimenting with textures in my work. Trying out different fencing materials and even a weaving tool. It's fun to see what comes out of it. Stencils are another thing I have been trying. It's fun to experiment a little and see what else I can do. 

I found this book at the library yesterday called Acrylic Revolution. I never have taken an art class so this is really neat. It talks a lot about acrylic colors and techniques and many, many things I didn't know. Some things I did know just from my own experimentation, but most are new. I feel like I am going to learn a lot and feel more confident in my acrylic paintings. 

I am currently working on an assemblage that has gone through MANY, MANY incarnations now. I think I finally have something right. I have tried many different color combination's and none of them worked. I had already laid down the main pieces so I had to work around them. Not the smartest choice. I was just so confident that my first color choices would be the right ones. I have learned my lesson. I am HOPING that tomorrow I will have some pictures of this piece to show you. I have been working on it for a couple weeks now and I am ready to let it be finished. We shall see.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Blahs...

I have been feeling kind of blah lately. Not really unhappy/sad, not really excited or happy. Just kind of there. It was showing in my art. Nothing really was doing it for me. BUT tonight I went back out into the studio and reworked a couple of things and it seems to be getting a little better. My plans for getting up early have been thwarted by this stupid illness thing going on. So, while the kids were busy I took my chance and went out. I am soo glad I did. I didn't work long, but I did feel very productive and I think sometimes that is all that matters. I had been having a little bit of "blank canvas" syndrome. I hate that. But I broke through it. Hooray!

I don't have much to say tonight. I will have more to say and show tomorrow. 

Good night!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Back slowly...

I'm mostly back to normal. I have a few days of resting to do, but I am up and about. 
I made it out to the studio for a bit today. I just couldn't sit inside when it so lovely outside. I am loving this weather. It feels like summer has arrived! 

I have a few pieces that I just listed in my Etsy shop. And another piece I am working on that won't be finished for a bit. It's taking it's sweet time coming together. I figure I won't try to rush it and just let it come to me as it will. 

Nothing else much to report. I am getting accustomed to waking up earlier than my kids so I can get in the studio before they come out to "chat". So far so good. 

Hope everyone is having a great day.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Out Sick..

Enjoy the Beautiful Weather Portlanders.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Before I take the garbage out...

So, yes I am about to take the garbage out, but first wanted to write on here that all of the pieces I posted yesterday have been listed in my Etsy shop. Considering how gorgeous it is outside I am not sure why I am on the computer! 

I finally made it out to the studio before my kids could come out. I have a few pieces in progress that I am really excited about. I decided that I would conserve my energy a little and not try to get them done all at one time. I think that is how I get so frustrated. I get on a roll and then get interrupted a hundred times for different things. This morning was much more peaceful. It's hard right now though because the studio is calling to me. But I know there is no way I would get any work done with the kids being outside. And as I stated above, I have to take the garbage out. 

Pictures coming tomorrow! Yay. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Distractions...

Let me start this by saying that I adore my kids. Love them like nothing else. BUT they are talkers. Big talkers. They like to inform me of EVERYTHING. Which sometimes I appreciate, but other times like when I am trying to work on a painting can drive me a little on the nutso side. I am sensing that I am going to have to forgo the "sleeping in" part of summer and start getting up before the kids do so I can have some quiet time in the studio. I guess I don't do to well with someone talking in my ear (Literally) while I am trying to work. 

It was another day of challenges in the studio today. Some of the things that came out of it I like some I have to get used to. Not sure how I feel about them yet. I have been unusually drawn to the color purple today. Not usually one I use a lot, but it sounded good to me today. So, that color was used a lot. Other than that I kind of stuck to some of my old ways. Still fill like I am flying blind in there. Things just are not coming so easy. I had one idea that I really liked, but it just turned out kind of bad. So, I started over. I think something better actually became of the piece though. 


I think I will list a couple of these pieces in my Etsy shop tomorrow.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bad Art...

I have been making some bad art lately. It's just not turning out. I don't know if it's just because my schedule is so different or I have just ran out of ideas for a while, but some of it is really Bad. Some of my color combination's that I thought might work out have been a mess. Muddy and ugly. I have tried a couple different texture options. Some of them have been cool, but I haven't figured out how to incorporate them into a painting. I feel like I am just beginning again. I still have my old art from when I very first started working on canvases and making collages. They are actually really funny. It's like I was just trying to put as much stuff on the canvas as possible. There was zero thought on composition. Plus the colors were really weird. I feel like I have learned a whole lot since then. Today I feel like I am almost back to that spot. Trying to put too much together. And making weird colors. I guess I need to find some nice images to look at for a bit and get myself inspired again. I have learned that no matter if it's bad art or "good" art you still have to keep making it. No matter what I will always go out to my studio and work on something. I may not like what I have made, but it has to come out somehow. Being "inspired" really doesn't play into it I guess. (sorry for the run on paragraph)

I do kind of like the piece above. It was one of the pieces that I sat on for awhile. I am going to list it in my Etsy shop today.

One more VERY important thing: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW JESSICA!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Some new slightly different things...

These are some pieces that I did yesterday. They aren't necessarily my style, but sometimes I just have to get something down. Especially when I am not completely inspired. I usually just work through it until something happens. I have a couple pieces that I started today that are promising, I just don't know where they are going yet. I can be patient though. Sometimes things just have to come to you in their own sweet time. These pieces were done really simply. Like I said, I just needed to get something down.

Now that the kids are home from school (even though we are only on our second day) I am figuring out that I need to be able to concentrate a little better. I have been spoiled having free mornings and afternoons to myself to create whatever I want. That isn't the case now. There is always some need that needs to be met. My husband kept the kids inside for an hour this morning so I could have some uninterrupted time in the studio. I can't tell you how much that helped. Even though I didn't complete the pieces they are started and that is something.

I don't know if any of these pieces will be posted on Etsy. I haven't decided yet. They are different than what I usually make. I guess I will decide later.

Now if we could only improve the weather. That would make a major difference to my mood (and my poor lawn).

IT WORKS!

Yay, Blogger finally is letting me put images up! The one with the girl is called "Wings" and she is listed in my Etsy shop. The other two are gifts my kids made for their teachers. Very sweet I thought.
I will have more to post later. Yay!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

still doesn't work....

Anybody know about Blogger? I still can't download images and their "help" is non-existent. Really very frustrated.

I have some new work to show. Hopefully this will get fixed!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

UGH!

Still can't download pictures. Have sent an email to the help forum. Hopefully someone knows what is going on. Hopefully have some pics tomorrow. If anyone knows what is going on, let me know.

Monday, June 14, 2010

dark and light...

I had some dark painting moments this weekend. Nothing that I will post here, but you can take my word for it. I had some stuff to get out and painting usually helps with that. It's a lot better than holding it inside or taking out on my family. So, I lock myself in my studio and paint. When it's all done, I feel better. Then I usually have to move on to something less serious. That's where the two pieces above come in. They are much lighter than my other work. I had fun making them which was good. And I like them so that's a bonus. One piece (I won't say which because she reads my blog) is for a friend of mines birthday. The other I just like.

And since I am a proud parent I have to share the pieces below. My son did the blue one. He wrote the poem himself and I helped him with the canvas. He is very good at writing poems. Something I hope he will continue to do even when he doesn't have to. My daughter and I put the other piece together. We found the poem on-line. I thought it was very sweet. She helped put the SWAN on top (her teachers name).

****PICTURES have to come tomorrow, something is up with blogger :(

Friday, June 11, 2010

Clean!


It took many hours to get it done but my studio is finally done. I had to get rid of a lot of things. I decided that if I was really going to clean it I just wanted things that I actually used and liked in there. Some things I was just holding onto because I thought they were neat, but they ended up just getting shoved out of the way. So, it is pared down and CLEAN. Unfortunately it's still a bit dusty because of those big doors leading to the outside, but not much can be done about that. We found no evidence at all of any critters making there home in my space so I am really happy about that. Here are some peeks of what my studio looks like now.


Book shelves



I have to admit that I just like sitting out there and admiring it. I suppose I should get back to work though. I just don't want to mess it up!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Trashed...






I am writing this early because I have a lot of work to do. My studio is trashed. Last night as I was closing up this very tiny, TINY little mouse ran into my studio. I don't know why it was out in the light, but it was. I of course freaked out a little and ran and got my husband. Who got a very large stick. My studio is not that big and is packed. He had to use the stick to corner the poor little mouse and whisk him out of the studio. In the process he had to move a lot of stuff and basically tore the place up. I figure it's a good excuse to do a little deep cleaning and get ready for my next set of paintings. I would post pictures of the studio, but it's pretty bad. Maybe after I am done.

The above pieces have all been listed in my Etsy shop. Lots of pieces in there right now.

UPDATE: No mouse poo anywhere. Yay.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Still working...

I don't have any photos ready for this post. I have some new work that I will be listing in my Etsy shop probably later this afternoon. I hit a bit of a lull, but I think I am past it. I have been working on more than one piece at a time which is a little unusual for me, but it seems to be working. Now that I have some momentum I don't really want to quit. I might update this post later with some pictures if I have a moment. I hope all the Portlanders out there are enjoying this weather. I for one am enjoying the heck out of it!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

This has nothing to do with Art, but its important

This little boy has been missing since yesterday morning. He's only 7. If you are in Oregon, keep your eyes open.
Here's the link with a picture of him:http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/06/search_for_missing_portland_bo.html

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Working (even in the dreary)




This weather in Portland is getting me down. I have talked to a lot of people who feel the same way. When is the rain going to stop. It's so gray out. It's June Ms. nature, cut us a break!

Ok, anyway, I have been working in the studio and just put the above three pieces up for sale in my Etsy shop. That makes me feel like I have accomplished something at least instead of crawling up with a book and waiting for the rain to stop.

I cleaned up my studio this weekend which was good. I should say that really I cleaned up the floor and all the books. I have a vast collection of vintage books that I like to look at and use. I had forgotten all the cool books I have. It was good to sort through them all and see what they were. I am always surprised that people get rid of vintage books. Especially my favorites like the old physics books or astronomy books. They have some of the best images. My all time favorites are anatomy books. The older they are the better the illustrations. I have a pretty big collection of those. Whenever I am at a garage or estate sale I always go for the books. Great treasures are found there.

This weekend is my 12 year anniversary with my husband. Wowza, things move fast. It looks like we might actually be able to get away with out kids in tow. It happens rarely so it's a pretty big treat for us. I feel lucky to have a good friend who will be taking care of them with her kids.

I hope this week is treating you well. I can't believe it is already Wednesday. Yay for short weeks!