Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hey, it's my 200th post!

Good morning! I have been up since 4am this morning and started painting around 5am. It was great. I am working on a painting for the Audubon Society. I started it and was a little stuck so I decided to redo it. I think it is going to turn out much better. I will post pictures when it is done. I am excited about it. I also almost finished another painting. It's very small (4" by 4") but it needs to dry. The oil paint I used with the encaustic is a little thin and I don't want to smear it. 

I have been sick for the last two days so getting out in the studio felt great. Getting up at 4 wasn't really part of the plan, but considering how much I slept over the last two days I think I was just not tired anymore. It feels good to have been up for about 5.5 hours now. I have so much left to do in my day. I think I will be painting a little more today.   I don't plan on waking up at 4 everyday or at least I hope not. I have to last at least until my kids go to bed tonight so that might be a little difficult. So far so good though. I don't feel one bit tired.

This is my 200th post. I know it has been a erratic, but I am working on it. I will get into a routine eventually! I hope everyone has a great day!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Artist Fear...

I know I said I would be back on here everyday writing and showing work, but it just didn't happen. I was hit by a very big block. Not just a block of not coming up with ideas, but a complete block. A block so bad I didn't want to try. It sucks. I am now working my way out of that mental space. I have set some pretty minimal (but doable) goals for myself to get myself out and painting again. Plus, someone (I won't name who) told me that I couldn't do it. I couldn't paint for a living. That's pretty much enough for me. That made me so angry that the only thing I wanted to do was paint. Not totally a mature reaction, but it worked. I got out there today and did it. I even posted to my Etsy shop for the first time in a long time. That felt really good. 

I do hope to be updating this blog more frequently and my Etsy shop too. It needs to be done and I want to do it. I am working on the Artist Way with some friends. I just started, but I can say without a doubt that it is helping me. I didn't realize how much negative thoughts were running through my brain about my art. It wasn't pretty. I am working on getting rid of those  thoughts and replacing them with something more positive. It's going to take some work I think. But I can do it. 

Here are the new pieces I worked on today. They are currently in my Etsy shop along with about 91 other pieces! Time to clean up the shop I think.