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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

roadblocks and redirecting

I've hit a roadblock... my painting of the flower fairy isn't turning out the way I want it to and I don't like it. Actually, if I'm honest, about 1/2 through a painting, I usually don't like where it's at- the sketch is lost and the final look is far away. It just looks messy or not quite right. But in this case, I feel it's more than that. My Texas flower fairy is, at this point, a failure. Ok, probably not, but it sure feels that way. I know I just need to jump back in there and start painting on it again. It will get there but boy, do I dislike it right now.

prelim. sketch of girl with stick-horse
So for now, I've backed off of it and started reworking my sketch for the little girl riding her stick-horse. It's coming along nicely and with a few tweaks will be ready to transfer to canvas and paint.

I've also been thinking of Christmas - as in what do I want to paint for a Christmas card? My idea is to have children daydreaming about what they want for Christmas - a little girl thinking "Pony" and a little boy thinking "Train".
what I want for Christmas sketches
They're allowing me to dodge my creative roadblock and redirect my thoughts from "oh brother, this isn't working" to "oh this is going to be so much fun!" And who knows? Tomorrow might actually be the day the little fairy comes together.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A few pictures for the calendar

These are just a few pictures that will be in the calendar I am creating. As you can see, they all have an outdoor theme. I hope you enjoy these! Please stay tuned for more information on when it will be available!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Calendar paintings done!

It's official! I've finally finished all my paintings for the calendar I'm making. All the pictures have an outdoor theme. I'm so excited to be at this final stage! I started working on this last year with the intention of having it for this year but I had a creative block on a couple of the months. I decided then to just take some time this year to finish. All in all, a good decision as these last few paintings turned out great.
My next step is to photograph all the paintings then Jay will take over and set it up for printing. It's great to have a Graphic Designer in the family.  :o) Can't wait to have it all done.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Creative Mess

I admit it - I am not extremely neat and organized when I'm working on a painting. I spread out. I have clutter. My table is a piled-high mess. But I know where things are that I need. I am surrounded by what inspires me at the moment. My supplies are close at hand. That said, there are times the clutter bogs me down and I have to stop and straighten up before I can continue. But mostly, it just makes me feel creative. I  also have the "bad" habit of working on more than one project at a time. I find it hard to wait to start a painting when the idea is practically itching to get down on canvas. So currently I have 3. One is the last picture I need for my calendar, the other is my Texas flower fairy, and the 3rd is a "Live Love" collage-type painting.  I've included pictures of my studio area below. 

One of my current projects - the last picture for my calendar.

backside of the table with unfinished flower fairy

view into my studio; a little messy right now.