Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I am often asked "where do you get ideas to paint?" Well, good question. Many times it just flows right out onto the canvas. And although I do keep a sketchbook, it is literally just for doodling. When I feel like doodling that is. It's all about timing for me with this type of creativity. I don't like to draw out anything completely because something always gets lost in the translation. My compositions seem to work better being more spontaneous in nature.
The fabulous thing about the sketchbook though is that if ever I am stumped for an idea, there's a slew of tiny springboards to choose from. I love opening the sketchbook up and finding little compositions yet to come to life. And this week was one of those weeks....what to paint....what to paint. I have just one too many ideas in my head. And just one painting to finish. This week. So I opened the book to find where I had tried to figure out how to draw a pinwheel. It was hilarious what a time I had figuring this simple line drawing out to look correct! Like many of my painting subjects, pinwheels have been on my "to paint" list for awhile (Popsicles are next btw). There is something I love about this toy...maybe it's the nostalgic point of view and what it represents to childhood....maybe it's that they are always amazingly bright and colorful. There are many reasons why I am drawn to them though, and yet drawing them posed the challenge.
Friday, May 18, 2012
So my friend Jennifer messaged me to call her last night, she had a magic solution to my rather non-responsive I-Phone. WHEW!! It's up and running again. And all my photos are safe. I do need to figure out the cloud thingy though. Yep. Add it to the list. Which is growing!! I am in like total freak out crazy momma mode at home. Cleaning out, throwing away and painting. Walls that is. I want to enjoy my summer with some of the looming house projects done when I get out. So what am I doing? Burning my candle at both ends. Itching from the chiggers and tick bites, soaking in long tubs from the over done muscles (running lots of miles...more on that little spark of joy soon). And planning to paint the basement stairway tonight. Which, if you read my bridge post about the height fear....well stairs are the #2 fear. Like queasy I hate going up and down stairs fear. What is up with me? Give me a ladder to dance on top of with crazy high heels. But stairs and bridges make me need a lovely fainting sofa nearby.
Anyhoo...I thought you might enjoy seeing a stair step progression (like that...hardy har har) of this week's painting. Again, super inspired by the photos I took in San Fransico! See ya back next week at week 11!
This painting is totally mixed media...a little paint, stabilo pencil, colored pencil, paper, and thinking about a bingo chip too! I love this one to pieces....it may be sold already. To me!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wow....10 weeks in. That's a long time. To stay focused. To stay on task. I'm proud of myself. Really. Not that I didn't think I could do this.... but now that I'm in it, well I'm in it. Make sense?
-I've got exactly 6 days of school left. that is worth a giant happy dance!
-just about a month until my 1st Paint Something Workshop....which I am over-the-moon excited about!
-worked in the yard many hours this week afterschool...got the chiggers and tics to prove it. loving the direction the yard is going. and the fact that we have golf green grass. we didn't have grass at the old house. grass is pretty.
-Lily is snoring on me right now as I type. I just love her to pieces. I think she's ready for me to be off school too.
-the club pool opens Saturday. now, my white legs are not thrilled, but heck my heart is!!! slushie time!!!
-made 3 piles in the basement Tuesday night....one yard sale pile, one Bone Yard booth pile and one keep pile. I love that the keep pile is getting smaller.
-my last art show until November was this past weekend. I am so glad to have the break. Well, I guess there is the one in June, but it's gonna be more of an antique show. More details soon on that!
And lastly, I'm just so glad to have such sweet friends who are following me on this little journey. At the show this weekend I was reminded of how special this little artsy life of mine is. How cool it was to see familiar faces. How very fortunate I am to have been given the gifts to use my hands in a way that touch so many. Yep. I know how lucky I am and can not wait to continue along this path and hopefully inspire you to start making your own creative marks.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
This week I am totally under the spell of the bridge. Mesmerized by its beauty and abilities. At night they literally looked like diamond necklace strands. Truly captivating me. This probably seems a bit silly to those of you with these daily privileges. But you see, living inland and suburban we are more likely to see on a daily basis a cow nibbling grass, or better yet the goat grass cutter. And cross real railroad tracks. We don't have the magical bridges and cable car tracks.
We made our way while in San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge. Below is the other one...Oakland Bay I think? It was outside our hotel. Gorgeous photo I think, totally untouched! Anyhoo....I have a little confession. You'd never guess....the way I dangle on top of ladders all over school hanging artwork up....but I have an extremely unnatural fear of heights. Yep. My entire life.
So once we finally got to the bridge I stood at the end and Billy says, "Are we going to cross...we finally made it?" (It was quite the hilarious jaunt from our hotel to the bridge...involving 2 different cable cars, walking an extraordinary hill OR 2 and a bus ride) My reply..."of course" All the while my stomach and head start the lightness and my outer body experience begins. I made it to the center of the bridge, having to stop several times to take photos of course (and calm myself). At one point I decided to look up and near about fainted. Ok. Note to self. No more looking up either on a bridge. One point I stopped and said, "Is this thing swaying??" Billy replied, "Yes Jenni, it has to bend and move or it will snap." Deep breath...move forward. Did I look down? Of course, had to. It was with extreme caution and deliberate moves to the edge to look over and I probably looked like some total freakoid doing it. It was so packed on the bridge with bikers and walkers so there wasn't much time to celebrate my accomplishment of being on the dang bridge. Once off the bridge my body and soul rejoined and off we went on our next excursion. Whew.
I tell you all this because this week, #9 is a painting of the Golden Gate Bridge. I wanted to remember this little experience of overcoming intense, crazy lady fear of heights. My family thinks it's funny. I however do not. It is an unreal, indescribable with words feeling when it hits me. I suppose it's pretty good that I can overcome the fear to get from point A to point B. I don't like missing out on stuff, maybe that's it. I will say I finally am able to walk near the railing on our second story hallway without getting dizzy. Yep....I am telling you. It is an intense fear. And now that BIG bridge is crossed off the list maybe I can get to Niagara Falls after all. Maybe.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The beauty sometimes of knowing the behind the scenes of your own blog is pre-posting. Yes, it is a beautiful thing. Do ya know how to use it? So here's the deal. I painted #8 on Sunday. I knew what laid ahead for this week. And well, as the story went I got the down and outs and didn't finish #8 on Sunday as planned. I am a planner and a list maker. And not being able to check that off the list ticked me off. No doubt. And messed with my postings for the week. But alas.....I am actually typing this on Monday. Because...well.....I'm not home right now. Nope! Shhhhh....I'll tell you about it when I get back. Nothing to do with art. NOTHING. Well, I do plan to look my new books over on the 4 hour plane ride.
Nevertheless, I did end up finishing #8. And am OKwith it. I realized in the other painting I made a complete rainbow around the clouds and painted raindrops. Guess I shoulda had the inspiration around me while working. Really, no two paintings should be exactly alike either. Anyhoo.....day 2 I was back outside but on the eating side of the porch at the table on the art stool. And no TV. And my favorite collaging tools. Because I felt the need to cut and glue something.