I painted Waterlilies in a pond at night. I think I am just going to revisit these fantasy landscapes for a while. I’m a little obsessed with trees and ponds right now. I probably just miss trees and water and this is the only way to gratify that deep longing!
I’m more excited than usual about this painting because it is the biggest painting I have created on Yupo paper with alcohol inks. This painting is 26×20. That’s a lot of ink. I actually have a piece of Yupo paper even bigger than that waiting for me in my studio. It’s 26×40. That is going to be life changing to paint on. I’m really excited and also a little terrified when I stare at that white abyss, but with alcohol inks you really can’t make a mistake so that takes away some of the pressure!
I am working on expanding my range of paintings so I have some big, some small, and some sizes in between. I’m keeping presentation in mind in case I get accepted into one of the juried art shows I have applied to. I think the large paintings might draw people in from across the room and the small paintings might draw people in even closer once I have their attention. It will all be a big experiment!
In the meantime, painting large with inks is a new challenge. I like switching back and forth between painting small and painting large. I think that keeps the experience fresh.
If you want to see how I painted this I made a quick video on Instagram. It’s not perfect, but you’ll get the idea. I need to work on keeping the camera steady with one hand while painting with the other. What I really need to do is get my tripod out and attach my cell phone to it.
I’m tree obsessed for this challenge. I’m just a tree painting fool. I missed posting yesterday. I painted, but I didn’t write my blog post. I don’t know what happened. I think I just got tired by the time I had an opportunity to sit down and type so I did some art journaling instead. Turning on the computer, fighting with my sketchy internet connection, and putting words to virtual paper just seemed like too much work.
I don’t know about you, but by the time 8pm rolls around my brain starts to shut down. I am ready for the work day to end. I just want to relax and not have to think too much about anything important. Getting Tiny-Small to bed is always a busy and tiring process. Some nights I am just plain exhausted.
I’m not only painting every day in January, but writing too. I love to write, but sometimes I just don’t have anything important to say. I am in awe of people who blog daily and never seem to be at a loss for words. How do they always have a topic to write about? Writing each day and being relevant and smart, or witty and emotionally connected, has to be more difficult than painting daily. My days sometimes run together and I don’t have anything interesting happen or any good blog fodder. I envy people who seem to have an endless supply of experiences to write about. Actually, maybe I don’t. Sometimes a good, boring day is better than one filled with high drama. I have to be careful about what I wish for, right? Enjoy the ordinary days more when they happen. Trouble will find us soon enough!
The only thing I have to say today is that I am starting to feel the time crunch. As I attempt to write and paint daily I am also trying to get some heart jewelry made and listed in my Etsy shop before Valentine’s Day, prepare for a small jewelry sales event I am doing in about a week, get our tax information together for the accountant, photograph work for two juried shows I am entering in 2015, and of course all of the regular home and childcare stuff that I usually do. In the middle of these new adventures Tiny-Small sprayed water on my Macbook and it’s no longer working (she was trying to help me clean up). It was terrible timing because I rely on my Macbook to get my work done. The good thing is I do have everything backed up on an external hard drive.I just have to save up for a new Mac! In the meantime I am scurrying to retake photos and relearn how to use Windows. Luckily we have a backup computer thanks to Jim planning ahead!
Anyway, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for a few days now. When I get overwhelmed I do a lot of list making and also spend too much time staring into space like a deer caught in the headlights. My brain is trying to remember too many things at the same time. The lists help, but priorities can get a little squirrely. With deadlines looming it can be difficult to decide which to-do item is most important. I’m also trying to consciously make special time for Tiny-Small because with all the things I am trying to do I don’t want her to feel like she is getting lost in the shuffle. It’s all about finding some type of balance and that is never easy!
There are times when I think about giving up on blogging and painting because I want to have more control over my time and less things to worry about. I imagine I would do a better job keeping up on the housework, preparing meals, and teaching Tiny-Small important things. House management and parenting is certainly more than enough to keep me busy. These moments always pass. I really find housework boring and I definitely need something outside of taking care of other people to feel satisfied about my life. I’ve come to recognize these moments as growing pains. It takes some time to adjust to new or bigger demands. As my businesses progresses there are new opportunities and new stressors (even good stresses are still stress) that stretch us in new directions. It’s easy to want to quit when it gets difficult and go back to what we know instead of forging ahead into unknown territory. So far I have chosen to keep moving forward despite the overwhelm and struggle. I know next week I’ll cross some major things off my list and get some relief from the pressure. It’s all part of the ebb and flow! Recognizing that is an important step in resiliency.
I hope you do something creative this Saturday or get outside among the trees!
Our friends dog, Samantha, passed away recently. I am working on painting a portrait of Samantha as a gift. Samantha was an amazing dog. She visited a local nursing home weekly to cheer up the residents. She was a natural-born healer and touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She was really special and will be missed by many. I plan to write more about her later.
I wasn’t planning on painting her today. I have a few reference photos given to me by her owner. I happened to be looking at them today so I could start planning a 16×20 acrylic collage painting. I started sketching Samantha out today when one of the reference photos caught my eye and I just had to paint it with alcohol inks. I’m pretty excited to be able to give our friend two paintings of her beloved dog. I figure some dogs are just to important to have only one portrait painted!
I haven’t painted a dog in a long time so it felt really good to be making marks for fur and putting that gleam in the eye. I really should paint more animals. I am always happy when I finish a dog or cat painting. In the photo I used as a reference it looks like Samantha was peeking out from under the bed. I had fun recreating that moment in ink!
If you’d like your dog painted, I do take commissions. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss the details!