Monday, April 29, 2013

I Thought I Saw

You never know what you may see . . . this weekend while driving to get coffee, I found myself following a car with a pair of sneakers on the roof. Yes, just sitting there on the roof of the car not moving due to the skid proof soles. I tried to speed up to get alongside and what? Point to the roof? How do you tell this to someone while you're both driving? But they turned at the next exit and I lost them. So I'm hoping the shoes stayed put until they stopped and then they'd have a big surprise. Silly me, I just looked at all this and didn't even attempt to take a cell phone picture. Why do I always think of this afterwards? Anyhoo it wouldn't have been a good idea since we were both, y'know, driving. So there you have it in another one of those "you  never know what you're going to see" moments. What do you think? Seen anything crazy lately?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Face the Changes

Facing Changes is hard. Sure, we all know that but every now and then you encounter situations where alot of your habits just simply have to change. Right now there's some health issues I've been enduring that require some serious changes. It's overwhelming and I can only pick one or two and begin there. I can't take them all on at once. It's hard enough to change one habit much less a dozen or so. And so it begins and so I'm reading more meaning into the painting of faces. Time to face what needs to be done and get started. Wish me luck? Have you struggled with making changes to your habits before? Do you have any tips or advice on how to get through it all? Lemme know because I could really use the support! But in the meantime Art Saves Me as it always has . . .

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Small Increments of Time and Effort

Landscapes in watercolor. Have been experimenting and the last one painted a leaf right in the middle. These are studies for some larger work that I'll share with you later as they progress more in what I'm working towards. I have an art show coming up in mid-Sept so this is my primary focus right now, building a body of work. Oh boy what a process. I have canvases lined up by my bookcase and just go by and paint layers on all of them, let it dry and then paint more layers. Art is created in small increments of time and effort. Except for the weekends when I'm home from the dayjob and have all those daylight hours to work. Generally I make myself pretty crazy in doing that and forget to sit down or, if sitting down, forget to stand up and don't really stop working until it's usually a question of - I wonder if I can ever move again? Paralysis by art - is that a new disability? So even tho the weekends provide more hours, it's hard to stop working compulsively and I think more effective if I limited the amount of time spent on paintings already started and just begin some new ones instead. Based on weekend exhaustion I'm starting to really really value the small bits of time during the week. What's your process? Do you work on things in bits and pieces of time or do you devote lots of hours at one sitting? I'd love to know . . .