Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Something I LOVE and Something I LOATHE

I really want to have a pretty blog. 
One that is clean, simple, and has pretty pictures, 
which makes me think I should only post artwork I love. 
But I don't always make artwork I love. 
Or even like. 

But I want my blog to show all aspects of my work too.  The process from beginning to end.
I don't want to give a false impression that I make pretty things All. The. Time. 

But I want a pretty blog. 
It's quite the dilemma!

So here I go....Posting something I LOVE and something I LOATHE.

Lets start with the pretty one first:

I have had artists block for a few weeks now (basically since I've been making jewelry) so I haven't done much painting. I though enough was enough! Pick up a brush and JUST PAINT!

So, I picked up a green bottle of paint and put the first layer on the canvas with a knife. 
Done. I painted. 

I stared at it and stared at it. 

Finally I pulled out 4 fall colors and just made myself start to paint. 
I knew I didn't just want geometric & outlines any more and remembered that I really liked what I painted for my friend, so I started with inspiration from that piece.
Here is the final product....

12x16" acrylic on canvas

You know how there are those things in life that you love because it's your favorite color, or matches your room, or is just new? And then there are those things that you see, almost buy but don't, then regret not buying it because you can't stop thinking about LOVE it...for so many reasons.

Well, that's what this painting is for me. A complete surprise of love out of un-inspiration.


Then there was the watercolor I was working on at the same time.


I realize you think I'm probably being too hard on myself, and I could give you all these valid artistic reasons why it's not, but I'll spare you the boring details.

I wanted to enter the Illustration Friday topic of the week "atmosphere" and thought of doing something pertaining to the atmosphere of a room. Harry Potter was on the other night so I thought of the great dining room scene with all the floating candles. 

There are several problems with this idea. 
1. I am still learning to use watercolor. I'm not always patient enough to let it dry.
2. Because I didn't let it dry, the paint bled and merged like none other. 
3. It's really hard to make candles look like they are floating especially in a small sketchbook. With watercolor. When you are not patient. 

I need to work on my watercolor skills!

I repainted it 3 times and I still LOATHE it.
Eventually I gave up on making them look like they are floating. 

Here it is in all it's glory...

4x6" Watercolor on paper

I basically just gave up. Maybe I'll rip it up and use it in a collage!

(You might say you like it, but I know you're just saying that to be nice)


  1. No I'm not! :) I DO like it...well, don't rip it up...I LOVE the candles! :) Who needs them to float? I ALWAYS sit mine on a table! ;) Keep painting! You have talent, my friend!

  2. both pieces are great...! but i do understand, i go thru the same thing...!!


  3. I love your post!!! I do think your watercolor has potential, but I love the fact that you are brave enough to write about your failures. We all think that all our work should be perfect but of course it's not and the failures make for an interesting blog. Last year I made myself do a watercolor everyday for several months and I don't think I'd have the guts to show the first ones. I think your blog is pretty and interesting, which is even better.

  4. You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this! :)

  5. I think this is why I could never do watercolor :) When I have something I can't "fix" or layer and I loathe it then it will end up in pieces.

    About my music post - so glad to find a fellow Ryan Adams fan. I must check out the Smoking Popes. Happy Sunday.