"God's art [Creation] speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like."
Francis Chan

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Challenge - Day 3

Day three and it is starting to look like something a bit more recognizable.  I extended that bottom petal to help with the balance issue (pardon the weird angle on the picture - I'm a painter, not a photographer, what can I say). I've started to really establish the shadow areas more.  
More tomorrow...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Challenge - Day 2

               Day 2...if that doesn't make sense to you, check out  yesterdays post to learn about a little challenge I am undertaking.
               I was able to paint for a good chunk today - one whole hour.  Actually, with my schedule for this new school year it looks like 2:00 to 3:00 pm may well end up being my hour for painting.  We'll see how long it takes before some other responsibility fights me for even that!  But for today it was awesome.
              I worked on first filling in a little blue for the background just to help me get my bearings  in the midst of all the crazy petal lines.  Once the background had some color I was able to stand back and evaluate  the over all composition.  I immediately saw that it wasn't balanced.  To attempt to remedy that I extended the petal in the lower left hand side (as you look at it).  There might need to be more tweaking on some of the other petals but this was enough for now.   Finally I began to roughly lay in some of the shadows in the upper petals so that it would begin to take shape.
              Over all I feel like I got a lot done in a short amount of time.
             More tomorrow....

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Challenge

    Not much of a picture today, folks, but read on and it will all make sense....
   I spoke in my last post about the creative funk I seemed to have found myself in lately.  More on that now:

            This was a strange summer for me, creatively speaking.  Usually I use the free time of no homeschooling to paint a lot and have found that summers are usually quite prolific for me. But this summer I  found myself lacking: lacking in time to paint, in ideas, and in paitience with what I am painting.
               Part of the reason was because I have been doing the perpetual mommy - dance.  You moms out there know what I am speaking of:  trying to juggle the  repsonsablilities of parenthood with your own personal hobbies and interests.  I try very hard to keep the right roles in the right order.  I am first and formost a mom, with kids to care for and love and spend time with.  After that  - I paint.  Sometimes those priorities get skewered. When this is the case I pray and re-evaluate what I am spending my time doing.  This summer I found myself doing that a lot.   With my youngest in particuliar, I kept thinking ' She is only four right now.'   Because the truth is, I love to create what I hope are paintings that people find beautiful - but those paintings are nothing compared to creating a childhood, and memories, and helping form the character of a little life.
            The other reason I didn't accomplish a lot of new paintings was because I worked a lot on the two paintings that my dad had begun (see my three prior posts).  I learned a lot from doing it, I appreciated the closure it gave me following his death.  But it was also a struggle.  It was difficult to paint things that were out of my normal range and to do it on a tight deadline. That, along with the emotional experience of them being my dad's paintings, left me a bit drained  - creatively speaking.

          So what does one do when you find yourself in a creative funk?  Well, a little tiny piece of advice my dad gave me almost fifteen years ago has been playing in my mind lately....."Paint every day".  This was something that he put into practice in his life.  It is something that I used to do too.  Although I wasn't able to spend the hours at a time that he did in his retired years, for many years I usually painted everyday, even if it was only for ten minutes (because that was often all the  mommy-dance allowed).  I realized that I have really gotten out of that habit.  Not only does it effect your skill level, I suspect that it effects your creativity.

             So I decided to give myself a little challenge.  I started a new painting and with it I am challenging myself  to put paint to canvas everyday until it is completed.  For a bit of incentive I chose a big project. There is something about a huge canvas really gets me excited to fill it!  This particular canvas is 4 ft. x 4 ft.  
          I am not quite sure how long it is going to take to complete - but I plan on painting even a little everyday  until it's done.  And I will be posting my progress everyday.  Some days it may not look like much progress is made, but there will be a picture none the less.
         So above is day one - not much happening, just the general outline of the idea of what will at some point be a painting.  I shot a little of my art studio area so you can get some idea of the size of the canvas.  Tomorrow more will be done - I promise.  Stay tuned....

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Got a Name?


                 This is the first  painting (completely of my own)  that I have done in quite a few months. I have been in a bit of a creative funk lately (more on that in a later post). It is nice to accomplish something.   I wanted to play around with some of creams and taupes in a color scheme.  This 24x30 oil is a study of sorts for a future project I have been mulling over.
                   Part of the creative funk includes a lack of title ideas.  Not one is coming to me!  I am open to suggestions... send me an email or leave me a comment on my facebook page


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