Saturday, October 31, 2009

In Progress

In Progress

Boo! this is a finished painting playing Halloween, see he is dressing up like an unfinished painting. I hope to be posting the finished verision tomorrow, but it is time to go trick or treating. I must stop myself from putting the first strokes of paint on because then I would want to keep going and going.  I made myself clean my desk today (or otherwise I would go cuckoo).  A cluttered desk in a cluttered mind, so I did not want my mind to be cluttered as I go about my painting. You know those signs that say I would rather be fishing (painting), that is definitly how I felt, but again I was almost ready to go cuckoo  Anyway... I came across a quote by Johann Wolfgang from 1749.  Interesting to think they had commitment issues back then.  It goes like this:  "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness."  There is more to it, so I will fill you in tomorrow.  Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chicken Stoop

12 x 12 Oil on Canvas

I haven't commented about the commitment thing lately, so here is the latest.  Before I began this little 100 painting quest I so worried about it, fearing the worst,  like I would have to force myself to do it (oh how I hate to be told what to do, don't you?) and so I thought this terrible little voice in me would be constantly scolding me, cracking the whip, brow beating me to get my "work" done ~ au contraire ~  it is so not like that at all.  Instead of feeling pushed and forced to paint, I feel pulled and inspired to paint, even a little bummed if I don't get to it some days.  Someone once said , probably someone famous (I'm not good with names) "the way to get over fear is by taking action", it is so, so true.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pretty in Pink

12 x 12 Oil on Canvas 

Well this may be titled Pretty in Pink,but I feel quite green or is the saying I feel blue. I feel green because something decided to take up residence in my intestines this week. Painting usually does help for what ever is ailing me but it is no match for this, what ever this is, is it the dreaded swine flu?  Don't think so because they say that occurs in the upper respitory right? not in the southern hempispher.  Oh well hope it passes soon because I am still behind schedule.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Morning Light

12 x12 Oil on Canvas

Painting is like exercise for me.  Exercise makes me feel so wonderful, makes me feel more awake, more energetic, more peaceful, more accomplished and  whole bunch of other things that I'm not thinking of right now. I have such a better outlook on life when I do my daily exercise so, why on some days, do I not want to do it, that is just not logical. All these same ideas applies to when I paint, it makes me feel so wonderful, happy, in love with life, so why on sme days do I just not want to do it.  But just like exercise if I can just get started, I love it and all is right with the world once again.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


11 x 14 Oil on Canvas

Have you figured out by now that I am focusing on Interior Landscapes or should they be called still-lifes. Not sure, and as my byline says A Look Inside-The Journey to find the creative in me, my subject matter is actually a look inside interiors. But background is Interior Design. Back in the day I received a degree in Interior Design and part of the reason I chose to go into Interior Design was because I appreciated all different styles and shapes that interiors come in. By going into the field, I would have the opportunity to work with them all.  So now by painting them I get to play with them again with the added bonus that I can move on quicker to the next style. It is great fun and satisfying to mix two things I love. I love in the scene above how rustic cabin meets style. I guess I would  suffer through it if someone wanted to bequeath me with this comfy cabin in the woods. P.S. I think I will probably sneak some critter paintings in every now and then.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Open Door

8x10 Oil on Canvas

 I'm having a little problem. I know I am a little behind on my goal so while I've been painting I've been hearing this little voice just chattering away  in my head, just a constant little annoying dialong "you better hurry up, your behind, you better hurry up, your behind, hurry up, hurry up"  and on and on it drones.  Well then of course the opposite occurs- my paintings are feeling very forced and then I'm not having very much fun and then I don't want to do it and then I'm worried is this the commitment phobic bearing her ugly little head? I'm not going to let her get the better of me, I did settle down the other day, I put on my classical music  that my husband just hates and went into the zone. It is the journey not the destination that matters anyway. Poor little commitment phobic girl I think she's met her match. Ha!

Friday, October 9, 2009

A New Diet

Picture in Progress

Did you know that painting is the latest diet fad?  Me either, who knew?  Yep, I stepped on the scale today and I'm down 4.8 pounds (love those digital scales).  So for reasons unknown to me, I have this time of day that I am compelled to paint, 3:00 p.m. It really feels like an uncontrolable pull to paint, it comes from inside me some where.  I've tried painting at different times of day and it just doesn't work out as good.  So what does this have to do with weight loss you ask? Well... in the past when 3:00 would roll around I wanted to have a snack and my desire was not for carrots and celery sticks; it was for something surgary and carby, i.e. a cookie or piece of chocolate.  Now I'm painting and when I get in the zone, food does not come to mind, isn't that cool?   The above painting is a fun one, almost done, but not quite.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Madame Chairperson

7 x 9 Oil on Canvas


As I was painting this painting I was wondering what had overcome me to paint another picture with stripes in the fabric, I thought I had learned my lesson when I painted "Tea Anyone", but the scene really resonated with me, I thought it looked very happy, warm and  welcoming.  Then it hit me.... it reminded me of a scene I see in my home many times a day with my dear little  muse, Sophie, sitting in the striped chair while her Mom paints.  I guess I should paint some of the little princess.