Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stepping on a Rainbow

Stepping on a Rainbow © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
20 x 16 oil on canvas


 I love when something just calls out your name and screams, "Hey you, you need to paint me". When I saw these tennies, I just had to paint them. So is tennies a northerner's expression?  Anyway these little guys just had so much character.  Can't you just picture their owners? This is who I imagine would wear them: a person a little bit quirky with a great sense of humor and someone who is very comfortable in their own skin. Do you know what I mean Vern?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Return from Hiatus

Unfinished Painting

  After much delay and wonderful encouragement from all my painting friends, I finally got to the canvas. But then I was horrified, horrified! When putting brush to canvas, I totally forgot what to do, how to move the brush around to create a painting. I looked at my subject and had no idea where to put the paint. It was awful, it was as though I had brain damage. Very scary.

That was Monday. Tuesday was a little more of the same. Then on Wednesday, I spent most the day doing tasks that I had put off since the holidays. My mind was filled with clutter. That clutter was apparently blocking the pathways of my painting abilities. I have cleaned up the brain clutter and I am happy to report the painting is much easier. Why I picked such a  large and complicated painting for my first after such a long hiatus I don't know.  Silly me.

The many lessons I  learned:
1) don't have such a long spell between painting 2) don't try to paint when you have lots of important "stuff" to get done 3) don't pick a large or complicated painting when you haven't painted for awhile  and most importantly... 4) I have a lot of supportive people in my life.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Roman Mojo

Sulley © 2010 Amy Hillenbrand
14 x 11 oil on canvas

Meet Sulley. Sulley is the little white critter that lives with my older brother, Peter and his family. He is a silly adorable little Bichon that doesn't know he is one because he never has the cute Bichon haircut. Peter is proud to say that he is the groomer of this funny little dog. Just once I'd like to see him with the Bichon cut. This portrait was a Christmas present to Sulley's family. Not much painting happening since, see below. 

Long time no talk to, yep I've been on hiatus for quite awhile. First, as a result of the busy Christmas and New Year season (which is somewhat legitimate, right?) but then second, just the old fashioned artist block (which doesn't feel legit, but yet is a very real thing). Ohhh I tried yesterday, went to the canvas, tried to muster up some excitement, but nope, just not happening for me. Do you force yourself and end up flinging the canvas across the room because you feel a very big "woke up on the wrong side of the bed" type of energy or do you wait until the mojo comes back? 

The Romans believed creativity did not live inside you, but that creativity was a magical divine entity which lived inside the walls of the studio and this entity would invisibily assist the artist and shape the outcome of the work. So here's what I'm going to try. I'm going to go into my studio and ask my little magical entity to come out of the walls, lend a helping hand, and sprinkle some mojo on me.  Good plan. I'll let you know how it works out. Whatever the results are I can blame them on the little Roman who lives in my walls.