Thursday, 8 October 2015

Thank you Carol Marine

I have 7 days left to complete 3 paintings.  Am I panicking no - because I am eating ice cream and playing candy crush, which doesn't seem to help the work.

One is in good shape,  there is something wrong with the middle one  and the other one I hate so much I sanded it down and even went to Michaels to buy a new canvas.  The cashier at Michaels is beginning to recognize me and if we start exchanging Christmas cards,  I will know that I am buying too many supplies and that the project is doomed.

But then, there was hope.   Carol Marine posted a picture and mentioned when she paints glass she paints the background and then puts in details which make it look like glass.  DUH!!!! In the immortal words of the Car Talk guys I need a dope slap.

The initial start
Something is very wrong

I painted in the background and now it looks more like glass.

There is hope, it feels better. Unfortunately I have to go to Michaels to get more black paint.  

P.S. If you don't know who the Car Talk guys are, listen to PBS Saturday at 10:00 am and you too can be "unencumbered by the thought process" .

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Road to the Woods

I have to prod Mully to get up in the morning for out early morning walk.  A 65 pound dog that doesn't want to wake up is hard to move.  We have a ten minute drive to the top of the mountain.  At 5:30 am the world is dark, very dark.  We enter the forest and no one else is around.  We are alone. I have to walk slowly because I can barely make out the path.  The world is silent.  I am alone in a forest surrounded by a sleeping big city.

 Too many cop shows flash through my mind. "Why was she on the mountain alone at that time?  What are those stains on her hand? Is the sketchbook a clue?" they say after her body was found by a jogger.

The sky changes from indigo to a pale blue, there are some red streaks from the rising sun.  Mully and I are joined by joggers, walkers and other dogs.  The silence is gone.  the forest is no longer scary and mysterious.  No one murdered us.  Mully and I go home, she to her breakfast and me to my coffee and easel. Mully  has her first of many beauty naps and I struggle to capture the menacing moment.

S. Charto the Road to the Woods
The Road to the Woods

Monday, 5 October 2015

One of these things is not like the others

The annual Stewart Hall submissions is coming up in twelve days.  Am I panicking YES.  I am entering 3 paintings.  Are they ready NO.  Remember to breath.  At least I know what I am going to paint and I have started.  They are at the ugly stage now.  Its the time where you know what they are but can't ever imagine they would look good.

Okay not a bad start - I can finish this in 12 days if I don't shower, eat or play candy crush. But I couldn't stop staring at the middle one.  It just looked off.  I realized that it was at a  different angle.   If it was by itself it wouldn't have mattered but if it bothered me and if bothers me it may  it may bother the judges.  and it really bothered me. I tried to ignore it, had a break, played candy crush and thought of how much work I had already put  into it. Like a bandage you have just have to do it quick. 

I spent a lot of time on the set up to get the stupid bottle at eye level. Isn't that professional looking? Obviously we are not putting out any garbage because any who touches that set up to get a garbage bag  dies and I am not joking. 


I think that's better and I wonder if anyone else would have noticed probably not, but I would have.

Friday, 2 October 2015

How not to Pick Artwork for you home in 3 easy steps

I just finished reading a blog post from a decorator on "how to pick your artwork in 3 easy steps" . She picked out 10 pieces in one hour.  The photos of the apartment looked amazing. Everything matched and blended because  she went shopping with colour samples. holding them up against all the prints.

This is a picture of my living room - nothing matches but each item has a story.

  • The easel was bought at a garage sale and was mine until I finally admitted I needed an easel that wasn't held together by wire 
  • The cheap wooden fish was bought in Croatia after a meal of truffles (the one and only time I had truffles and it was great)
  • The painting of flowers is mine
  • The David was bought online and shipped to Boston so I could save on shipping. We still laugh at the huge box it came in and how we had to clean the hotel room of the peanut packing material.
  • etc. etc. etc.  This is a room that took a lifetime to accumulate  I can tell you about each item because I remember where we were when we bought them.  

Some of the things were sold to us by the artists themselves.  The glass blower showed us how he made our piece.  The candle stick welder talked to us for abut 2 hours and so did the wood turner. Each of the artists shared their joy and loved talking about their craft. No decorator just happy memories.

The dog hair is Mully's.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

30 in 30 Chanel and the Aftermath

Dr. Seuss had a $50 bet with his publisher that he couldn't write a book using only 50 words.  The resulting book was the well loved "Green Eggs and Ham".  I am not suggesting that everyone go write a book with a limited vocabulary, but having constraints does sometimes forces you to be more creative.  

The challenge of just painting one object led me to go from this

Day 1

to this

Day 18

I would not consider any of the paintings I made saleable or something I was proud of (I am proud of doing the challenge), but I found a new voice, and with that I am working on something that I think is of good quality.

Chanel in collage

And that is what the 30 in 30 means to me.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Day 30 Chanel herself

I thought I would end this series with a quote from the lady herself, so I googled her, big mistake.  She might not have written them herself (which doesn't make the quotes any less interesting) and she was not a nice person.  What she did during the war was disgusting,  associating with Nazis and firing 3000 women because they wanted better wages.  I almost wish I hadn't looked her up on Wikipedia, I haven't looked at the bottles in the same way.
  • The best things in life are free.  The second best are very expensive.
  • I don't do fashion - I am fashion.
  • The most courageous act is still to think for yourself aloud
  • Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman
  • Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself
  • In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different
All very tweetable, I picked this one;

Tomorrow I will talk about the 30 day challenge and why it is a great thing for me.  I think every artist would benefit from doing a challenge.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Day 29 Chanel Labelled

I can't figure it out is it labelled or labeled.  I am a terrible speller.  In school I failed spelling in 4 languages. (yes I went to a school where they taught 4 languages).

This challenge is a great way to try something new so here is lettering in my picture.

Chanel Labeled or Labelled

I don't use writing a lot because my handwriting is awful.  We won't even go into my singing.  I'm glad I have my painting..... and spell checker