07/09/2007: "Iím painting again!"
So, I had 5 days off recently and actually got some work done! I decided (as you probably guessed from my last post) to continue with the "women in an Alaskan landscape" theme. I spent a couple of days working on compositions in PhotoShop and now Iíve started painting 6 canvases and I have the thumbnails for 6 more!
Now, before you get too excited for me, Iím not sure at all that any of them are any good. There are maybe 3 that made me go ďWheeeeeeeee!Ē and a few others that I think have potential.
Iím working much smaller than normal (11Ēx14Ē is the largest) so Iím actually painting out a couple versions of a few paintings because Iím not sure if I like the cropped or un-cropped version better. It feels freeing to work small because it's less of an investment in each piece so even though Iím swiftly running out of time, I feel like I can still play around to an extent.
The new ground floor studio is working out OK. I still donít like it as much as having the entire upstairs to myself but itís more practical and the light is decent. Aaron spent some time last night moving things around to make it feel less claustrophobic for me, which was really good of him.
There are some pretty big personal changes going on as well but not anything I can really discuss due to privacy etc. and nothing negativeÖjust challenging. Iím in a strange place in my head these days, full of hope but also self-doubt and not sure how much of the new work Iím ready to share yet so stick around if you care to...there should be more to come shortly...including some photographs of the most stunning sunset I've ever seen!
Oh, and on a positive note, Iíve picked up another commission! Iíve turned down several great opportunities lately because of not having the time to commit to them, but this one just felt right so Iím happy about that plus I really need the $ right now so...win/win!
I also got the last commission in the mail this past weekend which was a huge relief. Now that I think about it, I didnít actually start any new work until after that commission (which took TEN MONTHS) was on its merry way. In the end, I was really happy with how it turned out and even happier to have it out the door...though honestly, I miss it a little now...do any of you ever feel sad to see a painting go?