Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Crooked Path...

I used to get frustrated when I couldn't figure out where a particular painting was going.  I would get hung up on the fact that I couldn't picture the piece finished.  Lately though I have really been enjoying the process of letting a picture develop more organically until a light bulb goes off and I see what it wants to be....does that make any sense?  Here is a painting I started this morning and hope to work on a bit more later tonight.
I want to give a shout out to Jamie for mentioning my painting Cloud Study 2 in her Inspiration Post on Indie-Fixx.  She has lots of good stuff going on here and here.

Hopefully I'll have something finished to share tomorrow???


Earthtone Studios said...

I like what you have so far. Can't wait to see what the finished project looks like. I am still learning about adding/using color. Do you use the color "sticks" you show just as the are or do you add them to clear wax?

Happy fusing,

justagirl said...

I love the little beehives and look forward to seeing them finished.

I know what you mean about picturing a piece finished. I have this theory that if I can picture it clearly at the beginning of the making process, that is a bad sign as it often doesn't come out as I planned and I am not happy with it.
But if I have no real idea but a basic, blurry, vague image then it will be ok. fuzzy logic I guess but it works for me.

Thanks for the lovely posts to look at too.


tangled sky studio said...

Sue-i melt a bit of my colored stick directly onto my palette and sometimes i then melt a bit of clear medium just to thin it a bit and make the color go farther.
Katherine- you're absolutely right about the picturing it/ disappointing outcome...focusing on the process rather than the product seems to be key.

Sweetland Retreat said...

Love this so far!! I can see where it's going for sure-- love it!!!!

Thanks for the shout out!

Earthtone Studios said...

Thanks for the info. I have used the sticks this way but confess that I haven't purchased mine yet.

Your work is so inspiring. I just love your on the ball series!!

thanks again...

Janice La Verne said...

Hi Beth,

I was struck tonight while looking at your blog that you use beautiful shades of grey so well. Grey makes color come alive and you do just that.

I am a process girl. I can have a sketch or idea in mind, but I love the process of change and invention while creating.

G and I have been eating lots of veggies. We are turning over a new (lettuce) leaf.

Have a good Sunday, Janice

tangled sky studio said...

I love in SF for eight years and watching the fog roll down the hill almost daily to envelop my neighborhood was all kinds of awesome! the shades of grey in between black and white make life interesting, right?

Leililaloo said...

I see totally what you mean by focussing on the proces, whenever i semm to know what i am doing in the beginning i experience the same thing as Katherine described. The lightball effect that you talked about is the feeling i love. When that happends everything falls into place for the artwork i am working on.

I love the little unfinished beehives, you can see your distinct handwriting in them already!

bridgette said...

hi! I just got home from a week away and just saw your email from etsy. thanks for getting in touch with me. The coincidence is too much! :) I need to unpack and get settled and get back to you soon, but just wanted to say hello.