Friday, January 2, 2009

Talking Blocks

                                                       simple pleasures


                                                  occasional graces


My muse has taken to showing up around 4am every morning (since I go to bed around midnight this is really cutting into my shut eye) .   The other night as I lie awake thinking about these striped blocks (at 4 am) I kept envisioning different ways of writing on the top.  I knew that I wanted to create a series of "talking blocks" and I really like the way the oil paints striped the bottom but I was  totally stuck on how best to execute my idea.  Then I remembered a post Bridgette did in which she talked about copying images onto tissue paper....PERFECT!  So of course I had to get out of bed, creep down the creaky old stairs  and re-read the post and give it a try.  It worked!  I love the way these turned out and plan to try a larger version as well.  Maybe once the kids are back in school next week the muse will appear at a more reasonable hour (once I can crank up the music and paint during the day).  But for the next few days I can be found quietly painting in the wee hours....

13 comments:

Heather Jerdee said...

Your Occasional Graces is speaking to me :) The party girls were so pretty love the butterfly wings.

Sweetland Retreat said...

I love how these evolved!! What a great story for 2 great paintings! Off to read Bridgette's wise words :)
-Jamie

tangled sky studio said...

hi heather... i own many pieces of art that spoke to me and know just what you mean...but it is so special to hear someone say it about my work.
jamie...evolved is the right word and i think you'll find lots of good stuff on bridgette's blog!

bridgette said...

glad that I could help! :)

Leililaloo said...

I looove the stripes....STRIPE IT UP!!!!

artslice said...

It's tricky getting painting done with everyone home! Sewing and knitting is not a problem but painting... I need to focus and be 'in the zone'. Hope you can get in a little time to finish the stripes... very cool method. Monday's not far away!!

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Janice La Verne said...

Beth, thanks for the sources for food love. you are right! I did make Kristin's (do you know her website and blog?, she is Liz's best friend and studio mate). www.kristindeluga.com and smarter than da vinci (via my blog).

anyway, i made kristin's recipe for roasted veggies and g and i were moaning over how good roasted sweet potatoes taste.

THANKS!!! for the inspiration, i like my new resolution. can't change til your attitude does!

Janice

gretchenmist/belkemp said...

these look fantastic – good thing you jumped out of bed at 4.
the school time block is a treat that i am working towards, will have 2 days this year!
do you want to play the 5 everyday loves game? :)

tangled sky studio said...

gretchen-what the 5 everyday loves?

Michelle Brunner said...

These are very cool! I have never painted with encaustics before..you inspire me to try them! I totally understand about getting up at 4 am to work on art...can be a good or bad thing especially when it comes to sleep! I look forward to seeing more of your art.

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

Very cool! How big are these pieces? By the way, I found you through Bridgette's blog........ isn't she great?

tangled sky studio said...

Hi Meri-
these two paintings are both 3.4"x4" and are on a 1a' thick maple block. Bridgette is all kinds of awesome!
Thanks for the comments...i plan on creating a few larger versions of these talking blocks....