Thursday, October 24, 2013

Art is Work*

Here, at last, is an acrylic painting I started when I was expecting my second baby. That baby is now 14 months old. I was going to write something about how that gives an idea of how long this painting gestated for, but paintings don't gestate-- they sit in your studio space for extended periods of time, begging you to just forget about everything else and do some painting already! I think this painting turned out well enough. What I'm more excited about is that I made the time to do the work and was reminded of how enjoyable it is to paint with acrylics. That's the funny thing about painting; it is work, you're physically labouring at a task that's mentally demanding, but it's just so fun.

*props to the amazing Milton Glaser and his kick-butt book

Friday, September 13, 2013

Getting it Done

A little lino-cut inspired by a photo I took this summer (see below)

So the other day I did something that I haven't done in a while-- printmaking. Which got me thinking, I haven't written anything on my blog for quite some time either. I find when you haven't done something for a while, you start to spend more time thinking about doing the thing in question rather than just taking the time to do it. Not an especially effective strategy for getting done what you want to do. On the other hand, cancelling Netflix and having your free cable cut off by the guy who's fixing your phone is extraordinarily helpful for getting things done. Just saying.