Thursday, July 28, 2011

In The Details

As I said before, I've been spending a lot of time with my camera. My paint brushes have been rather shamefully ignored. The county fair that I participated in last year is actually right around the corner, and I realize that minus charity donations, I have spent very little time painting at all!

Part of the reason is that I desperately need to fix my website. But what was supposed to be an easy sort of "flip" of my site has turned into a massively daunting task. Of course, I know better... No matter how big a job, it all starts by taking tiny steps, until one day you're closer to the end than the beginning. I'm torn between using an actual designer (two of them, actually - each telling me they should do it) or going with something like which seems to have all the little details I want (but I am told might make everything more complicated.)

Makes my head numb.

Still, I've used my overwhelmed ambivalence over my site to get in the way of most everything else. It was so much easier to focus on the photography. But running two businesses (paintings are still selling, and prints, even if I'm not actively working on them right now) is a lot more work than one would expect, even when I'm my own boss!

I've come to realize I'm a wee bit lost on the art front. Almost a year without any significant painting on my part is just... weird. The positive spin on all of this is that I have rekindled my desire to paint. As a matter of fact, I've been contemplating playing with a goal of a painting a day (probably five per week, as with a family and other obligations all seven days would be tough.) Doing this would get me back into gear, and actually produce a lot of affordable art if people were interested in picking up something quick.

I'm also looking at a new direction for my paintings as well, and there's no better way to find that direction than diving into something like trying to paint a painting a day!

I'm still toying with the Alice in Wonderland idea (I posted about it on my art Facebook page: and I also recently discovered metallic wall paint in the local Home Depot store, which has me hunting for a place to do a wall mural in my Enchanted Forest series style. Normally, I charge for wall murals - but as this is one looking for a home from my mind (and me without a wall to do it on), I just want the wall volunteered. Anyone want a mural?

I'm also pulling out my watercolors. It has been a VERY long time since I pulled them out, my masking has completely gone on me. But, I'm teasing a bit with the idea of fairies, and I don't know if oil, acrylic, or watercolor would suit it best.

And that's where I'm at! Lots of details, very little action... but all of that is about to change!

1 comment:

Regina said...

Do what you feel is right for you and go with who or what you feel will represent you the best. It always seems overwhelming at first; every job I take is like that but as you know as long as you keep widdling away at it everything will come together! Can't wait to see what you come up with using your watercolors!