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Monday, March 8, 2010

what's UP in the studio- or not as the case may be.....

I know as artists we all have those weeks where no matter what we're working on, nothing seems to go exactly as planned.  I got my daffadil painting almost completed, but after working and reworking and REWORKING the shadows on the petals, it's still not quite where I want it to be.  For the moment, I'm putting it aside lest it become completely overworked!
Then the Joie de Vivre painting for my altered book was AWFUL, it started out great but quickly became "cute" and the more I tried to "uncute" it, the cuter it became.  I think it was too big; with this series suggestion and movement are key elements and painting it as an 8" x 10" piece there was too much room for details and once I got bogged down in the details, I lost the spontaneity which is what "makes" the Joie de Vivre paintings.....anyway, I'm doing a redo this week, and then maybe I'll reveal the awfully, hideously cute version that's making me nauseous even as we speak- I'm just too embarrased to show it right now.

Here is what the Daff painting looks like at this point.....just so I have something to show for the last week :)
My goal for our show was to have 15 paintings- right now I have 10 not counting the Daff which WILL be done then.  But the other half of my goal was to create paintings of flowers that can be grown from seeds and then incorporated as prints into affordable altered books which was one of my best sellers at the last show.  Of course daffodils can't be grown from seeds so I've already diverged from my plan......so why not move a little further off the path and treat myself with a tulip painting......
SO, my goals for the week are to get a new painting in the works- probably featuring a parrot tulip- I'm feeling something like Rococo withdrawal.....
Redo the Joie painting and get it installed into it's book and prep a couple more books to feature printed versions of my flower paintings and seeds to go with them.
Happy Monday, have a great week!
Stephanie

6 comments:

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous daffs, Stephanie! Five more to go, you're almost there :)

Healing Woman said...

You have a way with flowers unlike any other. I truly love your detail and colors.

priti.lisa said...

LoL, "un-cute" what a great word :)
Thank you for sharing your struggles...you are in good company. You ARE the master flower-girl!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am glad to hear that others have artistic setbacks. I am not sure what it is with me, but I think it's because I still need to deal with some materials I brought home and haven't found a place for. As long as I'm in flux from a studio standpoint, I'm in flux with my art.

I hate cute, too. It's too funny that you are too embarrassed to show it, but good that you wrote about your struggle with this project. I know by the time you complete it, it will be super. Your flowers are so wonderful and lifelike, I know I'm impressed.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Always happy to share, and I show the embarrasinging cute one, once I have it's replacement done:)

Christine Edwards said...

Wow, good luck with the remainder of your paintings for the show. Sometimes the pressure of a deadline fuels inspiration, other times it makes me crazy and frustrated. Your work is so beautiful, I'm sure you'll be fine.