Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Review: White Shelves

You know when you have a BIG project, but one little part of it is just holding up the whole darn thing!?!

That's been this shelving unit for my studio.

It's a must. I feel like I can't organize anything until I have this piece installed.

But it just hasn't been getting done. A combination of me not making it a priority (but I have dishes to do and dinner to make and Doctor Who to watch!), crappy weather (it actually got wet in an unexpected rain and needed to spend a few days in the kitchen), and it just being a project with a lot of steps (sand, clean, wood filler, sand, clean, prime, paint . . . ).

But, it's almost done!!!

before being painted

I'm stuck trying to decide if it's really really done or not. I've gone through a can and a bit of primer and FOUR cans of white semi-gloss RustOleum spray paint, and it's nowhere near completely covered. After the second can I basically gave up on the back and side that won't be showing, focusing on the side that will be showing and the shelves. But even the parts that will show aren't completely covered. I'm contemplating either getting another can or two, matching the paint and painting the top and sides with a brush, or just putting it in there as is and relying on my stuff to hide what's really going on.

It will be filled with paper, probably cans of terpenoid and medium with live on the top, and I can put cork board on the side. But it just feels weird not finishing it.

Either way, I'm super excited that I've come this far, and I hope next week to show it in the studio!

In other studio news, I will soon be loosing my couch. }: It's awesome. Even with the tinted pink cushions, I really like the upholstery. It's comfortable. It's in great shape. But it's too long. One of the things that sold me on it in the first place is now the reason it's leaving. It basically tucks under my drawing table on one side of the room and blocks the bathroom door on the other. For now we could move it against the bathroom door, but this summer, when Brian starts working on the bathroom, we'll need access. May as well move it out now.

We have some plans for it before it goes on craigslist. I hope they pan out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What's Up?!

Well, it's been almost TWO WEEKS since I last posted! Woah.

The first week I skipped, I seriously didn't even notice. We had lots of projects to do around the house and a dinner party to host, and I just plain forgot.

Then, when I realized I hadn't blogged in a week, I started reevaluating, and one week turned into two.

My awesome Aunt Sue's words kept running through my mind: "don't apologize!"

That is her comment every time I post my late blogs on Facebook and explain why they weren't posted "when they should have been."

And I get why she says it (I think). I'm a busy mom, wife, and homeowner. I'm trying my best, getting things accomplished, and I have no one to answer to and nothing to apologize for.

Is that right Aunt Sue?

So without apologizing, this is what's up.

I think I started my blogging schedule before I was ready. The studio is taking longer to set up than I expected, and I'm getting bored writing "I organized this one thing or prepped this one shelf this week" and not talking about actually making art.

Plus, the blog is supposed to be fun, not stressful. And it was becoming stressful to get all my posts up on time.

I seriously considered taking away the blogging schedule and just posting when I have things to post (like what I'm doing with my craft and design blog). But I really like the blogging schedule I've set up, and it is a great way to keep me working and accountable (if mostly to myself).

So what I plan to do is sort of a hybrid. For now, I'll just post as I can and when I have things to share. But I will get back to my schedule, probably when the studio's done and as Everett gets a bit older and starts to spend more days with his grandmas and grandpas.

Thanks for reading! I'll post again soon. Promise. {:

Photo by Dana Holt

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Art History Day: "Big" Ancient Near East Post

I've had a hard time with this post. I wanted to be inspired by "Art History Day," and yet I've sort of been dreading it. Why oh why did I start with such a hard "topic"? Why didn't I start with an era I'm more inspired by? Dutch Golden Age?!? Oh well. This is how I arranged my calendar, and I really want to stick to it!

After reading and looking, I've come away with more of an idea to consider when working, not so much technique, style or subject matter.

I feel like I'll talk about human-animal hybrids and simplification of form when I write about Ancient Egypt, so I'm running with this thought.


Haha. I'll lighten that a little.


So little remains of the societies we lump together as "The Ancient Near East." What we have is just a fraction of what was created.

Victory Stele of Naram-Sin Akkadian Dynasty, reign of Naram-Sin (2254-2218 BC)
photo from Wikipedia

This poses an interesting dilemma. As an artist, what do you create? What do you put out into the world?

I know it's best to draw and paint as much as possible, not worrying that every piece is perfect, something to be shown. This is wisdom I agree with, and will try to comply with, even if it means a future society might find my lopsided sketch of a stool and judge our entire civilization based on that embarrassment.

But all joking aside, as a blogger, I've been thinking more and more about what to put "out there." Do I post only drawings and paintings I'm super proud of, or do I often post things I've created, just to keep myself working and accountable to my schedule.

I think the answer is to try to balance the two. I won't post total garbage, but I shouldn't fear that posting a non-masterpiece will endanger my artistic career.

It's amusing to think of my work getting recognized in any fashion in this massive internet place, but if I do, I hope it's positive recognition.