Tuesday, April 23, 2013

No Cavities! -- WIP"

"No Cavities" - wip
11" x 14"

I'm sorry I haven't been posting too much lately. Within the past few weeks I started a couple part-time jobs, so my time has been a bit limited as I try to work out my new schedule. I think though it's finally starting to come together -- although it has cut down on my painting time. But not to worry . . . I'm still painting . . . just not finishing things as quickly. So please bear with me while I work on my new routine.

In addition to the new jobs, I've had some other interesting opportunities arise and as I'm sure all you working artists understand, sometimes we have to stretch ourselves a little thin every once in a while to help get ourselves out there. Although when that happens to me, I just need to take a break.  I think I may have already explained, that after Easter I did just that. Well . . . I was all set to finally get back to my painting/blogging routine, when last week my husband and I had a great opportunity come our way. We were contacted by WCVB Boston's Chronicle -- a local news program that features different topics from all around New England. The show has been on forever and is quite iconic; we watch it all the time, so you can imagine our excitement! They were putting together a show featuring our town in Central Mass. and wanted to come visit us as one of their locations. My husband has a large train layout in his barn and between that and my studio, they decided to come interview us for the show. That was last Monday morning (before the terrible marathon events). I had a few days to do the extra special Spring cleaning (thanks to some help in the yard from my dad and my friend June who planted lovely flowers outside my studio!) needed for these special visitors, in between my other commitments. Anyway . . . it was a wonderful experience and we met two lovely ladies -- the producer and her camera-woman, although admittedly I was more than a little nervous. Hopefully it will come out well. Chronicle also visited a few other places in town - the Salem Cross Inn, Troubadour Mercantile, and a mini-horse farm.  I'll be sure to let you know when it airs, and link it here.  

In the meantime . . . I'm still trying to revisit some unfinished paintings. I really want to finish up these Fisher Price pieces that I began oh so long ago! Here's the second one from my series of three. Although, because I just sold the first one (In Line At The Theatre) . . . I think I may have to start a couple new ones!  :)  

Thank you for coming by and have a great day -- and happy painting!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Froloff's Barns

"Froloff's Barns"
11.5" x 10.25"
(watercolor on paper)
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I finished this last night. So glad to finally have accomplished this one.  Thanks for viewing my work.  Cheers!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Easter Hiatus

"Froloff's Barns" -- almost done . . .
approximately 12" x 10"

I'm back!  :)  Every so often I need to take a little break and catch up on "home chores" and other stuff. Usually when the household chores and other responsibilities catch up to me, I still pressure myself to paint and post, but find it very difficult to focus . . . on anything.  (Does that ever happen to you?) When this happens to me, I totally lose my painting mojo;  it's like my brain won't connect with my hands and it's very frustrating -- almost depressing. However, instead of fighting it this time and feeling like a failure, I decided to just give and and take a "vacation." I let go of the pressure to paint and blog, and allowed myself the time to just goof around. I picked away at my household chores only when I felt like it and eventually found myself in a much better place to paint. I must say, it was a welcomed rest. So here's the little bit of progress I've made as I ease back into my groove. Thanks for your patience!