I’ve been working on the Muskoka chairs on the dock again. Yesterday I completed the chair on the left and today I started on the chair on the right. I like the way it’s looking!
Back on January 2nd I posted some photos of the trilliums after the first layer of paint. I have finished all but the trillium flowers themselves (yay!) so I thought I’d share the before and after shots so you can see the difference the second layer of paint makes. The photos were taken with different cameras so the colour is a little different between them. If you click on the photos you can see a larger image.
Over the past week I’ve had quite a few people ask me where I’ve been since I haven’t been blogging as often as I used to. I’m still here and I’m still drawing or painting every day!
It’s been 13 months now since I started my daily painting or drawing. It has become a habit and I’m enjoying it. I’m still working on the painting of the trilliums but hope to have that done soon.
I haven’t felt very productive lately so I’ve decided it’s time to get back down to business. I’ve been thinking of all the things I have to do and it’s been a bit overwhelming. Combine that with almost 2 weeks of migraines and there’s the reason for my lack of blogging and overall productivity. The winter weather hasn’t helped either. Does anyone else feel like hibernating at this time of year?
So, in order to keep myself accountable and to get myself in gear, I’m sharing my to do list.
- Do inventory of prints and paintings
- Update price list
- Take photos of paintings and post new listings to Etsy
- Finish the year end financial statement for my business in preparation for tax time
- Set up a mailing list so I can send email newsletters out to people interested in my artwork
- Create email newsletter
- Clean up my office (it’s under the mess someplace!)
- Set up my files on our new iMac
That should keep me busy for a while, don’t you think?
And here’s our beautiful 27″ iMac. We thought it was way too pretty to hide away in the office so it lives proudly in our living room…..where it gets a lot of use!
I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately so today I decided I needed some colour. I got out the little painting of the poppies again and I think I’ve finished it. I’ll leave it for a couple of days and decide if it needs any touching up.
I always find January and February are tough months to get through. Between the short days and the cold weather I just want to hibernate. I was looking through some photos and noticed our tulips from last spring. We planted a bunch more this year so I’m excited to see what comes up….and where, since the squirrels were busy relocating them in the fall!
It’s been a bit of a rough week. The crazy weather has had me dealing with migraines almost every day. Ugh.
I have still been painting every day but I’ve officially hit the ‘will it ever be done?’ stage of the trillium painting. It seems the more I do on it the more I see needs to be done. Perhaps it’s time for a break on this one for a couple of days and then get back at it when I’m refreshed. Or maybe I should just keep plodding away…..it’ll eventually get done, right?
I’ve submitted my applications for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and the Victoria County Studio Tour so now I just have to wait to hear back from them on whether I’ve been accepted. Waiting is always the hardest part!
I’ve been making steady progress on the trilliums. For seem reason I seem to be working from the bottom to the top on this painting. I’m excited to get to the fence but I’ve been strict about getting the area underneath it done first. It’s a lot of different branches that are a little tricky.
Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get back into regular exercise again. I went to boxing tonight and had a great time. I did boxing for a couple of years but stopped because of an injury. I then did boot camp for a while but I ended up with a serious neck and shoulder injury there. I’ve been out of commission for over a year so I’m well overdue to get back into shape! Luckily the boxing training was just like riding a bike….it all came right back!
Here are some shots of the trillium painting.
I’ve had some comments on the trillium painting and people have asked what still needs to be done. I thought I’d share some close ups of the areas I still need to work on.
With the first layer of paint I concentrate on trying to get the lights and darks in the right spots and the basic colours and shapes. When I do the second (or third!) layer I sharpen the edges, deepen the colours and put in more detail. These areas only have one layer of paint.