Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Shadowed by Deadlines

This topic was interesting. The more I thought about it, the more I realized my pet peeves were mostly things I brought on myself.

Deadlines for example. I have this need/hate thing about them. When I paint I'm very obsessive about details & could happily keep tweaking forever. So I'm usually resentful about having to stop & declare a piece done. But I also really hate being late.

This inner conflict results in a lot of long nights, stress, & eyestrain. Yet if it weren't for deadlines I'd probably still be working on this piece I started 8 years ago!

It was done as an entry to an RSVP competition with the theme of shadows. (I made the deadline & it made the show!) It's acrylic on primed paper, 6x9". Click for a closer view of obsessive detail in the border.

Apologies for another old one... I'm hoping to get an original drawing done for this week, but it's looking somewhat dicey. Deadline stress again!

Monday, March 17, 2008


Curiously, I was working on this piece when the "Heavy" prompt came up on IF. It's acrylic on collaged text on an old book cover, about 6x9". I think Easter was on my mind, but how it came out quite this way I'm not sure I want to know. Click for a better view of the texts, from an old encyclopedia (Incubation) & and old dictionary (Incubus).

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Octopus's Garden

I didn't have time for a painting this week but the prompt was just irresistible, so I did a drawing instead. It's Dr. Martin's bleedproof white (with a flexible crowquill) on black Canson paper, 7x7". Click for more detail... can't see much at this size.

I added the text from an old children's natural history book in Photoshop.

Our town is suffering its worst drought in recorded history, & I'm not allowed to water my garden, so I'm jealous of this fellow. Obviously there are no restrictions in his district!