Sunday, February 15, 2009

. . . finished another piece

but alas, this isn't it. I have finished another 36 x 36" canvas, only in the sense that if I screw around with it any more, I will screw it up. I'm not completely happy with it, but I worked on it a lot, with a lot of washes, different shades of the same color, then wiping most of the latest color off. . . it goes on the done pile for now. There is only the tiniest bit of red in this painting. A small rebellion on my part.

I don't know what this picture depicts, maybe an engine of some sort? But I know where I took the picture. My brother has an auto body shop in my home town, and last summer I was snooping around his back lot where a lot of good junk is hidden. I'll bet that he doesn't know something this cool is stashed back there.

On Friday, I found that I had made my first Etsy sale. I won't divulge how it almost turned into a complete disaster, because you will all think I have lost my mind, and maybe I have, I don't know? Everything worked out finally. Does everyone have certain periods of time when everything they touch turns directly into shit? I'm in the midst of one of those times now. I used to dread them when I worked. . . and the more I worried about my screw-ups, the more I made. Nothing could warn me of the onset of these times, and I could never identify how I got myself out of them. Just another good reason to set aside the painting until later.


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

This is such beautiful have a wonderful eye!
I know the feeling about leaving a painting alone. I'm at a stage where I keep losing time in the studio so the work rests for a couple of days and then I have difficulty starting up again?!
I will visit this new blog of yours!Congratulations on the sale!

Jeane said...

it was only a matter of time Mary, before people found you on Etsy - congratulations!

A rambling rose said...

yOur post strikes such a cord with me - great photo!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Yep. I wonder if the astrologers have an explanation for the things that are not going as we had planned. It is happening here too. We shall get through it. And congratulations for your Etsy sale! Way to go!

Mary Buek said...

Hi, Blue Sky: I do the same thing, so I try to get down to the studio at least a little every day.

Jeane: I hope you're right about the etsy thing. I appreciate the comment.

Thanks, Rose. It's times like this that I just want to go hide under a rock until everything clears up.

Leslie: At work we used to speculate about the full moon and the effect it had on people coming in to the office. I think the full moon actually was just last week, wasn't it. Okay, problem solved, that's it. . . moon madness.