Saturday, April 4, 2009

. . .had nothing, nada

to show for my work yesterday. I should have gone shopping, but instead I hung around experimenting, and it's one of the few times that all my experiments went awry and I made a lot of pink and pale purple mud. I also tried an inkjet gel transfer onto a heavily textured foamcore piece I had laying around, which might have worked if I had left it alone long enough, but oh, no, I had to peek at it and ruined it. So I'm posting this photograph from almost a year ago because I hate to post without some kind of picture.

Tonight I am definitely going outside my comfort zone. I am going to wander down to the Art*Bidz Auction in which I have a few pieces to see what's going on. AND I'm going by myself. Now this is a big deal for me. I generally don't go out by myself after dark (I know, what a wuss) and this auction is not in the relatively safe suburbs, either; but I have to start sometime and this is as good a time as any, right? Plus I don't know anyone who will be there. . . and what if no one likes my pieces? I also don't know what to wear to this kind of event, but I'm going for comfort, because I will be uncomfortable enough without having to worry about my clothes.

So, having revealed all my insecurities, I will leave you all to have a wonderful weekend. Please send up a message to the art gods tonight at about 5:00 p.m. CDT asking them to watch over me.


Mary Ann Wakeley said...

Mary, I can relate to that feeling of not having something satisfying to show at the end of the day. I have found that some of my most interesting paintings are the ones that were the biggest mess at some point in the process. I too like instant gratification!! But I'm learning that the gratification can be even better when I don't let time interfere.

Good for you going out and doing your own thing tonight. Be careful and know that the art gods and all the other gods are always with you :) Have fun!! m.a.

Margaret Ryall said...

Not everyone is adventurous all the time. There are many situations that arise that the effort to get out there and deal with them requires extra energy. I can't say I blame you about driving alone at night. That's not my most favourite activity. I'm hoping it all goes well.

rivergardenstudio said...

A very beautiful painting and blog! I am visiting for the first time, and so glad I did... hope your adventure is great! Roxanne

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Can’t wait to hear of your excellent adventure! Will you take photos to show us? If I were there, of course I would go with you. Then we would be in trouble – the good kind!

Jeane said...

message to the art gods sent, but as usual, I think I'm a bit late! I hope you had a good time once you got there! I really really like this photo - that line of light across the upper section is so wonderful! - ha! pink! me to! it must be the spring influence!

Mary Buek said...

Thank you, Mary Ann. I don't think my practice pieces are going to be a success. I'll just start over again. Good thing there's gesso. And I did have a good time at the auction.

Margaret: I'm never adventurous, but I'm going to keep trying. Thanks for the warm pat on the back.

Welcome, Roxanne: I just spent some time looking at your lovely website and your collaborative project. Wow, looks like fun. Thanks for dropping by the blog and the nice things you said. I will be visiting your site often for updates.

Oh, yeah, Leslie, we would have had a good time. I would have been interested to hear your take on the art. Afterwards we could have run wild in the streets of downtown KC.

Thanks, Jeanne, it was a good time. Always trying to learn something about what I'm doing. I'm glad you like the picture, it's one of my favorites, too.