Thursday, March 8, 2018

My Bread and Butter- Before and After

I love painting downshots of teacups. I'm enamored with the beautiful, simple shapes and playing with the cast shadows. They're always a challenge, too- keeping those circular shapes clean and consistent isn't easy. That said, I do paint a lot of these.
Here's my latest effort and it's one of my favorites. Why? I like areas that aren't complete- where your eye has to finish the shape. I tried to pair this down to its most minimal descriptive parts. It went down easily (as opposed to the last post/painting of the roller coaster) and I had a lot of fun bringing this one together.
Here's my "before" painting, called "Clean Cup".
Well, "Clean Cup" no longer exists. I felt like I'm painting safely lately- not pushing myself much. I'm not taking any risks, so after a week of this sitting on my drawing table, I decided to throw some tea water at it. I talked to Paul (very good painter, very supportive husband) about this, and he, too, thought it was healthy to go for it. So I did, and the result was "Dirty Cup":
A lot of times we hear stories of artists taking risks but those stories are told when the risk turns out really well. Guess what? I can't stand this painting now. I think it's silly. I miss the clean, simple lines of the first painting and can't have it back. I may do more to this, just because it's a goner now, and what do I really have to lose at this point? 
My take-home? It's great to take risks, but remember that not all of them are successful. I'm willing to post the "this isn't the success story I thought I'd tell". 
Moving on...

Friday, February 23, 2018


I've had a black and white image sitting in my "TiaPaint" folder for ages. It would hover every time I looked into starting a new painting. A few weeks ago I decided it was time to get it out of my system. Now I know that, at least for me, this is not a good enough reason to do a painting. I've got to be excited about it, to look forward to it, to excitedly strategize about how to attack it. This did none of those things.
Still, I slogged through it, painting in all the little sections that make this fit together. It was a discipline, not a joy. Did I learn something? Yep. I learned more about the benefits of being inspired and excited. An image calling me in my folder is not enough to compel me to paint it anymore.
I'm so glad this one is done, and I don't even love it that much.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018