Sunday, September 23, 2012

Back on track...

Well, what should have been a day at Grant's Farm with Peanut and Sister, ended up being a day of catching up. (They are both fighting pretty nasty colds.) Since that plan fell through, I told myself that I really needed to use this day wisely and get some things done that I've been putting off.

Since Eddie moved out, I've been slowly getting the house into an organized state.After many trips to Grace's Merry Go Round with many loads of "someone else's treasures" and  many days spent rearranging the furniture and organizing what is actually staying put (for now, at least!), I'm feeling a little "lighter". I have been in a "less is better" state of mind lately and I have to say, it feels good :)

So, since the house is pretty much in order, today was spent putting up a few fall decorations and getting my newly arranged studio into working mode. My very understanding and practical husband suggested putting my studio in the kitchen, where our kitchen table used to be. We have a fairly large kitchen, so there is plenty of room for the table on the other side of the room, near the sink, dishwasher, etc. Today was the first day I actually worked in it and I think it's going to be just what I need. The light is great. It's near a water source for cleaning out my brushes, washing my hands, etc. And the best thing is that I don't feel isolated from the rest of the family in there. I had intended to start working in a newly finished game room in the basement, but I just knew I wouldn't be happy down there, away from everyone.

 So, I started a painting for Little Man. He actually requested a painting of himself playing golf for Christmas. To say that I was shocked is an understatement! I didn't hesitate for a minute to say 'yes'. (You can see a little snippet of the under painting in the studio pictures below.)

I also completed a tiny little abstract floral. When I say tiny, I mean TINY- 4"x 5". I found a few of these tiny stretched canvases at Michaels and thought they would be perfect for completing some smaller scale paintings for Daily Paintworks. So this one, Tiny #1, will be posted on Daily Paintworks tomorrow and will be available for sale through my Etsy shop.
Tiny #1


Below are some pictures of today's progress. The studio still needs a lot of organizing, as it is still a little small for an actual "studio". But, hey, it's better than a corner! Which is what I worked in all summer. I think the pictures give a pretty good sense of the space. I'm happy here :)

A little snippet of the start of the golf painting.
Just a few decorations.
Obviously, not the most organized space at this point!

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