Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Need inspiration

I have been working on a couple of projects that I just can't seem to get right. I always seem to get to a point on a painting where I keep working on it, hoping to make it better. The more I mess with it, the less I like it. That is the struggle I have- I need to know how to lay down the paint perfectly the first time or else it just gets worse. Any suggestions?

I finished a triple portrait I started last week- one of the problem pieces. I was mostly working on values and tones, trying to make the faces look dimensional, while still keeping the likeness. I may have made a mess in the process. Not to mention the fact that I can't seem to get a good photo of it. Perhaps I will wait a few days for it to dry and scan it.

Many of you have probably heard our news- we're gonna have a baby! -and that helps (or hurts, I guess) in the area of not getting inspired. I have been very tired and queasy all day long and I can't seem to sit still long enough to really think about painting. My sense of smell is a little more heightened, too, so the paints themselves are kinda making me sick! Perhaps I will try a watercolor or something less stinky to try to get my inspiration back.

I have my first doctor's appointment on Monday, where I will hopefully find out when baby Brady will be due. I'll keep you posted on all that.


Debbie said...

Congratulations on your little one:)
I know that I am not a painter, in fact I know absolutely nothing about it. But Like any thing in life you need to look at every failure as a learning experience(I messed up I know what went wrong and next time it will be better).
I love your paintings and look foreword to every one you post.

Jessie said...

I know exactly how you feel... I am constantly hitting a point in my paintings where I can't figure out what to do to make them work. I usually just have to step away for a little while. It sounds corny, but a lot of times, I end up dreaming at night about the solution. Strange, I know...but it seems to work!

Congratulations on little baby Brady! I'm super excited for you guys!

Cory&SadieK said...

Chelsie- you little baby makin' machine. I'm so excited that you are going to have a baby. I'm still waiting for our little guy to decide he wants to come and play with us....Congratulations.