Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Logo/Homepage Design

Wow! Look at me! I finished something! 
Below I share my progress. It took quite a turn from the original idea. 
Now I'm second guessing myself. 
Did I go too far? 
Does the perfect design lie somewhere in-between?
Just move on, Tracy! 

Original Idea

     Last Wednesday I talked about all the pieces in my studio that are unfinished. I've done some soul searching and the truth is that all of those unfinished things are driving me crazy. This morning I hid them from view. I left out my current picture book (a very large project), one large 24"x36" painting that started beautifully and deserves my attention, and the flower shop in the rain that I shared last week. That's it. That gives me flexibility to do what I'm in the mood to do, and helps me to avoid the dreaded OVERWHELM that tends to cripple me. 
    Once in a while I see photos of other artists' studios. Mostly, like mine, they are nicely cluttered with supplies, works in progress, books, etc.  If I'm honest, I think I might thrive in a very sterile, white room with only one thing on my art table and just the supplies necessary for that one project. 
     Maybe I need closets! Or a white sheets to hang up all over the place.
     See ya next week!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

One WIP (Work In Progress) After Another

There is one (maybe more than one if I'm being honest) thing that drives me crazy about myself. I have an idea for an art piece, get started, make good progress, have another idea, get started, make good progress, have another idea . . . you see where I'm going here. I could repeat myself at least 15 times. Fifteen is the number of unfinished projects in my studio within my current line of sight. 

The above piece is an idea that I've wanted to work on for over 4 years. Four and a half years ago I was riding along in the backseat of a car and passed this beautiful little flower shop all lit up, sitting by itself in a dark park on a rainy night. Really. The vision was stunning but I was unable to stop or take a photo so the image has just sat in my mind, waiting. I finally sketched it out on my iPad a couple of weeks ago when I was under the weather and all I could do was sit on the couch.

Here's the actual painting I started last week. It's 17" x 11". This is the base coat done in acrylics.
Dear Painting, I promise to finish you. You've waited long enough already.

I've mentioned before that I will be getting a new website in the not too distant future. I've been trying to work out a logo/home page image for several weeks and here (above) is where I am with my latest idea. Dear Logo/Home Page Image, I will finish you too.

Please stop by next week. Who knows? I may have something done!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Santa Monica Pier

8x10 oil painting still in progress but close to being done.

This would have been done by now but . . .  I. Got. The. Flu. I had just finished the wonderful book "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero and was really, really, really feeling like a badass. I had my goal list for February, the ideas were flowing, I was making things happen, then Boom! I ended up watching t.v. for the second half of the month. Tomorrow is a new day. Heck! It's a new month! My whiteboard is ready for my March goals. My studio has missed me.

I want to take a moment to tell you about the above piece. I worked from about 5 different photos that I had taken in California in January. The evening we were at Santa Monica Pier, the Saints had just lost a playoff game to the Vikings and the mood was rather somber. I pulled out my reference photos  of happier people from Newport Beach that I had taken a couple of days earlier and put that crowd at Santa Monica Pier.  There are, however, a couple of people (the central guy in the blue shirt for one) who represent the Saints fans. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rain Baby

This is from a photo I took many years ago of my daughter. She was just stepping up onto the porch and out of the rain. The photo was not good. It was taken with a film camera and there was no going in later and increasing the exposure or doing anything to bring out her sweet face. Here's the photo:

So all these years later, I tried brightening her up myself, the old fashioned way, on my iPad Pro. (Well okay, maybe that's not really old fashioned, but my drawing supplies were in my studio and I was under the weather.) I may go in and tweak her a little more. I still haven't captured those apple cheeks and beautiful eyes to my satisfaction. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Dear Valentine's Day,
     Why are you my favorite?
     Is it the chocolate? The glittery hearts? The sparkling sugar cookies? The little stuffed animals with hearts for eyes? The potential to receive a dozen red roses from a secret admirer? (My husband is not allowed to send me a dozen roses because I will complain that it is a waste of money), (it's not easy being my husband)).
     Valentine's Day, you are like snow to me. Not only am I no longer a child, but my children are no longer childs, (that was on purpose) and I still get excited when school is cancelled for the day! I just can't get past that youthful glee!
     I remember the afternoon Valentine's parties in elementary school; cookies and punch and my valentine's box, covered with pink gingham and plush red velvet hearts on top (thanks, Mom!) I remember how cool it was to get cards from ALL my classmates and some of them were super nifty and came with a Hershey's kiss or a red lollipop attached.
     And thankfully, Valentine's Day falls in a month where there is a potential for . . . SNOW. Can you just imagine how I feel on a SNOWY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!??? Doesn't look like it's going to happen this year, but I'm always hopeful.
     Valentine's Day, you are awesome.


p.s. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Logo Design

     As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I'll be getting a new website in a month or two. I'm working on a logo for the home page. This design started when I came across a creative prompt quite a while back: design a tattoo for yourself. Below is the sketch I did that will grace my arm if it ever becomes law that everyone must have a personal tattoo. (Don't think I'll be getting one unless it becomes law).

     I worked it up two ways on my iPad (in the Procreate app). The version on top with the background, and the version below without. Finally, at the very bottom is the little gem (6"x 6") I'm currently working on (still in progress) in oil paints.