Sunday, July 4, 2010
At Last! Take That, Artistic Paralysis!
Look! Actual beginnings! Of actual artwork! Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition...or something like that... I just love artwork that involves poppies and it just so happens that Somerset Studio has a call for a "Poppies" theme. Just the incentive I needed. I've wanted to try doing some poppies for a long time. I've also wanted to get back on the horse and try getting published again and there's a nice, long lead time until the deadline. (August 15th) Typically I forget to look at the calls often enough and then when I do, I've already missed the deadlines of the subjects I like the most. (A touch of self-sabotage, perhaps?) I'm even making a few ACEOs since they're always asking for small format items.
I say "get back on the horse" but I guess I misspoke, since that implies that I "fell off" or got rejected. The reality is that I've never tried again since the first time I got published. Why? Too chicken! So silly, I know. The only way I was able to do it that time was because Pam and I were doing it together for the first time and I knew she was counting on me to send mine in, too. Without her, I would have totally lamed out.
Anyway, I told the ladies on the Melange Team forum that I would post pictures of the terrible state that my art supply world is in. Typically, I used a table in the corner of the dining room to work and I stored supplies on one wall, plus in another corner. Well, we rearranged the dining room and moved all my supplies to one side and I was suddenly overwhelmed by chaos. That was six months ago and I haven't done a lick of artwork since.
You can see that my paints have been buried under a myriad of things. And these pictures don't even do justice to the height of the piles on this little table! I don't dare show you the whole area or you'll be calling "Hoarders" for sure!
This is the table at which I usually work. As you can see it is somewhat otherwise occupied. It's a nice spot, though. A big window with lots of light streaming in, a daylight lamp, some convenient shelves right at my elbow...too bad I can't even get to it! (Let alone work at it.) The little workspace you see in the picture at the top of the post is the tiny bit of space I get at the computer desk if I push the keyboard as far back as I can. It's so small a space that I can only put an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper on its side and even then one of the corners hangs off the edge a bit.
Still, I'm so happy to have gotten something started! I'll report back as I go along...