Friday, January 08, 2010

"Cracked Stacks" - SOLD


I would like to send out a BIG thank you to those who wrote in with words of encouragement after my post yesterday. My dirty secret is that I am usually ahead with my paintings (some days I have time for several, some days just one, some none). I usually only admit this to my kids. The reason I mention this is to explain that this painting and a few more are pre-block. Today was more of the same block to the point my husband suggested we get out of the house and go to three of my favorite inspiration spots: the bookstore (for the art mags), the thriftstore, and Central Market (for great produce).

16 comments:

Leigh Sparks said...

"One step backward, two steps forward." thats life!

Kyle Martin said...

Hi Carol,
Very nice work!
Is there a way to follow you on blogger?

Kyle Martin

Marilyn said...

I read your comment below your post which prompted me to yesterday's post which I missed.
So sorry to hear of your frustration. You're wearing so many hats these days. In addition to Mom|StepMom|Wife, scrolling down your blog I see your daily paintings, your Ebay store, paintings for the four galleries which carry your work, your websites, your books, your workshops which are Full through September, etc.
Goodness, I'm exhausted just listing it!
Try not to be too hard on yourself, sounds like growing pains. Hang with the Hubs and Jacob for awhile. And know how much we appreciate all you've done for so many of us.

coral may said...

yeah sometimes taking a break is just as valuable as painting.

LSaeta said...

This is another great painting. Just remember, life would be so boring if everything came easy. Without the struggles the high's wouldn't be so great and the lows would be boring!
Thanks for being human!

Roisin said...

Hi There Carol,
It sounds to me like maybe you feel that by painting multiples in order to post every day is somehow cheating. Hey, you’re still going through the process and doing the work for each one of those paintings. Its human nature to want to put our best side out so to admit to struggling always feels counterintuitive, but you're honesty allows others to think more of you not less and to encourage those of us who feel in the h'penny place alongside you.

Cynthia said...

Like one of the comments from yesterday.....he/she said,,,post one that you think is a "wiper" and let us see it before it gets wiped....that would be very interesting for you to tell us why you will wipe it,,,etc...a little learning lesson so to speak. True, it always helps to get out, go do something else for a day or two and this changes everything. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by my art that I just need to STOP for a day or two and go shopping with the friends or meet for coffee ,,,etc...and then everything changes. I translate as a day job and I tell you sometimes I just put the books down and LEAVE it....it always helps. Love the eggshells!

Lisa Daria said...

Thanks for sharing one of your getting unblocked remedies -

I wonder how other people get unblocked, what's their secret?

I take the dog for a drive - the scenic route - the longer the drive, the better - and NO cell phone allowed.

Love the eggs - beautiful.

Carol Marine said...

Thanks you guys! I'll definitely consider posting a would-be wiper. I would easily but I know a good number of my viewers don't read the text and I don't want them to get the wrong idea if I post a really crappy painting and they don't get the explanation.

Kyle, I think to follow my blog you've got to click a link over on the right that says "follow". I know you can because I have a list of followers ... but right now I'm looking and I can't find the link. Sorry I'm not more help.

DSM said...

When you can't paint (but want to): PAINT!

Nearly all of us have a stash of nearly empty tubes, old crappy brushes and obsolete credit cards. I use the cards like a flexible palette knife to just layer colors on rag paper/ canvas. Pressing hard one gets the thinnest glazing. The brushes do a bit of scrumbling.

Try it over an oil pastel sketch or just be abstract; you'll begin to make some sort of composition automatically. At least you'll end up with a beautiful background (thank-you notes?) and knowledge of different color dialogs.

I sure enjoy your blog, Filbert. Eat well and hydrate in your heated studio. Brrrrrisk, ain't it?

Anita Tresslar said...

Your husband has the right idea about going to your favorite places. Those are some of my go to places when I need a pick me up. It is research for the eyes, color and reflection that haven't been noticed before. When I find it hard to come up with a composition, I go to my studio and start straightening up all my clutter. All of a sudden I start playing with object and next thing I know, I'm painting.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Husbands sometimes are right. LOL!
It was a great idea and great result.
Love your work!

Eugene Veszely said...

G'Day Carol

If you dont want to post "a would-be wiper" here you could always make another blog. Name it "Would-be Wipers" or something and have a few of your "wipers" with an explanation as to why you think it isnt working. That way no one will get confused. :-)

David Lobenberg said...

As always, your painting style, color palette, and subject matter is fab. and I'm so happy that I have four of my very own Marines! Small world...I noticed Vic Vincini on your blog roll. I have a two man show with him this Feb. here in Sacramento!

Susie Gregory said...

carol - i'd love to see a "wiper" too - i know you can find a way - or you could post one in a personal email and send to those who need to benefit! -...i usually have a harder time getting to the studio in the summer when there's golf to play - gardening...but i'm thinking something about the january doldrums...

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You ROCK! Don't forget it ;)