I’m Up to My Eyeballs in It

This week I’m crying “UNCLE” cuz I’m up to my eyeballs in it.

I had a great post planned for you and started to write it. Somewhere in the middle my commitments, life happened. In the last 10 days I’ve helped my husband launch a new product line, taken care of a kid who had 4 wisdom teeth extracted, attended a funeral, gone to some art classes, celebrated my birthday month and made an earnest attempt to be in the studio every day. If it sounds like I’m making excuses, your radar is working, because – I am!  I feel like I’m running behind schedule and if I don’t cry uncle, nothing will get finished! Yeah, I’m panicking, just a little.

Nothing major, just that I took Leslie Saeta’s  “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge and it’s (gulp) JANUARY 29th! So, I’ll fill this post with pictures of my process and throw myself on the mercy of the court.

I began the challenge with the intention to do a daily ink and watercolur piece that depicts a blog post I’ve written. It took a LOT of research and I completed 11 of them. Here’s a sample 

Crying uncleThese drawings took a long time, because I had to peruse ALL my posts to select which would be appropriate, the topic and then create an image. I wondered if I could reach my goal and then made a slight adjustment.

Because I have a June show that includes some collage, I decided to play with collage elements and maybe some photo transfers and I began creating a series currently called, “Sisters.” My studio sometimes (noticed I didn’t say “usually”) looks like this:

Art TableHere’s how my studio looked during the process:Crying uncle

Studio table IIFinally, the Sisters begin to take shape:

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Sisters in lineupAnd, they are all over the studio!

This work is a departure from my usual abstract work. That’s why I took the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I view it as an opportunity to deep dive into experimentation. At this point, I’ve completed 11 illustrations, 13 Sisters, 2 large abstracts and I need 4 more paintings to reach my goal. I’d like to actually do 7 more – so I can have a set of 20 Sisters…or maybe a couple brothers, too.

Along the way, I’ve learned a few things. I’ve over-come my need to bleed on it, honored my equation for self-worth and learned a bit more about grit.  I am NOT about to fall short of my goal, so I’m short-changing readers this week with a slew of photos and confessions.

I’ll say my 10 Hail Marys in February. (click to Tweet)

Feel free to suggest a penance below.





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20 Replies to “I’m Up to My Eyeballs in It”

  1. Love the sisters! I’ve been in a faces mode lately too–go figure. Squirrel faces. Maybe it’s a January thing.

    Did I tell you I love the sisters? I really do! I was recently at a party where there was a huge piece on the wall. Faces. All faces within squares. I wanted to take it home with me except that would’ve been a problem–too many witnesses and not enough Hail Marys to make bail.

  2. You are too funny, Michelle! Love the “sometimes” shot (right – my work space looks like that too after hours on the photo shoot ;-)). Your words are worth 1000 pictures. I feel your frazzle. Here’s to the uncle in all of us.

  3. I love your paintings, especially the Sisters series. Fun! The class sounds fun. We are all full of apologies for things that don’t matter to anyone else. They are just guilt-fests. Get rid of em. Live your life and do your deal. You make fabulous art and it looks like you did a lot!

    1. Ha – thank you, Amy! I try to write each week for the reader – something we both can related to. I guess people are enjoying the art challenge, too…that’s something to be grateful for. Thank you for your kind support! XOXO!

  4. You have so much to be proud of that there is no need for being hard on yourself. What a busy month you had. WOW!

    Your paintings are gorgeous and since I read your blog posts on a regular basis, I was going through my mind trying to figure out which painting went with which blog post.

    What a Fabulous inspiration you are for others!

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