For a while now, I’ve been trying to decide what direction I should take this space. I don’t want to be a mommy blogger – there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not my style. I’ll probably still do some photography, but as a focus there are so many more talented photographers out there that I’m not sure I want to continue with that as the main emphasis. Besides, daily doses of Motel Zero are humbling in the extreme, and I don’t know that the raccoonosphere really needs a Robin-lite.
One thing I can do, and which I had forgotten I’m pretty good at, is paint. However, I’m dreadfully lazy about it without at least a little exterior motivation. If nobody is counting on me to finish something, it’s all too easy to set a project aside for another day. Example here:
Still sitting in my kitchen, needing some finishing touches. Partly, I do have an excuse for the delay, as handling toxic pigments during pregnancy is probably a wee bit unwise, but I had plenty of time before that to get busy.
Anyway – so my first order of business, which I hope to do in the next week or two, is finish this painting and ship it to my brother, who will soon be a father. After that, there’s another one from college I’ve been meaning to rework, along the lines of this one:
Which, after a lot of thought I think is pretty much finished, and needs to be shipped off to my sister. She’s getting married in October; maybe this will be a nice surprise.
Back in college, I had what I still consider a fairly strong underlying theme behind my work, one that I think is worth developing more fully: to try and bring out the sacred inherent in everyday people. With that in mind, my second order of business is to rework another painting I did back then, which was a nice idea but very poorly executed, and bring it up to the level of something hopefully a little more real.
After that, maybe some of you folks can help me out a little. I work best when someone is expecting me to finish something, preferably with some kind of deadline. What I’d really like is for people to send me a photo they’d like rendered, and tell me what media and size they’d like. Oil, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, larger or smaller, whatever you’d like. I’ll draw or paint it, and if you send me money for shipping I’ll mail it to you (unframed). No other charge – you’d actually be doing me a favor, and in fact for now money simply complicates things to the point where any income I make actually costs me time and money. I don’t need it. What I do need is practice and motivation, two things which are worth far more to me right now.
Give it some thought – I’d appreciate it!