Back to business…
Today was a glorious day for me because I GOT TO PAINT!! Hurray!!
So many things have been happening in my personal life that I thought it would be another week or so before I could get back to the studio full time, but the planets aligned and the gods smiled and the priestess conjured up the right ghosts and I was able to get back to my work.
I was VERY eager to get to the studio this morning. There was this painting waiting for me, yes, but there was something else waiting for me in the studio that I cold not wait to get my hands on. THIS:
NO, it is NOT a mouse, it is the teensiest, tiniest itty bitty kitty in the world, and her name is Coconut.
Wittle, er, ahem, LITTLE Coconut was rescued by my studio mate’s friends’s dog, who came trotting into their house with her in his mouth. He was holding her oh-so-carefully, apparently, and laid her on the ground. She was tinier still, only days old, with her witt, little eyes shut tight. The dog’s name was Mango, so of course they named her Coconut.
They brought her to Taryn, my studio mate, because they knew she would take extra special care of the wee kitty. And, as you can see from the picture above, that she is indeed.
I tried to feed Coconut this morning and she was very difficult to manage. Apparently while feeding her you also have to provide her some paw stimulation so she can pretend she’s kneading and suckling her mom. (Mosura does this to me on a regular basis, so I am familiar.)
So there you go. Your unbearably cute photos for the day. And you didn’t even need to go to Facebook to see them. I live to please.
(Thank you Taryn for the photos, and the kitty.)
I thought that Coconut would be a distraction in the studio but she sleeps about 23 hours a day, so I was actually able to get some work done.
I began the morning learning how to paint flesh again (remember, if you paint every day you won’t have this problem – do as I say, etc. etc.)
I worked on the thigh that I had begun last week, and I realized I was getting tighter and tighter with my brushwork – smoothing everything out. I tend to do this when I haven’t painted for a while – I don’t like it, but I just couldn’t stop myself. That’s why the thigh on the left looks like this:
See how there are no discernible brush strokes? I don’t consider myself a photo-realist, so I usually aim for a looser surface, with livelier brushwork.
Yeah, well, I can fix that, but I knew I had to move on. I took a little break with Taryn and we talked about an upcoming event, Maui’s Open Studio event in February, in which we will be showing (hopefully, for me) new work. When she reminded me that we need to get to planning, I realized that I have very few weeks left, so I sat down and furiously painted in the other leg. IT has some brushwork, yeah man! It is a long way from finished but you’ll see the difference, here:
MUCH better. Perhaps I should have Taryn remind me of our deadline everyday before I put brush to canvas!
I quickly blocked in the other flesh areas, and tomorrow I will give them the once over, and hopefully loosen up the brushwork on that other leg.
For sure I will be doing some serious kitty cuddling!