Ignoring the Lump in my Gut and Painting over it with the Line.

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Ignoring the lump in my gut and painting over with the line.

I started covering the whole work with the line. I was really nervous about doing that, it was the first time I used that technique with a painting and wasn’t even sure it would work. Plus, I really liked the traditional painting I’d already done and was painting over. I had to keep fighting myself to do it and ignore that lump in my gut. I had to do what I had set out to do and kept telling myself that I painted the first one, the underpainting, and that I could do it again- over the top of the lines. I just had to do it (paint over it with the lines) and keep going. It did get easier, but only after it was more than halfway and too much to go back.

Sometimes for me, my art is experimental and feels a little like jumping off a cliff with an unused parachute. It’s scary, but exhilarating and usually works out. In order to grow and learn, I’ve got to do something new, holding only onto the faith that I’m pretty sure I can do it and still knowing that I might fail too. I’m so glad I did this- I’ve been wondering if this could work for a long time and am planning on doing the same technique on a very large painting. It’s much better to experiment on smaller works.

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Finer details added in today.

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Finer details added in today.

Today, I cleaned up and sharpened the edges of the objects and added in the highlights, shadows and darks. I’m starting to really like the looks of it and am ready for the next stage of painting over the whole work with the continuous line. It’s getting there. I hope it’ll get there in time though- my deadline is approaching very quickly.  I have just about a week to get everything done.

A little more progress today…

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A little more progress today...

I blocked in most of the pieces with the base colors and some of the shadows. I’m planning on overlaying differently colored lines covering the whole painting. Still feeling out the process and just how I’ll do it. I’m liking the feel of it so far and its colors, it’s leading me in the right direction. The work is very messy right now, I just threw on the paints so far with only one brush. The end work will be much neater with the lines and not so bold for color. My inspiration is the picture to the right, Van Gogh’s work, “A pair of leather clogs”.

The picture on the top there, is the original photo I took one day, after going through the security checkpoint in the courthouse. It really irked me that they made me take off my belt- how necessary is that, really?  So, I’m standing there, holding up my pants, trying to get myself back together and not feel too foolish and it just angered me. I don’t need this humiliation- esp. on a day I’m already stressed and doing really important things and needing to keep cool and together. I’m not some crazed McGuyver person hiding weapons under or in my belt of all places. They’d usually scan the wand beeping thing in front of me, the belt would make it beep and they’d let me through. Not that day.  Would you like a side of embarrassment with your order of justice, Ms? Um, no thanks.

I hate that these days our privacy is so disrespected in the name of “security”. All these procedures are so ridiculous and for nothing (positive anyways). I don’t think it makes any of us more secure at all- I don’t feel safer seeing my belt, keys and glasses in the bin- or your’s for that matter. I really think it’s just to remind us proles who’s in charge. It’s the proles who really have the power though- we are by far the majority.

Security in the Courthouse (working title- I’ll change it later.)

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I started working on my newest painting yesterday and am this far along on it. I’ve transferred the image from the photocopy onto the canvas. A few tweaks here and there, and then I will start blocking in bits and pieces with color. I’m thinking I’ll color it in with solid colors and overlay them with lines. I’m really not sure what the process will be exactly, I’ll figure it out as I go. I don’t have much time on this one though, the deadline is in less than two weeks!

About my Blog. What it is.

I am a visual artist, a painter primarily.  I use acrylics as I love their versatility and forgiving quality. In most of my paintings, I use my Single Line Style, in which I use one continuous line throughout an object or to make up an object.  In many works, there is just one line to make up the entire painting.  I love experimenting with the line and exploring with it to see all that I can do with it.  I am still learning and growing with it, perhaps always will be.  It continues to fascinate me.

I am creative in many areas and things and try to allow myself to follow my creative desires wherever they lead at the time. I like to follow my passions rather than try to forcibly conjure them up in some other thing that I didn’t want most to be doing.  I find that my creative force is kind of like a river.  It’s strongest going in the direction it chooses and it flows into whatever I’m doing if I put my soul and energy into it.  I try to organize it all, but loosely.

I love art and expressing myself through it.  I also love cooking and baking; singing and writing music; writing all sorts of things.  I love reaching out to others and expressing my thoughts and ideas, to really communicate with others and to hear their perspectives and to learn and grow from each other.  Now, that’s what life is really about- to teach others and to also be taught by them.  Learning and growing, this is the point of life.

I am always exploring and learning, striving to grow.  On my journey and throughout the years, I have wanted to share the things I’ve learned and come across as an artist and thoughtful person.  I have found myself to feel lacking in not having a place and forum to be able to do that.  To keep all my thoughts inside is to let them die there, never allowing them to reach others.

So this is what my blog is about: me following my creative passions wherever they are and sharing that with you.  Some days,  I’ll post a new recipe I wrote and want to share, others, the progress on my latest painting and thoughts on it.  It could be some artful photos I took, a poem I wrote or thoughts on the a current controversy in the headlines.  Really, just any creative thing I’m doing and want to share.

Thanks for your interest in me and what I’m doing.  I’d love your comments and feedback and would love to get to know you too.   Please like and follow me on facebook also.  I can often be found there and different things are always happening there.  https://www.facebook.com/xandrissart%20

Truth and love be with you, Xandriss.

Black Widow

Black widows are actually pretty common here, in this part of Arizona.  I've found more than my share of them.  This is the fourth one I've found living right next to an outside doorway.  They don't seem to be aggressive toward people, only defensive when necessary.  But, that's my own observation.

Black widows are actually pretty common here, in this part of Arizona.  I’ve found more than my share of them.  This is the fourth one I’ve found living right next to an outside doorway.  They don’t seem to be aggressive toward people, only defensive when necessary.  But, that’s my own observation.