Thursday, June 5, 2008

So Tired (Daydreaming on a Scarlet Sofa)




















So titled is this painting. And so titled am I--last week spent painting many new panels; this marketing said paintings. Becoming so engrossed in my work takes an emotional toll only later realized.

My images haunt me--they appear in my dreams, not as people from ages past (haute couture in an Art Nouveau style) but splashes of color I know are mine. They vex me, sitting in wait adjacent to the bedroom (my studio and drafting table are in the "vanity room"--a small Victorian style dressing room with a built-in armoire and dressing table) not having seen the light of day.

I find it peculiar that art should thus exist virtually; a series of code rather than a tangible image when a tangible image does indeed exist. And even more odd, that the audience also be virtual--a set of avatars and comments suited to inspire progress and provide inspiration.

As one who normally eschews technology, I could not be more grateful for it right now.

I shall post each new painting over the course of the next month and will execute many more. They are all painted in gouache (a water-based paint similar to watercolor but with more pigment producing a bolder, matte tone) on Plywerk (a handcrafted wood panel made in Portland, Oregon and using environmentally sustainable practices), ready to hang and available exclusively through my Etsy shop.

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30 comments:

Kilkennycat said...

I wonder if all artists see their paintings in their dreams? I love this new painting, from her eyes down to her painted nails. =D

heidi said...

gorgeous! Those eyes are hypnotizing.

THE CHARM SCHOOL DROPOUT said...

this is stunning. great post!

design for mankind. said...

LOVE this one, too! Gracious--- they just keep on comin'.

ABreathOfFrenchAir said...

I can't wait to see more of your paintings over the next few months!

loriotndorr said...

lovely...haunting!

shelly

LeaKarts said...

She looks how I feel this week :) Another wonderful painting--I can't wait to see the others!

lieblingartcrafts said...

I love your art, I love all things Art Deco. So glad I found your blog!

High Desert Diva said...

Interesting about the Plywerk. Just heard of it recently, glad to hear you're making use of it...

divalovessilver said...

i love daydreaming!!!nice art work!
love your blog! will come back all the time!!!

pve design said...

My Mother always will say, you are either tired or hungry and now I find myself saying it to my own children and to myself. Some of my best work has been after a nap or a daydreaming day!
Sounds like you deserve a break! Lovely work!

Sew Bettie said...

I really like this image.

SimplyGrove said...

I love all the gorgeous colors you use!!! Beautiful!

Rosebud Collection said...

You did another beautiful work of art..Just wonderful..
I do think the more you do, the more the mind kicks in..I guess that is why they always say, "don't use it, you loose it"..something that happens to me quite often..

A World in a PAN said...

Very interesting account. Thank you for sharing.

Mrs.French said...

Oh dear Octavine this painting has to be one of my all time favorites...she seems to be peering into my soul.

Di Overton said...

I feel invaded when I dream about my work. I like to rest from work not see it in my dreams. Now if it where an inspiring dream that would be another story.

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Love this one & can not wait to see your creations hit your shop as the month unfolds!

Your virtual encouragement for the day :)

~ Jenn

espionage said...

You, my lady, are a work of art. Continue to touch those around you so many more may capture the world around them.

tangobaby said...

I have a golden velour sofa full of down pillows that I flop on often. This image reminds me a lot of me lately, too. Lots of tiredness in the air, as well as sunshine.

I did pop over to tell you that I gave you a little award today. You can see what it is on my blog. ;-)

I hope you are feeling rested now.

paris parfait said...

Fabulous work!

Krissy said...

Love this one! Great post.

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

I feel just like your lounging lady today, too.

I share your complicated relationship with technology. It amazes and betrays me every second I interact with it.

I can't wait to see the next paining that's floating around in your brilliant brain

jivewhiteboy said...

there's nothing more mentally taxing than being in a small room where you have to be faced with your task. i've seen your small little room and i could tell just by walking in that there have been a lot of heavy thinking going on.

Mary-Laure said...

Wonderful painting as always. She has a feline gaze.

Waterrose said...

Lovely painting and I've never heard of plywerk. My designs come upon waking...that fuzzy time and my brain is just roaming around --before all of the critical issues take over.

Luky said...

Incredible work!!!looove it

Claire said...

thank you for visiting my blog :o)
i love this painting! her eyes are mesmering...

ankur said...

lol kilkennycat there is something about dreams. You know even marie curies discovered radium in her dreams lol




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ankur said...

simply outstanding , these eyes are so gorgeous.