Sunday, 19 April 2009

Somewhat furtive

Well amazingly I haven't been completely slacking off recently. Although the weather has been sickeningly beautiful and i've spent an hour here or there sitting on the front porch listening to a relay of chirrups as the birds run around.

This is the stream that runs beside the house...There's no easy way across but you can get yourself down past the little waterfalls and sort of hunker....hunkering's only fun for 30 minutes though.

Front porch bit where I tend to sun worship

Then this morning, a walk which was meant to be half an hour went on for 2 hours and involved me sinking into a mossy pit with my Converse on...It was a very squelchy walk home, and unfortunately the shoes are ruined for good, although I always think bashed up shoes look better, the smell can be off-putting.

In any case I had a very last minute bit of painting to do for something...I went through several stages of 'Oh this is awful, I am terrible, what the heck am I doing' this time because it was very last minute and because what began life as a small study had to become a real finished thing....I also went wildy off-track with my usual composition..


This was a very definite 'what on earth am I doing' moment...I was presumably channeling the cover of some Funkadelic album here.


Some agonising took place, and some adoration of Henri Rousseau


Mexican Relics? I liked the old beat up clock door I was using as a frame, but in actual fact my biggest problem became my ambition to fill this much space...As it turns out I can probably paint a flower a day, half a bird or 2 butterflies. So I had to cut the length of the frame down, lose some of the painting i'd already done, but at least I managed to finish it.

A bad shot, night time, 30 minutes ago. I'm happy actually with where this went, it's quite different in composition to my usual preference, but I do like the direction. Being under pressure is unpleasant in many ways because if i'd had the chance i'd have doubled the length of this piece, but then I probably would never have done anything like this without it....So all in all, a good thing.


10 comments:

Wayward Harper said...

I love the way you've gone in this piece, really different to your usual, but stunning! :-)I really hope you offer it as a print sometime. And don't worry, every artist has "what on earth am i doing!" moments, I guess they can be helpful in their own way, but let me assure you that myself and lots of others think that you have nothing to worry about! Your work is uniquely brilliant :-)

littlerobot said...

Oh thanks! I only just saw your blog for the first time there - beautiful work, i've put it in my feed. Going to peruse! :)

nillakitty said...

Oh wow... if I lived there, I'd never get ANYTHING done!

And the new piece is lovely...

Camilla said...

I had to comment because your 'Funkadelic' comment made me laugh out loud- I love it when we look at something we're making and think 'where the heck did that come from?!'

littlerobot said...

Nilla - I know, it's impossible and given the amount of time it's sunny (1%) itsa sin not to go out :)

Camilla - hehehe, in retrospect those moments are so amusing but at the time i find it impossible to disengage from the rising panic.

Rowena said...

What a wonderful journey you went on with that painting. It is so lovely and unusual. I love it when you follow the strange and end up in a wonderland.

PS I think you can throw those converse in the washing machine.

Rekoj said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE it! What a gorgeous new piece - I think it's my new favorite of yours!

ArtSnark said...

Fun piece! Love the WIP shots

Soné said...

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mhegedus said...

You have one of my favorite Etsy shops - I love your beautiful art! Glad I found your blog.