The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Together

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"Happy Together"
Oil, 6" x 6" on canvas panel.
$200.00 with display easel.
So ... this painting is what you might call a "labor of love". I had a very busy week in Austin attending my son's volleyball nationals, not to mention the blog that Dreama and I created last week for our
"Artists Helping Artists" radio show. And ... I have spent the last four days editing about 50 hours of volleyball video. Tomorrow is the team dinner and I offered to produce a video (just finished that project!). Needless to say, my time at the easel has been very limited!
So last night I had an empty house and was convinced I could paint away! But unfortunately ... I had zero creativity in my brain and after scraping two finished paintings ... I gave up. I even called Dreama (and it was way very late in Kentucky) and strangely enough ... she was having the same problem.
So ... this morning I came downstairs with hopes the "painting fairies" had fixed my painting. (If you are an artist you will understand the "painting fairies" concept ... you think if you walk away, maybe come back later, the painting at your easel might suddenly look better.) Unfortunately ... the painting fairies must have been working on someone else's easel. Julie ... were they at your house?
So, I tossed another one in the trash and started over today. Fortunately I finished two paintings and even took the time to video one painting session. So ... watch for my video. I am now an expert at imovie so it shouldn't take long for me to edit my demo!
** Also, I will pick the winner for this week on Sunday since blogger had so many problems this week with posting. So keep commenting!

6 comments:

Dreama Tolle Perry said...

It's getting harder and harder to maintain my friendship with you. Two paintings AND a video?? I am going to send Eddie out to spend some time in your studio with you...that should even things out a bit. Me, here in KY--with no resources AND Eddie with his catty comments.....no wonder I had to trash my painting!

Julie Hill said...

Painting fairies were definitely at my house...check out my blog which goes live tonite at midnight to see (no worries, you don't have to stay up) it will still be there tomorrow (7/10/10).

Diana Marshall said...

Another fine painting! Thanks so much to you and Dreama for coming up with the brilliant idea of Artists helping Artists, I am avidly listening to all the recordings to get as much knowledge as possible.
I have found that other artists are the most generous and supportive of people and as they say what you send out into the world will always come back to you tenfold.

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Love this. So excited to have discovered you, your beautiful work and your radio show!!

Karen Bruson said...

Leslie,
You exhaust me.

Marian Fortunati said...

Did Blogger have problems?? I didn't notice ...

Woman... I think MY life is crazy... How in the heck do you fly all over the place... be with family.. and still manage t
to create and produce??? You AMAZE me!!!!!!

By the way.. I never told you that when I was at Gale's a week or so ago I saw your paintings... OMG... they are soooo gorgeous... You wield a knife masterfully!!

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