Let’s jump right into the first portion of that intriguing blog post title and take a gander at my latest piece of colored pencil work.
Okay, not the most clever of titles, but if you have a better suggestion I’d love to steal your ideas. Summer Blast? Pink Burst? See, this is why I just stick with boring titles for my work.
The original photo is another fabulous shot from Alicia Elliott (who also supplied the photo for my previous piece “Peach Rose” – a clever bit of titling, yet again!). I mean look at this photo and tell me how I was supposed to resist re-creating it.
I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about this, so I dove in with just about every yellow, pink, and orange pencil I had on hand. After a couple petals, I ended up narrowing my pencil choices down to only about twenty colors. By the time I had the first blooms completed, I was REALLY excited about how this was coming out.
Which meant I didn’t want to screw it up!
As I’ve mentioned before, backgrounds are my nemesis. I simply cannot get the colors to behave as I want. As you can see in the reference photo, the background is dark green with some out-of-focus buds. On a spare piece paper, I tried to mimic this with no luck whatsoever. So, instead of driving myself batty, I decided to leave the background white and try to bring the background buds into focus in a sort of botanical-drawing style. (And, by leaving the background white, I was able to save TONS of time on this project.)
This was a bit of a challenge because, although there is a faint hint of what’s going on with the background flowers, I really couldn’t tell how they would have looked in real life. Also, by leaving off the darkness of background, the image lacked a certain flow. So, I put on my improvisation hat and set about to adjusting the composition a tad bit.
This resulted in one of the favorite pieces I’ve completed over the past month.
And now….The Case of the Exploding Head
Okay, my head hasn’t exploded yet, but the potential is there because I’m feeling a teensy bit overwhelmed. As my lovely readers know, I’m desperately rushing to finish enough pieces of work to fill the very big walls of the gallery where my spring show will be held. There’s also the framing that needs to be done (oh wait, I need to buy frames first!), labels to be made, hanging hardware to be attached, and art to be hung.
Then there’s the reception I’m hosting for the show. I know somewhere in the range of NOTHING about doing an event like this, but do know I need to slap on my Public Relations hat and get the word out as well as put together the reception itself and decide which (affordable) nibbles to serve to lure people in.
All this was perfectly manageable(-ish) until I received an email last week adding more work to the pile. I had promised to do an article and illustration for the North American Native Plant Society many, many months ago and should have gotten on the ball and done it then to get it out of the way, but I didn’t. With everything else going on, I had kind of hoped the editor would forget. Nope, she contacted me last week and asked to have the article and drawing turned in by mid-March. EEK!!!
I’m also in the process of revising the draft of my novel and, since I’ve put this project aside too many times already, I do not want to lose my momentum by putting it aside again. And of course, there’s all the other daily grind stuff of forcing myself to stick to my sketching goals, keeping up with marketing via social media and blogging, and trying to keep the house from falling apart.
Why am I sharing this? I think just to let a little steam out of the kettle that is my brain right now. Most of the time on this blog and on social media I try to keep up the persona of never complaining, never getting bogged down or upset, and always having myself perfectly organized. But that’s not reality.
The reality is that sometimes, I get overwhelmed, sometimes I get frustrated, and sometimes it just feels good to share that feeling. Don’t worry, I’ll try not to do this too often because it’s a rare person who enjoys reading about my woes. As long as I have a steady flow of wine and the cats don’t mind my whining to them, I should manage.
Assuming my head stays intact, I’ll be back next week with more news about my spring show (including showing off some of the results of my PR efforts), a little information about my summer show, and (hopefully) a new piece of artwork to share.
Thanks for stopping by everyone and do be sure to toss out any suggestions to replace “Pink Flowers” as a title.
Today’s Travel Pic is a (much-needed) relaxing image (taken by Mr. Husband since I can’t hold still long enough to use the underwater camera) of some lovely little Hawaiian fishies. Taken in the waters of Kapalua Bay in Maui.