Tuesday, 7 May 2013

An Overflowing Desk ...

 It is finally Autumn here in Queensland
which means that the light changes from a bleached out heat haze
to a gorgeous, soft, golden light
it is simply my favourite time of year to paint
which led to a rather unseemly amount of enthusiasm for getting into the studio this morning
I was greeted by a desk awash with unfinished work
which is not that unusual so I got in and started doing a spot of sorting to make room to work
and was horrified to count 10 pieces of unfinished work on there
10.... that is some serious lack of commitment right there
so inspired by the fabulous painting weather, I got in and attacked

I didn't actually attack any of the unfinished work at first though
instead I got in and drew up my desk from the other day
sounds a bit mad I know, but I quite liked the composition the other day
I had done some thumbnails and made some notes, plus I had photographed it
and had been obsessing a bit about drawing it so figured I would get nothing done until I did
so the painting at the top of the page is my desk the other day
painting it had the desired effect and guilted me into finishing off the silverbeet drawing I had done in one of the Stillman and Birn sketchbooks that Dion Dior had sent me

I had based it on a seed packet from The Little Veggie Patch Company
because I love their packaging and have ordered some packets to draw
but of course couldn't wait for them to arrive and used a pic off the computer
which wasn't the best photo in the world
so it didn't quite turn out like the packets, but I really like it as it is, so it all worked out
and it a piece of work was actually removed from the unfinished pile

You may think that this would spur me on and get me in and finishing more
but no sirree, that would be way too disciplined
I rewarded myself by painting up Phantom Steve for the Mother's Day cards
and her eyes are a lot better than the first one I attempted which I showed in the last post
maybe not quite finished, but I think it is close enough that if you squint a bit it passes muster

So the desk has finished the day looking like I had a productive sort of session
I still have nine pieces of unfinished work
but I have tucked them off to one side
and will get to more than one tomorrow
maybe ...xx

My last post link is here ....


Unknown said...

Wow, what a great looking desk! Loving the autumn light too. You've captured a likeness with Phantom Steve. Wonderful to see you busy in the studio. xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Enjoy your painting, and remember, if all your work is finished, what would you have to do? Valerie

Catharina Engberg said...

It´s better with unfinished paintings than non at all. Your working desk looks like mine, stuffed with painting material and coffe´and...and...and...
Looking forward to see thospaintings after they are finished! Hug

Snap said...

Busy, busy, busy. Fun to *watch* you work.


PaintingWrite said...

I love that instead ofgetting irritated or stressed out by the clutter and unfinished pieces on your desk you simply painted a wonderful illustration of said desk!!
I love your painting of Phantom Steve - she's a very pretty girl.

Unknown said...

great idea to paint the cluttered desk, it looks so cheerful and welcoming!

artfullycarin@gmail.com said...

If I had a desk like yours I'd probably want (you) to paint it too!!! Love all your work today, and am kind of glad I'm not the only one who leaves half finished projects around...had it in my head you didn't do that sort of thing!

Anne Manda said...

Great drawings, your desk looks interesting! :) love the veggie sketch and the blue portrait, too! :)

Jo Murray said...

Procrastination is very familiar to me....glad I'm not on my own.

Rita said...

I love when you show your paintings in progress. Having a lot of unfinished projects just prevents Having a creativity block, right? At least that's what I tell myself. ;)

Unknown said...

Your watercolors are so beautiful. Autumn in Australia sounds wonderful. How funny to have so many unfinished paintings----aaaaaah-----the life of an artist!!!

Giggles said...

Beautiful work! Love seeing a phantom painting and hearing about your autumn.Happy hump day to you!

Hugs Giggles

Jez said...

You are brave having a cup of coffee so close to hand and painting. I know I would knock it over onto painting, paints and all. I agree the Phantom painting has succeeded, it's a great technique.
You always paint cups so beautifully, such a sure hand, that alone is worth looking at, and the whole painting of the desk and the veggie so enjoyable.

Sandra Busby said...

I LOVE it! One for your wall for sure!
I've been trying to work out what brings your paintings to life and have come to the conclusion that it's your lively pen marks! I'm far too careful with mine :0)

TwinkleToes2day said...

Ahh, I do like visiting to see what you have finished and what you're procrastinating over and so on and so forth. You liven my day and make me smile. And I must say, I think Phantom Steve is very pretty. :0) Mo x

Unknown said...

Tracey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these are super gorgeous works!!! I am so happy whenever I see your work!!!

Joy Murray said...

"A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind." I'm glad to see yours is so healthy and productive. The seed packs are wonderful, the Phantom evasive and mysterious. Your work continues to amaze and delight.

Terrie said...

Glad to see you're keeping busy - love your sketchy, homey things. You're living proof that you can draw/paint/make art about whatever is close at hand - and have it be lovely and rewarding. Once again, inspired!