Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Striving for perfection

"Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it."

Salvador Dali said that. And I think more than a few people need to hear it.

I know quite a few people - you could be one of them - who can't seem to apply this - mostly in the area of decorating. It can't be perfect - it will never be perfect. But sometimes imperfect is preferable to nothing or too little.

The odds are very good that lots of things will work in your space.

First - choose something. It could be based on a magazine photo or just out of your head. If on first impulse, you thought it was the coolest thing ever, chances are you'll keep getting that feeling. And bold is not bad.

Second - stop second guessing yourself. If you change your mind a hundred million times, you will never get anything done, and chances are that person that you ask for advice in decorating will stop giving you their opinion, because you won't take it anyway.

Review: Choose something, then stop second guessing. You'll get things done a lot quicker.

For everyone else. You can't be perfect either - so stop stressing out!

Friday, August 21, 2009

One step forward 13,000 steps back

Guess what Sue did yesterday. No, she did not sit leisurely in a chair, reading a book, or pass the day simply backpainting, or making something look aged and dirty. Give up?

She walked the equivalent of, at the very least, 2.5 miles.
On the paint deck.
With no shoes.
Very slowly.

The way you paint fabric to look like fabric, my friends is to pull a horsehair broom with a crazy haircut that you have dipped in paint, as straight as you possibly can, over a large expanse of, you guessed it, Fabric!

Think - those guys who rake the sand into pretty patterns in wonderful tea gardens. Except more and in a larger space.

The first weave was very Zen. You know - before my feet started aching. I did, however, come up with a Chinese Proverb.

The barrel rolls once
three times
as it slows
to peer at the sky

Kinda Zen. Kinda odd. You think you get it but then it makes you wonder: Seems simple, but it's a proverb, so it can't be just simple. And why a barrel? Where is it rolling? Is it rolling on its own, or was it pushed?!

Just anomalous enough to be confusing. That's what I look for in an ancient proverb.

So, a very successful day.

but my feet still hurt.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Silly Painter things

Booo - I post really pretty pictures of pretty things I've painted and no comments? That makes me sad.

I've been thinking of starting a new segment of blog posts. If my camera will take video - which it might. It will be called either "Silly Painter Things" or "Whatcha doin'?" This is how it goes. When we do something that we suspect other people would look at us like we are nuts, I'll take a video and you can guess what we're doing. Maybe I'll just go with "Silly Painter Things," because then I can still show silly things that we do that are obvious, but just silly.

Something very tragic has happened. Two days ago a squirrel took five of my green tomatoes off of my tomato plants, and left one half eaten on my balcony to taunt me. There was only one little green tomato left on the plant. Yesterday, even that one was gone...


Saturday, August 8, 2009

I am a Rockstar!

And very humble.

How much of a rockstar, you ask?

This much:

And they loved it!

You can see more finished details here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

We're going on a safari

As you may or may not know - I am painting a nursery for our friends Mark & Melissa. The theme is african animals.

I started yesterday, and Doug is my assistant. This is what the nursery looked like the end of yesterday.

This is what it looked like the end of today:

Tomorrow it will be splendiferous (and possibly completed!)

My favorites are the giraffes.

The mother and larger baby are positioned so they will be looking into the crib.

More detail picture of elephants, zebras, and lions here.

Let me know if you like it!