November 8, 2010

Dancing with my Muse



You know how it is...you want to this certain painting using a limited palette...but your muse keeps telling you that you're crazy and that you really want to do something else entirely different. And the longer you fight her the worse it gets...'cause in the end, she is always right. I call this "dancing with my muse"...or maybe it's more like a continual courtship. In any case, when I started this painting (I'm only showing you a small section of the beginnings of this...) my muse kept telling me that I didn't want to be painting, that I wanted to pick up my cameras and shot lots of film...and then dust off my darkroom and get printing!! I didn't listen to her and kept painting. The painting is done...but I don't like it. (That's why I'm not going to post the finish product just yet...) I should have listened to her!! 

While I haven't taken out my cameras...they are packed and ready to go. I have two "photo safaris" scheduled this week...the processing chemicals have been purchased and are awaiting my return. Then it will be hours spent in the red light of my darkroom, breathing in all sorts of nasty fumes and getting irritated when I have to do yet another exposure to get "it right"...but in the end, happy when I do. Hopefully my muse will still want me to do this....of course she has been known to change her mind right after she gets her way.....always works that way...don't you know!!

3 comments:

Aubrey Studebaker said...

Well I like the part that I see! Nice textures & am always a big fan of mustard. I'll look forward to when you're ready to post the whole thing. (o:

Dave said...

Thanks. I liked it alot when I started...was having fun using my palette knives which I don't use much...but then I just didn't like it! It's still sitting on my easel...maybe I need to put it away for awhile...

Missie Rabdau Designs said...

Love the story of the painting. I bet next time you'll listen. I actually like the color combo and the texture is great. I bet that if you come back to it in a while, it will look entirely different and you'll be pleased with the end result.