Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Progress on WIP

Found some more time today to work on this irritating monster of a creation painting. Never before have I been faffing with the shading on a face for THIS LONG (and it's still not done).

I nearly gave up on it this morning, but then pushed myself and muddled on like the sleep-deprived hero that I am. (And sleep deprived I AM, last night I slept 5 VERY interrupted hours only). And look; I even managed to give her a fairly alright new eye (instead of turning her into a pirate girl with an eye-patch).

But, it's one of those paintings that is taunting me and bugging me and challenging me to the point of despair. The face shape is wonky (and I can't get it 'right'), the eyes are still wonky, though I'm happier with them now, her facial expression is too grumpy for my liking and I have no clue where that background is going. My inner critic is running rampant, but I suspect she is also more around because I am so sleep deprived which always means I have much less tolerance for anything that annoys me anyway.

Also, some paintings throw me into an artist identity crisis and this is one of them. I keep going from illustrator to painter to illustrator, not knowing who I am, who I want to be. The multiple creative personalities driving me crazy, ha ha! 

So, anyhoohah, I shall let it go now and sleep on this painting, ha ha, sleep! Like that's gonna happen. ;)

Ok; The good news is; Dylan is better. He hasn't thrown up in a day and the house has been diarrhea free for a whole day as well! The down side: Andy has now started to throw up, but he's also on the mend.

I now hope that 'business as usual' will commence tomorrow (I've not actually been able to do proper work since last Wednesday! And that makes me nervous and all eye-twitchy!) - When your kid has an infectious bug, no childminder will come near you (rightfully so or they'll pass it on to all the other kids, but still, doesn't make it easy on us).

Ok, that's me for today, hoping to get more than 5 hours sleep tonight.

Ta-ra mah babies. 

Oh, and here some pics of the last couple of days. :-)

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  1. Tam I think she is gorgeous and I absolutely love her expression. She doesn't look grumpy to me - she looks enigmatic, like she has a secret she won't tell. I love her eyes too. Nothing is more beautiful than those two babies, though! Oh I ache to do it again - my two are getting too big!

  2. I hope you're still sleeping! I think she's looking great & not grumpy at all.
    I'm glad Dylan is feeling better, Andy too. Hope you have a good rest of the week.

  3. Dylan looks so much older next to his little brother doesn't he?
    You've done a really lovely job of the girl! Sometimes tiredness helps with drawing!
    Jess xx

  4. It's the seemingly imperfections that gives expression and emotion.

    I think she's perfect.

  5. Hi, i love your paintings, are beautiful, this one its lovely, love her face, so sweet.. congrat on your artwork! :)

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  6. Your boys are so gorgeous, Tam, and my heart goes out to all of you for upset tummies and lack of sleep. I had 2 boys, too, and miss them so much now that they have grown and flown the coop :( I do hope you will paint a "pirate girl" one of these days and share her with us!

  7. Hi,
    I just want to say you have a beautiful blog! :)

    And your painted lady is just as lovely, I like it much! I often have problems with making two eyes look same, such as same size.. I have to consentrate hard sometimes :D even then, it's like the pen don't want to obey ;)

    And your sweet little son, so lovely- yes the both of them! :)

    Have a nice week! :)

  8. I have just been keeping you at the top of my iPad. I foun d your name mentioned on a Tim Holtz forum...your boys are gorgeous, your paintings are amazing and you are funnier than hell!

  9. I just found your blog and Facebook page via someone your friends with on Facebook. I love your works of art. Don't be so hard on yourself, the painting your working on is beautiful! I really love it. So keep up the wonderful painting and take your time at it, it will come!

  10. I love your blog ,your painting is amazing ! you make me laugh!! so reminds me of when mine were babies!!there all grown up now but my lifes still chaotic with kids!!


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