Saturday, June 30, 2007

Rest for the Weary


With such a stressful week behind me, I'm taking down time this morning, doing a few household chores while I drink coffee and settled back in bed with my mystery novel.

Yesterday I remembered my mantra, and chanted it repeatedly. Which either called the energy of the universe to my assistance or kept my mind occupied so that I could work. Either way, it paid off.

I was so worried about completing Mercury Grill (I missed my deadline earlier in the week), but they came together so well, better than the originals I think. I was happy with them. And my client was thrilled - and that's what counts.

And since I was on a roll, and still had some time before I had to deliver the lot, I finished the leaf paintings which you see above. The background is just blends of color, with a metallic wash. The leaves are very stylized, and you can see how I accomplished this. I stencilled. Just put some tape down, drew the leaves, then cut the stencils. The stems are tiny, so I taped two razor blades together with a spacers, and cut them at once. I don't think I could have gotten a good line otherwise. That's one of those transferable skills that I learned from cutting stencils when I etched glass in the mid 80s.

I painted in the leaves and stems, carefully removed all the tape, and voila! I waited another hour, then packed my week's work up in the SUV and headed off to the gallery, where I was warmly greeted, and presented with a big check! Now that's incentive.

I thought I was done, then remember the other two purchase orders I received this week involved printing. So I guess I'll be firing up the printer instead of the BBQ grill this morning. I have 400 hundred photos to print! Big ones, 22 x 22, for two different hotels, one in Alabama, the other in California.

Think I'll have another cup of coffee first.

2 comments:

KJ said...

Whew! We're not finished yet? Girl, I'm exhausted! Where's the Bama hotel?

Walker said...

Mobile! But I don't know which one.