Sunday, August 18, 2013

a day in the life blog carnival

Thanks again to Marla for organizing the 2nd blog carnival "A Day in the Life." Here goes...

Most of my painting days are pretty similar. They are usually weekend days, occasionally a week day. If it's a weekend day, I always start in the morning. After putting the dogs out and coffee, of course.

Then it's up the stairs to the studio. The baby gate is for the dogs, so the cats can have a refuge when they need it.

Today, because my space was a wreck, I had to start by cleaning it. I normally don't let it get this messy but it was a busy couple of weeks and I just let it get out of hand.

After clean up. Much better. 

Then a smoothie for breakfast. I'm kind of dilly dallying today and not expecting a full day's work, which is fine. Kind of taking it easy today.

I start by setting out my paints and then sitting down to just look at what I'm working on and make a task list. I'm very bad about stepping back while I'm painting to take in the whole painting. I really need to work on that. But if I sit down and take it all in for about 15 minutes and write down all I need to tackle, that kind of gets me around my habit of not assessing during the painting session. 

Then I start painting. The music is on today instead of the podcasts. There's a bit of dancing whilst painting. Good thing there is not a video camera in my studio. I would look ridiculous. Mostly because I am lucky if I have put on pants for the day and my hair is pretty much a tornado that I use as a paintbrush holder. Not a pretty sight.

After painting for awhile there is some laying around on the floor and stretching. Or napping. Or staring  off into space at nothing in particular. 

I do also use this time to look at what I've done and think about the painting some more. What's next, what needs to change, etc. And usually this is also from the floor, while stretching out my back and relaxing.

So for today, I mostly just worked on the dredlocks and the chicken (sorry the first picture is little fuzzy).

Then comes the really boring part which is the brush cleaning. I always wish I could find some neighborhood kids who wanted to make a few bucks to come clean my brushes. Wouldn't it be nice to have a brush cleaner? But alas, it's part of the job. 

After that's done, a little straightening up of the studio, then off to do things like laundry, dinner, get ready for work on Monday. Occasionally, I'll take a dip in the pool with the dog. That's pretty much how my painting days go.

Thanks for looking and spending a day in my painting life with me.


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Don't forget to take a look at the other "A Day in the Life" posts of these other great artists. Just click on the names to visit their blogs. 

Cindy MichaudJo MacKenzieChristine ParkerMarla Laubisch
Joanne GrantKevin LarsonCindy WilliamsSharon Graves

Karen JohnstonCharleen Martin


  1. Fun to see what you are working on and share your day!

  2. I like your method of writing down your ideas and tasks - I should make that a habit.

    You're not the only one to mention what you wear. I had jokingly suggested "What artists wear" as a blog carnival, but I don't think anyone wants to see our ratty sweatpants or paint-stained t-shirts! I try to be dressed enough that I can answer the door, but that's about the extent of it.

    Love the painting!

    1. It certainly isn't a fashion show when you're painting, that's for sure!

  3. Love your "Day"!!! Thanks so much for sharing your process and letting us peek into your life!

  4. I love it that you too aren't usually "dressed" to paint! I agree with Marla, I also try to be dressed so I can answer the door, but most of the time I am a too much of a hot mess to even do that.

    1. Hot mess! I love it. I'd have to change my wardrobe if I became a plein air painter, lest I be arrested for no pants!

  5. Thanks for sharing your day!! I like the task list idea and love your work too!